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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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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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Summer in the UK can mean rainy, wet weather while cold wintery conditions in SA mean we are spending less time outdoors than we usually do.  Wherever you are in the world when the weather is not too great it can be a battle to think of things to do with your tots indoors.  Baby Sense to the rescue!  Here are 20 fun and easy activities to try on a rainy day. 1.  Bring out door inside Bring toys you usually have in the garden inside.  You may find that they are used in different ways.  A paddle pool filled with beanbags or soft toys is different to a paddle pool of water.   A skipping rope...

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Having a family is wonderful, but it is expensive.  I find myself always accepting free samples and actually using them.  Every penny helps in my family and I am sure for most others.  Entertaining my kids is hard work and  finding fun things for them to do is often expensive and requires a lot of planning.  I thought of 10 budget friendly days out which require minimal planning and cost. PICNIC Pack a blanket and a few ball games and head out into a nature area.  Keep picnic food simple and easy to eat.  Think finger foods and you will be on the right track.  Try not to take along foods like...

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