How To Encourage Crawling With Your Baby

Most babies learn to crawl between 6 – 14 months. It typically occurs after your baby has been able to sit well unsupported  around 5 – 7 months. However some babies never crawl, instead opting for bottom shuffling, creeping on their stomachs, or developing a ‘duck-waddle’, which causes unnecessary strain  on their lower back ligaments.

All babies need to have ‘ tummy time ‘ .  They spend a lot of time lying  on their backs and they are frequently kept upright in the life we lead today – in car seats, baby carriers,  bouncers,  prams and strollers, which means that unless you do ‘ tummy time ‘  with your baby, it may lead to a  delay  in the development  of his gross motor skills.

Get  down on your hands and knees and crawl across the room. This is a great opportunity to understand how difficult crawling may be for your baby and especially if your floors are hardwood, tiles, or slate.

Your baby will love seeing you on the floor so place him next to you so he can learn and enjoy the closeness. Sometimes you may need to position your baby in a crawling position.

If he bottom shuffles or crawls backwards  show him what to do. You can create a game by placing a toy in front of you both and crawling towards it.

Make sure you give  lots of praise !

How To Encourage Crawling With Your Baby: http://youtu.be/vaQ37AnZpU4
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How To Help Your Baby’s Development – 8 to 12 months

Here are a few simple things you can do to help your baby’s development:

  • Your baby is interested in conversation, so talk about everyday things, like what you’re doing, This will help him understand what words mean. The more talk the better.
  • By responding  to your baby’s babbling,  his language, communication and literacy skills develop and make him  feel  loved and valued. Your baby will enjoy hearing your voice and its tones and love watching your facial expressions as you talk.
  • At this age, your baby especially enjoys social play and loves copying what you do .Sing songs, play peekaboo and make funny sounds. He will  feel loved and secure and surprise you with what he can do.
  • Reading and telling stories develop your baby’s imagination and lays down the foundations of language.
  • Moving and exploring helps your baby develop posture and build muscle strength gearing him up for more complex movements like crawling, pulling himself up to stand and walking.
  • If you haven’t baby proofed your home it is essential to do it now.

How To Help Your Baby’s Development – 8 to 12 months: http://youtu.be/jNN18geUcsw
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Your Baby’s Development – 8 to 12 months

Healthy babies who have plenty of love and attention develop new skills in a completely natural and continually surprising way. So much development takes place in the first 12 months every day is different and an amazing process for parents.

Babies grow and develop at very different rates – and often don’t comply with what parenting textbooks say they should be doing! At this time your instincts kick in strongly and you’ll recognise that if your baby is eating well, sleeping well and is happy when he is awake than he is perfectly fine.

From Eight to twelve months: Your baby’s ability to experience different emotions and moods has developed a lot. They are able to entertain  themselves with familiar objects and people. They will be getting ready to crawl and walk, and will be able to move away from things that upset or annoy them.  They will deliberately use their hands to pick up things and drop them. They can work out what’s upside down and what is  the right way around. They will begin to understand simple expressions such as ‘ Where is daddy? ‘  ‘Where’s the dog or the cat?’ and ‘Pass it to me’, and will begin using gestures to communicate what they want.

Your Baby’s Development – 8 to 12 months: http://youtu.be/ilMtzdT1Y2Q
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How to Help Your Baby’s Development – 4 to 8 Months

Here are a few simple things you can do to help your baby

  • Sometimes babies will cry because something is making them uncomfortable  – such as their nappy is wet, or they’re hungry, Your baby will feel comfortable and safe when you respond and he  learns to trust you and rely on you  Comfort your baby during this time. You can’t spoil your baby too much by picking him up, cuddling him and  talking  in a soothing voice.
  • Playing together helps you and your baby get to know each other and also helps them feel loved and secure. Sing, read books, do tummy time
  • When your baby sees you smile chemicals are released in their body that make them feel happy and safe. Smiling helps their brain grow and plays a part in the attachment process.
  • When you talk or listen, look your baby in the eye and make facial expressions. This helps them learn the connection between words and feelings and the basics of language and communication
  • Do things in a similar order each day – feed, play, sleep. Routine helps your baby feel safe and secure.
  • It is time to  baby proof your home for your  baby to move about in. You’ll be surprised how far they might roll or what they can reach, even at this age.

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Your Baby’s Development – 4 to 8 months

Your Baby’s Development – 4 to 8 months: http://youtu.be/pKo7T0oRKJg

Babies develop in the same order but at completely different rates. A seven-month-old might be crawling around and chattering madly, while another might be playing silently on their play mat. This is all completely normal.

Your baby’s everyday life affects how their brain develops. Lots of love, attention and interesting experiences do wonders for their brain growth, learning and development.

  • Two to six months: Your baby’s eyesight is really improving. They begin to connect what they see with what they hear, taste and feel. By watching how you react to their emotions and by seeing you express your feelings, they start to recognise when they feel happy, or  sad, excited or scared.
  • Six to eight months: They are developing ideas about who they are. They are also working out the difference between parents and strangers, adults and children. They have positive and negative emotions and know how to express them. They can let you know when they want help. They are changing everyday

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How to Help Your Baby’s Development – Birth To 4 Months

Here are some very simple things you can do with your baby around this time to help his development:

  • Sometimes babies will cry because something is making them uncomfortable –  their nappy or diaper maybe wet, or they’re hungry, or the light is too bright. When you respond to these things, You make your baby feel more comfortable and safe when you respond to his distress .He learns to trust you and rely on you. It’s important to comfort your baby during this time. You can’t spoil your baby too much by picking them up, cuddling them, or talking to them in a soothing voice.
  • The best toy for your baby is you. Playing  with you helps your newborn feel loved and secure, and this helps them develop and learn.
  • When your baby sees you smile, chemicals are released in their body that make them feel good. It also helps their brain grow. Smiling plays a part in the connecting and attachment processes.
  • Spending time playing on their tummy each day builds your baby’s head, neck and upper body strength. They need this strength for lifting their head and for movements they will do later on, like crawling and pulling up to stand.
  • Baby massage is a great way to connect with your baby. It can also be relaxing and soothing if your newborn is cranky.

How to Help Your Baby’s Development- Birth To 4 Months: http://youtu.be/xL4slXFQD4Q
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Your Baby’s Development – Birth To 4 Months

Babies can respond to sights and sounds from an early age. Reacting to loud noises is all part of development. You can help your child learn by holding them close, making eye contact and talking to them. Even making baby noises will teach your baby how to listen, the importance of words and taking turns in a conversation.

  • At birth: babies can’t support their head unaided. They close their hands involuntarily in the grasp reflex and startle at sudden loud noises.
  • At four weeks: babies can focus on a face and might respond to a noise in some way by being startled, crying or  going quiet. They can follow an object moved in an arc about 15 cm above their faces until it’s straight ahead.
  • At six weeks: babies might start to smile at familiar faces. They start to coo.
  • At 12 weeks: babies can lie on their tummies with their heads held up looking around. They can also wave a rattle, and they start to play with their own fingers and toes.
  • At 16 weeks Your baby will start to reach out for objects as their muscles develop.

Your Baby’s Development – Birth To 4 Months: http://youtu.be/bfydJvJTQqg
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How To Interpret Your Baby’s Cry

All babies cry, and some cry a lot. Crying is your baby’s way of telling you they need comfort and care. Sometimes it’s easy to work out what they want, and sometimes it isn’t.

The most common reasons are:

  • hunger
  • a dirty or wet nappy
  • tiredness
  • wanting a cuddle
  • wind
  • being too hot or too cold
  • boredom
  • overstimulation

It can be exhausting if you’ve tried everything and nothing seems to comfort your baby and they are crying excessively

This can be a sign that your baby has colic.. The crying sounds miserable and distressed, and stops for a moment or two, then starts up again, which suggests it could be caused by waves of stomach pain. Speak with your doctor for medication advice.

Crying may be also be  a sign of illness.

Listen for sudden changes in the pattern or sound of your baby’s crying. Often, there’ll be a simple explanation. For example, if you’ve been going out more than usual your baby might be overtired.

If your baby has  other symptoms, such as a high temperature, or seems floppy when you pick him up, or has a rash he may have an illness.  If this is the case, contact your doctor.

How To Interpret Your Baby’s Cry: http://youtu.be/1g5rV3A4JRQ

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How To Stop Your Baby Crying

Try some of the following ways to comfort your baby:

  • If you are breastfeeding let your baby suckle at your breast.
  • If you’re bottle feeding, give your baby a dummy or pacifier. Some babies find their thumb instead and this is fine too.
  • Hold your baby or put them in a sling or baby carrier so that they’re close to you. Move about gently, sway and dance, talk to them and sing.
  • Rock your baby backwards and forwards in the pram, or go out for a walk or a drive. Lots of babies like to sleep in cars. Even if they wake up again when you stop, at least you’ll have had a break.
  • Play music or use a mobile above the cot to distract your baby.
  • Try stroking your baby’s back firmly and rhythmically, holding them against you or lying face downwards on your lap. You could also undress your baby and massage them with baby oil, gently and firmly.
  • Try a warm bath. This often calms  babies instantly though with some it does not work.
  • You’ll find the magic formula and use it time and again in these trying situations!

How To Stop Your Baby Crying: http://youtu.be/406si60BWM0

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How To Massage Your Baby

Massaging your baby is relaxing and enjoyable for you both. Many people find just after a bath is the best time as the baby is already undressed but you can choose to do it anytime.

Make sure the room is warm and free of draughts. You should use a pure edible oil (for example, apricot, light olive) and avoid any oil containing nuts in case of allergies. Place the oil onto your hands, not directly onto your baby.

Use firm, smooth continuous strokes possible using the palm of your hand or flats of your fingers. If stroking on the chest, use diagonals (for example, shoulder to opposite hip) and if stroking on the back, use long strokes down the back. Stroking can also be used on the face, head and limbs.

Start by massaging your baby’s feet using firm but gentle strokes and work your way up the legs. Avoid your baby’s genital area.

Baby massage is soothing and can comfortably last 10 to 30 minutes Massaging your baby is about connecting with your child and also relaxing them It’s also not a good idea to massage your baby when they are upset. Be guided by what your baby likes and how you feel as well.

How To Massage Your Baby: http://youtu.be/B2HIrp4uMXE
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