Most children know the ABC song by the time they’re 3 or 4. However, many children don’t learn to recognize the letters of the alphabet by name until they start school.
Here are some helpful tips as to how and when to teach your child their alphabet.
Remember: Every child is different, thus they develop and learn differently then their peers.
- Be patient. Some kids learn faster than others. Just remember that they all eventually do learn.
- Line up the foam letters, or magnetic letters on a refrigerator, and sing the ABC song. Next, remove a few of the letters and sing the song again. Whenever there is a missing letter, clap instead of singing the letter. This is a fun way to have the child focus on the letters she is singing.
- From time to time mix in some of the letters your child has already learned. If you don’t review, he or she may likely forget them.
- You can teach your child the sound associated with each letter by simply making the sound whenever you pick up or play with the letter. For example, if you’re playing with the letter s, whenever you move it through the water say, “Here comes the S…!”
- Try to associate every letter of the alphabet with a word. That way, if your child forgets the letter, he or she may still remember the word. For example, the word for A could be apple because apple starts with an A.
- Reinforce what your child has learned by pointing out the letters whenever you see them (in books, on billboards, on signs, everywhere).
- Try not to have too many letters in the tub at once. It may confuse your child.
- Don’t feel that you have to introduce the letters in order–you don’t.
- Follow up with a slow, simple ABC song that allows the child to point to letters while singing.
- You may want to use a calendar as a way to plan or record the letters you introduce each week. Or if you want to keep it simple, get two bins–one for letters to be introduced and the other for those that have been introduced already.
There are a few things to remember when it comes to caring for your newborn’s umbilical cord.
1) Give your baby sponge baths instead of tub baths until it is fully healed.
2) Never attempt to pull off the stump even if it looks ready to be removed.
3) Keep the area clean and dry.
If the area looks red or inflamed, consult with your child’s doctor to rule out an infection (although this is rare).
Are you a nursing mama? What position do you find most comfortable when nursing your little one? Share with us!
Did you, or are you planning on, using ovulation tests to monitor your fertile window?
If you have used them, did they work well for you? Would you use them again?
For me personally, they worked well for my 2nd pregnancy, but not my first. I was incredibly irregular the first time around.
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When did your little one start walking?
Normally most toddlers start walking sometime between 11 and 14 months. A select few are a little earlier or a bit later. Every child is different.
Share a little bit about when your child took his or her first steps.
How are you preparing your older children for the impending birth of a new brother or sister?
Here are just a few ideas to share:
1) Allow your child to express his or her feelings throughout your pregnancy. When they ask questions, answer them (based accordingly to their age).
2) Get any changes out of the way BEFORE the baby arrives. If you are going to be moving your child(ren) to another room, do so so they have time to adjust. Work on toilet training and weaning if you feel they are ready.
3) Sibling birth classes are often offered. If you think your children are having a hard time adjusting to the idea of a new family member, consider a class to help them transition.
Do you use a particular brand of detergent for your little love’s laundry? If so, what is it? I made detergent out of all natural products for my youngest. He had very sensitive skin, and I found that making the detergent myself cut down on his sensitivity, and saved me money each month as well. How about you?
Pregnant women can develop a condition known as Gestational Diabetes (diabetes brought on by pregnancy) that can cause risk to both a mother and her baby. A glucose tolerance test is a common types of testing for potential gestational diabetes.
There are several different tests that are intended to identify gestational diabetes in women who are expecting. The first, which is called the Glucose Challenge Screening, is a preliminary screening test usually performed between 26-28 weeks. If a woman tests positive during the test, the second test, called the Glucose Tolerance Test, may be performed. This test will diagnose whether diabetes exists or not by indicating whether or not the body is using glucose effectively.
Have you gone through the Glucose Tolerance Test? If so, what were your results? Share with us!
What is CVS testing?
This diagnostic test involves a sample of the chorionic villi (tiny finger like projection on the placenta). These cells contain genetic information that can analyze chromosomal abnormalities and inform you on your baby’s gender as well if you want to know. This test is used to determine specific conditions such as:
Certain types of hemophilia
Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy
Sickle Cell Anemia
If you have a family history of any of the above and/or are over 35 years old, your doctor may recommend a CVS test.
Heartburn during pregnancy…many of us have experienced it. Many times it begins sometime during the the second trimester. So what are some ways to cure the burn?
1) Cut back on caffeine intake.
2) Try sipping on ginger or mint tea.
3) Eat smaller portions during the day, rather than three large meals. Spacing out your meal intake has been noted to keep stomach acid at bay.
4) Avoid spicy foods.
5) Neutralize your stomach acid by eating foods such as yogurt or by drinking a glass of milk.