Best Book For Baby-get the right tools

Hi There,

Welcome once again to an exciting world of sharing.Today I am going to share on best book for baby.

So you have gotten over the hurdle of sleepless nights frequent diaper changes and adjusting schedules. Your baby is growing and you want to add a little library to continue to enhance the overall development of baby .By this time your infant is beginning to try to grab and hold things, so new toys and indeed books will need to be included so baby can spend the day having lots of interesting things to do with your supervision naturally.

Here are a few ideas on what type of book to choose, by this I mean the texture type of book. There are different types of books out there but not all are appropriate for baby .Cloth, board books ,vinyl and foam type books are

Baby Board book

appropriate for baby at this age(three to nine months)

Card Board Type

You want books that are safe and can stand the test of time therefore small cardboard type of books are appropriate .This is not only practical but can be managed by baby who can try to turn the pages, bite and explore the different colors and textures available.

Cloth Type

Cloth type books are also available and may  need some help from care givers to use, indeed if they become wet can be dried but can be somewhat difficult for some to manipulate as they do not lie flat.

Vinyl Type

There is the vinyl type books which are great during bath time especially for those babies who are fussy during this time. It would be a great tool to create that relaxing environment that bath time is suppose to be. These books can also be wiped after use and allow to dry to avoid mildew.

Spiral binding books of any type whether board or cloth are great because baby can turn the pages easily and can be a visual and tactile stimulant as well.

Foam Books

These are also soft and rubber like at the same time. Suitable for small hands and also great for bath time. Since baby is still small, do not purchase the ones with loose pieces and even this is done to store for a later stage usage must be under supervision.

Illustrations

Illustrations at the stage image is every thing. look for books that have bright  and bold images that are large and appropriate for what baby is familiar with for example dog, cat(animals) ball, vehicles, baby faces .It would best if one image is on the page rather than having lots of images at a time.

Words

It would be best at first to use ‘one word on a page’ books because they are  simple and they help the baby to develop vocabulary ahead of the speaking vocabulary phase. Books with rhymes can be used a little later within the three to nine month phase where baby is more into the listening stage and not so much understanding so sounds are important.

Books that enhances activity like the feeling of texture books allows exploring  the different elements of the subject for example the bark  of a tree  and different shapes. This

Books with textures

would be a plus for both caregiver and baby. Peekaboo games are never boring  during the alert phase of baby’s day and  makes interaction added fun and enhances bonding time.

Tone

Always remember to use different tones when reading, one that reflects excitement. Read slowly and in a singing sort of way which helps make this a fun exercise.

Until next time do leave a comment below to say if this has been helpful to you or add suggestions as to how this can be more helpful. Perhaps there are other types of books you found to be helpful.

Cheers.

Charlene

 

 

 

5 First Baby Books-A Must Read

Hi there,

Welcome to another exciting time of sharing  information. Today, I am going to review 5 first baby books that I think will be a great addition to any  parent or care givers ,more so, for first time parents.

One thing I have come to realize is that information keep changing and one must keep up to date with what is happening .The way we were raised in the past is not the way children should be raised now. With the advent of technology, new  school techniques and styles and also the fact that most mothers are now gainfully employed, parents need to keep up to date with what is happening and find new ways to parent in this changing time. Therefore, having the relevant information on hand helps one to incorporate new information and hence give great ideas as to how to make child rearing a better experience.

A must read for new parents

So here goes:

The Child whisperer by Carol Tuttle

This book tells of how to treat each child as an individual. Each child is different and hence a parent’s approach should always be specific to the infant.There is no one shoe fits all concept when it comes to raising a young one.This hand book gives great insight as to how to do that. It details different personality types and help parents to recognize the difference so that can relate to the child better. Child whisperer also help parents learn more about themselves and how to relate to others around. This manual can also be a great tool for teachers who are teaching young children.

This reading material can be a bit boring for someone who has read other how to books but nevertheless a great help for first timers.

The Baby Owner Manuel by Louis Borgenicht  practical book on how to raise a baby

This is a fun and practical book suitable for all first timers and  cargivers. It has  lots of diagraphs on how to help make raising children fun and stress free as possible especially for first time fathers .Great ideas and insights for all. Simple language therefore easy to follow.

Repeat parents may find this book too simple but for hands on people this is a God sent

Work. Pump. Repeat. by Jessica Shortall    A guide to mothers who wants to continue breastfeeding and going back to work

A new mom’s survival guide to breastfeeding and going back to work. Useful material for moms who intend to keep breast feeding after the three months maternity leave. As you know it is best to keep breast feeding up to two years. This is helpful to build the infant’s immune system .Eczema is one sign of the many allergies that can develop if the infant’s immune system is not developed properly so old adage that’ breast is best’ still lives on.

It addresses practical issues for example, how to pump, keep your milk levels up, how to discuss with management your intentions to continue breast feeding. Also it discussed the internal and external struggles faced as a new mom. A must have as a collection.

Of course this will not be appropriate for those mothers who for any medical reason is unable to breast feed.

What to expect In The First Year Heidi Murkoff     A useful guide for parents and caregivers

Practical and user friendly book. It tells what to expect as the months progresses, the milestones that the infant should have accomplished  in that month  as well as common conditions that can occur and how to deal with them. It also has a section on children with special needs, an area that prepares a father  for what to expect and discusses common child hood diseases. It also give ideas on home remedies on how to deal with certain conditions. A really great reference guide for parents on the whole whether first or second time parents. Also for care givers who are taking care of the infant while the parents are at work.

The Happiest Toddler On The Block Harvey Karp  Manual on how to deal with Tantrums

A useful handbook on how to eliminate tantrums and raise a patient, respectful and co-operative one year to four year old child.

As the baby grows in to toddler years and strive towards independence, new challenges develop as the true character develops .This manual gives great insight on how to deal with this common yet stressful period especially for new parents.

Knowing how to deal with tantrums and power struggles will definitely add in creating a peaceful and less stressful environment for both parents and child.

Mr Harvey gives a practical, straight and to the point  ideas as to how to deal with these issues. Of course not all ideas will be appropriate for every child  as they differ but yet this is a great tool that parents should have.

Feel free to leave a comment on any other book that you found to be useful and any other insight you would like to share with others. I would like to hear from you.

Until next time.

Cheers

Charlene

 

New Born Baby Health

For first time mothers, new born baby health can be a slightly traumatic experience.

Newborn baby on his mothers arms right after delivery

Too often we see the cute, smiling, babies and we cannot wait to get our own bundle of joy only when baby comes out it is not what was expected. As a matter of fact the first real smile makes an appearance at about four weeks.

You will agree with me that after all that journey through the womb let alone being in the womb for seven or more months that appearance will not be high on the list .Today ,I am going to be sharing on what are some things done to access baby’s  health just after birth. Of course there may be more depending on which country or island you are from.

First off as soon as the head is crowned ,mucus is removed from the nostrils and mouth to clear the airways. The umbilical cord is clamped and antibiotic applied to prevent infection. Antibiotic eye ointment is also administered to the eyelids to prevent eye infections especially if  there was a vaginal birth. Then the APGAR score is taken. You may be wondering what is that. It is a score taken to evaluate how the baby is doing if  fine or need further medical attention.so what is looked at;

Appearance/color

Pulse

Grimace

Activity

Respiration

Scores between 10 to 7 is excellent 4 to 6 fair and below 4 poor.

A few other things checked for of course fingers and toes!

A record of urine or stooling activity

Baby’s weight

Baby’s length

Head circumference

Internal organs (kidney, spleen liver) done by external palpation of physician’s hand.

Reflexes and hips for dislocation

Identification  by use of ID bands or inked feet( depending on which part of the world your are)

 

Blood test is also done. A sample is taken from the baby’s heel to test for phenylketonuria( a genetic disorder where the body is unable to break down an amino acid called phenylalanine) which can lead to development disorders if not identified and treated early and hypothyroidism( caused when the thyroid gland located in the front part of the neck is unable to produce enough thyroid hormone) among other test deemed necessary according to the policies of hospital, state, or risk of pregnancy. This can be done in a 24 to 48 hours period. Other test can be carried out depending  if the status of mother was unknown to hospital for example  are HIV or hepatitis B. If these are positive then the appropriate treatment is given to baby and mother. These cases are now rare because routine prenatal care should have identified  this and of course the health information should be given to the health care practitioner at the hospital before delivery so everyone is aware of the health status of the mother.

Until next time if you have any additions that you think is important to share with others  feel free to add to the discussion by commenting below.

Cheers

Charlene