Childcare Options

The choice of a day-care should be a thoughtful decision, but also a matter of trust. Both parents should like the chosen day-care, so that they transmit security to the child. Choosing a daycare means asking many questions and being an observer. Start looking for a centre about six months before enrolling your child (the best ones fill up quickly) and use this list to find one that meets some minimum requirements.

Find a daycare that has an outside play area. Children should play outdoors in the open air each day due to the fact that running and jumping is good for their physical, mental and social development. If the best day care do not have a large enough outdoor play area, make sure they have at least a lot of indoor play space.

A good day-care should offer a welcoming environment and their employees should have a patient and understanding attitude with the little ones. This is important mostly for the little ones that are the ones that are in an adapting process.

It is important that the centre is flexible and allow you to drop off and pick up your children at different times, but you must also have very clear rules about how it works, from what hours it is open until what their emergency plans are.

Skilled and motivated employees

Day-care employees should have a college degree of at least two years of college or community college, with training in child development, preschool education, and first aid training for young children.

Observe how employees interact with children. Caregivers should be always responsible, very enthusiastic and most important well prepared. Find people who share your philosophy and your same habits regarding baby’s routines such as sleep time, discipline, nutrition and other important aspects of child care. A good daycare will try to keep small groups to stimulate interaction and development.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if the centre offers good working conditions to its employees, they will remain in that place of work and your child will not have to change teachers frequently.

Stimulating and appropriate activities according to age

The best day care centres have structured hours that include a lot of time for physical activities, times for children to relax, group programs, individual activities, meals, snacks and free time.

It is not common, however you can find daycares that offers videos activities. Television and videos should have little room during that time. If the videos are part of the activities, make sure they are appropriate for the age of the children and they have something educational, such as teaching about other cultures, caring for the animals, etc. An excellent child care or kindergarten in North Lakes can make a substantial difference to their development. A good program should stimulate the development of your child and make your daily life easier.

Find a daycare that offers a wide variety of toys that are appropriate for your child’s age, that also stimulate their development and help them to be creative, inducing imaginative play as they grow.

If you have to prepare your child’s lunch at home, find out what standards that day-care has for food. Some day-cares ask that only nutritious foods be included and they do not allow sweets for the sake of the children. If the day-care provides meals, find out if they cover all food groups and encourage good nutritional habits. This is especially important if your child has an allergy to any food. See this website for further details.

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How To Swaddle A Baby Properly

Bring Comfort and Warmth To The Little One.

Now that your child is born you have to be a good parent, and that means much work! Nevertheless, we are here to help you out with your endeavor, and so we will teach you to make a swaddle to keep your baby comfortable and warm.

  • History Of Swaddling

Swaddling is an ancient practice of wrapping your child in blankets or cloth to restrict movement of the baby, keeping it safe and warm.

This practice had popularity because it was thought it would prevent physical deformities. As such, babies were swaddled until about 8 or 9 months with linen bands from head to toe.

However, this particular way of swaddling fell out of favor in the 17th century as doctors at the time saw swaddling as a technique that restricted the movement of the child, making his body tender and unable to bear pressure.

Nevertheless, the ancient way of swaddling was eventually replaced by a more friendly way involving cotton blankets and specialized baby swaddles. The popularity of swaddling was grown as a means to soothe irritable infants, and to help the baby sleep more.

  • How to Properly Swaddle your Baby

It is imperative to swaddle your child correctly because if you wrap it very tightly, his blood flow can be affected. Also, you must make sure the swaddle is done in such a way that the baby can move his legs freely at the hip, allowing for proper hip development. For this, use a large blanket.

You also must be aware of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) that is occurs when an entirely healthy baby suddenly dies from suffocation. To prevent this do not: Swaddle your baby too tight as I mentioned above; Swaddle a pacifier into your child’s mouth; Keep it laid on his back; Use a firm mattress in the baby’s crib; Remove excess pillows and stuffed animals from the crib.

As such, you are ready and informed to begin swaddling your baby.

Firstly, lay down a thin blanket on a flat surface and arrange it in a diamond shape. Ensure the black is very thin, so the baby does not overheat.

Secondly, fold down the top corner of the blanket making the fold as same as the child is tall.

Thirdly, lay down the baby ensuring that his neck is in the fold. Make sure the baby’s head and body are properly supported when you do this.

Gently place one of the arms parallel to the child’s body and hold it, then pull one of the blanket corners (the same as the arm you are holding) to the other side of the body and tuck it underneath the baby.

After that, place the other arm parallel to the body, same as before, and pull the bottom corner of the blanket to the center of his shoulders, tucking it behind the baby’s left shoulder. Leave room in the legs to allow free movement within the swaddle.

Finally, pull the remaining corner over your baby’s front tucking it under the baby’s back.

Congratulations! You now have properly swaddle your child making him warm and, most importantly, safe. This cozy little swaddle you have done for him will get him to sleep much better and peacefully

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