Sponsored Post – Have you ever wondered “When do babies know their names?” This actually depends on the baby’s pacing, but generally speaking, most babies are able to recognize their names at 9 months. When they hear their names, their heads turn towards the direction of the call, or maybe respond with a smile or a sound. But when do babies know their names in written form? That’s a bit different because they need to know the alphabet first.
My son, Magnus is 19 months old the day after tomorrow. He is nearing the 2-year mark every day. This is the age when babies are starting to mimic your speech word per word, and they may (or may not) know letters already. My way of teaching my baby is a mix of both traditional and modern. Since I am (almost) born during the 2000’s, I witnessed the fast development of technology. I was there when beepers were a thing. We then transitioned into palm pilots then finally, the deadly combination of the cellphone and the Wi-Fi. Today, the internet is everywhere and it has almost everything you need to know.
Most parents let their babies watch educational videos but only for a short period of time. I let my baby watch videos of nursery rhymes, counting numbers and of course, the alphabet. But I will never, ever forget the traditional way: books. I bought small, hand-made cloth books with mainly pictures and one word categories and I let him have his own time to browse through the books. This method can’t be beat. It is as effective now as it is back then. I also recite the alphabet with him so that he can hear the letters clearly and he can repeat it more easily.
Some moms use the method of using wood or foam letters and cards to show their children what the letters look like and then they pronounce them one by one. This is also a sure-win method, not to mention it is a form of parent and child bonding.
There are lots more ways of teaching a baby the alphabet but I use those two methods on how to teach my child the alphabet since I am a modern mom. It takes creativity and imagination to invent other ways on how to teach the alphabet, and it’s very fun, too!
Do you want to know a simple trick? No, there’s no secret ingredient or magic word, there’s only patience and a lot of TALKING. Yes, talking to your baby more often is the key to success. Hearing and seeing you talk is one of the most entertaining and educational for your baby. Not only does this improve your baby’s hearing, but also his speech and comprehension. The same as everybody else, babies learn through watching and conversing. Their senses are stimulated and their attention is focused on you alone.
Always talk to your baby even while just doing the most trivial things. Show them what you’re doing and narrate it to them in detail. Don’t get easily tired of talking and grabbing his attention because this is his foundation of learning. You are his first teacher and everything you do teaches him a lot of things. Though some babies have a slower pacing, never lose the patience of conversing with him even though he doesn’t understand yet. Trust me, someday soon, he will. Not to mention that this time will pass and you will find yourself missing every bit of your time with your baby.
Another wonderful method would be using personalized story books to read to your baby. Not only do these engage and entertain your child, but story books like these are also very special and sentimental. If something as precious as this would be given to you, wouldn’t you be so inspired to read and learn?
“iSeeMe!” is a company that specializes in personalized children’s books. One of their most popular products is a personalized book called “My Very Own Name”. This storybook has beautiful illustrations to engage your child in learning the alphabet and spell his own name. Different animals represent each letter and they will spell out your baby’s whole name in rhyme. If you want more personal touches, the baby’s birthday, a personal dedication from the sender, 61 animals in beautiful illustrations and a special letter from the co-writers are also included. This storybook is a work of love and is very well-made, and it is one of the sweetest ideas around.
This storybook is very educational as well as an affectionate gesture. Babies can already appreciate these types of gifts because it gives them the sense of security. It makes them feel that they are taken care of and loved. In return, they will give this their utmost care and they will make the most out of this learning tool. Be there and share a read with your baby. This storybook will not only help your baby, but it will also help you, too. Reading a book together bond a parent and a child and it will be one of the most special times your child will never forget. 🙂
Sponsored Post – Personalized story books for baby are, simply put, books that are personalized with their names on it, and the name is inserted into the story as well. Some personalized books can even be customized with the baby’s picture in the dedication page. It’s fun, it’s a learning tool, and it is your baby’s very own. Before everything else, let’s tackle all about reading.
Reading to your baby, how old he/she may be, is very beneficial to his/her development. Though at very early ages they don’t know how to read yet, or even understand you, it is a way of encouraging them to do lots of things! Let me tell you how reading can help you and your baby in the best ways possible.
Now that we already know the benefits of reading to your baby, it’s time to learn the benefits of personalized story books for babies.
“iSeeMe!” is a company that specializes in personalized children’s books. One of their most popular products is a personalized book called “My Very Own Name”. This story book is a beautifully illustrated book that teaches children to recognize letters and spell out their names. Different animals correspond to each letter and they spell the first and last names out in rhyme. What’s more special about this book is that it has more personal touches. The baby’s birthday, a personal dedication from the sender, 61 animals in beautiful illustrations and a special letter from the co-writers are included.
What more could you want when everything (and more!) is already here? This is a perfect gift for your little one on special occasions or on “just because” days. This is not only for your baby but also for you. Shared reading is beneficial for a parent and child bonding. If you love the idea of a book with a baby name in the story, then this product is worth checking out. 🙂
The recommended baby immunization schedule is devised to protect children early in life. Babies and children are the most vulnerable to life-threatening diseases. Thus, immunizations are done before they are exposed to such illness. I don’t want to be too cliché, but prevention really is better than cure.
Baby Immunization Schedule: Catching-Up
Right after birth, newborns are given the vaccine Hepatitis B. During your stay at the hospital, hospital staff will inform you the next scheduled vaccination for your little one. Always check the schedule for each vaccine, and make it a priority. Missing a dose is fine, because there is a thing called “catch-up schedule”. Catching-up is done when a baby missed a dose. They still have a leeway to “catch-up” the dose, depending on the type of vaccine the baby missed.
Magnus, my eldest, wasn’t able to have his vaccinations on time. At that time, there was a problem with the availability of a specific vaccine. We waited for months but the 6-in-1 vaccine (which he was supposed to be given) was out of stock all over the country. We started to catch-up his vaccines at 5 months, and it all went well. He is now 18 months old, and he’s – almost – fully-immunized. We are still missing the flu vaccine, which has been, again, out of stock in all clinics and centers.
Here are the vaccines that babies should get from birth until 6 months:
Every vaccination may or may not have its side effects. Common side effects are fever, pain in the injection site and irritability. To prevent fever, you can give your little one some Paracetamol drops before or right after the injection. Also keep in mind to use hot or cold compress for the injection site. The area would become swollen after a few hours, and it will give discomfort to your baby. Try cold compress to reduce the swelling, and hot compress to relax the muscle. Remember that your baby is not feeling very well and may feel unsafe, so give him all the cuddles that he need. Some babies handle vaccination like nothing happened, but some babies will go crying all day, so please be prepared physically and emotionally.
Luckily for me, my eldest is a champ at handling vaccines. He may be a total crier, but surprisingly he’s not a crier when he’s receiving his shots. My daughter, on the other hand, being all softy and girly, doesn’t tolerate pain very well. If you want to read more on how we fought during her 5-in-1 vaccine, follow this link: https://parentingandbabyneeds.com/embers-first-pentavalent-vaccine/
Immunizations save lives – Whatever people may say, benefits still outweigh risks. This, right here, is the perfect example of a benefit. Nothing can be better than this. Having the capability of preventing illnesses and most importantly, death, is the ultimate power. But some people are still not into vaccinations. Why is that?
Because I am a conforming citizen, I am biased about immunizations. I am in a world where everything is being done for the betterment of all. As I’ve stated above, benefits outweigh the risks. Why so? Cases of “vaccinations gone wrong” are very rare. There may be small risks in vaccinations, but having no vaccination at all is even riskier. As a loving and caring parent, you want what’s best for your baby. Letting him have his immunization is the better step. As long as you’re doing your job with genuine affection, you know you’re doing the right thing. So I say, get going with your little one’s immunization, mommy! And try not to be late. 😉
A 4-in-1 crib is the most popular type of convertible crib, all for the right reasons. It is also the best-selling and the most convenient. Most parents choose this type of convertible crib for its practicality and longevity. It can be transformed from an infant bed to a full sized adolescent bed, which means it would last for at least 5 years if taken care of properly. This convertible crib is the best choice if you want to invest in a piece of furniture and save a good amount of money in the long run. Let me tell you some facts about a 4-in-1 crib.
Conversion pieces are separate pieces that makes the attachment of other features in the crib possible. Some pieces are sold separately while others already come with the package. These are the side railings that are attached to convert an infant bed into a toddler bed/daybed, and the bed frames for converting a toddler bed into a twin bed/full sized bed.
Transitioning from the Moses basket, to a crib, then to a full-sized bed may be difficult for babies and children. They are more sensitive to their environment and a drastic change may threaten their security. Having a 4-in-1 crib will give you the opportunity to interchange your baby’s bed to its appropriate form. You will not b overwhelming your baby because it still is the comfortable bed he is used to.
4-in-1 cribs do not feature the “drop side” panels. These panels are meant to be lowered for the ease of taking your baby out. This feature has contributed to at least 32 of infant deaths during the last decade. This type of crib has stationary sides which is safer for your little one. Always do a little bit of research before you jump in on buying a product. Most importantly, make sure that the product meets the most recent U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission standards.
Not only are these cribs convenient, but they are also cost effective. They may be more expensive than other cribs in the market, but they do last longer. They are built to last and they adapt to the needs of your little one. Having only one piece that has multiple purposes is certainly a good thing to have. If you are a practical and stylish parent who wants to have their money’s worth back, then this crib is for you (and your baby, of course). 😉