Nowadays, it is very easy for you to meet children ride balance bike everywhere. Actually, there are a large number of reasons why parents choose balance bike for their kids 18 months old. It is not only an interesting outdoor activity but also capacity of developing gross motor skill, building up confidence especially it also provides an easy transition to pedal model. To find the best balance bike brand, let you click here to show full url of list. If you do not have much time for buying at balance bike at shop, you can click here to show full url of the most reputable balance bike websites. Below are the top reasons why you had better purchase a balance bike for your child as soon as:
1. Develop gross motor skill:
This is the most important reasons without being mentioned regularly. If you are also one of parents looking an appropriate toy with your child’s development, balance bike is the best tool meeting the essential demands such as gross motor skill development. According to Kid Sense Child Development, to ride balance bike, the good coordination ability is the most important element for avoiding injury and being self-regulation especially the most important thing is to create a good foundation for riding traditional bicycle attached pedals in the future. In terms of the physical aspect, balance bike also helps children develop the muscle strength and endurance as wellRead More →
Golden Rule 9: Choose Safe Foods
Children’s brains and other organs develop as they grow, and they eat a large amount of food in proportion to their body sizes. These facts make synthetic chemicals in food, which can disrupt normal brain activity and can be carcinogenic, potentially more dangerous for kids than for adults.
Banish the Worst Offenders. You can avoid chemical additives by reading labels. Some of the worst include nitrates and nitrites, carcinogenic preservatives found in items like luncheon meats and some canned vegetables, says Potter. “Nitrate” or “nitrite” may be combined with other words on labels, as in “sodium nitrate.” Also don’t give kids foods with the artificial sweetener aspartame, which can cause such side effects as excitability and mood swings. And nix artificially colored foods. Artificial colors (like “Blue No. 2”) have been linked to neurological disorders like hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder.
Look for the following natural (and safe) preservatives: vitamin E (also labeled tocopherol on foods), vitamin C (also look for ascorbic acid or ascorbate), citric acid, and sorbic acid (or sorbate). Also seek out natural sugar substitutes like stevia and natural food colors like annatto, carmine, carotene, and turmeric.
Buy Organic. To minimize your family’s exposure to synthetic substances that aren’t listed on food labels, like growth hormones and pesticides, buy organically produced food whenever possible. If your finances are limited, Potter suggests making organic milk a priority purchase. Growth hormones or antibiotics are often present in conventionally produced milk, and research suggests these may disrupt normal hormone function.Read More →
As a parent or a parent-to-be, you must have encountered various types of products for your babies, some even sound like a completely new thing and you cannot imagine what it is. Have you ever seen some ads or reviews for the best pack n play, for example? For first-time parents, a playard is something that they might not even hold a definition of. In this article, we will give you some basic knowledge about playards.
1. What is a pack and play?
So, first thing first, what is a playard?
Playard is also known as pack and play, is an enclosed space for babies to play and nap. In a pack and play, there are bassinets attached and changing tables attached. There are also options for music and storage.
Modern pack and play models can be easily packed up so that they can be carried around in trips.
2. How to use a pack and play
The pack and play models come in different sizes, functions and features.
If you just need a place to make sure you baby is safe when you are absent for a short time, a basic pack and play model is enough for your needs. Your baby can play or sleep safely there.
However, if you need more than that, a more well-equipped model is necessary. For example: your house have many floors and each time you take care of your baby, you need to go up and downstairs for several times. With bassinets and changing tabled attached in the pack and play, you can save a lot of efforts! Or, another case, you are travelling with your baby, so you will need a fully equipped pack and play model which is also portable.
To make sure the pack and play model that you buy can satisfy your needs, you need to check the how the pack and play folds and unfolds. If there are attached bassinets and changing tables, take them out and put them back on to see if they are attached properly or not.Read More →
Golden Rule 6: Keep Your Child Active
Children are overweight and obese in record numbers these days. To prevent obesity, your family needs to get moving. Even people who are genetically susceptible to obesity can achieve a normal weight if they eat well and stay physically active, notes physician Greenfield.
Encourage Movement. Focus on keeping your child active most of the day. Take walks, teach him juggling, and involve him in simple household chores like vacuuming, for example. Also set good examples, like taking the stairs instead of the escalator. Competitive sports are a good adjunct activity, but they’re best for children who are older than 7 or 8, says Greenfield.
Move Your Electronics. Put your computer in a central location so you can see how your kids are using it and limit their time. Keep the television out of your home’s center so your kids will be less engaged with it and will want to go outside and play. Greenfield recommends allowing a maximum of one hour a day during the week to watch TV or use the computer, and twoRead More →
What is the baby swing?
Baby swing is a helper for new moms and dads, who are exhausted of coaxing a baby to sleep. These freestanding equipments can imitate the move of the worm and make baby fall asleep easier. Baby swing is called as a magical tool for parents in take care their children’s sleep and it can work on even cranky babies. But remember that, it works the best during first few months of baby, We will mention about the most effective period to use baby swing inside the article.
When you need baby swing?
Most manufactures introduce their products working effectively when the baby is less than 30 pounds (equivalent to 13 kilograms). It means that you can use baby swing until the first birthday of your kid. But the fact that, some kid grows faster than others and some tends to push up and roll over earlier. Some baby is more active and bigger enough to turn the swing upside down. We advice that you should use baby swing for baby under 15-25 pounds and your baby is not too active or can turn over too early.
Do your babies love the swing?
As our introduction about the method of baby swing to help baby going to sleep easily, this product facsimiles the move of the mother and release the heat if need. In most case, babies will feel comfortably and fall asleep in few minutes. But some kid does not like the motion and reacts negatively. There are many reasons for the reactions and the solutions for that problem as well. But we have to tell you that sometime there is no way to solve trouble, just because the baby does not like the swing. And we know that the baby swing is not cheap and some supplier does not apply the return policy. So that you should let your babiesRead More →
Golden Rule 3: Reduce Household Toxins
No parent can possibly shelter their child from all the chemicals in today’s environment. However, a few simple changes can minimize your child’s exposure to household toxins. (To learn how to avoid chemicals in food, see Choose Safe Foods, page 81.)
Decrease Plastics. Most soft plastics like vinyl contain phthalates. These substances keep plastics pliable but are also endocrine disruptors, which means that they can interfere with normal hormonal development and lead to reproductive problems like infertility and cancers of the reproductive organs, says researcher Melody Milam Potter, Ph.D. It’s unrealistic to avoid all plastics, but you can reduce your child’s exposure to pthalates. Keep large plastic toys, like playhouses and slides, outdoors or at least away from your child’s sleeping area. Favor cloth or hard plastic teethers over soft plastic ones. Whenever possible, buy toys made from wood or other natural materials.
Choose Natural Products. Replace conventional cleaning products, which may release toxins, with baking soda, vinegar, or natural cleaning formulas. (For example, wash clothes with 1 cup baking soda instead of laundry detergent, or clean your toilet bowl with 1 cup white vinegar.) Also avoid conventional shampoos, lotions, and soaps; they usually contain carcinogenic preservatives, irritating detergents, and artificial fragrances. Don’t use talc; it’s carcinogenic and has been linked to some cases of infant death.
Limit VOCs. Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemical gases that come from a variety of substances. The most common sources include chlorine-treated water and gasoline. When chlorine in water hits your skin, it becomes chloroform, a toxic gas, says Potter. Consider installing a chlorine filter (they cost from about $25 for a shower filter to several hundred dollars for a whole-house system). When you pump gas, close your car windows and don’t let your children help.Read More →
IN SPORTS, THE GOLDEN RULE IS TO keep your eye on the ball. The same maxim applies to parenting: Paying diligent attention to your child is key, says childhood development professor David Elkind, Ph.D. Doing so, he says, you’ll learn your child’s wants and needs. But even the most attentive mothers and fathers need a little guidance. That’s why we asked more than a half-dozen leading child-care experts for advice. Here are what they agree are the fundamental rules for bringing up healthy kids.
Golden Rule 1: Ensure Good Nutrition
A healthy diet may help prevent food allergies, seasonal allergies, obesity, and other ailments that can stretch into adulthood. Good nutrition starts with infancy.
Breast-Feed. Mother’s milk safeguards your infant’s health better than formula, which doesn’t offer the hundreds of healthy substances like fatty acids and growth factors found in breast milk. Benefits of breast milk include protecting your baby from childhood obesity, reducing the chances of allergies and asthma, and lowering the incidence of ear infections and diarrhea. Physician Russell Greenfield, M.D., recommends breast-feeding your child for one year. If you can’t, choose a formula with added DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) or other omega-3 fatty acids, which may aid brain development.
Know When to Introduce Foods. Don’t feed solid food to children before their digestive systems are ready. If they have solid food too soon, their bodies will not completely digest the food, and undigested food particles may enter their bloodstream and contribute to allergies, food intolerance, and other disorders, says naturopath Mary Bove, N.D. In general, babies are ready to try solid food at around 4 months if they are bottle-fed and 6 months if they are breast-fed, says Greenfield. Wait 18 to 24 months before introducing allergenic foods like citrus fruits, eggs, milk, pineapple, strawberries, and wheat, especially if allergies run in your family.
Broaden Your Child’s Palate. As children begin to eat more solid foods, introduce them to a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes and other protein sources. The more foods children enjoy, the broader the range of nutrients they’ll receive. Don’t give up if your child likes only a handful of foods. You may need to expose her to a food eight to 10 times before she decides whether she’ll eat it, says Greenfield. To make dinnertime easier on everyone, Greenfield asks his kids to taste, rather than finish, a new item.
Provide Healthy Beverages. “I push water to help kids develop a taste for it before juice or [cow’s] milk,” says Bove. Juice is high in sugar, posing a risk of cavities and blood sugar swings, and many children have trouble digesting cow’s milk. Kids should drink a cup of water for every 10 pounds they weigh (up to eight glasses), recommends Greenfield. If you serve juice, dilute it with water, he says. Nutritious cow’s milk alternatives include almond milk, rice milk, and soymilk.Read More →