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Simple Effective Baby Sign Language

Super simple Baby sign language. Communicate with baby with these 5 signs that are life-changing!
This entry is part 30 of 31 in the series Baby Days

We joke around that babies are SO sweet…until they start to say, “NO!”  But there is a short period of time in baby’s life when she simply doesn’t have words (not even, “No”).  The inability of our little ones to fully communicate what is going on in their heads can lead to various outbursts that look like tantrums or frustration.  But it IS the earliest form of communication for them – we just can’t quite understand them.

Figuring out a way to communicate effectively with baby at this crucial early time in her life is life-changing!  If you are like me as a mom, you cherish the littlest moments with your sweet child; savoring each “Goo” and “Gah.”  But, you often struggle when it comes to the not-so sweet moments.  The grunts and the growls, the screams and screeches are likely the last thing you were looking forward to while gently caressing your pregnant tummy and dreaming of mommy-hood.

That is why I am so thankful for baby sign language.

I am not a child development expert and I have no credentials other than being a mom of four.  But I highly recommend learning some very basic baby signs and teaching them to your little ones, starting at a very early age.  We have practiced simple baby sign language with all four of our little ones with great success.   Continue Reading

Growing Up

Sensory Play for Baby with Tissue Paper

sensory play for baby with tissue paper - discovering the world through simple sensory play. Lots of simple ideas for making it fun for baby!
This entry is part 2 of 31 in the series Baby Days

Our youngest one (AG, 7 months) is finally getting around a little bit more and spending more time awake during the day.  And it is so fun to watch him, as his sister says, “learn how to play.”  The discoveries he makes each day are so fun!  And this portion of his growing up is so fleeting – I feel the need to soak it all up!  Today we were playing with him and I just quickly decided to throw in a little sensory fun into the mix.  And it was so simple and added up to so much fun for all of us!

All we added to the mix was some colorful tissue paper!

This is such a great early sensory experience for AG because he is getting so much sensory input:

  • the wrinkling of the tissue paper provides something new to touch
  • the crinkling of the tissue paper provides something new to hear
  • the color of the tissue paper provides something new to see, and
  • the movement of the paper provides something new to wonder at

To create your own sensory play for baby, here are some ideas for introducing tissue paper play: Continue Reading

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Encouraging Independent Sitting

encouraging independent sitting - help baby learn to sit independent of you without using a Bumbo seat
This entry is part 27 of 31 in the series Baby Days

We have an independent sitter!  He doesn’t always remember that he is an independent sitter, but we are to the stage where he can sit on his own for over a minute!  I love this stage for kids!  It is so much fun to see them wobble and catch their balance.  And watching them get a new perspective on the world is neat.

I think we tend to forget just how much WORK it is for a baby to start sitting independently.  The muscles and balance involved is nothing short of herculean for these little five and six month old babies!  And I think there are a LOT of “helpers” on the market that don’t necessarily help baby to work out the core and find balance any faster than they would on their own.

We had a Bumbo seat with our first two babies.  And then I did the purge of 2015, weeks before I got pregnant with our third.  In that purge I got rid of almost everything baby related, including the Bumbo seat.  And when we found out we were pregnant, I had the opportunity to select the things that we would really use to purchase or put on our registry.

The Bumbo seat didn’t make the cut.  And it is not for the reason you would think.  I didn’t add it to our registry and I didn’t purchase one myself this time around; not because I don’t think they “help.”  But because I couldn’t believe how expensive they were!  I did not remember spending as much on our first one and I just couldn’t bring myself to part with the money.

So, we tried the independent sitting “training” a different way this time around.  Unaided by any baby sitting devices, our little one still reached the milestone of independently sitting at the exact same time as his older sisters (who had the benefit of the Bumbo).  And what was wonderful about this process is that I discovered some tips and tricks for encouraging independent sitting with our baby that I wanted to share with you. Continue Reading

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7 Simple Things For Nursing Moms to Know

This entry is part 20 of 31 in the series Baby Days

Nursing is amazing, isn’t it?  Just think of it.  You carried your little one in your tummy for around 9 months, feeding and nourishing him until he grew large enough to enter the world and thrive.  And then…and then, God has designed your body to switch gears completely to feed and nourish your little one for months (sometimes years, right?).  It is miraculous, really!

Notice I didn’t say nursing was easy.  But it is miraculous.  If you are considering nursing your little one for any period of time after he is born, you may need a little bit of encouragement along the way.  Because, honestly, as natural as nursing is, it doesn’t always come naturally.

After nursing FOUR little ones, I have learned a LOT about nursing.  I am still not an expert, but I have learned plenty.  That knowledge has helped me (and encouraged me) along the way.  So I thought I would share with you the simple things I think nursing moms need to know. Continue Reading

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The Best Alphabet Book for Tots

the best alphabet book for babies and toddlers

A little while back I got a reader question about teaching little ones to love the alphabet.  I have often shared our girls’ love of the alphabet and this reader wanted to know how I got them to love it.  And I really did some soul searching and thinking about it and came up with the number one resource for sharing the alphabet with our girls.  It is a book.  And it is a book we started reading to G (our oldest) before she was a year old.  And W started hearing it from the time she was cognizant of other people’s voices (probably in the womb).  G now knows most of it by heart and W is well on her way to remembering most of it, too.  This ONE alphabet book is the one I would recommend to parents to introduce and get their kids excited about the alphabet from an early age.

What is it? Continue Reading

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Getting Ready for Baby: Early Feeding Essentials

early feeding essentials for baby
This entry is part 9 of 31 in the series Baby Days

We went last weekend and registered for our soon-to-arrive little one!  And oh, goodness: the options!  It can be kind of overwhelming.  The reason I tend not to be overwhelmed this time around is that it is our third time.  I have a pretty good idea of what we will absolutely NEED and what would be nice to have, but will not be necessary.  And the reason we are registering?  I got rid of everything (EVERYTHING) a few weeks before we found out we were pregnant!

I am trying to see the bright side by saying that this time around we can get the things we actually love and use.  And we know the things that we would like to splurge on and the things we just don’t need.  So, I thought I would share with you, in a series of posts here at Simple.Home.Blessings.  the essentials for baby.  So you can make the registry and purchasing process easy and uncluttered.  I am sharing only the quality products that really are worth it.  It may seem like the list is really short, but honestly, you don’t need a whole bunch of things!  Continue Reading

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