The Differences Between Your 4th Child and Your First

The Differences Between Your 4th Child and Your FirstWhen you have your first child, everything is new and a bit scary. You’re unsure of yourself, constantly asking questions and calling your pediatrician. By your second baby, you have a handle on things. Life isn’t so scary, but you still insist everyone wash their hands before touching your baby. The third baby is pretty simple; you have the help of the first two to get things done and you’re basically a pro. By the fourth baby, things are very different…

1. There are a lot less photos

During your first pregnancy, you probably took a photo of your belly every week. You took a photo of your child every day and posted it to Facebook immediately. It’s all so new that you had to document every moment of it. Your next kids, however, didn’t get such a treatment.

2. People celebrate a whole lot less

For your first baby, family you didn’t even know you had suddenly appeared to bestow gifts. Your neighbors from three streets over introduce themselves just to see the baby. Your home is overrun by baby gear and cute outfits. By your fourth kid, people have lost track of your pregnancies and aren’t sure if you have a brood of children or if you’ve started a mobile daycare.

3. You relax your hygiene rules

The first baby got a new outfit every time she drooled. You passed out hand sanitizer to friends who wanted to hold her. Now you’re wiping your last child’s mouth with her sleeve or even your thumb, handing her off to people without a second thought, and you aren’t sure how long she’s been wearing that onesie.

4. Illnesses are a lot more common

When it was just you, your spouse and your first baby, illnesses weren’t that common. There was the usual baby sniffles and occasional ear infection, but nothing serious. With a house full of kids, however, disease seems to materialize from nowhere and everyone gets it. Your last child has had a perpetual runny nose since birth.

5. You don’t worry about milestones

Is he holding his head up enough? Is he rolling over on time? Does he look like he’ll walk soon? There’s a lot of anxiety for new parents who are concerned that their child is developing on schedule. For the later kids, you won’t even stop to consider if things are happening “on time.”

6. You pay a little less attention

I’m not saying you love your newest child any less. Of course not. But you there’s no way you can keep the same level attention to detail as you could for your first. In the beginning, you might have kept a poop diary, scheduled your life around his naps, and carefully selected any TV programs that might be within earshot. On the fourth child, however, you let a lot of that go and cast your worries aside.

infant support pillowGuest Blog by Alicia Overby – Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears

Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn’t seem to get comfortable.

After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for asubluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn’t find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!

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6 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Development Through Play

boost development through playMany parents believe that before formal schooling begins, there isn’t much you can do to help your child develop. This isn’t true at all. Play time is just as important as school lessons – perhaps more so when you consider that most development occurs during the first few years. You can give your child a leg up by making that playtime as meaningful as possible. Here’s how:

1. Schedule creative play time.

Structured play (like arts and crafts, lessons, or reading) has its benefits and should certainly be a part of every child’s routine, but your kids also need time for creative, unhindered play. Let your child play whatever he likes in whatever manner he likes. Don’t constrict games because they don’t make sense to you. If he flies his truck through the air or lassos a horse with a sock, let him explore and experiment.

2. Introduce other children.

You don’t need to come up with a schedule of activities for that next play date. Plop both kids in a room full of toys and games and stay nearby. By two and a half, your kid is developed enough to play with other kids, not just alongside. That means they’ll take each other’s cues, play the same game together and interact in a healthy way.

3. Encourage dress up play.

Pretending to be someone else is an excellent way to build empathy, objective understanding, and social skills. It lets them explore attitudes and behaviors, and give their imaginations a workout. Include some dress up costumes in the play room that your kids can easily access. Don’t discourage your child from using ordinary items as costumes (like a pot for a racecar helmet).

4. Switch off the TV.

The TV has its place and I’m not saying it’s bad for kids, but it doesn’t offer much in terms of development benefits. It’s an easy form of entertainment that doesn’t require much brain activity. It’s better to let your kids play pretend or toy cars or read than zone out in front of the TV. If you can, put your TV in a closeable cabinet so it’s out of sight.

I understand, however, that there are some great programs for kids that you should take advantage of, and sometimes you just need something to occupy your child while you take a quick shower.

5. Rotate some toys out of the playroom.

Interestingly, children can be overwhelmed by too many toys. If you have a generous family, your playroom might be filled to the roof. When your child has too many toys, he doesn’t fully experiment with each. Instead, he tends to play with the toy in the manner it was intended, which doesn’t work out his imaginative muscle. Store some toys in the attic or basement, and every so often switch them around.

6. Play somewhere else.

Eventually, your home will become unstimulating to your child. The blue carpet won’t be a river, it’s just carpet now. The bathroom isn’t an alien planet any longer; too many baths have ruined that room’s fun. Take your kids and a few toys one day and just change the scenery. Take them to a friend’s house, a play center, or simply outside.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

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How Your Actions Influence Your Child’s Development

how your actions influence your child's developmentIf you’re wondering why your child does what he’s doing, chances are he got the idea from you. From making healthy lifestyle choices to learning to be a good friend, kids live what they learn and learning begins at home.

Food Choices

Parents control what their children eat by the foods they allow in the home. If your children are accustomed to having healthy foods available, they’re more likely to learn to make healthy choices.   As they grow up and start eating over friends’ houses or buying lunch at school, having healthy habits at home can empower them to make healthy choices when away from home.  Instead of keeping the cookie jar within arm’s reach, stock a draw in the fridge with fresh fruits and veggies.

Activity Levels

If you want to raise an active kid, be an active family. Make it part of your family’s routine to exercise each day. Whether it’s going for a walk or playing outside, make it a priority to demonstrate and encourage physical activity regularly. Let your kids see you moving and they’ll want to move along too.

Interactions with Others

How you engage with others will influence how your children engage with others. If you treat the wait staff at your favorite restaurant with respect, your child will learn to treat them with respect too. If you yell at the customer service representative for a mistake on your bill, they’ll learn to do that too. Show your child what being a friend and a caring member of society looks like by modeling the Golden Rule.

Cleanliness

Even the way you maintain your home will impact how your kids keep their areas and belongings. If you keep your home clean, neat, and free from clutter, your children will learn that this is the expectation. Encourage kids to take part in keeping the home clean and they’ll gain a better appreciation for keeping it clean.

If you want to raise a respectful kid, be a respectful parent. If you want to raise a child who cares for his health, take care of your health. Remember you are your child’s first role model. The good things, along with the bad, will rub off on him.

hire nanniesGuest blog by Michelle LaRowe of @eNannySource

With over 20 years of experience in the nanny world as an award-winning nanny, agency director, and parenting author, Michelle LaRowe is considered a leading industry expert. A mom herself, she loves to educate parents and nannies on the importance of quality in-home childcare. Find out more by visiting @eNannySource on Twitter.

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