http://jonikidpt.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/kidpt.png 0 0 jonikidpt http://jonikidpt.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/kidpt.png jonikidpt2016-07-05 14:41:522016-07-05 14:41:52How to Promote Your Baby’s Development & Save Money at the Same Time
When a new baby comes, the house often becomes overrun with supplies and over the first year things for baby seem to multiply and take over! All of these things for baby can be expensive. What if you could save money AND best promote your child’s development?!
Young babies spend their days cycling between eat, sleep and poop. Between bottles or nursing, diaper blow outs and diaper changes and precious nap time, there isn’t a ton of play time. There are small intervals throughout the day that get longer as the baby gets older and begins sleeping less, feeding less often, and becoming more alert and mobile.
During those happy alert times there are many options to entertain baby: bouncers, exercausers, jumpers, swings, etc.
What is the best option for baby’s development? What is the best way for the explore their new exciting world?
My advice is to keep it simple. There is no need to spend so much money on various pieces of baby equipment.
The best place for a baby to explore is on a blanket or a play mat. Provide opportunities to look at different things and touch different textures. Instead of rotating between baby equipment, try rotating toys instead.
Concerned about safety with pets or older siblings? Look into a play yard or an old fashioned play pen (larger than the modern pack n play).
Babies learn how to use their eyes, ears, mouths and hands by actively turning their heads in response to sights and sounds. They learn how to control their bodies to move to something they want with practice and experience. This needs to happen out of a semi-reclined position, that babies often spend a lot of time in, between car seats, swings and bouncers.
Many people will say that their kids are happier when upright in exercausers or jumperoos. There is no denying that many babies enjoy it and for 15 minutes a day while you take a quick shower or need to get something done in the house, that’s ok. I simply recommend limiting use, not banning these baby devices if it makes a difference for the parent.
Allow your baby to move their bodies in the ways they are ready. They grow so quickly and will be up and running before you know it. Until then, let them explore and learn how to control their bodies against gravity one step at a time. This will maximize your child’s development from sensory processing to gross motor abilities, and in the end could even save you some money!