Using an Infant Growth Chart

All new parents want to make sure their child is healthy and strong. At each check up with the pediatrician, your baby will be weighed and measured to make sure they are continuing to grow at a rate that is normal. The standards for “normal” are established by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Both organizations have established an infant growth chart for boys and girls. For more information on how to read and understand an infant growth chart, click here. Properly feeding your child will contribute to their overall health. Breast milk or [...]

2017-04-05T15:05:32+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Kids Health|0 Comments

Tooth brushing games for toddlers

We might not be thinking about brushing our baby’s teeth before they have any or if there are only a couple – and these teeth are temporary after all. But decay and infection in the mouth often lead to bigger, more permanent health problems. Teaching our kids now to keep their teeth healthy throughout their lives is an important lesson, though. There are lots of games for toddlers that teach kids how to keep their teeth healthy and make it fun for them. In honor of National Dentist Day on March 6th, we’ve listed some guidelines and games for toddlers [...]

2017-02-25T07:17:24+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Kids Health|0 Comments

Using Preschool Printables to Teach Your Child to Be Healthy

As parents, we have a lot of important life skills to teach our children. And with today’s obesity epidemic, we have to take that responsibility even more seriously. Teaching your child to be healthy can give them the tools they need to make good decisions. Things are easier to learn when they are fun, so here are some great toddler games and preschool printables to help you teach your kids to be healthy. 1 – PBS Kids has toddler games that kids can play on a tablet or mobile phone. Kids can learn about good sleeping habits, how to shop [...]

Teaching Your Child Gratitude with Toddler Games

Did you know gratitude can change your life? Studies show that daily gratitude exercises – some are great toddler games – result in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, and energy. People who are grateful (and aware of it) also experience less depression and stress, are more likely to help others, exercise more regularly, and make greater progress toward achieving personal goals. Those are some wonderful reasons to be grateful. Here are some very fun toddler games to teach your kids how to be grateful so they can have all those benefits: Play the “What Would You Feel [...]

Infant Halloween Costumes

Everything is cute when it’s tiny! That is especially true of infant Halloween costumes. If you’re looking for something creative and original for your baby’s first Halloween, we’ve collected some great ideas! We especially love the costumes that incorporate carriers, car seats, or strollers. These are simple infant Halloween costumes that you can put together quickly and still have everyone oohing and ahhing over your baby. If you want to have baby in a carrier, here are some genius ideas! Our favorites include Pokemon, a gardener, Monopoly, and a pot of gold. Some of these work differently depending on how [...]

2016-10-24T10:06:00+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Preschool Activities, Safety|0 Comments

5 Preschool Activities That Teach Your Child To Be Safe

We all want our kids to be safe; protected from any and all danger. When children are little, only adults can take care of keeping them safe. But as they grow, kids become much more capable of taking care of themselves. The reality is that we won’t always be able to be there for our kids, so it’s important to teach them how to be safe. Here are some great preschool activities that help kids learn to be safe. Make sure to talk to your child as you go through the routine of your day, saying, “We wear our seatbelts [...]

Welcome Vanessa!

My name is Vanessa and I have been working with children from infants to school aged for most of my life. I started with babysitting as a teenager and then became a volunteer at Head Start/ Early Head Start all through high school and ended up at a home based center where I worked for a few years. I left childcare to take a retail management position and did that for 8 years. During that time, I learned so much and expanded my skills and knowledge in many different ways, but I always felt like something was missing. After having [...]

2016-10-24T10:06:00+00:00 August 19th, 2016|Community|0 Comments

Find the Perfect Water Bottle for Your Child

Just about everyone carries around a water bottle. That’s a good thing. And even more important when kids are participating in sports or other outdoor activities, like recess. But did you know some water bottles are better than others? The plastic water bottles that are sold by the case are intended for one use only: drink the water then toss the bottle. Some people continue to refill those bottles, though, which is not a good idea, as there are studies that show the chemicals that make up that type of plastic actually break down and leach into the water you [...]

2016-10-24T10:06:00+00:00 August 8th, 2016|Kids Health|0 Comments

May is Water Safety Month

Around the world, More than 100,000 people drown each year, so keeping an eye on kids who are around water is always advised, no matter what time of year it is. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional, injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14, drowning in private pools is a leading cause of death for children younger than 5, and children under the age of 1 most often drown in water found in bath tubs, buckets, or toilets. Older children most often drown in natural water settings, like oceans, rivers, and lakes, according to the Centers for [...]

2016-10-24T10:06:00+00:00 May 4th, 2016|Safety|0 Comments