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How Incorrect Swaddling Can Lead to Long-Term Health Problems

How Incorrect Swaddling Can Lead to Long-Term Health Problems

  Did you know that incorrect swaddling can cause permanent damage to your infant’s hips, potentially leading to hip dysplasia? The AAP recently updated hip dysplasia screening guidelines prompting pediatricians to encourage hip-healthy swaddling. Just like your tires wear unevenly if the tread is not right, hip dysplasia is a condition in which hip sockets and hip joints wear unevenly, leading to hip pain and mobility issues. How? When in the womb, your infant’s legs are tucked in close to her body in a cozy fetal position. After birth, if your baby’s legs gradually straighten out little by little until...

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5 Great Children's Book Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

5 Great Children's Book Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

Every child should be surrounded by books. Check out some of our favorite children's books for preschoolers right now and give a book this holiday season!     1. A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins Charming illustrations and an unexpected twist make this book fun for kids AND their parents. Buy it here 2. Are You My Mother?  by P. D. Eastman There's a reason a classic is a classic. My daughter has this whole book memorized and now points out every "snort" she sees.  The simple repetition make it especially enjoyable for toddlers and preschoolers....

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8 Things for Parents to Know from the AAP’s Updated Infant Sleep Guidelines

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8 Things for Parents to Know from the AAP’s Updated Infant Sleep Guidelines

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is one of the top concerns of new parents. While SIDS rates have declined since the “Tummy to Play, Back to Sleep” campaign was launched almost 25 years ago, researchers still can’t pinpoint why more than 3,500 infants die of SIDS every year in the United States. However, while the causes are not precisely defined, extensive research has been done about behavioral and environmental correlations with SIDS. To help new parents know best how to create a safe sleeping environment, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) released updated infant sleep guidelines in October 2016. Here’s...

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5 Counting Skills to Practice With Your Preschooler

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5 Counting Skills to Practice With Your Preschooler

  Researchers from the University of Chicago and Vanderbilt found that early math skills predicted academic success through eighth grade in ALL disciplines, not just math. Yet, for most children, even basic counting skills take practice. Start with the five basic counting skills listed below--they seem intuitive to well-practiced adults, but take repetition to master before kindergarten. Cardinality: The last number counted is the same as the number of objects. It helps to reinforce the concept that the last number counted is the same as the number of apples. (E.g. “1...2...3...there are 3 apples!) Number Constancy: The number of apples is...

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What Are Sight Words?

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What Are Sight Words?

  Sight words are frequently used or non-phonetic words that should be learned by ‘sight’ to achieve reading proficiency. Many schools still use the Dolch sight words list to teach new readers. The primary benefit of learning sight words is decreased frustration in reading fluency. Since sight words comprise more than 75% of the words in all children’s literature, knowing sight words decreases the number of unknown words in a simple text. In addition, some sight words are non-phonetic (e.g. eight, light, because, buy) and would be frustrating for a new reader to sound out. Once a reader has mastered...

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