Healthy Baby Sleep rules

Healthy Baby Sleep: Basic Rules Healthy baby sleep Fundamental rules As with adults, for toddlers, sleep is a great way to process all the information the brain receives in a day. How much sleep do children need, and what does lack of sleep lead to at a young age? How much do children need to sleep The need for sleep varies with age. Newborns sleep about 20 hours a day, children from 2 to 4 years old - about 16 hours, 4-5 year olds should be provided 13 hours of sleep, children 6-7 years old should sleep 12 hours, and adolescents need 9 hours of sleep. Unfortunately, in our time, not only parents who are busy with their careers and households, but also their children do not get enough sleep. According to statistics, about 5 percent of children are now sleep deprived as much as 1.5-2 hours a day, starting from toddler age. Why do children lack sleep Often the reason for lack of sleep is that not only mom and dad believe that proper sleep is not importa

4 recommendations to help baby walk

 4 recommendations to help baby walk

How cute are the first faltering steps of a baby, and how many steps he had to take to get there! Don't try to go too fast: let your child fend for himself. Our way forward to… not be left behind.
All parents without exception are delighted that their child has (finally) reached this stage of his development and keep pushing him to walk. However, they forget the essential: babies learn to walk on their own! They are programmed for. The best is to do NOTHING, except make it easier for them and avoid putting obstacles in their way!

Indispensable intermediate steps

Surprising, but it is almost since birth that a baby has been preparing to walk. His head straightens first, then the muscles in his back and arms strengthen, finally his legs come into action. But before taking their first steps, all children must (should) go through many stages: flat back, rolls to the sides, flat stomach, rolls-rolls, all-fours, sitting position then kneeling, serving knight position , recovery, standing and walking to finish. An apprenticeship like all the others, and that it will be pointless to short-circuit. If your child is taking longer than his cousin, he just needs it and isn't ready to go. Standing and walking mark the real passage of the little man towards autonomy. Symbolically, it is very strong!

Our 4 recommendations to help baby walk

Encourage his movements. The more a child has been allowed to drag himself on the ground, crawl, crawl, climb… the more easily he will walk. What does it mean ? That he should not be left too long in his , his recliner or his car seat - and later in his high chair. Not only can this lead to plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome) in the long run, but the toddler gets stuck, arms at their sides, without being able to do much - except look at the ceiling - or move arms and legs. . From the age of 3 months, get in the habit of lying your baby on his play mat - and why not on the larger living room mat - on his back then on his stomach (under your supervision). Remember to dress him in soft clothes (be careful with jeans, sometimes very stiff) that will not hinder his movements. He will thus have full latitude to turn around, crawl, push on his elbows to stand up. And later to do four-legged, unfortunately little valued by parents: they consider it as a "step". However, the four-legged is perfect for back balance, arm-leg coordination, lower and upper limb symmetry, apprehension of distances and learning to avoid obstacles. It's a good exercise! To encourage him, also get on all fours, so at his height, he will be delighted.

make it easy for him to explore his surroundings If your living room is full of precious objects, it will not do it because you will be constantly on the alert for the safety of your child and the objects themselves! Remove anything that breaks or sucks and put corners at the coffee table. Your little one should be able to stand up easily using a chair or a stable piece of furniture (watch out for the TV that could tip over), grab onto and stand up without banging his head. He must feel free, it is up to you to define a safe space. Sow toys here and there, it will encourage him to grab them. Provide a (stable) push or pull cart or carrier. Do not abuse the park from 6 months, when it begins to move. Reserve it for times when you cannot watch it closely.

Go for bare feet or soft shoes. Inside the house, he doesn't need shoes until he can walk well. It is the muscles of the foot that come into action when walking and not the shoes! Do an experiment: get on all fours with good mountain boots and you will see how easily and comfortably you move forward ... By locking the foot too early in shoes, you deprive your child of sensory information: he does not will not be able to appreciate the quality of the ground - hard, soft, flexible, slippery, sloping - will not feel its support and will have difficulty adjusting its balance. Put on non-slip socks and, when he stands up, switch to pre-walking shoes, of the correct size, with a heel and ankle counter. They are more flexible than walking shoes.

Refrain from intervening. Holding it one way or another won't make it easier for him. Do we take him by both hands and hold his arms in the air? Oops, his shoulders don't say thank you. In addition, we increase his “line of verticality” and to keep his balance, he should spread his legs further apart, which he does not do. As a result, we are the ones who work for him. Support it under the armpits, even if it means breaking your back? Similarly, it is we who react to its imbalances. Do we extend our arms to him from a distance to encourage him to walk and take refuge in our arms? To please his parents, the child goes forward, running after his center of gravity so as not to fall ... Better get closer - arms behind your back! - and encourage him by talking to him, he will come to you just as well. Don't forget to praise him for his efforts - and not just for his good results.


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