First Year Developmental Milestones

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The first year of developmental milestones are some of the funnest experiences for a parent! Those coos, giggles, first steps and other fun  milestones are the moments every parent waits for! But, it can also be scary when you don’t know if your baby is meeting those milestones or not! As always, if you think your baby is continually missing milestones talk to your pediatrician. Keep in mind these are GUIDELINES! If your baby is not hitting every milestone when its listed below, don’t panic! But if you are concerned, again just talk to your pediatrician!

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10 Advantages of WEARING your Baby

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When I was pregnant with my second, I researched and researched all the double stroller options. In the end, I came to the conclusion that I would get a wrap or a sling. My 2.5 year old prefers to walk…no…RUN everywhere! So, I decided i would not spend the money on a double stroller. Instead, I would wear my baby when possible and have the stroller just in case my 2 year old wanted a break, or if I needed a break from “wearing” my baby! So far I am SO glad I decided to do this! I wear my baby EVERYWHERE! I started out with the Boba Wrap and absolutely LOVE It! Once I figured out how to tie it, it was a dream! I was recently given the Mamaway Ring Sling to try out and I am really liking it!! When I am around the house doing chores or moving around a lot i prefer the wrap. But when I am wearing my baby out at the park or on a walk the ring sling is quick and easy! Check out all these advantages of wearing your little babe! (Other than the fact that it is a dream to snuggle your baby all day!!)

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DIY Toddler Sandbox ||For the Busy Mama!!!||

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Can we just get three cheers that summer is here!!?? HIP HIP HOORAY!!!!! If I could I would be outside every single day all day playing with  my boys! And truth be told, my 2 year old would be outside all day every day as well!

I have been dying to get my son a Sand Box but have been a total cheapo and haven’t wanted to go buy one! Not to mention how much sand costs to fill it! (Who in the world came up with sand prices?!) Anyway…as I was scrolling through a classifieds Facebook page I am a part of I saw a little bookshelf for sale for $5. I had an instant light bulb! Bookshelf Sandbox! Yes please!

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10 Ways to Make Tummy Time More Enjoyable

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Tummy Time is one of the most important activities you can do with your infant! It has so many benefits during infancy and affects your child’s later development as well.

What benefits will you see from tummy time?

  • Strengthens neck and back muscles
  • Develops head control
  • Develops muscles in the arms and shoulders when child pushes up
  • Develops back muscles and spinal extension
  • Improves baby’s ability to clear their face to breathe
  • Promotes visual exploration of their environment
  • Promotes body awareness and self-image
  • Experiences movement in space;head movements from looking down to forward.

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Let’s be honest, most babies don’t LOVE tummy time! Often, tummy time is a scream fest and baby hates it by the end! So, lets talk about some ways we can make it more enjoyable and fun for your baby!

Never leave your baby alone during tummy time

There are a few reasons as to why you should never leave your baby alone during tummy time. First and foremost—SAFETY! If your baby does not have head control they are at risk of not being able to move their head/face if they are unable to breathe. For your child’s safety, do NOT leave them alone when they are inexperienced on their tummies. (Never put your child to sleep on their stomachs, for more information go here. )

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Help your toddler kick their fear of swimming

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Swimming with your toddler can be so much fun! It can also be a big pain if you plan an awesome swim day only to find out your toddler/baby hates swimming! Don’t fret! Chances are they will not always hate swimming! And, there is good news!! There are ways you can help those future little fishies so they will learn to love swimming! These tips will work wonders on a child who is timid or horrified of water.  You know your child best! Go the speed you know they can handle according to their comfort level in the water.

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