|Newborn Tips#1: Don't Hush-A-Bye-Baby|
|You don't have to be quiet while the baby is sleeping. The womb is loud, and newborns are used to the noise. When ours first came home, we watched television and I would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept. She got used to sleeping with noise, and I could get stuff done. I am still able to vacuum in her room while she sleeps (she is 14 months), and she is peaceful and well rested when she wakes up.|
|Newborn Tips#2: Soothe Your Wailing Newborn|
|When my baby cries, I comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That helps her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity. If this doesn’t work, I also try one or all of Dr. Harvey Karp's five calming moves: swaddling, shushing, holding her on her side, swinging her or letting her suck. Sometimes it takes all six!|
A four year kid has just matured from a toddler to a preschooler. At this age he can run, jump and make fun. Some of the children at this age even become hyperactive. The level of development of his various functions and limbs are as follows.
The energy requirement of a four year old child is seventeen hundred calories per day. He has the ability to learn the language and his speech organ develops adequately enabling him to imitate the words he listens. He is also able to answer appropriately to a question.
Motor Development In a four year old child
Motor development for a four year child is substantial. A four year old child is able to walk straight on a line drawn on the floor. His muscles adequately develop so that, now he can jump on the floor hopping on one of his feet. He can also pedal his three wheeler cycle confidently. If you allow him to pedal his cycle on the street in front of your house, you will notice that he can steer his cycle avoiding the passer byes and the lamp posts. At this age he spontaneously climbs on the chairs and equipments on the playground. If you place small obstacles, such as a brick on his way, he can jump over it. On the playground he keeps running around. He can throw a ball and his aim improves.
Creative, imitating and cognitive faculty
|Newborn Tips#3: Help Get Your Baby to Latch|
|If you are having latch-on issues while breastfeeding your baby, you can use breast shields to help the process. This was a wonderful tip that I learned from my lactation consultant. I had to use the shields for an entire month before my baby would latch onto my own nipple without them. Had it not been for the breast shields, I would not have been able to continue nursing my baby.|
|Newborn Tips#4: Get Prepped|
|At 3 weeks, babies’ days and nights become more predictable, and you can focus on yourself in addition to your newborn. One way to do that is by reducing your stress level - and having everything ready for your hungry baby and yourself is one way to do that. Start by prepping for the next feeding as soon as the previous one is over. For example, after an 11 p.m. feeding, get ready for the 2 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need for feeding and putting out fresh drinking water for yourself so you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night. During the day, take advantage of the baby’s naps to work out, shower or catch up on e-mail, or take a nap too.|
If you show him, he can imitate you forming simple things like a ball or a snake with clay. He can form towers with blocks and draw some shapes and letters. A four year old is also able to hold a crayon marker and colour the drawings. He is sometime unable to draw a desired shape. He can thread small beads on a string, if he is shown to do how. A four year old can recognize that certain words sound similar. He can name 18 to 20 letters in uppercase. A few of them can even read a simple alphabet book with many pictures on the pages. Four years old children makes fun with words creating funny languages. They also like to listen to stories. They are normally able to count up to twenty or more and they can understand the concepts of 'more' or 'less'. He can identify biggest or tallest building in the locality. He can recognize the sequence of events in his daily activities. He can also recognize the missing portion of a person or an animal in the picture.
Development of Language
A four year old can speak very fluently, though, sometimes he may make grammatical mistake. He can use words indicating possessiveness like 'mine' or 'hers'. His speech almost always makes sense. He can use elaborate structure of sentences. He is able to change his tone and structure of his sentence while talking to a baby younger than him, while he talks differently to the adults. He is able to tell his gender and address to people. He can even recite simple nursery rhymes.
He is able to play with friends and participate in group activities. He may seek the approval or praise of his parents for his accomplishments.
|Newborn Tips#5: Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings|
|When our baby was eating slowly and sleepily, my husband and I would massage her cheek to stimulate her to eat faster. A gentle stroke with a fingertip on her cheek was all it took, and on those long sleepless nights, this simple trick was a godsend! Our friends have found it works great with their infants too. When babies eat efficiently until they're full before going to sleep, they sleep for longer between feedings. And that means you’re both likely to be calmer!|
|Newborn Tips#6: Help Your Baby Bond with Dad|
|Make sure your baby has ample time alone with Daddy. His touch and voice are different than yours, and this will begin a bonding process and give you a break. Plus, it gets the baby used to being with someone other than you. The first few times can be hard. Make sure your baby is fed and well rested, as this will give you at least one or two hours before you're needed again. Then leave Dad and the baby alone. If you stay nearby, make sure the baby can’t see or hear you, and resist the urge to go into the room and "fix" things if she starts crying. Your baby cries with you and you experiment to find out what's wrong. Dads need time to do this too - in their own way. By allowing this time, your child will learn there is more than one way to receive comfort, which will help immensely when you leave your baby with a sitter or another family member for the first time. You could have your partner bathe her, put her to bed or just read or talk to her.|