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What Does Octomom Feels About Babies

Posted: Fri, 07/29/2011 - 09:56

Despite telling TMZ that such claims were false, InTouch mag has “Octomom” Nadya Suleman on tape saying that she is disgusted by children and has to lock herself in the bathroom to get away from them at times. Although her rep continues to deny that an interview happened at all, it can all be heard on a clear recording.

In the exclusive interview, Nadya says, "Whenever I hear a baby cry, I cringe. I do not like babies. I am absolutely disgusted by babies. They make me sick ... I don't even look at them. I have to look away."

Not all mothers have to love babies of course, but it does seem a little strange coming from someone who has, purposefully, had so many.

 

Source: TMZ

Babies Struggle to Observe Moving Objects

Posted: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 09:34

Thoughts on babies’ vision have changed a lot over the years. At one point in time, a calming palette of pastels was all but a requirement. Recently, bolder colors are moving in with an emphasis on contrast. Many new toys are made specifically in black and white to stimulate early vision. Newer studies are now suggesting that babies likely have trouble seeing objects in motion, making the way that they perceive their environment different from an adult’s.

 

University of California researchers found that infants had trouble identifying the individual elements of a moving scene. The rate in which the brain keeps up with a moving scene is already limited, but for infants it is almost 10 times slower. Babies have trouble with objects in motion faster than half a second. Unlike many other animals, human babies are born almost entirely helpless. Compared to other species, our period of babyhood is much longer and the eyes develop slowly over that time.

 

It makes sense to expose baby to a variety of stimuli, but use slow moments if you want her to pay close attention. Your baby may have trouble tracking as the family dog runs around, but that doesn’t mean that she won’t find it entertaining. When it comes to nursery decorations, slow-moving mobiles are ideal. Use strongly contrasting shades for stimulation. As for your walls, soothing pastels do promote sleep in both children and adults.

Source: UPI

Baby Diapering as a Bond

Posted: Wed, 07/20/2011 - 20:44

Diaper change time can seem like a tedious or even frustrating task, but approached with the right attitude it can be a great time for extra learning and bonding. Diaper changes are also an ideal time to begin teaching words for body parts and about hygiene. Older babies may be able to assist with removing their own clothing and even younger babies can become familiar with the feelings of wet and dry, soiled and clean. All of these things can help with potty learning in the future, as getting undressed and wiping themselves won’t be anything new.

While diapering, it is important to keep safety first. Have everything that you need – wipes, creams, wet bag or trash can – within easy reach. If you are changing Baby up on a table, don’t turn your back to them. Even the smallest babies can be capable of flinging themselves farther than you might think. Hygiene is obviously also important – Wash hands before and after changes.

Another great way to maintain communication with your baby is through EC, or Elimination Communication. Using EC, you use your baby’s cues to place them on the potty (or a basin or sink) when you can tell they need to relieve themselves.

Whether your child uses a diaper or a potty, it is important to include them in the diaper change process. Tell them what you are doing and are planning to do as you do it. Avoid providing toys and other distractions, as necessary as they may seem at times, and try to focus your baby on the task at hand. Use correct words for body parts and let your child assist you when age appropriate.

Using the restroom is a part of everyday life and by keeping your child involved in the process, you will make potty learning that much easier. When you are mindful of this time spent together, diaper changes are also a convenient time to reconnect with your little one during the day.

Sling and Dance to be Featured on Yahoo!

Posted: Sun, 07/17/2011 - 11:21

Yahoo! Shine is currently running a series that celebrates motherhood’s funniest and heartwarming moments.
Yahoo! Shine will be filming Sling and Dance for their feature episode on Tuesday July 19th at 1:15 at The Treehouse Social Club. The episode will be about the Sling and Dance classes and the benefits of baby wearing and movement for babies. If you would like to be part of the taping please contact Sabrina at: slinganddance@gmail.com.

Sling Benefits--(a.k.a. Baby Wearing Benefits)

Posted: Sun, 05/01/2011 - 23:11
Studies. Studies by experts like Dr. Sears, a respected pediatrician and author, show that babies who are worn cry less, learn more, socialize better and develop stronger bonds with their parents than babies who are not. Less lugging. No lugging around a car seat. Infant acid reflux reduced. When babies are carried in a sling, they are "tummy to tummy" and less likely to have liquid rise into the esophagus. Newborns worn in a sling develop skills such as talking earlier. They spend more time at eye level and therefore learn and absorb language skills. Great exercise. There are slings that can be used for babies up to 40 pounds--what a great workout! Bonding. It's a wonderful way to bond with your baby due to the physical closeness. Economical. Slings cost much less than strollers. Natural Transition. The sling is a natural transition from the womb which is why they cry and fuss less when worn. Easier. It's much easier to walk around freely with a baby in a sling as opposed to a stroller where we have to constantly be navigating crowds, steps and narrow aisles. It's great at the airport! Fathers. Fathers don't have an immediate head-start on bonding like moms do but carrying a baby in a sling provides a great way for them to get close to their little one. Indigenous cultures have been doing it for years with great results. For instance, in eastern cultures, baby wearing is the norm and babies cry much less frequently than western babies--only a few minutes as opposed to a few hours a day. Toddlers like the sling too! Slings can accommodate children up to 40 pounds. It can be very comforting after a "melt-down." Safety. Slings are the safest place your child can be.

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