As you already know, it is extremely important to read to your child. The earlier you expose them to literature and concepts of print; the more likely they are to develop a love for reading and acquire a large vocabulary. This is a wonderful concept, however, as most moms with toddlers can agree, finding books that keep your busy guy or gal interested is not always easy. Here are some tips to keep your little one engaged while you read, as well as our Top 10 Books for Toddlers.
During your child’s early development, reading should be exciting. The books you expose your toddler to should have large, colorful pictures and simple words and phrases. Books should begin to rhyme or repeat phrases to entertain your child and expose them to patterns and an author’s unique voice. Less is more, is a good rule to follow when starting your youngster off. Snuggling up on the couch with a book is a mom’s dream, however, if your little one would rather stand, go outside or even sit and eat a snack while you read, be open and flexible. They will work up to sitting for longer stretches. Choosing a time when they can settle down is always helpful. Naptime and bedtime are ideal times to read and will help you get into a routine.
Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
A classical favorite; Goodnight Moon will become your toddler’s go to bedtime story!
Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney
This adorable story follows a baby and a parent who challenge one another to see who loves who more!
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
One of the first books your child will be able to recite by heart; its repetitive phrases and colorful pictures will inspire your child to sit on their own and try to read it themselves.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
This book features unique illustrations that toddlers can’t get enough of and introduces them to sequential order.
Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss
Your toddler will love the silly, repeated phrases and will enjoy viewing the highly imaginative illustrations that only Dr. Seuss can dream up.
Corduroy, by Don Freeman
This story will awaken your toddler’s emotions and make them fall in love with its cuddly main character.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin, Jr.
This rhyming story introduces the alphabet in a fun way to your little learner!
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Numeroff
This story focuses on cause and effect relationships between a mouse and his home environment.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, by Dr. Seuss
The infamous counting book; your toddler will be in awe of the bright, imaginary artwork and will begin to make connections between numbers and objects.
Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak
Full of monsters and taking place in an imaginary land; your little one will love hearing about a boy named Max who decides to sail off to a land faraway and become the leader of the wild things!
If you’ve never introduced these stories to your toddler, don’t delay! They are sure to help them develop a love for reading and expose them to a variety of words, skills, and pictures. Most of all, enjoy your time together. Reading is a fun, sweet time with your kiddos and a wonderful habit to develop.
The day has finally arrived. Your little baby is going to kindergarten. You knew it was bound to happen and you even felt prepared for it after registration. But, with the days quickly approaching, you feel like you aren’t going to be as calm and collected as you think (which is totally normal). Not to worry! Here are a few tips to help you make it through that inevitable first day of kinder.
Visit the Classroom
A few days before your little one walks into that seemingly huge building, take them into the school to visit their classroom. Not only will it remind them where they have to go; but it will bring you some peace of mind since many school districts do not allow parents to walk their children into their classroom on the first day (due to security issues).
Email the Teacher
Once you know who your child’s teacher is, you can send them a brief email to introduce yourself and make them aware of anything you want them to know about your child and any concerns you may have. Even provide them with your cell phone number and give them permission to text a photo or call anytime. Kindergarten teachers are pros at putting parents at ease and they will most likely give you an update on your child’s first day.
You may think you won’t get emotional as the bus pulls up or as you drop them off at the front doors, but you never know. It’s wise to wear sunglasses to cover your eyes in case a few tears slip out and keep your child from seeing that you are upset.
Send a Note
You can let your child know that you are thinking about them by tucking a note into their lunch bag or folder. It can be something as simple as a heart and the word mom on it, or a picture that will make them giggle.
Practice the Basics
The week before school starts, don’t assume anything. Your child might need assistance with opening their lunch box, juice cartons, snack packages, etc. Run through the day at your house like it’s an actual day at school. Encourage them to independently do these things and discuss when they should ask for help. Also, start each morning out by singing the days of the week and months of the year song. You can even discuss how to say the date and have your child sit and do some letter and number work. It’s difficult for children to stay focused for a long period of time, but if you require them to stay on task for at least 20-30 minutes at a time, you are helping them prepare for this challenge on the first day.
Praying with and for your little sweet pea the night before school, the morning of and of course all throughout the day will bring peace to your child as well as yourself. There is nothing better than recognizing your precious baby is in good hands.
Sending your child to school may be one of the hardest things you’ve had to do as a parent. And maybe you decide homeschooling is a better option for your and your family. But, like most hard things in life, you’ll look back and realize it all worked out great. From all of us here at Promise Prenatal, we wish you and your kindergartner all the very best this school year!
A healthy diet is the best way to get the vitamins and minerals you need, but even the healthiest of eaters may fall short on some key nutrients essential to preconception, pregnancy and lactation. Prenatal vitamins are designed to fill in the nutritional gaps that keep your body strong and healthy as well as, help prevent birth defects in your growing baby. There’s a lot of information out there about their effects and effectiveness, but read on to learn four fun facts to make prenatal vitamins work best for you.
Taking 400 to 800 micrograms (0.4 to 0.8 mg) of folic acid daily plays an important role in lowering the risk of birth defects of the brain and spine. Medical professionals recommend increasing folic acid intake at least one month prior to conception. Make sure your prenatal vitamin contains enough folic acid to meet these requirements. Eating healthy, getting enough rest, lowering stress, cutting out alcohol and other harmful chemicals along with taking a prenatal supplement, are all great ways to get healthy and boost your fertility.
Go All Natural
When choosing a prenatal vitamin, it’s best to go all natural and stray away from the gummy versions when possible. Why? You may think you are getting everything you need in a gummy, but what many of them are missing is iron (check the labels) and may contain sugars and dyes. If you struggle with morning sickness, taking a gummy vitamin is better than taking nothing at all, but be sure your gummy contains adequate levels of folic acid. Consider shopping for an, all natural, non-GMO prenatal. These supplements contain zero fillers, synthetic binders or dyes. High quality, natural vitamins will deliver nutrients in their most natural form, making it easier for your body to tolerate and absorb.
The biggest complaint from women is that they simply can’t remember to take their prenatal. Don’t fret. There are some simple things you can do. For starters, you can set everything out the night before. Place a bottle of water and the vitamin next to your car keys. If you have to grab the keys to get to work, it will be nothing for you to pop the pill while heading out the door. You can also leave the vitamins next to your toothbrush, so even if you forget to take it in the morning, you are certain to see it in the evening before preparing for bed. Please not it’s always recommended to take your vitamins on a full stomach (during or right after a meal). This will help with absorption and help prevent any stomach sensitivity. You can even set an alarm on your phone and let your device do the remembering for you.
Did you know you should still take a prenatal vitamin once you have delivered your baby? Doctors recommend you remain on your prenatal for up to eight weeks after delivery. Why? Prenatals will help your body with post-partum recovery and healing. If you are breastfeeding, your little one takes in all the nutrients that you do, so you want to ensure that you are giving them everything they need. During this time of little or no sleep, vitamins can also help increase energy and give you that extra boost every new mom needs.
Keep these four facts in mind as you choose a prenatal vitamin that is best for you. Always ask your doctor or midwife when beginning a new supplement as he or she may recommend additional folic acid, calcium or iron if there are any special health needs. Keeping yourself and your new little blessing healthy is one of the best things you can do as a new mom. From all of us here at Promise Prenatal, we wish you the very best as you begin your journey into motherhood.