Newborns learn simply by touch, sight and sound. Toys and mobiles with bright colors and patterns stimulate vision development. Classic toys such as rattles, musical toys and unbreakable crib mirrors are also great learning tools.
Keep morning sickness at bay
For expectant mothers, a daily routine and proper meal planning can help alleviate morning sickness. Eat small meals throughout the day and be sure to drink fluids half an hour before or after eating, but not during. Napping right after a meal can also cause nausea to be worse.
Cooking and preparing meals can be a great learning opportunity for young children. Involving them in the process helps build basic skills, sways a picky eater, educates them on nutrition and provides a confidence boost when they make something on their own.
Transitioning from liquids to solids may seem like a big step for both baby and parent, but incorporating at a slow rate will ease the process. Introduce one solid food at a time and wait two to three days before starting another. At month six to seven, two meals a day is typical. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, once baby is at eight months a daily diet could include any of the following:
- Breast milk or iron-fortified formula
- Iron-fortified cereal
- Yellow, orange and green vegetables
- Small amounts of protein such as poultry, lentils, tofu and meat
When your children return to school, plan on sending a healthy drink option with them each day to provide an alternative to soda. A 12-oz. fountain drink contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar and 150 calories. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, drinking one can of soda a day increases a child’s risk of obesity by 60 percent.