Six Guidelines To Toyshop For Your Baby

Written by Michelle Andrews

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Remember these guidelines as you toyshop for your baby:

1. The visual perception of infants is limited, so make sure to buy toys in bright, contrasting colors.

2. Activity centers and crib mobiles fascinate newborns. Some mobiles come with an adjustable height option so that you can make surerepparttar mobile is in your babyís visual range.

3. Babies up to six months old have very limited motor skills and love high-pitched sounds. Chimes, rattles, teething rings, colorful pictures and soft blocks will stimulate your baby at this age.

4. For babies between six to nine months old, you can buy building blocks, activity boxes and cubes, stacking ring cones, and bath toys. Try to varyrepparttar 146960 textures ofrepparttar 146961 toys.

5. Betweenrepparttar 146962 age of nine months and a year, babies are old enough to enjoy and learn from toys such as nesting cups, push and pull toys, large crayons, spades, and stacking blocks.

6. It always helps to keep in mind that you do not need fancy and expensive toys to stimulate your infant. You might bring home a very trendy toy for your baby only to find that baby findsrepparttar 146963 packaging far more interesting. Your young child just needs stimulation and a way to express their creativity, and this can be done with homemade toys as well.

Michelle Andrews, wrote "Parentís Guide on How to Raise a Smart Child by Choosing the Right Educational Toys." As a former teacher, he understands how critical it is to choose toys that play a significant role in childrenís development. Visit his Website at

Secrets to Traveling with Children

Written by Gail Morris

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Finally, itís important to keep in mind some travel elements as you take torepparttar Rocky Mountains,repparttar 146899 streets of New York orrepparttar 146900 museums.

Children are veritable sponges, absorbing information, even when you canít believe theyíve heard a word youíve said! The world is their classroom.

As a homeschool mom to four beautiful children I can assure you that incorporating learning into vacation isnít nearly as scary or overwhelming as you might think.

Traveling is one ofrepparttar 146901 best ways to enhance your childís education. Itís hands on, itís visual, itís auditory, and kinesthetic (touchy/feely) Ė all atrepparttar 146902 same time.

Children will absorb much more information than you might think, even when they are complaining loudest. And best of all, you donít have to travel to exotic places or spend a lot of money for children to enjoy themselves.

Another secret I learned is that by traveling with our children (and not for our children) we opened up a whole new world for them. Their imaginations took over while experiencing new topographies, histories, climates and cultures. It made learning ďrealĒ to them and showed up for months in their reading interests and reports.

Our children also learn to handle glitches in our travel plans by watching and learning from us.

When we hitrepparttar 146903 inevitable traffic jam onrepparttar 146904 highway or our flights are delayed do we throw a fit or sit back patiently and make lemonade from lemons?

Can we laugh inrepparttar 146905 face of adversity and keep going or do we angrily pout and make everyone around us miserable?

How we handle ourselves is a clue as to how our children will also handle themselves.

Happy travels!

Gail Morris is the mother of four children with an extensive pediatric medical background. Her ideas are time tested and mother approved! If you want more information (printable games, checklists, emergency information, budget travel) or would like her semi-monthly free newsletter, Your Family Resources, visit

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