ADVICE & ACTIVITIES

  • Kathleen Alfano Former Director, Ph.D., Child Research at Fisher-Price®
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    Bath Time and Water Play: Pour on the Learning!

    Many children love to take long baths because it's such a soothing experience. But it's also an opportunity for a form of creative play that doesn't take place anywhere else. For example, did you know that basic math and science lessons can take place in the tub? With a selection of safe and appropriate bath toys, your child can explore the properties of water—learning about measuring, the concepts of more and less, warm and cool, float and sink.

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  • Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education
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    Choosing Toys that Encourage Enthusiastic Learning

    Providing baby with plenty of well-chosen toys—especially ones that encourage activity and exploration—is a good way to reward actions. When trying to decide what belongs in baby's toy chest, remember that baby's muscles develop from the top down (head to foot, that is) and outward from the middle of the body. This means that head and arm control emerge before leg and foot control.

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  • Karen Sokal-Gutierrez M.D., M.P.H. Pediatrician
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    How can we make tummy time fun?

    Some 5-month-olds find playing on their tummies natural and enjoyable, and others don't. In the past 10 years, since health experts have recommended putting babies to sleep on their backs to prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), babies tend to spend far more time on their backs and less time on their tummies. As a result, they get less experience on their tummies and are slower to learn to lift up their heads and chest, which can be frustrating.

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    Children develop at their own pace and reach milestones at different times. The highlights mentioned in this website are approximate guidelines only. If you have any questions about your child's development, consult your healthcare provider.