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There are few sounds that penetrate our ears in quite the way the sound of crying baby does! Just spend a little time on a flight near a bawling newborn or screeching toddler to feel the levels of tension and panic rise for all nearby. As a parent you are preprogrammed to respond physically to your baby’s cry. You may find that your blood pressure rises, as a mom, your milk letdown can be induced and your heart beats a little faster when you hear your baby cry. New parents are often unprepared for the amount babies cry and the feelings it will induce. It may amaze you to know that many young...

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  Most babies start to sit at around 6 months of age and so begins a relatively peaceful window in the first year. Most babies are fairly content to sit and play. Sitting gives your baby more control over his world and an interesting vantage point from which to interact.   After the lull of the 6 to 9 month period, when your little one seemed more manageable, arrives the 9 to 18 month period.  This is without question the busiest and most exhausting time for parents. Your little one beings to crawl and move and with this activity comes danger – a little one who is into everything...

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“…your baby can only benefit optimally from stimulation when it is balanced, varied and meaningful and occurs at a time when he can best utilize the sensory input..” Stimulation is important for brain development – of that we are sure. The connections (synapses) that are made between brain cells are vital for development. For example a connection in the language part of the brain will result in understanding of speech or in speech itself. Connections are mainly made between brain cells in the presence of stimulation...

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There is a great deal of debate and conflicting information out there on when the right time to introduce solids is. Since many moms ask questions about this subject, I felt that it would be beneficial to equip parents with solid, research based information when making this decision. For this reason, I asked esteemed Pediatric dietician, Kath Megaw to present the latest research-based evidence for when to introduce solids. Complementary Feeding The World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends the term weaning be replaced with the term complementary feeding. Complementary feeding incorporates any...

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From womb to world

15-05-2012 in Crying

  For nine months your baby was nurtured in the ideal sensory world of the womb. From this calm environment your baby emerged into our busy sensory world.  At birth human babies are less mature than almost any other mammal. Their little brain is not capable of any conscious decision or voluntary movement but is an advanced sensory organ. In other words the brain takes in information from the senses and over time learns to process and make sense of the new sensory input. Meg Faure, OT and author of The Babysense Secret shows you the best ways to ease your baby into our busy world by preventing...

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Almost any mom will admit that she wants her baby to be one of the clever ones - a smart little chap. We know life is easier for bright and clever people. For this reason as parents we invest time and energy in ensuring that our baby develops optimally and is well stimulated. Research is constantly looking at the key influences on intelligence. Timothy Taylor, PhD, in his book The Artificial Ape, published in July 2010, looks at the inventions that changed the course of human development. As we know, human babies are born less mature than almost any other mammal on earth and their survival depends on...

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