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Our comprehensive guide to toddler care, nutrition and development will help you survive the Terrible Twos!  From potty training tips to baby proofing your home, we’ve got the answers to all your questions

Pushing The Boundaries Pushing The Boundaries

on Wednesday, 14 August 2013. Posted in Toddler Tips

How to react when your little angel turns into a little devil.

The first year has flown by, and now your little baby is walking and talking all over the place - on one hand you’re ecstatic to see such healthy development, but on the other hand, you’re struggling to understand how your baby, once so dependent and compliant, has turned overnight into an uncontrollable, independent, rebellious little gremlin.

Survival Tips for Flying with a Baby or Toddler Survival Tips for Flying with a Baby or Toddler

on Friday, 05 July 2013. Posted in Toddler Tips, Life With Baby

Stressed out about flying with your infant? Fret not. Our tips for flying with a baby or toddler will make take-off, landing and everything in between turbulence-free.

Flying with a baby or a toddler can have its fair share of stress, for both parents and fellow passengers, especially if your little one cries and has a temper tantrums during the journey. For new and inexperienced parents, crying babies and insensitive passengers can create an extremely stressful situation.

To Sign or Not To Sign? To Sign or Not To Sign?

on Wednesday, 03 April 2013. Posted in Toddler Tips, Baby Basics

Jennifer Lau, a Speech Language Therapist with The Speech and Language Centre in Hong Kong explores baby signing as a form of communication and its impact.

Baby sign language can be an effective communication tool allowing parents and their babies to communicate with them before they are even able to say their first words. The theory behind this is that the rate of development for the motor system e.g. hand movements occurs before that of the speech system. Thus, babies who learn to sign will produce their first signs slightly earlier than their first words. We already know that children have a natural tendency to use iconic gestures i.e. those that are recognized by both you as the parent and your child, for example, drink, food, toilet, bye-bye, and sleepy. Baby signing simply takes gesturing a step further, by introducing an ordered sign system expanding their limited selection of natural gestures. The more successful and easily used signs are ones that resemble things they stand for e.g. fingers to lips for ‘eat’, or fingers to eyes for ‘look’. If parents and caregivers reinforce particular gestures or sounds then their babies will develop those communication skills.
 

Developing Fine Motor Skills Developing Fine Motor Skills

on Thursday, 28 March 2013. Posted in Toddler Tips, Baby Basics

Fine motor skills are those skills manipulated by small muscle movements: those that occur in the finger, in coordination with the eyes

Fine motor skills are those skills manipulated by small muscle movements: those that occur in the finger, in coordination with the eyes.  As a child develops there is a natural progression of fine motor skills. A child learns to control his/her body from the inside out or by naturally starting at their shoulder and moving their way down to their fingertips. Obviously, when a child picks up a crayon for the first time, he/she does not hold it with a perfect, mature-like grasp. In general, three year-olds do not know how to use a scissors (which is a good thing most times).

Preparing Your Child For The Dentist Preparing Your Child For The Dentist

on Wednesday, 07 August 2013. Posted in Toddler Tips, Family Life

Find out tips and tricks on nixing the fear factor out from trips to the dentist.

No one likes dentist appointments. Not adults, not kids, probably not even dentists themselves come their turn to open wide. It’s scary, uncomfortable and the tools have an uncanny ability of reducing even a fully-grown man to tears. So, hopeful mamas, how do you turn the bi-annual kicking and screaming fest into a civilised trip?

 

How Kids Develop Language How Kids Develop Language

on Wednesday, 03 April 2013. Posted in Toddler Tips, Baby Basics

Understand how your baby learns language and find out a child’s typical language development milestones.

When and how children learn language has always been a hot topic. The appearance of the long awaited first word can cause both relief and panic! As Ben Stiller’s character experiences in ‘Meet The Fockers!’ you say ‘that’ word once and sure enough it will be their first word, said in front of the disapproving in-laws!!

Head Injuries Can be Serious Head Injuries Can be Serious

on Tuesday, 02 April 2013. Posted in Toddler Tips, Under Five

While bumps and bruises are common for children, head injuries must not be overlooked. Peter Sommer of Asia Medical Services Ltd., outlines the warning signs and medical procedure following a head injury.

If your child comes home with a head injury, what steps should you take? Head injuries can in fact be very serious, and it is important to keep a close eye on your child after the impact. Read on to find out about different types of head injuries and the warning symptoms to look out for. 

Daytime Naps Improve Night Time Sleep Daytime Naps Improve Night Time Sleep

Written by Annerley HK on Thursday, 28 March 2013. Posted in Toddler Tips, Baby Basics

Establishing a healthy nap routine helps your baby to sleep better at night.

It is common to think that if your baby or toddler is sleeping relatively well at night, then the daytime naps don’t really matter so much. However, research and experience show that the length and quality of naps taken during the day can affect night time sleep – and that poor night time sleeping affects the daytime naps. Hence both night and day sleep is important in establishing a good, healthy sleep pattern for your baby.

 

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