Wednesday, April 2, 2008

11 Month Old Baby

Characteristics:

- Can say one recognizable word. Example: Papa, Mama

- Walks when supported with one hand.

- Likes to play clapping games. Example: Pat-a-cake, Pok-amai-amai

- Curious about things around the house.

- Like to put things into and taking them out of the containers.

- Imitates simple actions such as waving: “bye bye”


Suggested activities:

- Teach him to drink from feeding cup.

- While holding on to a mobile steady object (Example: Push cart), encourage him to stand and walk.

- Teach him to imitate simple actions, for example: “Touch you nose”, “Reach for the sky”, “Clap your hands”, etc.

- Demonstrate cause and effect. Example: Stack a column of blocks and knock them down saying “All fall down”

- Encourage him to stack big or small cubes of plastic containers.

Monday, March 31, 2008

10 Month Old Baby

Characteristics:

- Tries to pick up small things.

- Likes to poke fingers into holes.

- Walks by holding onto furniture.

- Crawls on hands and knees.

- Gives affection, returns kiss or hugs.

- Shakes his head to indicate “NO”

- He can change positions from sitting to lying down and vice versa.

Suggested activities:

- Play games and sing songs with actions.

- Show him how to put in and take out small objects from a container.

- Let him pick up toys. When he lets go, encourage him to pick up the toy again.

- Set aside a quiet time each day such as bedtime for reading by choosing a soft baby books with large bright illustrations.

- Put your baby on his hands and knees and sit a short distance away. Encourage him to come to you by calling his name. For each achievement, reward him with a hug.

- Encourage him to throw a soft ball.

Friday, March 28, 2008

9 Month Old Baby

Characteristics:

- He picks up small things with all his fingers.

- He can sit unsupported, lean forward or sideways and stay balanced.

- He claps his hand in imitation.

- By holding onto something firm, he tries to pull himself up to stand.

- He begins to be shy and afraid of strangers.

Suggested activities:

- Show him books with colorful pictures of animal, common household objects and etc.

- Play pointing games and ask questions like “Where is papa?” or “Where is mama?”

- By holding onto stable pieces of furniture, you are encouraging him to stand.

- Show your baby how to stack different colored blocks of the same size.

- Impress day to day routines like meal time, bedtime on your baby. For example, when you are feeding him, tell him “It’s lunch time”, what he is eating “Your favorite porridge”, etc.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

8 Month Old Baby

Characteristics:

- Stretches out and reaches for toys out of reach.

- Looks around for a dropped toy.

- Rolls over and sits up with good control.

- Can play with two toys at a time.

- Begins to understand the meaning of words and knows what “NO” means.

- Babbles repetitively syllables, example: “MAMA”, “GAGA”, “BABA”, “DADA” and etc.

- Pulls string to get a toy.


Suggested activities:

- Put a small piece of cloth over his face and praise him when he removes it.

- Play water games during bath time.

- Give him non-breakable plastic jars and cups that he can use to pour, empty and fill.

- To encourage him to turn sideways, place a toy to the side or behind while he is sitting.

- To encourage him to point to a picture, show pictures of common objects.

- Reach your arms out to him and sit a short distance away from your baby. Offer a toy that he likes to encourage him to come to you by calling his name. (to motivate him to crawl or creek)

Sunday, March 23, 2008

7 Month Old Baby

Characteristics:

- An object can be transferred easily from one hand to the other.

- He bites and chews toys or biscuits.

- When held standing, he likes to bounce on his both feet.

- He is able to creep (pull him self forward by moving his arm together and dragging his legs and stomach along the floor)

Suggested activities:

- Introduce colorful pictures.

- Repeat all sounds that your baby makes like “ba”, “da”, “ma” and etc. Make new sounds and wait for him to response.

- Encourage your baby to stand by support.

- Offer your child some toys just out of reach to get him to reach out while he is lying down or seated.

- To gain a concept of self, show your baby of his reflection in a mirror and say his name.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

6 Month Old Baby

Characteristics:

- Turns over from his stomach to his back.

- Sits without support momentarily.

- Responds to his name

- He can pick up an object or toy and drop it involuntarily.

- Shakes and bangs toys.

- Put his weight on his forearms and lift his head and chest up when lying on his stomach.

Suggested activities:

- Give him baby biscuit or finger rusk which is easy to grasp and feed by him self.

- Encourage him to search for a toy by dropping it.

- Take him for outdoor walks and show him the plants, trees, birds and etc.

- Show him how to pass a toy from one hand to the other.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

5 Month Old Baby

Characteristics:

- He puts everything in his mouth.

- He has a good head control by now.

- He likes to pull his feet up and plays with his toes.

- He reacts appropriately to a smiling or angry face, and to a happy or angry voice.

- By living forward on his hands, he can sit with support momentarily.

- To attract your attention, he will move his arms or legs.

Suggested activities:

- Put a small object in his hand, then open his fingers and let it drop.

- Use his name whenever you can.

- Hold his feet and make gentle cycling movements when he is lying on his back.

- Make his bath time enjoyable with bath toys.

- By playing touching games, you can encourage his physical contact.

- To encourage your child to search for your face and voice, play “chak” or “peek-a-boo”.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

4 Month Old Baby

Characteristics:

- He laughs squeals, coos and gurgles.

- He smiles at peoples and knows members of the family.

- He attempts to roll from his back on to his stomach

- He shows interest in new sounds, toys, places and people.

- He is able to bring his hands together and look at them.

- He can grasp a ring or a cube when given.


Suggested activities:

- A wide range of toys differing in sizes, textures and shapes can be provided.

- Place toys in front of him and encourage him to reach out.

- Encourage rolling over by moving colorful toys from one side to the other.

- Make exaggerated facial expressions and gestures.

- Place your baby on a large, firm inflatable ball and while supporting him, roll him to and fro and from side to side.

- Make eye contact as often as possible.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Baby Choking

The baby is very sensitive and can be easily get choked.

We treat choking different way than CPR but, when you take CPR course, they will also teach on how to handle choking on adults. Please request from your instructor to teach you how to handle choking for babies.

Babies can get choking and can stop breathing if any of these below done excessively and for longer period of time:

- Laughing loud

- Crying hard

- Drinking milk

If you notice, the above 3 actions are the main work for the baby other than sleeping. Yes, it is so dangerous to take care of a baby and any caretaker must be experienced or certified on how to handle choking cases.

How you recognize baby choking?

Babies will get choking only when they excessively doing the 3 things above. So, you can notice the baby suddenly looks like sleeping in just few seconds of crying out loud. Or, when drinking milk, he will cough hard and immediately looks like sleeping. First, try to wake him up, if there is no response, performs begin tapping and call for help.

Check out the illustrated picture on how to tap the baby. For proper learning experience, please consult your doctor or any CPR institutions.

If you have taken CPR certificate earlier, please check it is not more than 2 year. If it is, then please renew it.

Monday, March 3, 2008

3 Months Old Baby

Characteristic and Suggested Activities for 3 Month Old Baby

Characteristics:

- Cries when he is left alone

- Plays with his own fingers

- Pulls at clothing

- When he is lying on his stomach, he holds his head up.

- By smiling, kicking his legs and waving his arms, he is expressing pleasure.

- Holds a rattle momentarily when it is placed in his hands.


Suggested activities:

- Play nursery rhymes and music.

- Let him explore your face by looking and touching your face.

- Reward all your baby’s behaviors such as movements, gestures, expressions by overreacting with praises, hugs and smiles.

- Give small, firm toys of different weights, textures and sounds. Toys that can be reached for, grasped or handled.

- Play simple, gentle physical games while singing to him – Knee bends, arm pulls, gentle jerks and tickling feet.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

3 Months Break

It's been long time never update my blog.

I've got plenty of issues that need to be settled, and now I'm glad to return back blogging.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I will keep update my blog after this.