Sensory development (babies)

Sensory development (babies)

Ask mums the clearest memory they have of giving birth and – apart from the pain – most will say it’s those precious moments when they got to hold their little bundle of joy for the first time. In those wondrous seconds when you have skin-to-skin contact with baby, you begin to realise that baby is comforted by being close to you, your voice, your scent and your warmth. This.

Find me

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Find me

This is playful way to develop body awareness. Say or sing “where is Daddy’s/Mummy’s nose?”, then touch your nose saying, “Here it is!”. Then say “Where is Molly’s nose?” and touching her nose say, “There it is!”. Repeat with other facial features and body parts. You can change the tune or voice (high or deep) for added entertainment. Then move onto where is the chair? Where is the front door?.

Weaning

Weaning

After the first few months of broken sleep, endless feeding, changing and settling baby before you have to get up almost immediately again to soothe her, the ‘baby fog’ slowly begins to lift. You’ve gotten into a routine; you and your partner share the baby duties. At last, you’re getting out to meet friends for a coffee. Then Granny mentions the W word. She thinks the baby is big enough.

Travelling with baby at Christmas

Travelling with baby at Christmas

A few months back, when baby was a bump, you had that dream of spending Christmas with your loved ones as they gaze adoringly at your little one and insist that you sit by the log fire while they take care of everything. Then the bump becomes your little bundle of joy, bringing sleepless nights, lots of laundry, a wardrobe full of clothes that don’t fit anymore. You begin to.

Feely bag fun

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Feely bag fun

Sometimes the best ingredients for fun are already in your home. This home-made feely bag is a great way to introduce the concept of texture to your little one. Start off by gathering together a few different textured items that are small enough to fit inside a child-sized bag. The reusable cotton shopping bags are great for this kind of play. You can always write your little one’s name on.

Cause and effect (babies)

Cause and effect (babies)

You know when your baby bangs her spoon non-stop on the high chair, she’s not just doing it to give you a headache (no, really!), she’s energetically exploring cause and effect. Good to know about your baby’s understanding of cause and effect From the moment your baby is born she’s learning and after a little while will begin to realise that her actions can affect the environment around her. For.

What is the best toy for your little one?

What is the best toy for your little one?

Playing with your baby and child is one of the most important things you can do as a parent, because the first three years of life are critical for maximizing intellectual and emotional development. At ClapHandies, our mums see that play stimulation isn’t just about dressing dolls and crashing trucks. Simply interacting and engaging constantly with your baby helps develop key areas of learning and knowledge that form the building.

Obstacle course fun!

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Obstacle course fun!

Babies and toddlers of any age are able to get enjoyment and benefit from home-made obstacle courses. For this activity you will need cushions, pillows, soft blankets and a comfortable floor space. Set up the soft area in a messy way with pillows, cushions and blankets overlapping each other, so the path is not flat. Take your baby by the waist and “walk” them slowly over the course. The feel.

Hand-eye coordination (babies)

Hand-eye coordination (babies)

It’s a sunny day and you’re feeling a sense of achievement that you’ve made it around the supermarket without too much baby drama. As you’re placing baby back in her car seat, a sudden hand swipe catches you by surprise and your favourite sunglasses clatter to the ground. Yes, your baby’s hand-eye coordination has really come on – as you pick up the bits of your designer glasses! As baby.

Scarf symphony!

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Scarf symphony!

Here is a great way to stimulate your baby’s vision and hearing. Your little one will love watching colourful scarves dance before her eyes as she listens to her favourite tunes. Purchase some colourful sheer scarves, these are available at most fabric and craft stores. Stand or sit in front of your baby with the scarves. As you listen to music or sing a song, swing the scarves at your.