Babies Online Zine – December 2007
Featured Article: Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Baby and Toddler
It is the holidays and it is time to start thinking about WHAT you should get your baby or toddler as gifts. Depending on the age you may ask IF you really need to have gifts for your baby under the tree or not. Many people would say no, but if you really want something under the tree that you can help your baby unwrap, there are some great ideas!For babies under a year, it is probable that they won’t understand the whole “gift giving” idea or even be able to figure out how to unwrap a present on their own. They won’t care if there is a rattle, a gym, or a new outfit under the tree. If this is your baby then buy things that YOU need and that will help your baby developmentally, or clothing for the upcoming season. Wrap up these items so that they are under the tree so that your baby has gifts on Christmas morning, but that they are things he really needs. After all, he won’t know the difference. For the toys and other educational items you do buy your baby you need to be sure that you look at the age guidelines and recommendations so that you know you are choosing the right toy for your child.
Quick Facts About Potty Training
* The perfect age to begin potty training is different for every child. Your child’s best starting age could be anywhere from eighteen to thirty-two months. Pre-potty training preparation can begin when a child is as young as ten months.
* You can begin training at any age, but your child’s biology, skills, and readiness will determine when he can take over his own toileting.
* Teaching your child how to use the toilet can, and should, be as natural as teaching him to build a block tower or use a spoon.
Kids’ Toys -Think Before You Buy
There is a chore in my home that brings out the procrastinator in me. This particular chore is so big and so difficult, that I create new tasks just to avoid starting the dreaded job. What could
be so bad: My toddler?s bedroom ? a.k.a. fighting the battle of ?too many toys!?
The problem doesn?t arrive from a lack of organization or space to put things, but from just too many toys in the first place. His room, when tidy, looks like a little toy store gone mad. My husband built custom shelving just for the toys and books, with varying shelf sizes to accommodate
different types of toys and sizes of books. However, when I take a close look at the contents, it?s obvious that there?s lots of ?stuff?, but little thought went into most of it.
How should you select and organize your child?s toys? Choosing quality kids? toys, selected by their developmental stage and abilities, is the first step. Most toys have a recommended age on
the package to let you know the appropriate age group. Take cues from you own child to guide you in whether he is ready for a certain toy.
See you next month!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s newsletter. Next month we’ll have more news, information, and freebies, so stay tuned!
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