Play is probably one of the best teaching method that you can use for your little ones. It does not only promote mental growth but as well as social and emotional development. It will not only strengthen your bond with them but will also allow you to introduce learning little by little.
I remember when my daughter was just a few months old I tried my best to get the best baby learning toys for her. Of course, with all the tempting products out in the market, it was such a hard decision for me to choose. In addition, I had to keep in mind that these particular toys are not cheap at all. So each decision that I will make must be logical and would assure long use.
That’s why I really took my time in researching and studying what particular type of toy is best for my baby according to her age. This was truly a lifesaver for me because I got to pick the right toys that can greatly help stimulate her learning and senses.
I know that you are thinking the same as me every time you stand in front of a baby store and starring for God knows how long at the wide array of toys available. Don’t get too overwhelmed by it though. You can get the right toy for your baby as long as you know what they need.
Best Developmental Toys for Infants
The infancy stage mostly revolve around tactile and oral satisfaction. This means that your baby, during this phase of their first year loves to hold things and put it in their mouths. With this in mind, you need to think of the possible baby learning toys that is appropriate for them.
Another thing to consider is that this is the time that they are staring to practice the use of their other sense. These senses include their hearing and visual stimulation. Basically, what you need to look for is a toy that can stimulate your baby’s primary senses namely their sense of touch, sight and hearing.
- Versatile Teether Toys
One of the toys that I decided to buy was a colorful teether/rattle all in one. It also has several shapes in lit that act like small jigsaw puzzles that my daughter can tinker and play with. It was an answered prayer to my worried self. Yes, it cost a little bit more than what I budgeted for, but she enjoyed it so much that it became her favorite thing up until she reached her first birthday.
Another learning toy that I decided to buy was jungle gym. The jungle gym is like a large, cushioned rug that has a variety of colorful tinker toys on top of it. The best thing about this product is that it exercises your baby’s motor skills. At the same time, the colors of the toy and the sound that they hear as they play with it allows to stimulate their sense of sight and hearing.
Mobiles found on to of cribs is one of the first toys that you have probably thought of buying and it is a good choice indeed. It does not only promote visual and hearing stimulation but it also encourages your little ones to stretch out and grab the hovering toys above them. It is also a great sleepy time companion because of the lullabies it produces.
Rattles are a must for newborns. It helps them with their gripping reflex and at the same time their visual, tactile and auditory senses. It can also double up as a teether as well.
These are soft and are to use for your little ones. Use these toys to tell stories with, play “peek-a-boo” or even make it your baby’s comfort item. Just makes sure to wash them frequently for your baby’s safety and health.
Baby Learning Toys for Babies 6-12 Months
Now when your baby starts to grow into the latter parts of their first year, is when it gets a little trickier in choosing the right baby learning toys for them. They will more or less show interests in what they want to play with.
My little one had an obsession with stacking cups when she reached her eight month. She would giggle and squeal in excitement every time I stack the cups up in front of her. When she was able to grab each cup she starts to do it on her own. Amazingly, she had easily mastered it with just a few tries. The she would do it over and over again for the entire day.
Musical toys are also a good addition to your babies’ toys. It can go from drums that they can hit to make sounds or a piano with different sounds and colors. It also helps to give them some musical toys that teaches them numbers, alphabets colors and even animals and the sounds that they make.
There are a lot of walking toys that kids can use nowadays. Some even has popping balls enclosed in a globe that “pops every time the push the walker. These toys will encourage your little ones to walk with support and soon enough on their own.
Tinker toys are those that requires logical thinking and imagination form your little ones. It can be a puzzle or a “match the shape into the right hole” type of toy.
Other Helpful Learning Methods
Toys are not the only learning tool that you can use for your baby. There are many other activities that you can do to help them develop their cognitive and fine motor skills. These are also the cheaper and more “mommy-baby bonding” type of teaching that you can give to your child.
One good example is audio stimulation. It can done by playing nursery rhymes or even make your own personal baby concert for just your little bundle of joy. Make sure that you create movements that your little ones can follow with ease. It also helps if you play around with the pitches of the song. You will be rewarded with smiles and giggles if you are able to get their attention with your performance.
Another choice is to play educational videos but make sure that it is limited to a certain acceptable time-frame. You can play songs and rhymes that teaches the ABC, number, colors and shapes. But if you are not a fan of screen time, you can go old school and use educational books instead.
There are many options when it comes to learning toys and methods but what you need to remember is that nothing can replace YOU. You are their best teacher, and trust me when I say that they learn more quickly if you take your time with them and teach them or play with them. Make these milestone moments memorable by bonding with your child while you play and educate them.
What to Know Before Buying
Of course before you would go to an all-out gift buying frenzy, you first need to know what you should check before purchasing it. It’s not enough that you pick what you think is appropriate. You need to examine it closely first. Here are tips on things to check before buying:
- It must be BPA free and non-toxic
This is the most important factor that you must consider before buying a toy for a child. They tend to bite, lick and nibble on toys whenever they play with it. So it must be free from any chemicals and toxins.
- The toy’s “age appropriate” range should be considered
Each toy has an “age appropriate” range labeled on its box or container. This can be your guide to know whether the toy that you will buy is suitable for your child’s age.
- It must be durable and long lasting
Childs play always involves throwing, smashing, hitting and kicking of the toy that they play with. So make sure that the toy you will buy can endure such activities. There is nothing worse than paying for something that gets broken with just one to two uses.
Kids love to chew and put their toys in their mouths. Sometimes, learning toys has detachable features. Make sure that each detachable part of the toy is big enough so your child will not swallow it. A smart tip that I can give you to know if the parts are big enough is if the toy won’t fit through a tissue paper carton roll.
- Know what the child likes
Children can be picky, especially with the toys that they play with. So closely observe what activities catches your baby’s interest and those that they enjoy. It can be stacking cups, musical toys and the likes.
- It must stimulate the child’s senses
Pick toys that are colorful, movable and those that create funny sounds when used. These functions can help stimulate your child’s sense of sight, hearing and touch. In addition, movable toys can help them physically get stronger and ready for crawling and walking.
Now that you have all the need to know details for the right learning toy to buy, all you need to do is to carefully study and examine each and every toy candidate. Keep your toys safe and educational for your baby and at the same time, be resilient enough to last for years of use.
If your head is spinning on the numerous things that you need to add to your baby items checklist you are not the only one experiencing this dilemma. Here is a fun and helpful way for you to complete your list using baby items that start with A-Z. Make shopping for your child’s things more fun. It will also be a great way for you not to forget what to buy as well. Here is a simple yet effective and fun way to do your shopping list.
- Activity toys are always a good addition to your list. It’s never too early to start stimulating your child with toys. You can start with the mobile toys that can be placed on the top of their crib. You can also buy small toys that can be strapped on their wrists. It can stimulate their eyesight and hearing at the same time because it makes rattling sounds.
- Abacus – An abacus is a calculating tool that was used way back ancient times. It is a good first toy for a baby because of the movable beads, as well as the colorful design. It can help a baby distinguish points from one another, and it improves their vision and eye-hand coordination.
- Blankets are top necessities of your baby so better add it to your baby items checklist. Especially when they are still newborns. Since their bodies are still adapting to the outside environment, they will still find it hard to adjust their body temperature.
- Bottles are also necessary for your checklist. It can serve as a double purpose. It can be used primarily for feeding purposes. It can also double as a storage vessel for your extra breastmilk. It can also save time because you do not need to thaw your milk from a plastic compartment. Instead, it can be thawed directly and fed to your baby.
- Bassinet – A bassinet is a baby’s first bed. It is usually designed for newborn babies who sleep a lot, until they are not yet very active. A bassinet is almost the same as a cradle. The difference is, cradles are usually designed for rocking motions and a bassinet is designed for steadiness.
- Bath rest – A bath rest differs from bathtubs in such a way that bath rests are only reclined surfaces for your baby to lay down on during bath time. It should be inside a sink, bathtub or bathroom.
- Books – Books are beneficial for your baby’s growing mind. Babies can start with black and white pattern books, transitioning to colored patterns, then to colored drawings, then to colored drawings with words and letters.
- Booties – Babies’ feet gets cold easily. Booties differ from socks in a way that they are usually knit and/or loose, while socks are form fitting.
- Bottle brush – A bottle brush is a cleaning tool for baby bottles. It usually comes with the nipple cleaner.
- Bottle rack – A bottle rack is a cleaning accessory for placing your bottles in after cleaning. It is a drying tool as well as storage.
- Bouncer seat – A bouncer seat is a baby equipment used as a safe place for your baby to lie down. It usually comes with mobiles, music and vibrating effect. Some has rocking motions operated by batteries.
- Breast pump – Breast pump is technically a baby item because they are used by moms who plan on going back to work, to provide milk for their babies. These breast pumps get milk out of mom’s breast to be stored for future consumption.
- Breastmilk storage bottles/bags – These are storage items for breastmilk which are specifically designed to be compact and leakage-proof. Some high quality storage bottles are well made that even odor cannot get in. This is beneficial when breastmilk is stored inside refrigerators and freezers where odors are circulating through food items.
- Bubble bath – A bubble bath differs from body washes in a way that bubble baths are specifically made to produce lots of bubbles. These are fun to use and can serve as an activity to your little one.
- Building blocks – An appropriate toy for when your baby is already starting to have a concept about objects. These help them with their perception of space, as well as construction play.
- Burp cloth – Burp cloths are made with absorbent materials and are usually placed on the shoulder to avoid spit-up mess. These are also good for cleaning up excess dirt on your baby.
- Colic prevention is one of your weapon during the first few months of your baby. In order to prevent your baby from having colic pain, use an anti-colic bottle feeder. I used the anti-colic bottle from Dr. Browns when my daughter was still a newborn and thankfully, it worked well for her.
- Carriers are also a must for children. Either it be a transporter, a stroller or a car seat, it will serve a great purpose for you and your baby. Just make sure that you will get a good class of carrier. I have always been a fan of baby products made by Graco. It is both strong and comfortable for your child.
- Car seat – A car seat is made especially for babies who cannot sit up yet inside the car. These are made to prevent injuries or even death during collisions.
- Changing table – Changing tables may be separate furniture or it can be attached on the crib itself. It is useful because having a separate area to change your baby can avoid making a mess in his beddings. These scenarios are common especially when your baby is still in his “explosive poop” phase.
- Cloth bibs – Cloth bibs are preferred by other moms because they are absorbent and the excess food and drinks are easily washed of. Choosing between a cloth and waterproof bib depends on the parent’s preference.
- Cloth diaper – This one also depends on the mom. Some moms are eco-friendly and very practical. They prefer to use only diapers that they can wash again and again, instead of using disposables that are made of plastic. Plastic takes 450 years to decompose, and the use of disposables just piles up mounds and mounds of plastic which is very harmful to Mother Earth.
- Comb – Combs, or sometimes moms prefer baby hair brush are used to detangle a baby’s thin hair. Combs that are specially designed for babies should be bought because wrong kinds of combs can hurt or damage your baby’s hair.
- Cotton balls – Cotton balls should be in every mom’s kit. These are useful for when babies poop or just generally cleaning up some mess. These are also used for applying medicine to a scratch or wound.
- Crib – Cribs are small beds with railings or barred sides. These are common bedding for babies whose parents are avoiding the risks of co-sleeping. Cribs can also serve as playpens during the day.
- Crib mobile – Crib mobiles are visual toys hanging above the crib. They may be stationary or rotating. Other mobiles also come with music and lights. These are only for cribs and cannot be detached to be placed in a stroller. These help in improving babies’ vision, as well as keeping them entertained.
- Diapers must never be forgotten no matter what. It is your number two properly following your child’s milk supply. Diapers are a bit tricky to pick. What I did was I started with small amounts of diapers and observed if my daughter would have any allergic reaction to it like rashes.
- Diaper pins – Diaper pins are safety pins designed to lessen risks of babies being pricked. These have bigger heads to keep the pointy end in place. These also come in fun colors and designs. Diaper pins are usually used for bird’s eye (a type of cotton cloth usually used for diapering) to keep them in place and secure.
- Diaper bag – Diaper bags are storage bags for travel. They usually are storage for baby stuff you need while going out.
- E45 cream – Once in a while, your child will develop rashes on their face and body. It is common for babies to have them. Usually your child’s pediatrician will prescribe creams for it. On if them is the E45 cream. This cream can help in treatment of skin rash and even dry skin.
- Ear thermometer – Ear thermometers are easier to use than digital thermometers because they determine temperature must faster. It only takes 1-2 seconds, while digital thermometers take up until a minute.
- Finger foods are also a must once your child reaches their first year. This can help you introduce them to solid food with ease. Be creative when you choose your finger foods. Start with fruits and veggies like I did.
- Flip flops – Believe it or not, flip flops are baby items. There are households where using slippers are necessary, and flip flops are one of the easiest things to wear. Babies also need to learn to wear certain footwear because they can’t rely on shoes alone.
- A gym mat with toys is a fun way of helping your baby develop their motor skills. These are soft mats that can be placed on the floor and is big enough to accommodate a baby lying down. It also has colorful toys hanging above it which will certainly catch your child’s interest.
- Gripe water – Gripe water is an over-the-counter liquid supplement for helping colic. Colic may be very intense and give pain to your baby, so resorting to gripe water may relieve your baby.
- Hooded bath towels are very useful especially when you are just new at bathing your child. At the same time, the hood will immediately give warmth to you baby’s head. Keep in mind that a newborn’s head emits body temperature the most, so always have the hood placed immediately after bathing.
- Hat – During the summer months, making a baby wear a hat will prevent sun damage as well as acting as a sun shade. Hats can also be used for styling purposes to match outfits.
- High chair – A highchair is a necessity especially when your baby is already starting to eat solids. This will also help him get accustomed to sitting during mealtimes.
- Insect repellant – For those families that enjoy staying out in the sun and bask in the green environment, you need to have an Insect repellant always on hand for your baby. Better yet, before leaving the house, apply it on them.
- Ice pack – An ice pack is usually handy for an active toddler, when bumps and bruises become more common. But it is also a necessity for after every vaccination, when the injection site is sore and swollen. Ice packs help reduce the swelling.
- Johnson and Johnson’s – It is safe to say that any baby items checklist must and will have a set of Johnson and Johnson’s baby necessities. This includes, soaps, shampoos, oils, perfumes, powder and many more. You name it and they will obviously have it.
- Jumperoo – Jumperoo is a baby device which helps him exercise his lower body by bouncing up and down. Your baby in safety harnesses so no need to worry about him getting unattached.
- Kangaroo carrier – If you think that a carrier is too bulky when you go out they you can opt to choose a lightweight version of it. The Kangaroo carrier is less bulky and can be easily used. The difference is that this particular carrier is harnessed to your body, allowing direct contact with your young one.
- Keepsake box – A keepsake box (or some moms prefer photo albums or scrap books) is a box to put in some memorable items to remind you of your baby’s milestones. Some items are the umbilical cord, baby’s first cut hair, and fingernails. You can also add printed pictures, souvenirs and other items to remind you of your baby’s growth over the years.
- Lullabies – One of my personal favorites starts with the letter I. I have been using this since I was pregnant up until now that my girl is already turning three and it never failed to help me. Lullabies are lifesavers especially when you want your child to sleep soundly or to calm them down.
- Leg warmers – Leg warmers are becoming more popular now, not only as a necessity but also as a fashionable piece. Leg warmers are used often during cold months and also when your baby is starting to crawl or cruise around the house.
- Lotion – Baby lotions are a must especially during wintertime, when skin easily gets drier than usual. Always make sure to check labels if they are specially made for babies and sensitive skin.
- Milk – The number one item needed by your baby is obviously milk. Be it breastmilk or formula milk, you must never, ever run out of supply. For breastfeeding moms, my tip is to eat healthily and drink lots and lots and LOTS of fluids. For those who are using formula milk, start with buying the smallest amount available in the market. You might never know if you child can tolerate the formula of if you need to shift to another brand. Since it is a bit expensive, going small is better than wasting a large amount of powdered milk.
- Mattress – Mattresses are the actual bedding your baby sleeps on in cribs. These are strong cloths made with firm material inside. Make sure you get high quality and well-made mattresses that come from reputable brands.
- Monitor – A baby monitor is a piece of device which is connected to a small camera to be placed inside the nursery. Through this, you can see how your baby is and what he/she is doing. Some baby monitors can also be talked through so that your baby can hear you.
- Mittens – Mittens are a necessity for newborn babies, especially during the first few weeks when you can’t cut the fingernails yet. You can, though, but other parents prefer not to. Newborn fingernails are quite sharp, so they need mittens to prevent them from scratching their face.
- Mosquito net – These are common during times and in places where mosquitoes are most rampant. A lot of illnesses are brought on by mosquitoes and it should be a priority when checking your baby’s nursery or sleeping area.
These are just some of the ideas I can think of for baby items that start with A-M. You can use this method to make your checklist more creative, fun and flexible. Let’s continue with baby itmes that start with the letter n 😉
- Nail Clippers – Baby nail clippers or scissors are for trimming your little one’s tiny nails. Be careful, though. Newborn’s nails are very soft. Be sure to have enough light when you are trimming their nails. Or better yet, do it during daytime. It’s also the same as when you’re cutting yours. The difference is, you are super-duper-extra careful.
- Nail File – Baby nail files are preferred when moms are not ready to use nail clippers yet. It is also used when the nails are cut but some edges are still a little sharp.
- Nappy Rash Cream – Nappy rashes are caused by retained moisture on the skin, or allergic reactions to diaper. Some diapers are not super absorbent which will leave your baby’s bottom wet. The moisture, when left for too long, will weaken the outer layer of the baby’s skin. Addition of the bacteria from baby’s poop, all of it will cause an irritation. You will notice your baby’s skin being red or inflamed. This is very uncomfortable and painful for her. Nappy creams contain anti-bacterial properties and acts as a barrier against wetness.
- Nasal Aspirator – Nasal aspirators are very handy when your little one catches a cold. These are used to extract some excess mucus inside their nose that can be pretty hard to reach by Q-tips.
- Night Light – This is a must for your baby who doesn’t like sleeping in the dark. Plus, it is a necessity for those late night feedings and diaper changings. Even adults need this sometimes, too.
- Nipples (Teats) – Teats are designed to mimic the mother’s actual nipple. Infants suck formula through these during their first months especially when the mother doesn’t have milk coming in yet. Teats are usually made with rubber, silicone or latex.
- Noise Machine – Newborns are accustomed to loud noises inside the womb. Some babies are overwhelmed with the stillness and quietness of the outside world, especially at night. So moms resort to using machines that imitates random sounds such as sounds from nature or appliances.
- Nursing Pillow – Nursing pillows are a necessity for breastfeeding moms. It is designed to help the mother and baby’s position during breastfeeding.
- Oil – These may be coconut oils or the baby oils sold in the market. Baby oils are used to moisturize babies’ skin and prevent dryness. Some moms (including me) make use of organic extra virgin coconut oil because it doesn’t contain chemicals that some baby oils have.
- Onesies – Onesies are the most comfortable (for the baby) and easiest (for the mommy) to put on in terms of clothing. This is my favourite among all types of baby clothes because I can put them on and take them off with ease. It is also a one-time dressing because there is no separate bottom to put on. It is a whole piece, hence the name “onesie”.
- On-The-Go Mobiles – Mobiles are beneficial for babies with ages 0-6 months old. These help babies to improve their vision and hand-eye coordination. On-the-go mobiles are detachables that can be attached to strollers when you’re having a day out with your baby.
- Outlet Covers – When your baby is already an active tot roaming around the house, it is always best to secure everything that your baby can reach. Outlet covers are basically what its name is: they are covers to electrical outlets.
- Pacifier – Pacifiers are separate teats designed to satisfy your baby’s suck reflex. These are made especially for babies who are not hungry but loves comfort sucking. Pacifiers are proven to reduce chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by half (http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/features/using-pacifiers).
- Pail (For Diapers) – We all know those dirty diapers need to go somewhere. Diaper pails are used to collect dirty nappies so you won’t have to go running towards the trash or leaving behind a dirty nappy for your toddler to reach.
- Pyjamas – Pyjamas are essential to your baby’s sleep. They provide comfort and warmth during cool night.
- Petroleum Jelly – Petroleum jellies are used as skin barrier to prevent diaper rash.
- Pillows – Newborns doesn’t need to use pillows yet because it risks your baby in many different ways (http://www.thehealthsite.com/parenting/baby-care-2/5-reasons-your-infant-doesnt-need-a-pillow). But pillows for older babies and toddlers are necessary to provide cushion for their heads.
- Play Yard – Play yards are like little playgrounds for babies. These can be customized depending on you and your baby’s preference. Play yards can take up much larger space than a play mat.
- Play Mat- Play mats or baby gyms are often used by infants (ages 0-12 months) as they are still improving their senses. Play mats often come in complete package to stimulate vision, hearing and touch.
- Plushies – Plushies are basically soft toys. I separated this from toys because toys are pretty general. Plushies are made for newborns and infants as well as toddlers who want to have a specific stuffed animal as security blanket.
- Potty Trainer – A potty trainer is designed to mimic a real toilet for training toddlers in going #2.
- Powder – Powders are used to keep baby’s skin dry
- Prams – Prams are basically bassinets on wheels. They are designed for newborns and are supposed to keep them lying down. Prams are for your sleeping baby when you are on your day out.
- Puzzle Mats – Puzzle mats have been the thing here (from where I’m from) for as long as I remember. Not only do they keep your baby cushioned on solid ground, but it’s also colourful and fun.
- Q-Tips – also known as cotton buds, are widely used for personal hygiene, because it can reach hard-to-reach areas such as ears, nose, navel and the genital area.
- Quilt – this is one of the basics in baby bedding. A quilt have multiple purposes. It can be used as a bed cover as well as a blanket for the cooler nights.
- Rattle – A rattle is one of a baby’s first toy. It is a device that makes a sound when shaken. This helps babies’ hearing improve during the first months. It is also very entertaining.
- Receiving Blankets – Receiving blankets are technically for newborns when they are going to be brought home for the first time. But it can be used for a longer period of time as a basic blanket.
- Rocker – Rockers can be bassinets with the capability of being rocked, or a toy which can be rode upon, like a rocking horse.
- Rocking Chair – A rocking chair can be beneficial to moms with fussy babies, or someone who just wants to provide their little ones with a more comfortable sleep. Some moms also use this while feeding their child.
- Rug – A rug can be a safety measure. It cushions your little one’s feet against the solid ground at it can also be his personal space while doing activities.
- Safety Gates – Safety gates are necessary especially if you have a very active toddler who just goes everywhere. It is appropriate for staircases and areas in the house where you don’t want your baby to come in.
- Safety Pins – Safety pins are used to hold pieces of cloth together to form a basic cloth diaper.
- Saline Nose Drops/Spray – Saline nose drops or sprays are beneficial when your little one has a cold. Saline drops are basically salt water. This loosens up the mucus inside each nose that blocks his/her breathing. The loose mucus can be removed by Q-tips or nasal aspirator.
- Shampoo – A baby’s head is very sensitive at first. It should only be in contact with hygienic stuff made especially for babies. Choose a shampoo made especially for newborns and infants.
- Shoes – Although babies do not benefit from shoes until they are able to walk, shoes can be used for fashion.
- Sippy Cup – Sippy cups are designed to help babies transition from bottle/breast to cups. Sippy cups gives out much more liquid to help your baby get accustomed to the fast flow.
- Sleep Sack – Sleep sacks are wearable blankets. They are much better to traditional blankets because they are wrapped around your baby’s body, thus avoiding suffocation.
- Sling – A sling is a type of baby wrap used for baby wearing.
- Snowsuits – Snowsuits are coveralls used for cold climates and are usually waterproof.
- Soap – The same as shampoo, the soaps you should use should be fit for very sensitive skin.
- Socks – Socks are a necessity for a baby. Babies’ feet gets cold easily, and should be kept warm.
- Stepping Stool – Stepping stools are used by older toddlers who are already accustomed by walking around the house. Instead of climbing on everything to get certain items, safe stepping stools are bought by parents for their little ones.
- Sterilizer – Sterilizers are used to sterilize bottles, teats, toys and utensils used by the baby. It is a necessity for you to make sure that your baby’s belongings are germ-free.
- Storage Bags – Storage bags can be stored with many different things. From diaper stocks to bottles, from baby clothes to other baby essentials, storage bags are very handy.
- Straw Bottle – Straw bottles are like sippy cups in terms of helping babies transition from bottles to cups. The difference is, straw bottles have straws for babies who are not yet used to very fast flows. Straw bottles are needed to be sucked for the liquid to come out, unlike sippy cups which are free flowing.
- Stroller – A stroller is a travel system for babies and toddlers. They can be converted for lying down and sitting up. Strollers are beneficial for when you are going out and about with your baby for the day.
- Sunshade – Sunshades are usually used inside cars to avoid the bright sunlight.
- Swaddle – A swaddle is a piece of cloth to wrap your baby in securely. This is used by moms of fussy babies who are still accustomed to the feeling of being in the womb. Swaddles give the feeling of security and warmth to your little one. It also prevents your baby from having startle reflexes.
- Swimsuit – Summer cannot be complete without swimming. Your little one will be enjoying his swim with the proper swimsuit.
- Swing – Baby swings are used to give your baby the feeling of constant movement, just like in the womb. These give your baby comfort and can help them fall asleep faster.
- Teether – Teethers are soothing tools for your teething baby. Teething can be painful and itchy and your baby might be biting his toys and (sadly) your nipples as well. Giving a cooled teether will numb the pain in your baby’s gums as well as satisfying his need to bite.
- Teething Ointment – Teething ointments are used to numb the pain in your baby’s gums.
- Thermometer – These are used to get your baby’s specific temperature.
- Thermos – A thermos is a container which helps your drink remain its original temperature. It is useful for preparing a bottle of milk for your baby if you do not have a bottle warmer.
- Toothbrush – There are different types of toothbrush. Some are designed for milk teeth, when they are still growing but needs cleaning already. They are made from silicone and have little bumps all over for the brushing of teeth. And there are the regular toothbrushes when your little one’s teeth are fully out.
- Toothpaste – There are toothpastes in the market made especially for your baby’s age. Do not buy toothpastes for adults because these have different formulations and may pose a risk to your baby.
- Toy Basket – A toy basket is a storage for your baby’s toys. These are needed to keep your baby’s toys organized and always in place. You should also teach your baby to return his toys to his storage basket. This will teach your baby a sense of organization early on.
- Toys – Toys are objects for your baby to play with, and most of the time, toys are more than that. A specific toy can become his best friend or companion, and is his security blanket.
- Travel Crib – Travel cribs are cribs that can be folded down to a smaller size for travel.
- T-shirts – T-shirts are garments for your baby’s upper body. T-shirts are available for babies for comfort and also, for style.
- Tub – Bathtubs have different designs and make sure to choose the right one. There are tubs that go inside an adult-sized bathtubs so you can take a bath at the same time. There are also bathtubs that can just be placed on any flat surface.
- Undershirts – Undershirts are garments worn under a shirt. These are appropriate for the summer time for the absorption of sweat, as well as during wintertime to provide more warmth.
- Vaporizer – While a humidifier creates a cool mist of evaporated water, vaporizers do the opposite. They create a steam by heating water. Either one of these helps with your baby’s congestion by loosening up the mucus inside the nose.
- Walker – A walker is a device to help your baby walk. These are bought depending on the parent’s preference and observation. But most of the time, babies just learn to walk on their own.
- Warmer – Bottle warmers are bought by parents in cooler climates, because the milk gets cold faster. A bottle warmer prepares the bottle to be warm enough for the baby to drink.
- Washcloth – Washcloths are used for many different purposes. They are handy for your baby’s bath, as well as wiping off any dirt or mess on your baby during emergencies.
- Waterproof Bibs – Waterproof bibs are made with plastic and these are preferred by parents because excess food just slides off. Unlike with cloth bibs, it should be washed and dried again before use.
- Wipes – Baby wipes are essential for wiping off any mess made by the baby, and that includes poop time.
- Wrap – Wraps are a type of carrier for baby wearing. Wraps are more comfortable and snuggly unlike traditional carriers that are made for older babies. Wraps are made for newborns up until toddlers.
- Xylophone – Colourful xylophones are some of a baby’s first toys. These teaches them music and sounds and is also fun to play with.
- Yarn Animal – Yarn animals have much more texture than other stuffed toy. These are good first toys as well because they stimulate your baby’s sense of touch.
- Yellow Ducky – Yellow duckies are essentially a baby’s basic. These make bath times much more fun. It also improves your baby’s vision over time.
- Yogurt Bites/Melts – Yogurt melts are fun for toddlers because they are sweet and creamy and can be picked up by their little fingers. Finger foods help babies with their eye-hand coordination and also stimulates their sense of taste.
- Zebra Toy – A zebra toy is a good first toy for a newborn. Black and white patterns stimulate baby’s vision during the first months because those are the times when they cannot see colour yet.
- Zinc Oxide Ointment – A zinc oxide ointment is one of the types of a nappy rash cream. Zinc oxides are one of the most effective and can relieve rashes just overnight.
- Zip-Ups – Zip-ups are onesies and coveralls that can be zipped up and zipped down. These are much more efficient and time-saving than the ones with buttons.
Co-Author: Edana Patricio
These are just some simple examples of a baby items checklist that you can do. Of course, your own checklist will depend on what you think you and your baby will need. But always remember that making this list should be fun, memorable and exciting. Hey, it’s your first shopping time that is totally dedicated for your little bundle of joy. Enjoy the pleasure of buying for your little angel and preparing for their arrival.
For new mothers who are just starting to plan their shopping list for baby goodies, one of the most essential item on it would be bottles, pacifiers, basically anything in line with child feeding. But we must also pay particular attention when buying these items.
As far as I have known, I always go by the motto “better safe than sorry” when it comes to my daughters health. Unlike before, nowadays parents can identify baby items that are safe to use. Particularly, those that are BPA free baby products.
Baby products that are BPA free are a bit expensive as compared to other baby items similar to it. But we parents can be assured that our child’s health won’t be put at risk when we use these particular items.
What is BPA?
Baby items that are BPA or “bisphenol A” free are those items that are currently in the market when it comes to baby items. Form toys to cribs all the way down to pacifiers, all of them are, and should be, BPA free baby items as per regulated by the FDA.
A few years back, bottles and other plastic items made for babies are made of bisphenol A. The dangerous part of this is that BPA can leach through and contaminate food, liquid or anything that comes in contact with it while exposed to high temperatures.
During the year 2012, the FDA has made an act to ban all items that has a BPA composition in it. In result, major plastic producing manufacturers have voluntarily retracted and halted production of these BPA composed items. This brings us to the current BPA free baby products that we can now purchase with a sound mind.
How Can We Make Our Kids be BPA free?
Sadly for us, we have, more or less, ingested a lot of BPA during the past few years of our lives. We have probably consumed it unknowingly as we ate our microwave-heated meals that was in a plastic container or even through drinking water through a water bottle that was left in the car. But this does not mean that we can, at least prevent our new born and small children from ingesting BPA.
Use either BPA-free or glass bottles
These two options are the top priorities that you can invest on as parents. I for one had chosen the bottle manufactured by “Dr. Browns” as my child’s first bottles. Not only are the BPA free but at the same time they are anti-colic. But if you still would want to be extra safe, glass bottles can be your secondary option. Just make sure that you be more careful to prevent glass breakage.
Read every bit of detail regarding baby items, food, etc.
It pays to know the exact content of everything you buy. Especially when it comes to your child’s formula milk or baby food. Not only must you make sure that the ingredients are safe, you must also know what the plastic container of the milk or food is made from.
Heat milk using hot water instead of microwave
I have always used the old-fashioned method of warming my milk using warm water from a pan or kettle. It may seem, well it actually is, tedious, but it is far safer than using the microwave. Remember that using microwaves will not only give out radioactive waves but at the same time will induce a chemical reaction with plastics.
Opt to buy baby products made of organic items
These items may be hard to find and a tad expensive but they would surely guarantee a safer and more natural way of providing BPA free baby products for your young ones. Toys can also be organically made. I have purchased toys made of wood as my daughter’s first batch of play things. You must remember that kids love to bite and nibble on their toys, so make sure that they are safe as well.
Use glass, stainless steel or cast iron made cookware
Once your child is old enough to start their solid food transition, use cookware that are BPA free or those that are made of glass, cast iron or stainless steel. Also, continue this method with dining wares, food storage containers and anything that will come in contact with your child’s food and drinks. For me, I made it a habit to use one particular cookware for my child’s food. She also has her own set of BPA free utensils, cups plate and bowl for her to use every time she eats.
Train your child to have an all-organic diet
As early as they can eat solids without any issues, teach them how to eat organic food. I started my child with organic fruits and vegetables and worked my way up to organic brown rice. Currently she is getting the hang of eating meat, fish, chicken and pork which are also, as much as possible, organic.
These are just some of the things that you can prepare and arm yourself with when it comes to keeping you baby products BPA free. Just remember that BPA agents can be found almost in everything that is made. It is up to us to meticulously scan, identify and segregate those items that are harmful for our kids from those that are safe for them to use. It pays to have ample knowledge when it comes to your child’s safety and well-being most especially during the early years of their lives.
Parenting a Newborn and an Infant- Comprehensive Guide
There is nothing more overwhelming than the feeling of being a first-time parent. You’re all giddy and excited, worried and confused all at the same time. You’ve prepared yourself for nine whole months – or maybe your whole life – and yet when you have the actual baby in your arms, you quite don’t know what to do. First, please relax and bear in mind that every parent went through what you’re going through right now and yet they survived – which means that you will, too! See your baby’s development here so that you could keep track of how you’re guiding your little one.
The Newborn Stage
The newborn stage is the first few months into a baby’s life after birth. There is no definite amount of time for this stage. Some say 4 weeks, 5 weeks, 2 months, even up to 3 months, but every baby is different, and this stage lasts until they are more of an infant.
A newborn’s life is pretty simple. During this stage, babies basically just feed, sleep and poop. They need to feed ideally every 2-3 hours (breastfed) or 3-4 hours (formula-fed). They sleep for about 16-17 hours each day which are broken up into small fragments of 2-4 hours. Waking hours are spent during feeding, then they doze off again when they are full. Little by little, their waking hours become longer, and you will sometimes see them wide awake, looking around, but this only lasts for about 5-30 minutes at a stretch.
Developmental Stages of a Newborn
- From birth, babies already have their own reflexes as soon as they are out of the womb. These reflexes are:
- The Rooting Reflex – which begins when the cheek or the corner of the mouth is stroked lightly. The baby’s head will then turn and the mouth will open to the direction where he/she was touched. This helps babies find the breast or the bottle for feeding. This lasts up to 4 months.
- The Suck Reflex – which is their innate ability to suck when the roof of their mouths are touched. This reflex begins in the 32nd week of pregnancy and is then fully developed by the 36th In some three-dimensional or four-dimensional ultrasounds, babies can be seen sucking their thumb while still inside the womb.
- The Moro Reflex or the Startle Reflex – which is their natural reaction to a startling, loud sound. Some newborns are deep sleepers, but some are easily woken up by sounds. When a newborn gets startled, her arms and legs extend out, she cries, then pulls the legs and arms back in. Sometimes, their own cries startle them which then triggers this reflex. Parents resort to cuddling their babies or swaddling, which is wrapping up newborns tightly in swaddle wrap or muslin blankets so that their arms and legs wouldn’t extend out when startled, giving them the feeling of being inside the womb again. This reflex lasts until they are 2 months old.
- The Grasp Reflex – which is their ability to grasp something tightly which stroked their palms. This reflex lasts until they are 5 to 6 months old.
- The Stepping Reflex – which happens when they are held upright and they start to “take steps” when their feet touch the solid ground or one’s lap. This reflex lasts until they are 2 months old.
- After a week
- Head control: Newborns are able to lift their heads briefly while lying on their tummies. This lasts for only a few seconds because their muscles are not yet steady.
- Vision: Newborns are near-sighted. They can see faces really close, about 8-10 inches from them, but these images are in black and white and are still blurry.
- Hearing and sense of smell: By now, they are familiar with their mother’s scent and voice, and can recognize her when she’s nearby. They are also familiar with the sounds they hear when they are still in the womb, that’s why parents use white noise or sounds of heart beating to soothe their fussy babies or put them to a deep slumber.
- Tips to help their development: Converse with your baby as much as possible. Respond to their needs and make sure they are comfortable in every aspect.
- After a month
- Head control: Babies can now lift their heads higher and more steadily.
- Vision: Images are still blurry, but they can now focus on something nearby. When talking to your baby, he can now lock his eyes with yours and sometimes even track you while you are moving.
- Hearing: Babies’ hearing is fully developed by now. He will turn his head towards the direction of where a sound is coming from. He may blink or get startled when you clap your hands or make a loud sound.
- Tips to help their development: You may help their vision improve by showing them high-contrast, black and white images. You can also help them discover their body parts. Babies are not aware that they have arms and legs, so you can pull their hands to their face so they can see and get to know them.
- After 2 months
- Head control: By this time, babies now have enough control to hold his head up while being carried, but just briefly. They still need support on their necks while being carried upright because their muscle is still wobbly.
- Vision: Babies now are learning to distinguish colors. From birth, most of they see are black and white, and this improves over time.
- Hearing: By now, babies can “converse” with you. They have their own response to what you are saying because they can hear you now more clearly and they are starting to distinguish your tone and pacing. They are also starting to smile at this stage, which is a very big deal because they can now show how they are comfortable with you and you are appreciated.
- Tips to help their development: While conversing with your little one, try talking slowly, then try talking faster. Try talking quietly, then loudly. Watch their reactions and if they are responding to you. You can also show them colorful images with primary colors to help improve their vision.
How to know when you’re past the newborn stage
You know you already made it when you can already take care of yourself, the household
chores, the grocery, everything that you have been putting on hold since your little one came along. It means that you have already made your routine, and so does your baby. All the beautiful chaos of the newborn stage has now vanished, but the beauty remains. Do you want to get specific? Here are some signs that the smoke has cleared:
- Showering again – Yes! You may still have the paranoia that you can hear your baby crying while you’re in the shower, but hey, at least now you can pop in some conditioner and shaving, too.
- You do things quicker – Have you noticed that you eat, go to the bathroom, wash dishes, walk, and even sleep in a hurry? It became your thing to do things faster so that you could attend to your little boss in an instant. By now, you can relax and do things more slowly. Take your time and just enjoy each day with your little one.
- Your baby is now showing his/her personality – As weeks and months pass, you notice a gradual change in your baby as you two are conversing. You know when your baby has passed the newborn stage when he/she is already talking, smiling and laughing back at you.
- You change fewer diapers – As your baby’s gut matures, his poop interval becomes longer and longer, some even poop after 5-7 days, and it’s all normal. As a result, no more round-the-clock diaper changing, and you’re not really bothered anymore even when your baby is in a soiled diaper for a few minutes.
- You can have a date night – Now that your baby has settled into a routine, you can now leave your baby to someone you really trust (like a family member or a relative) for a few hours and have some time for yourself and your partner.
- You sleep longer – Why? Because your baby can now go longer hours without a feeding. As time goes by, babies start to distinguish day from night, especially when you provide an environment which clearly shows the difference. When a baby’s body clock goes into the proper rhythm, he/she becomes more awake during the day and sleep longer hours at night, and so will you.
- For a breastfeeding mom, feedings become quicker – By now, you have mastered how to breastfeed your little cherub in every position possible. The breastfeeding pain is gone, your milk supply is established and both of you are now more in tune with each other.
The Infant Stage
Babies are called infants when they are already past the newborn stage. Certain developmental processes mark the beginning of the infant stage, such as having an established routine.
The Infant Stage (3-12 months) is the stage for the most rapid learning and growth. Babies start discovering a lot of things. Each month has its own surprises you wouldn’t want to miss. They say that babies grow fast, and this statement cannot be truer. One moment you laid your baby down briefly to change your clothes, the next moment he already rolled from his back to his tummy and you cannot do anything but just thank the lucky stars you positioned him in the middle of the bed.
- At 3 months
- Head control: Babies have much more control now. They can hold their head up without much support, even when held upright. When lying on their tummies, they can now raise their head and chest.
- Motor skills: By now, some babies can roll from their backs to their tummies. If your baby is not ready yet, don’t force him/her, some babies need some time and he/she will be ready soon.
- Touch: Your baby is now discovering his hands. He may try to reach your face or your finger, anything that is nearby. His sense of touch is also improving, and he’s learning as you let him stroke or feel a different texture.
- Vision: If by last month they can only track things nearby, they can now track someone or something from a distance. Some babies can even converse from afar.
- Hearing: Babies now love to hear different voices, different sounds, and different music.
- Speech: Babies can now babble vowel sounds (aaaah, ooooh) back at you. Try to distinguish their tone if they are happy or uncomfortable.
- Tips to help their development: When talking to your baby, use adult words as much as possible. It seems early but you are actually setting your baby’s first words. You can also do baby talk and converse with them in a high-pitched voice because they usually respond to this tone. Always watch for their reaction and get a response as much as you can. This improves their communication skills. You can also try conversing with them from afar and see if they can already respond to you. This means their vision is clearer as well as their hearing. Play some soothing music to help them get ready for bed, and more upbeat music during the daytime when they are the most active. You can also help them develop their sense of touch by letting them play with different textured materials, or maybe do a lot of skin-to-skin contacts. This does not only improve their development, but this also lets you bond with your baby, too.
- At 4 months
- Head control: By this time, babies can now hold their head up steadily while they are being carried upright. No neck support is necessary, only the back and the spine should be supported.
- Motor skills: Rolling over is possible now. Some babies start early, while some start from 5-6 months, and that’s okay, too.
- Touch: Your baby’s sense of touch has improved during the past month, and he is now interested in specific textures (crinkly, smooth, furry).
- Vision: Babies’ vision has now improved from primary colors to colors that are similar to each other (example: red and orange).
- Hearing: Babies can now pick up parts of your speech. If by the past months they can only distinguish your tone and pacing, now they can already recognize words that are spoken to them more frequently. For example, they can recognize their name or nickname and possibly can respond to it.
- Speech: If by last month they can only say vowel sounds, their speech has improved and can now add some consonants to the mix. They may also try to imitate you as you are conversing with them.
- Tips to help their development: This is a good time for you to show more colorful books and mobile to help develop their vision. Some mobiles and toys also offer different textures and sounds (bells & clinking sound) for your baby to experience. When you are conversing with your baby, try speaking some easy and fun words and see if they are going to respond to it or imitate you.
- Teething: This may be the time for the first tooth to emerge, somewhere between this month to the 6th But some babies take longer. It will be a tricky situation because your baby may become fussy and difficult to handle due to the pain, all it takes is a lot of patience and comforting.
- At 5 months
- Head control: By this time, babies now mastered their head control.
- Motor skills: Babies can now sit up, but not yet steadily. They still need pillows or cushions to prop them up or to fall back down on if they are still wobbly.
- Touch: The most important touch that babies need to improve theirs is yours. Try massaging your baby to help him relax and fall asleep.
- Vision: Babies can now recognize a wide range of sizes and shapes, nearby or from a distance. Some babies can now track small, moving objects from afar. Try going to the other side of the room and see if they can track you or something you are holding.
- Hearing: Babies are now picking up everything they hear altogether and this helps improve their speech, because everything they hear, they try to imitate.
- Speech: As their speech improves, they will start adding more and more sounds. They may growl, squeak, make a high-pitched sound, or gurgle. By this time, they will be starting to “blow raspberries.” This is a milestone you will definitely enjoy because when babies discover that they can do something, they will do it over and over again.
- Taste: You may notice from the past months that your baby has been putting his hand/fist to his mouth. This month is a good time for their grasps to improve, so keeping their toys clean is a must because there’s a good chance that they will be putting all kinds of things in their mouths to stimulate their taste buds.
- Tips to help their development: During this month, you can help your baby sit up by positioning his legs in a V-shape in front of him, then placing a toy between his legs for him to focus on. Also, you can try putting a toy in his one hand, and then handing him another, and watch if he will pass the toy from one hand to the other for him to be able to hold the other toy.
- At 6 months
- Motor skills: By now, your baby must be crawling, or somewhat crawling. Others take their time with this ability and there’s no point in rushing. His motor skills have definitely improved and he can now go from being on all fours into his sitting position. Continue giving him tummy time for him to strengthen his muscles.
- Touch: Your baby is now very fascinated with different activities that stimulate his sense of touch (running his hands through silk cloth, sandpaper, running water, etc.). This also helps with his introduction to solid foods, so familiarity with different textures help him with the different textures of foods that he will be eating this month.
- Vision: Babies can now pick up even the tiniest details. The buttons on your blouse, the mole on your cheek, the pendant of your necklace. You may notice him staring at these for a few seconds. He is now taking in the details that he never noticed before.
- Hearing: This is the best time for babies with hearing problems to get help. You will know that your baby has a hearing problem when she doesn’t imitate the sounds around her, she doesn’t turn her head to the direction of a sound, she doesn’t respond to a voice/sound when in a quiet environment, or when she hasn’t begun babbling to herself or responding to others talking to her. These are red flags and should be a matter of concern.
- Speech: Babies continue on picking up from their surroundings and can now combine consonants and vowels into one word. Example: “gah”, “puh”
- Taste: Your baby is now ready to take his first solid food. This is an exciting milestone because he will be learning new tastes and textures through food. This is also his start to weaning, as he transitions (gradually) from milk to solids. Start by introducing mashed or pureed vegetables to practice his chewing and swallowing ability, as some babies still have their Tongue-Thrust Reflex (their natural reflex to push out their tongue when something touches their lips).
- Tips to help their development: Babies at this point, love to learn new things. They should have plenty of stimulation through toys, books, and different kinds of learning material. They should also have a quiet moment to themselves, such as quietly playing with building blocks or stacking cups. When talking to your baby, you can say a syllable over and over again, such as “ma”, “pa”, or “da”, so that he can hear them more clearly and set them as new words to try.
- At 7 months
- Motor skills: Your baby has much more control over his environment now. He can roll and crawl now to where he wants to go, so watch out. You can also encourage his movement more by placing toys out of his reach so that he can go for them. By now, he can also sit unassisted, but some babies still fall back down from time to time, so be sure to still put some pillows or cushions around him so that he will not fall on hard surface.
- Vision: Babies now are not anymore very interested in their mobiles, but are more fascinated in and entertained by books with big, colorful images, so read to them during their play time to also improve their hearing.
- Hearing: From this point on, babies continue on picking out parts of speech by listening intently to those talking around them. They also like to listen to different interesting sounds like animal sounds and different instruments.
- Speech: You may notice him now saying a syllable over and over again. As months pass by, more and more syllables will add to his vocabulary.
- Taste: Eating during the past month has improved his ability to chew and swallow, so introducing chunkier foods can be a new fun experience to try.
- Tips to help their development: As soon as your baby can sit unsupported and can hold his body steady, bath-time can now be more fun. Introduce floating toys in his bathtub such as duckies, sponges and pouring cups, and let him watch you while you use them so that he can imitate you.
- At 8 months
- Motor skills: By this month, your baby has gained some muscle strength to crawl more effectively. Some babies are already trying to stand at this point. Some advanced babies are even trying to walk. But if your little one is still in his “scooting” phase, it is normal, too. The pincer grasp, using the forefinger and thumb, is now developed and can be used during mealtime. Your baby can now pick up small pieces of food and put it in his mouth.
- Vision: After months of practice, your baby has now a much more improved vision and is enjoying looking at colorful books and other colorful learning materials. You can show him familiar objects in books and then show them the real thing for them to compare. You may notice your baby staring at them for a while. It means that they are taking the images in and learning their similarities.
- Hearing: By this month, your baby now knows some “labels”. He can now attach words to certain persons or objects. For example, when you say “Where’s daddy?”, and he will look the direction where his daddy is. Try attaching more labels to objects he is familiar with so that he can remember more words.
- Communication: Eight-month-old babies no know their routines very well. He already knows the “clues” for each activity. For example, when you close or dim the lights, he knows that it’s time for bed. When you put on his bib, he knows it’s his mealtime.
- Taste: Your baby can now eat other foods such as soft meat. His taste buds are now experiencing a lot of other flavors so keep his mealtime interesting with food combinations.
- Tips to help their development: Because they are now capable of the Pincer Grasp, you can now encourage your little one to self-feed. This is called Baby-Led Weaning wherein they decide how much they want to eat. They pick up pieces of food and only eats until they are full. This helps them determine if they are truly full and not because a parent has “set” a baby’s fullness by feeding continuously with a spoon. At this point, you can now also start teaching them easy gestures they can do by request such as “clap your hands”, “flying kiss”, “goodbye”, and “close-open”.
- At 9 months
- Motor skills: By now, your baby is now trying to stand up while holding on to something. Some babies are even trying to walking while holding on to railings for support.
- Vision: Babies will now love toys that move. He will take his time to discover how and why it moves and this will be very interesting for him.
- Speech: Your baby is now continuing to add more syllables to his vocabulary.
- Tips to help their development: This is a good time for you to teach them new things through art. For example, finger painting, using clay, kinetic sand, and other baby-friendly toys.
- At 10 months
- Motor skills: Your baby is now becoming more and more independent. He can now stand up for longer without support. Some babies, at this point, are now taking their first steps unsupported.
- Speech: Babies are now little chatterboxes! They have a lot of babbling up to their sleeves and they are really entertaining. Don’t forget to listen intently because they are communicating with you with this little syllables.
- Communication: Because your baby is now an expert at imitating, you can now try acting out some gestures or saying easy words then watch if he will follow. Babies are now showing more personality. They are very giggly and are smiling much more.
- Tips to help their development: Babies are getting more and more interesting as time goes by. They are getting more fun to converse with because they now have a deeper understanding than before. Continue conversing with them in every way possible – tell a very lively story, narrate something you are doing at the moment and let them watch you, show them objects and do a little role-playing or acting out. Be creative with your activities and don’t be shy in bringing out the inner child in you.
- At 11 months
- Motor skills: Now that your baby is nearing up her first year, she becomes more of her own person. Some babies are running by now, but don’t fret if your little one is not yet up to speed. He/she will develop in his/her own time.
- Vision: At the 11th month, they will now be interested in stacking cups or building blocks. Anything simple that requires precision and pattern. Encourage your baby to arrange his toys in a straight line or his books on top of each other. Use other resources instead of toys to widen his imagination.
- Communication: Now that your little one is babbling away like there’s no tomorrow, this is a good time for you to encourage a back-and-forth conversation. Ask him something and wait for his response. It will not year be a clear word yet, but at least there is an answer. Continue doing this every day to exercise his communication skills.
- Tips to help their development: Babies love learning new things (they always do). But when you are outside, make it a habit of pointing out certain things and describing them to your little one. Be specific with things he cannot see inside the house, like the sky, clouds, and trees. Describe them with much enthusiasm.
- At 12 months
- Motor skills: Your baby now is a little mover. Some are confidently walking by now, some are confidently crawling. And it’s all okay! This is not a competition like some moms think. Every baby is different and they have their own phasing.
- Vision: Your baby’s eyes are now fully developed. He can now see everything, from big to small, from something near to something in a distance. He can now also track objects that are moving fast.
- Communication: By this time, you can now converse with your little one more maturely than before. You can hear lots of response and reactions to different scenarios, different people, and different activities. Keep your play time interesting and full of new learnings.
- Tips to help their development: Because your baby is now entering the toddler stage, he is already very mobile. Baby-proofing your house is a must so that nothing can hinder his development. Try to make his space very wide, clean and safe for him to cruise on during his active moments. Make the most out of your playtime together and treat it as your bonding so that he will familiarize learning with fun and love.