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Infant & Toddler Forum | Resources for Parents

Infant & Toddler Forum | Resources for Parents | First three years | Scoop.it
Download our free Guidance & Tips sheets on feeding your toddler a healthy diet and understanding your child's developmental and nutritional needs.
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Lots of practical tips and helpful tools (free downloadable sheets)!

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Infant & Toddler Forum | Little People's Plates

Infant & Toddler Forum | Little People's Plates | First three years | Scoop.it
Little People's Plates: Feeding the under 3s the food they need. Including Ten Steps for Healthy toddlers, the five food groups, advice for parents, portion sizes for toddlers and our toddler food calculator.
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Families in the Foundation Years website

Families in the Foundation Years website | First three years | Scoop.it
New online gateway offers a roadmap to the foundation years – from pregnancy to children age 5 – information for all parents and families in England
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Fathers Hold Key to Breastfeeding Success

Fathers Hold Key to Breastfeeding Success | First three years | Scoop.it

"A woman's decision to breastfeed typically occurs long before labor and delivery—sometimes even before she is pregnant. But her commitment to carry through frequently hinges on the opinion of someone often overlooked in breastfeeding education—the baby's father."

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Father's role in taking care of the baby and supporting the mother is essential in building healthy and resilient relationships within the family..

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Supporting Solo Free Play

"I would say that most children, especially infants, get far more stimulation than they need, and we should instead focus on how to make their environments and routines less stimulating.  Focusing on a play environment and routine...."

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Stop Entertaining Your Toddler (In 3 Steps)

Stop Entertaining Your Toddler (In 3 Steps) | First three years | Scoop.it

“The more time children spend in passive-receptive mode, the less adept and comfortable they will be playing independently. So…

---- Avoid screen use or keep it to a bare minimum

---- Offer simple toys and objects that make for more active, creative play

---- Instead of offering specific play activities, wait for children to invent their own

---- Have no fear of boredom

---- Let whatever children choose to do (or not do) be “enough”

 Remember these golden rules of parenting:

The more we do (or toys do)…
---- the less our child does

---- the more our child thinks she needs us (or toys) to do for him

---- the less confident, capable, creative and fulfilled she feels..."

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The Best Toys for Babies Don't Do Anything

The Best Toys for Babies Don't Do Anything | First three years | Scoop.it

"In general, play objects for babies should be simple, sturdy and cleanable. In a baby's play space at home or in a group care setting there should be a variety of sizes, shapes and weights represented (but none so heavy that a baby would be injured if it fell on her). Most importantly, play objects for infants need to be those which the infant can look at, touch, grasp, hold, mouth, and manipulate endlessly, never repeating the same experience. It is easy to find such objects in your own kitchen or in a dime store."".

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As she said “Active toys make passive children; passive toys make active children.”

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A Baby Cries: How Should Parents Respond? - The Natural Child Project

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I do believe in attachment parenting.

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A Guide for First-Time Parents

A Guide for First-Time Parents | First three years | Scoop.it
If you're a first-time parent, put your fears aside and get the basics in this guide about burping, bathing, bonding, and other baby-care concerns.
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Breastfeeding: More than loving contact

Many studies have confirmed the benefits of breastfeeding for

the child’s nutrition, growth and development, as well as for the

mother’s health.

 

http://www.child-encyclopedia.com/pages/PDF/BreastfeedingANGmcP.pdf

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Did You Hear That? - Activities

Did You Hear That?  - Activities | First three years | Scoop.it
Tape-recording infants provides entertainment, stimulation and a wonderful keepsake.
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Would You Pick Up This Crying Baby?

Would You Pick Up This Crying Baby? | First three years | Scoop.it

"Learning to communicate with our babies is a process that takes time, patience and restraint. It’s much easier to swoop down and scoop up the baby, but when that is our default response we miss opportunities to deepen our connection and convey affirming, confidence-building messages..."

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Watch "Baby Sign Language: An Introduction" Video at Parents.com

Watch "Baby Sign Language: An Introduction" Video at Parents.com | First three years | Scoop.it
Learn when to start signing with your baby, plus find out the benefits of baby sign language.
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10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 | First three years | Scoop.it

as a pediatric occupational therapist, I'm calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years....


Via Deborah McNelis, M.Ed
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Foundation Years | From pregnancy to children aged 5

Foundation Years | From pregnancy to children aged 5 | First three years | Scoop.it
From pregnancy to children aged 5

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Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers

Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers | First three years | Scoop.it
Get expert advice for common parenting challenges with Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers, a new resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Well, I would think twice before using time out, then use time in, but this website contains some really useful tips for overcoming parenting challenges.

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Toy Ideas for pre-grasping, grasping babies; moving infants, toddlers and up

Toy Ideas for pre-grasping, grasping babies; moving infants, toddlers and up | First three years | Scoop.it

"Look for toys made from a variety of materials.  Try to have some of each: wood, BPA-free plastic, silicone, stainless steel, and fabric.  Look for things with different properties: bumpy and smooth, soft and hard, heavy and light.

That being said, many commercial baby toys are texture and pattern overkill.  Look for toys with just one or two textures, patterns, or colors.  Infants are just beginning to explore objects, and it’s easier to understand ideas of shape & pattern with simple toys..."

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Baby, Interrupted - 7 Ways To Build Your Child's Focus And Attention Span

Baby, Interrupted - 7 Ways To Build Your Child's Focus And Attention Span | First three years | Scoop.it

"Focus is power. A long attention span is essential for creative, athletic and academic achievement. Attentive listeners make the best friends, spouses and parents. 

So next time you check on your baby, tiptoe in and peek before saying, “Hello.” Babies relish their “flow” time, too..."

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How to Raise a Low Media Child (Without Going Insane) | Mama Natural

How to Raise a Low Media Child (Without Going Insane) | Mama Natural | First three years | Scoop.it

"In fact, TV damages a child’s instinct for discovery and self-directed play. Not only is increased TV viewing linked to shorter attention spans, but TV viewing encourages the need and desire to be entertained over interest in discovery and exploration. So the more TV they watch the less they are able to engage in self-directed play and the more they “need” TV. Well, that’s a bummer. 
Luckily, self-directed play can take care of your need for a break as well as encourage your child to engage in more self-directed play! So, the 10 million dollar question is: how do you get your child to play independently?"

 

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Tips For Boosting Toddler's Speech Development

Tips For Boosting Toddler's Speech Development | First three years | Scoop.it
Using certain tips can be very useful in boosting toddler's speech development.
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Simple parenting tips.

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Choosing a Crib

Choosing a Crib | First three years | Scoop.it
As you look at a crib, make sure you check the following, especially if you choose a used crib that may have been built before current crib safety standards were set.
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Or you may prefer co-sleeping, instead. Anyway, make sure it is safe (i.e. the person(s) sleeping with the baby is not overtired, intoxicated, overweight etc.)  

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Welcome to Infant and Toddler QuickSource®

Welcome to Infant and Toddler QuickSource® | First three years | Scoop.it

Observe and identify developmental stages for infants. Find experiences that help reinforce and support developmental milestones, aiming to build the foundation of learning. Infant caregivers must understand that all essential guidelines for infants revolve around the domains of language, cognitive, social/emotional and motor development. Exploration, perception, communication, mobility, self-competence, trust, relationships, independence, and impulse control (beginning around 18 months) are all developmental goals for infants. This invaluable, easy-to-use resource provides comprehensive support across eight domains of emergent learning for children from birth to 18 months.

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Activities to do with your 10 month old - Sixty Second Parent

Activities to do with your 10 month old - Sixty Second Parent | First three years | Scoop.it
Here are a few ideas on how to help develop your baby's learning this month.
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