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Toys that all toddlers should have

Tina Turner

It is at the early ages that babies start to see the world and gain some perspective and learn new things, appreciate colours and shapes, enjoy toys etc. As a parent, you ease the learning pathway for your toddler and stimulate their learning capabilities. At the age of a toddler, the only way you can achieve this is through the toys that you get them. Here are a few ideas of the different toys that you can get your toddler to help stimulate their learning capabilities.

Building Blocks

Building blocks should be given to every toddler at some stage as it teaches the toddler valuable skills. The simple act of putting blocks together and fixing up shapes allows the child to learn how to orientate shapes. This skill is the most basic one that children are taught at the earliest stages of education in preschool. Children learn to appreciate shapes and begin to associate these shapes with other shapes and learn by themselves how to distinguish between them.

Number Games

Teaching your toddler numbers seems like a big step at that age but if you buy them toys that encourage their learning skills of the numbers, they will learn it on their own without the added effort. The best type of number games are the ones that give the child a reward at the end of solving simple puzzles, maybe it is a rewarding sound or a picture that pops up stimulating the children’s happiness. Children often enjoy sounds that entertain them so in the case of a rewarding game, they would most certainly use this as motivation to play. At the end of the day, the child will learn and enjoy themselves.

Colour Related Games

Colours are a good stimulator for children to bring out their creativity. Buying your toddler a simple toy or game that teaches the child to distinguish colours is a good step at helping the child enhance their creative ability. Games, where the child has to match colours to certain shapes vice versa, are a good approach to teach the children shapes and colours. When children begin to be able to identify colours they begin to see the various things in the world and they gain the ability to appreciate them.

In this era, it is very difficult to get even toddlers to focus and play games that teach them skills. They no longer enjoy simple toys but instead are allured by technology. Every toddler at this day and age know how to skillfully handle an iPad, iPhone and almost all other technology. They can easily spend hours of their day staring at the screen mindlessly watching videos and not learning any new skills. Skills are learned when there are engagement and a response to any stimulations but with the new technology, there is only one far interaction where the child simply gazes at the screen with no reaction to the content. As adults, it is best to try and limit the time your toddler spends on these devices or better yet not allow them to have any of these devices until later on. It is our responsibility to make sure the children learn valuable skills at the earliest age.

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How to Prepare To Take Care of a New Baby

Tina Turner

The arrival of the newest member of your family is truly a very exciting time. This is the time for new beginnings with so much of preparations and enthusiasm. As the mum-to-be there are many things to look into when getting yourself and everyone around to welcome your new baby, here are a few of the things that you can do to get yourself ready to welcome your new bundle of joy.

Clothing! – For You and Your Baby

This is the first step in preparing to welcome your baby. Buy plenty of baby clothes at least until they are 2-3 years old and load up on those nappies because you can never truly have enough maternity clothes. It is as equally important as buying baby clothes. As the new mummy-to-be, you will no longer be able to fit into your old wardrobe pre and post-baby, so it’s better to spruce up your wardrobe with plenty of comfortable clothing. Get plenty of comfortable stretchy pants and dresses that feel light and effortless on you.

Baby Gear

The baby gear is all the equipment that a baby needs from the crib to the baby walker to the baby nappy changing stations. As a mum you might underestimate the use and importance of this equipment but trust me life will be so much more convenient with these. If you buy all the gear at once you may even be able to get a good discount or you can take your time and plan well ahead by researching plenty of shops and comparing prices to get the best. Let’s be honest, even though your little bundle of joy is so tiny, the cost of their equipment is not so small. Avoid waiting till the last minute to make your purchases as this will lead you to spend more than you would have spent if it were planned.

Get Organized

The arrival of a baby is serious business; you can’t simply expect things to fix themselves anymore. Be organized right from the start. Decide on where the baby nursery will be and get work started on it. Paint it a soothing colour and have plenty of toys to make it a baby friendly environment. When deciding on the place for the nursery be mindful and choose a place that can be accessed quickly. The best option for this would preferably be close to your bedroom where you can easily access the nursery at any time.

Baby Food

This may be a far off thing to consider at first but bear in mind the baby will be growing rather quickly and the time will fly by very fast. It is always easy to decide earlier on whether you will be breastfeeding right through or whether you will give the baby breast milk and bottled milk. Decide on what type of food you will want to feed the baby and have them prepared.

Lastly, Be Positive and Don’t Stress

Keep your cool, get the help and support of your family and friends and make sure to treat yourself nicely throughout this journey.