Week Thirty Seven
Children - and adults - are naturally curious beings and at this age, your baby is beginning to be inquisitive about the world around her and the way things work. While curiosity is definitely something to be encouraged, as it leads to dynamic and independent thinking, it's also important to realise that curiosity can take your baby places that you may never have anticipated. More than ever, it's vital that you ensure you have completely baby-proofed your house - that all cords are tucked away, all power-points are covered - and that you monitor her movement at all times; it can take only seconds for your baby to get into trouble.
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Learning through everyday activities
Your baby doesn't need an endless round of baby gym classes, music enrichment workshops or swimming lessons to be suitably occupied in a learning environment (though if you think he'd enjoy them, go right ahead and do any or all of these things) - in fact, everything he needs to learn in order to understand his world, can be learnt at home with you.
Now that he's mobile (or almost!) he'll have a great time sorting through your plastic container cupboard, or tipping all your pegs out of your basket and then putting them back in again. He can discover the outside world while you hang out the washing or when you walk to the shops. He can enjoy music while you bop around together as you make the beds. In fact, every chore you do can be turned into a learning experience for your baby just as long as you involve him, talk to him, encourage him and don't hurry him.
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Ever heard the term 'cotton-wool kids'? It's a phrase that describes our modern-day parenting obsession with keeping our kids safe at all times. And when they're very young (and there's no monkey-bars for us to worry about) this anxiety usually extends to germs and the potential illnesses they can cause. We want to keep our kids clean to keep them healthy. But now that she's moving around - and discovering yesterday's toast behind the couch - how much should we worry about germs and dirt making her sick? Experts now agree that exposure to germs will actually help build your baby's immune system, and may even help reduce allergies and asthma; it turns out that a few bugs are actually good for her! So put down those antibacterial wipes - she needs to go play in the dirt for the sake of her health.
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This article was written by Linda Drummond for Kidspot.com.au and has been adapted for Kidspot.co.nz