How To Improve Your Child’s Mind

imporve a child's mind (1)There’s no doubt that children are the parents’ source of happiness and bliss. The moment they were born into this world as a bundle of joy, we have committed ourselves to raise and love them. We have recorded special moments of them, even just in the memory, from the moment they smiled, walked and talked.

So as a parent, it is pretty much our responsibility to fully cater to the needs of our children, from their physical and mental needs to psychological needs. But most parents, especially the first time parents have a hard time to cater all these needs. This often leads to lack of development, especially in the mind. Some people think it’s impossible to improve a child’s mind and intellect because it’s inherited from parents. But I tend to disagree in this belief, mostly because I know that anything can be learned, but only if it is taught right. In this article, we’re going to give you some advice, all from personal experience on how to properly improve and develop your child’s mind.

Storytelling through storytelling, you can teach your kid not only the values of the story but also to expand their imagination. Getting a routine every night, can help your child’s mind grow and develop at a moderate pace.

Mind games – playing games that involve strategy and critical thinking can help stimulate a child’s mind. It also cultivates concentration and perception. These games are often in forms of crossword puzzles, wood blocks, checkers, scrabbles and word jumbles.

imporve a child's mind (3)Art – creating things through art gives children to work freely on their creations. Art comes in many forms like painting, building, sculpting, moulding and drawing. When creating art with children, make sure to let them work on their own and don’t force to make them create something unrealistic for their age.

Interactions – to fully develop your child’s intellectual growth, it’s important to give them day to day interactions that involve you and your baby! If you still have an infant child, it’s significant to hold your child often and communicate through gestures. Even if your child still doesn’t understand you, feeling and seeing you interact with him/her, will matter significantly because his/her mind will process you as the information.

If you have a much older child, try to interact with them by taking them regularly to the park or bringing them to a children’s library, where they can attend groups of storytellers or read a book on their own.

Give out praise Most parents do not understand the supremacy of praise but giving out praise is almost as important as winning a Nobel peace prize for children. Praises and compliments help your child become confident and secure.

imporve a child's mind (2)Feed them right – providing the right nutrients needed by your child is significant because a healthy child is a healthy mind. The world is consumed with so many junk and processed foods these days that healthy food is now overthrown. Getting the right nutrients, vitamins and carbohydrates for your child is important to give them mental energy. Foods that contain antioxidants also improve the mind and memory. Eggs, beans, nuts and omega three fats are the ideal sample for healthy food.

Babies And Their Development

image of baby development at one years oldIt takes about 12 months for your baby to go through different transformations and stages. From a new-born to becoming toddlers, infants grow at an astonishing pace. Every week and months bring new developments that new parents often think what to expect for the next months.

Of course, just like adults, babies are also different from each other. Some babies reach milestones sooner while other tends to get a little late. Some babies stand on their feet for three months, while other babies only stand in their 8th month. Whether you have a quick or late baby, it’s important to track and see the common developments a baby should have in a specific month. Knowing this can help you distinguish if your baby has development problems or not. Below, I’ll give you a list of what to expect each month for your baby.

1st month – first of all, congratulations on the baby! At your baby’s first month, he/she has developed his/her sense of hearing; they are easily distracted by noises and often like hearing sounds especially from their parents. They have developed their sense of vision too, so expect them looking and focusing on your face. Newborns also have naturally dry and blotchy skin, take note that their skin is still sensitive, so steer clear from creams for the meantime. Also, at this month, expect a lot of crying and whining because of several reasons such as hunger.

2nd month – on this month, you’ll likely receive some of your baby’s first ever smile. Your baby will also start distinguishing colours and shapes. Unlike the first month, two-month-old babies tend to wake up more often especially at night, so expect a lot of sleeplessnesses.

3rd month – your baby starts to develop stronger muscles and can almost hold their head. They also start babbling and jabbering just because they’re curious of their voices. Develop this skill by talking back at their blabbers.

4th month – your baby’s vision has developed making him/she see colours of the same shades such as orange and red. At this month, he/she tends to like brighter colours because they are often curious about them. Their stomach has also become bigger, which means they’ll be demanding more milk from you!

5th month – at this month, expect to see smiles and hear several waves of laughter. Your baby also starts to sit on their own for a little amount of time. Just like their 4th month, they still like blabbering words such as “mama” and “baba”. Their vision has also developed tremendously, where they get improved when it comes to seeing small things.

6th month – at this month, your baby should start sitting a little longer than before and may even start to stand up. 6th-month-old babies also tend to discover the wonders of rolling over, so expect a lot of rolling in the bed. Your baby also starts to eat other foods other than milk now, but before this, make sure to consult your doctor to make sure they eat the right food for them.

7th month – at this month, your baby should, at least, be able to sit on their own, and many even like to jump a lot, with a little support. Their vision has also developed tremendously that they can see objects across the room. He/she has also developed grabbing on things now and may have tried crawling. Some babies have started teething at this month, so expect a lot of crying and whining.

Crawling baby8th month – babies at this month may have started developing their crawling skills now. Babies also start to develop separation anxiety especially when you’re away, so expect a lot of coyness from your baby when it comes to strangers. They also begin to move their hands and fingers where they can touch larger objects.

9th month – your baby should now be able to recognize familiar faces. Separation anxiety is still present at this month, but they are slowly recognizing that you will be back. They also have started liking standing on their own feet so might have to buy them a pair of baby shoes.

10th month – now that they’re in their 10th month, they should now be able to sit on their own and crawl from point A to point B. Your baby will also start taking more food than milk. Most babies also develop their habit of banging their heads against a hard surface, not because they want to hurt themselves but because they are curious about what it does. They’re usually not aware that banging hurts, so it’s best to make your room child safe for your baby.

11th month – your baby may have started standing up on their own now and may even start walking. This is also the month where they can start talking short words that they learned from you. Babies at this month may also start to like hearing nursery songs and rhymes. Your baby has also started to understand simple words such as yes and no.

12th month – your baby is finally one-year-old! What an adventure right? At this month, your baby will start to become a little independent on their own. They can now play, sit and stand on their own without any help. They have also developed a sense of familiarity and can now recognize your name and their name. They may even start feeding themselves whenever they eat. Also, when they play, they start to push and throw things not because they’re rude but because they think it is fun. Try to give them safe plastic toys to prevent permanent damages.

How to Travel with a Baby

Taking a break with a baby may sound like an oxymoron because we all know how stressful looking after one can be in our own homes, let alone outside of it. So the thought of trying to travel with your little one can be fear inducing and one of the last things you’d consider.

However, there are ways to make the travelling process a lot less stress inducing. From dressing your baby right to creating play spaces for him or her, read on for the best tips to ensure your trip inspired by progresses in relative peace.


Important Cleaning Tips for New Moms

With your home blessed with a new addition to the family, cleaning often takes on a whole different dimension for new mothers. Not only will you have to clean up after your little one, you’ll also have to regularly wipe down surfaces to ensure they are 100% protected from infection and disease.

The best way to save yourself from being overwhelmed is getting clued up on the best cleaning tips you can find all in one place.