I’ll be honest, I had a bedtime reading routine in place with V, and when V2 came along, I struggled to find a balance. I was too exhausted and preoccupied physically, emotionally and mentally, to just pick up a book and read.
But we did establish a solid bedtime reading routine with the girls early on, and that remains my favourite sanity saver.
Here’s a list of easy tips that helped while transitioning to reading to 2.
1. In the early days it’s about easing the transition for the elder child. I remember nights when V2 would be more interested in feeding and I would nurse while reading to V. It was a reminder for V that she was still loved just the same, and reading together was important to me.
2. We usually first read V2’s book and then V’s. It’s an opportunity for them to wait for their turn, plus a chance to hear two books.… Click to read the rest
Once your baby starts pulling themselves up, either people around or data mining on social media will throw walker suggestions in your radar. What is the deal on walkers? Are they montessori? Are they recommended? And most importantly, are they necessary?
Walkers, and other commercially available movement aids hinder development in the same way. They make a child mobile so quickly that he sometimes just gives up on his own attempts when outside the walker. They also give the child misinformation about where his “space” or body ends, and how legs really work, confusing messages that have to be relearned later.
Susan Mayclin Stephenson, The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for birth to three
That quote really sums up the case against commercially available walkers. For one, the baby depends on the adult to be put in and out, which straight away removes independence and need to walk.… Click to read the rest