Senses: Sound

There is so much that you can do with the 5 senses and teaching them.  This week we are going to start with Sound.  Below are activities, printables, and book suggestions all about sound. Activities involving Sound: Go on a sound walk: Listen for all the different sounds.  Can you pick out any one in particular? Guess what it is: Play different sounds and have … Continue reading Senses: Sound

Nightmares and Night Terrors

When my son turned a year old, we started to noticed that he would wake up in the middle of the night and scream at the top of his lungs. We didn’t know what was going on until I started to research nightmares and night terrors. There is a difference between a nightmare and a night terror.  A nightmare happens in the REM phase of … Continue reading Nightmares and Night Terrors

This Works for Me!

Store small books in plastic napkin holders- it makes it easier for young children to get them out. When old parts of toys turn up, put them in a plastic bag- that way when you notice the toy with the missing part, you know where to look. To preserve posters, pictures, and other items cover them with contact paper- this is durable and easier for … Continue reading This Works for Me!

Positive Guidance Strategies

As a mother, I always want to guide my children in a positive way.  There are various ways to guide your children in a positive way.  Below are some strategies for guiding your child’s behavior in positive ways as you help them learn to manage their feelings and behavior. Give the big rule and the little rule.  This strategies involves state one of your main rules … Continue reading Positive Guidance Strategies

Activities for Babies: 3-6 Months

Babies start learning from the minute they are born.  Over the course of their first year they learn so much, there are a lot of activities that you can do with infants to help with development. Below are a few activities for ages 3-6 months: What’s Cooking?: Whenever you are in the kitchen, talk about each thing you do.  Let your baby play with kitchen utensils, bowls, pots and … Continue reading Activities for Babies: 3-6 Months

How to Pump and Store Breast Milk

Pumping: Pump 3-4 hours after you last nursed the baby. Wash your hands. Use clean equipment. Adjust the pump setting on low to start.  Then, increase it to your comfort level. Wet the horn with water or a few drops of breast milk. Center your nipple in the horn, don’t let the nipple rub. Pull the plunger gently about half way out for the first … Continue reading How to Pump and Store Breast Milk

Tips on Relieving Engorgement

Engorgement, or extreme fullness of the breasts, which causes an uncomfortable feeling, is not uncommon.  There are things you can do to prevent or relieve engorged breasts.  If your breast are engorged, you should still breastfeed or pump milk from your breasts. Breastfeed often Use a warm compress just before nursing. Massage your breasts. Express a small amount of milk.  The milk softens the breast … Continue reading Tips on Relieving Engorgement