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Fine motor development of babies

September 20, 2013 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by natalie

The main development of fine motor development are

The Palmer grasp at 6 months involves the baby using his whole hand the baby can now pick up large toys or finger foods by wrapping their hand around the object this can still be a bit clumsy and they might not always find their mouth so can be a messy experience but a very important skill for baby to experience and develop.

Pointing with the index finger normally develops at around 9 months baby can now point to a object or person in a very defendant way I played a game with both my children to develop this skill and language, I would put them on my lap facing me and I would ask them to point to parts of my face starting with nose and lips and then moving on to more difficult features when they had mastered them like chin, ears and eyes but be careful with this one as you might get a little finger in your eye ouch!

Pincer grasp has moved on greatly by 12 months baby can now pick up much smaller items using the thumb and first finger baby is keen to start feeding themselves and my children loved emptying the toy box or kitchen cupboard to practice this skill on a daily basis.

Picking up small object at 15 months the baby can now pick up very small items now in a very skilled action using the tips of the thumb and first finger my daughter showed this skill off when having a development test with her health visitor who had placed a small brick on the floor in front of her to see if she could pick it up she looked at her for a moment studying her face the picked up a bit of fluff of the carpet and gave it to her.

That’s my girl!

All children develop at different rates and this is just a guide but it’s important to let them develop it by letting them experience as many different textures, shapes and object as possible in a safe environment and trying different foods encourages this as well as foods all feel different and making a mess is all about learning.

Early social development of babies

September 13, 2013 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by natalie

The baby’s first relationship is usually with mum and dad but he is also able to form attachments with others but it’s the quality of the interaction rather than the length of time.

Babies love to be talked too it doesn’t matter what you say but if talked to in a soft gentle voice they will normally calm down and study your face.

If baby dose not respond to you then check the basics that they are not hungry, need a nappy change or too hot or cold.

It dose not matter if the main carer is the biological mother or not they will always respond to them as long as the primary carer is sensitive to the babies signals and needs for example when the baby smiles, cries or is happy playing or babbling the responds given by the mother establishes the babies early socialization forming the basis for communication between mother and baby.

Babies imitate the gestures and vocal noises that we make this is the way babies learn and develop and this is the main way we can identify when a baby might have hearing problems as this important stage is slowed down or the baby is unaware of the vocal relationship between them and others making social development delayed.

This is what makes feeding, bath time, playing, nappy changing so important in every babies life it’s a time to learn and share experiences as well as having fun.

Never rush this special time with baby as you will unsettle them which will mean a difficult time for you later as they might not sleep or feed as well.

Generally if you are happy and relaxed so will baby which normally means more sleep for you which as every new parent will tell you is the one thing you need.

Bath time problems with children

November 16, 2011 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by natalie

Does your young child hate bath time do you dread those words bath time.

Then visit babyjoygifts toy department and look at our wonderful range of bath time toys you will send something that they will love or let them chose them selves to make it even more personal to them and very grown up.

Bath Fun baby gifts

Bath Fun Toys for Children

They can look forward to it arriving then opening it and then wanting to try it out.

You can choose from farm or jungle squirters in the tub or monsters fairies or for the budding builder construction in the tub or for the car fan the brilliant car wash that you can see clean the special car that come with it.

We also have a range of stickers for the tub that stick to bathroom tiles until you have finished leaving no mark this includes the very popular beep beep car track with cars to travel around the track you design or fashion or pet fashion which develops your fashion designer of the future where you can dress up the girl or cats and dogs in pet fashion.

All are Non Toxic and safe for young children and will provide you child with a great learning experience as well as making bath time great fun like it should be.

Have a look at our great range of Alex toys the only problem will be choosing one.

UK Baby Names 2011

August 23, 2011 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by natalie

Most new parents spend hours trying to find the perfect name for their new arrival, but what are the most popular names chosen in the UK in 2011.

The number one spot goes to Jack for the boys and Sophie for the girls.

Jack has been a favourite for the last couple of years but Sophie is a new arrival at the top spot.

Jack is followed by Sean, Daniel, Conor, James, Ryan, Adam, Michael ,Alex and in 10th position Luke.

Sophie is followed by Ava, Emma, Sarah, Grace, Emily, Katie, Lucy, Aoife and finally Chloe in 10th place.

Nearly all the top ten names are good strong traditional names but be careful and think what your name will be like when your child is in their 40s or in a job interview it may be cute when he or she is two but might not be into adult hood.

It’s great to be different but not silly and you would hate for your child to get bullied at school as children do not like being different from their peer group.

It’s also a good idea to think about and perhaps write it down to see how your last name fits with your chosen first and second names as it will be the most important gift that you ill give your child that will last a lifetime and don’t forget It will be the first thing that they have to learn to write so not too long might be a good idea!

Credit crunch parenting

August 11, 2011 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by natalie

Most new parents spend £3,000 on their first baby in just a year. But if you plan and are a clever shopper you can prepare yourself for the new arrival for less than £200.

Most new parents spend money on consumer goods and fall for the advertisements that tell you that you need and what their products that will  be barely used, then discarded or sold.

What are the baby basics?

Not much is the answer. What you will need in the first few hours are maternity pads for mum, some nappies, a few sleep suits, a baby blanket, and a warm suit, booties and hat if it’s winter, You will also need a car seat if travelling home by car You will be tempted to buy more but wait before you rush out and spend your money, ask yourself a few questions can I borrow or buy the item from a family member or friend or does my baby really need it and you will get plenty of new baby gifts in the first few weeks so wait and see before you buy too much.

Must have items

Nappies

Sleep suits, bodysuits and  bibs

If winter warm outdoor clothing

Car seat

Bibs

Feeding equipment if not breast feeding

Blankets, towels and bedding

As a rule always have a couple of each item one being used one in the wash and one ready to be used you will have a lot of washing so buy washing powder when on offer too.

Pram or Pushchair suitable from birth try to choose one that will grow with your new baby.
The experts say that your newborn baby shouldn’t be carried around or in a upright position for long periods of time so take this into account when choosing one.

Baby Joy for Coronation Street star Kym Marsh

April 3, 2011 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by natalie

Kym Marsh and Jamie Lomas are now the new parents to a lovely new baby girl called Polly.

Kym was rushed into hospital 5 weeks early but the labour went well with little Polly arriving safe and sound weighting 4lds 1oz

The whole Baby joy gifts team send our best wishes to them all

Well done Kym and Jamie

Why A Baby Gift Basket Makes the Perfect Present

March 31, 2011 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by natalie

It’s wonderful being able to splash out on those we are closest to, and if there’s a new baby in the family or among our friends, baby gifts are the perfect opportunity to do just that.

But with so many gorgeous baby gifts around, from the traditional to the sentimental to the practical, coming to a decision can be hard.

Going online can really help by giving you the best selection of gifts for baby, and by saving you time and often money as well. Shopping online is convenient, quick and safe.

A baby gift basket can offer the ideal solution by giving you the chance to give several presents in one delightful hamper. The gift basket can often be personalised too, making your hamper a unique present.

For example, your basket could combine both cute and useful items, and some things which will be used up, such as baby lotion, along with others which are more long-lasting.

At Baby Joy Gifts, we offer a fantastic range of baby baskets and other gifts which you can order in minutes. Choose a wonderful present, add your personal message, then you’re all done. Everything is beautifully wrapped, and we deliver UK-wide.

Our cotton lined wicker baskets are packed with delightful baby goodies such as clothes, toys, blankets and more for boys, girls and twins. We also have ‘neutral’ hampers for babies of either gender. Log on to our website today and learn more.

Lack of sleep…

March 30, 2011 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by natalie

The first few months are hard I will not lie

You will be tired like you have never been before.

New mum’s are still trying to recover from the birth,hormone rush or even baby blues.

The one most important thing is the 3 R’S routine, routine and routine.

Try to gently get yourself and baby into a daily routine make night and day different it sound simple but babies do not know we have to show them follow the tips below

During night feeds keep lights low, no TV or music on, change nappy feed

If baby is bottle fed make sure that you have  the bottle made up and get your partner to warm it up while you are changing the nappy  feed baby with out rushing them then  wind you can all then happily get back to sleep

Let baby learn to settle themselves in the cot next to you from the start it will make life easier in the future.

The baby will slowly fall into this routine which means you will get your much needed sleep quicker and means you have more energy in the day so you both benefit.

The best baby gifts ever is sleep zzzzzzz.

Becoming Mum and Dad

March 27, 2011 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by natalie

Being a Mum or Dad in not something that you can prepare for 100%.

While you are pregnant and even after the birth every one you speak to suddenly becomes a parenting expert!

Some of the advice will make you laugh, other advice will make you mad and other advice will make you confused.

But you are the parent you will make mistakes that’s what it is all about, learning on the job and finding out what works for your baby

We are only human after all.

You must remember that this little person needs your love and care but you are still important!

So make time for yourself and as a couple.  Give yourself the odd treat or gift

You can have time off!

Listen to advice but go with what feels right to you

Enjoy being a parent it is like being on a scary rollercoaster with its highs and lows but it is the most natural and wonderfully rewarding journey that you will undertake.

A baby is the best gift ever…..

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Kelly Brook is going to be a Mum!

March 17, 2011 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by natalie

Kelly Brook is expecting her first baby with new boyfriend Thom Evans.

Kelly, 31, said: “Thom and I are happy to announce we are expecting a baby girl. We are both delighted.”

Kelly is one of the UK most glamorous women she also has figures that nearly every woman in the world would like.

Shortly afterwards Kelly updated her Twitter page to spread the happy news.

The model, turned actress, has been dating former Scotland rugby player Thom, 25, since November last year.

Baby joy gifts would like to congratulate Kelly and Thom on their wonderful new and I am sure they will have plenty of baby gifts from friends and family.

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