Of course, there are a gazillion apps, blogs, and websites now to take new parents and parents-to-be through pregnancy. But nothing beats the comfort of a good book. It is like a good friend who has your back throughout the transition. Here are my top favourite books, based on my personal experience. Do note, my experience is limited, and I prefer wholesome and positive books that can be read by both parents (if applicable).
My top 2 books to help through pregnancy
Strong as a mother
Most books focus on the size of the growing baby, and the physical changes in the mother. Strong as a mother talks a lot about the emotional changes, upheavals and anxieties, and how to heal.
The Big Fat activity book for pregnant people
If you are a parent-to-be with a sense of humour, this is a must-have for you. With sections like things you cannot do now, practical pregnany shoot tips, it is interspersed with fun quizzes and mazes along with information.… Click to read the rest
Between 4-6 months, the baby starts achieving new milestones, and everyday she learns something new. Her motor skills are evolving – she can grasp and kick with purpose now. She understands direction, and can lift her head up well, while on her tummy. If ready, she may also turn over at this stage. I have outlined a few of our favourite activities and montessori materials for 4-6 months here. This is just a guideline, and you may not need everything from this list in the same order.
By now, V2 was well into tactile mobiles. Once she started batting her gobbi, we introduced the ring on ribbon, and the wind chimes mobile. You can simply hang a puzzle ball or regular ball or some coloured ribbons above her (ensure they do not overstimulate and are developmentally appropriate). You will notice the baby enjoys batting, clutching and kicking the material.… Click to read the rest
2-4 months is a beautiful stage. The baby discovers her limbs and you will notice a more conscious movement of hands and legs. She is also getting better at visual tracking. As a continuation to our montessori from birth series, I have listed my top 5 materials or activities for 2-4 months old babies here.
1. Montessori mobiles
Continuing with the visual mobiles, we moved to the gobbi mobile at about 2 months. The Gobbi is made of balls of varying shades of the same colour that help the baby refine her senses by visually differentiating between shades of the same colour. We used it well into our batting stage. By around 3 months, V2 was all about fluid movement. She was exploring moving her limbs. This was when we introduced the dancers . The 4 dancers gently moving their limbs in the wind develop binocularity and dept perception along with visual tracking.… Click to read the rest