Category Archives: Baby Development

Great Solutions to Soothe a Fussy Baby

Probably the most commonly asked question of new parents is how do I soothe a fussy baby? Let’s take a closer look at the problem. Why is the baby fussing in the first place. I have written articles on interpreting your baby’s cry, but it is important to ease out several contributing factors. First check...

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5 R’s of Healthy Brain Development

The Harvard University Center on the Developing Child has found that babies brains make over one million new connections per second! That is so many new connections that their brain will literally double in weight in the first year. There are many concepts that go into healthy brain development, but there are five key ingredients...

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Can a Twelve-Month-Old Think Logically?

The latest research is telling us that our little scientist in the crib can, in fact think logically before they can even talk. Maybe your baby was expecting daddy to walk in, but mommy walked in the room instead and he noticed this change in what he predicted. The latest research published in Science magazine...

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Kindergarten Preparation Starts at Birth

Kindergarten Preparation Starts at Birth by Melissa Vulopas, Elementary School Academic Learning Facilitator From birth, babies are curious. They develop a solid foundation for learning through everything they experience. For parents of newborns, kindergarten is a concern for the future, but research shows that children are better prepared for success in kindergarten when their development...

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Walking Toys

    Ride-on toys and walking toys are great for helping you baby learn the reciprocal motion of putting one foot in front of the other. These are also great for balance as she learns to take those first precious steps on her own. Updated 3/11/19...

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Four C’s of STEM Learning

In order to prepare children born today to thrive in the global community of the 21st century, the National Education Association (NEA) has replaced the 3 R’s (Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic) with the 4 Cs: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity. The goal of the NEA is to fully integrate the 4 Cs into every...

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How Problem Solving Relates to Math Skills

Your baby’s brain is optimized to provide rapid solutions to everyday problems he encounters. In the past several years researchers have learned that babies have a concept of numerical value. When tested, babies will look longer at an object when one goes behind a screen and two come out. Babies notice this increase in numbers....

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Make your baby work

  Set up scenarios to challenge your new walker. Encourage her to stand up and strategically place toys around to make her walk or pull herself up to stand. Babies are often excited to show off their new skills, but some babies need a little more encouragement. After she gets the toy, praise her, clap...

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Scaffolding language

By scaffolding, we just mean “building” on your baby’s language. When he says one word, agree with him, but add another word, then another. Keep doing this until you are giving him short phrases to say and he can repeat them after you. Add two syllable words after he masters one syllable words. When you...

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Using Two Hands Together

We call this bilateral integration and it is a really important skill for independence. Almost everything we do requires the use of our two hands working together, but it takes some coordination for your baby to master this skill. Both sides of the brain are active, as well as vision skills, eye-hand coordination, and dexterity....

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