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How to Swaddle

Swaddling your baby is a great way to keep her calm. A nice, tight swaddle gives her neutral warmth and keeps her contained, reminding her of the womb. When babies are swaddled, it is much harder for their reflexes to take over and disturb them. Nothing like a startle reflex to ruin a good nap!...

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That First Connection

  Everyone’s birth story is individual and unique. Rarely do we have the perfect scenario where mom pushes three times, baby pops out, cries, is swaddled and placed in mom’s arms where she begins nursing and bonding immediately… More likely mom is somewhat “drugged” and fuzzy, baby requires some extra care or cleaning up and...

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Talk, Read, Sing

Have you heard of the Word Gap? The Word Gap is a term that represents how many fewer words babies are exposed to in their first three years when parents don’t interact with them as often. Some parents just aren’t talkative, or they’re too busy, or dealing with stress in their lives. Other parents just...

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Newborn Reflexes

  I am careful to say “infant” or “newborn” reflexes (also called primitive reflexes) because it is important to note that these reflexes are meant to disappear as your baby grows older and if they don’t disappear or integrate, the reflex could interfere with development and purposeful movement. A reflex is an involuntary muscle reaction...

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Teach Your Baby About the World Through Touch

The first way that babies are able to explore their world is though their skin. It is the largest organ, so it has the largest representation in their brain. By providing stimulation to your baby’s skin, you are teaching him a lot about his world. Tips to teach your baby about the world through touch:...

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Bonding Through Kangaroo Care

The first way that babies are able to explore their world is though their skin. It is the largest organ, so it has the largest representation in their brain. By providing stimulation to your baby’s skin, you are teaching him a lot about his world. Kangaroo Care: Kangaroo care is done by holding your baby...

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Ask for help

  You probably had no idea how sleep-deprived you would be! You can’t give to your baby if you nave nothing left to give. It’s time to raise that white flag and there is no shame in that. Asking for help might not come easy to you. Remember, family and friends want to help. Put...

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Baby’s Emotional/Mental Health

Just like physical health and cognitive health start at birth, so does your baby’s mental health. “Mental health” in babies refers to their social and emotional development throughout the first few years. Understanding early mental health is key in preventing mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety later on. Babies’ earliest experiences shape their...

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Language and Social Skills

  Babies are born very social little beings! They have an acute sense of hearing and they are ready to interact. STEM Starts Now will provide you with video clips from the nationally recognized Word Gap App to provide you with ideas and tips to give your baby the best start possible with her language...

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Baby By the Numbers

  All babies are different and develop and grow at different rates, but we have prepared a very comprehensive guide for you. Every week you will see your baby’s average “numbers.” Remember, these are only averages so that you know that your baby is on track. As new parents we tend to get very caught...

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