Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Matters

Wondering about how to care for your new baby?

Unless the baby’s health care provider tells you that the baby has a special health problem that makes sleeping on her back unsafe, ALWAYS put the infant on her back to sleep at bedtime and naptime.

Remove stuffed animals, pillows or other soft, fluffy and loose bedding from the baby’s sleep area. This includes crib bumpers – they are still popular but they too can be a suffocation hazard.

Lay babies on their stomachs to play. Babies need time when they are awake to be on their tummies to exercise chest and arm muscles and develop head and neck control. This will also reduce flat or bald spots on baby’s head from the sleep position.

Want learn more? Here are some great online resources: Kidshealth.org  Dr Sears   Developing Bonding Video

Did you know?

A preschooler’s brain is more than twice as active as an adult’s brain. This allows them to process and retain new information quickly.

If a child is misbehaving or acting unusually, make sure that she is not hungry, bored, tired, feeling lonely, or getting sick. These are commons things that affect children’s behavior.

Children’s behavior often becomes disorganized as they are experiencing intense developmental changes. Understanding the underlying causes of these behaviors will help you respond more sensitively.

As a parent or caregiver, you are a very important role model for a developing young child. Do your best to exhibit behavior that you would like to see children imitate. But remember that it takes time for children to understand and recognize their feelings, and learn how to control their emotional states and behavior. Be patient as you guide them in acting appropriately.

Tips on Using Positive Guidance:

Guide children’s behavior with kindness and firmness.

Give children choices.

Give clear, simple directions.

Provide a safe and interesting play environment.

Set clear limits. Limits are not rules – they are flexible boundaries.

Help children successfully transition to new activities.

Be consistent.

Follow through.

Use praise and positive statements often.

Take action before a situation gets out of control.