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Baby Advice

For first-time parents, it can often be difficult to find the right on advice on caring for your new arrival. Friends, family, books, and web sites may seem like the most reliable, but it’s important to be aware of all the different types of guidance available.

Parenting classes: Many hospitals have parenting “classes” that you can attend. Start with the hospital where you delivered your baby.

The local community college: Many community colleges have playgroups, which meet once a week with a parent educator available to discuss hot topics. You can also interact with other parents going through the same things as you.

Your child’s healthcare providers: This should be the first place you go to learn about health and wellness-related issues for your baby.

Your parents: As difficult as it may be to believe, they were once in your situation.

Your friends: Has anyone already had kids?

Web sites: There are a number of great Web sites that provide useful information for new parents. There are also many Web sites with information that is just flat-out wrong. Look for sites having an editorial process in place and that use professionals in that particular field. Also, check a couple of sites to compare information. Finally, remember that just because it is on the Internet, it does not make it right. Just like in the real world, many people love to give advice; but a lot of it is just plain bad.

Source: Baby Advice

Your parents may know best, but it can be helpful to get advice from a wide variety of sources. Try parenting classes, your local community college, your pediatrician, your friends with children of their own, and authoritative web sites to gain the most comprehensive and sound information.

Teaching children to get dressed

Don’t wait to teach your child to dress as the process builds fine motor skills, cognitive function, and mastery of language. Here is a run-down of your child’s skill development as she/her learns how to dress:

-fine motor skills as she learns to fasten buttons and zips

-motor skills as she stands on one leg to pull on a pair of pants

-cognitive skills as she remembers what bits of clothing go on first, and builds the patience and attention to finish the task

-language as she names types of clothes, colors and sizes awareness of time and space as she learns to dress for certain occasions and weather conditions

Source: Teaching children to get dressed and put on clothes | Raising Children Network

Children are very much aware of what goes on their bodies and will begin removing smaller articles of clothing early on. Take advantage of this by pointing out the names of clothing as your child removes them.

Often, very young children will start to be aware of their clothing by pulling off easy-to-remove items such as socks, shoes or hats. Sometimes, they’ll then try to put them on again. You can build on this early awareness by naming the items of clothing your child’s taken off and the body part those clothes go on.

You can begin to include your older baby or toddler in the dressing process by giving him a limited choice of clothes, and naming them as you put them on him.

Source: Teaching children to get dressed and put on clothes | Raising Children Network

Give your child a limited choice of clothes and name them as you put them on. This will not only allow your child to learn the names of different clothing items, but help him/her to become an active part of selecting different clothes to wear.