A Book Review: Active Baby, Healthy Brain

Active Baby, Healthy Brain: 135 Fun Exercises and Activities to Maximize Your Child’s Brain Development from Birth Through Age 5 1/2
Margaret Sasse
The Experiment, New York 2010

Margaret Sasse has provided parents with an invaluable manual on how to maximize your child’s brain development. She has divided the first 5 1/2 years of life into 8 stages with numerous activities for each stage. In the beginning of the book the reader finds two pages of defined terms. Parents learn in the preface to choose activities to develop a wide range of skills.

Also, three important words are introduced: intensity, frequency and duration, reminding the parents that no activity should last more than two minutes and should be done slowly. With short, frequent activities both parent and child can put their full effort (intensity) into it for maximum benefit. This concept applies to all ages, though as one matures the “short” activities increase in length.

Most of the book describes and illustrates all of the activities. Here are sample activities for each stage:

Stage A – birth to six months: massage and gentle roll overs

Stage B – six to twelve months: creeping, cruising, walking

Stage C – walking to eighteen months: vision and balance

Stage D – eighteen to twenty-four months: dance, beanbags and balloons

Stage E – 2-2 1/2 years: music, rhythm, nursery rhymes, and songs

Stage F – 2 1/2-3 1/2 years: Massage in crocodile position

Stage G – 3 1/2-4 1/2 years: Rhythm sticks, ropes and cords

Stage H – 4 1/2- 51/2 years: mini-trampoline, tumbling, rocking, swinging

Further, she discusses the foundational subject of nutrition. While Sasse uses only one page to discuss nutrition, she hits the important aspects that can have a major impact on learning: “artificial colorings, additives and excessive sugar.” Food sensitivities including wheat and dairy must be explored as well. Sasse refers her readers to: http://www.fedupwithfoodadditives.info

Pros:

  • Terms are defined in the front of the book.
  • 8 Stages are outlined.
  • Each activity is described and illustrated.
  • Format is easy to reference.
  • An ample bibliography gives the reader direction for further study.

Cons:

  • It stops at 5 ½ years…
  • Sasse has other books that have “limited-availability”

For those who want to learn more about the topic of brain development, the author provides an ample bibliography. Even if your child is older and if there seems to be some delays in one or more areas of development / learning, some of these activities would still be appropriate to stimulate that development. Sasse died in 2009, but left behind over 100 centers that use this information having founded Toddler GymbaRoo in Australia.

Baby Bassinet Mattress – Give Your Baby Healthy Comfort

There are several components you will find in a bassinet. They include the frame or chassis, its body or outer shell, the hood or the canopy and, of course, the baby bassinet mattress. Safety is the main concern in purchasing a bassinet. If the body of the bassinet wobbles that is, of course, undesirable. The same is the case with excess protrusions in the chassis of the system, which must also have a high-quality mattress.

You have the option of purchasing linens, pillows, mattresses and other accessories on your own, though they will likely come with the bassinet itself. However, it makes a lot of sense to have an additional mattress at hand. This is particularly true because a kid’s mattress has to be changed periodically.

Whatever the case, ensure the following when you are planning to get a mattress.

1. It is important that the baby gets adequate support from the mattress, but you need to be sure that it is not too hard. Otherwise, the babies comfort would be compromised. In fact, if a mattress is not firm enough, the baby can sink inside too much, and consequently there can be breathing problems or even suffocation.

2.When out in the market looking for a new or replacement mattress, you may go for an Organic Bassinet Mattress, which has become popular in the recent years. These mattresses are not only good for the baby but are also much easier to clean. They also are germ-repellent, and do not run the risk of having bacteria. The natural and fire-repelling materials of the organic bassinet mattresses do not allow them to catch fire easily, either.

3. Since most organic mattresses are made from organic cotton, they provide the newborn with comfortable support and the most natural sleeping environment. The construction method of such a baby bassinet mattress involves filling organic cotton within a waterproof organic cover that prevents growth of bacteria, while keeping the mattress always hygienic and clean.

4. It is also important that a baby bassinet mattress should fit properly. A space of around two fingers needs to be present between the frame and the baby bassinet mattress, so that it can fit in properly with the bassinet structure. While too loose a fit can endanger the security of your baby, too tight a fitting can make sheet changing a really difficult job to do.

5. Ideally, you should also purchase the mattress cover while you are buying the baby bassinet mattress.

6. You can easily purchase the bassinet and the baby bassinet mattress from different manufacturers. There are several replacement baby bassinet mattress options that you can consider.

A brand new soft baby bassinet mattress is sure to be pleasing for your baby. If you would like to shower your baby with all the warmth, love and comfort that you can, it makes perfect sense to get the bassinet and the mattress. A good baby bassinet mattress is the one thing that ensures an undisturbed sleep for your little one.

Best Way to Lose Weight After Baby – Healthy Eating Tips to Flatten Your Tummy After Pregnancy

You Can Have Your Old Body Back!

Almost all new moms are searching for the best way to lose weight after baby birth occurs. For a lot of these new moms what they find is information overload when looking for weight loss methods. And the worst part is that 99% of the methods they find are not tailored to the new mom trying lose lose after baby weight! The article below will supply information specifically for new mothers trying to get back into shape!

What To Eat To Lose The Extra Baby Weight

Your diet is probably the most important part of the overall process when it comes to slimming down and dropping the extra pounds. And if you are nursing your diet provides not only but your new infant with nutrition as well! But what foods should you eat in order to accomplish your goals? Mainly foods that are low in fats, sugars, sodium and starches.

Foods To Eat For a Flatter Tummy

Turkey Breast – Either baked or grilled turkey provides high protein with very little fat. It can also be used in a wide variety of recipes so you can never get bored with this meat as a staple in your diet!

Fresh Fish – Cod fillets and other healthy fish will provide you with a high protein meal that is low in saturated fats and very high in vitamins and minerals. Just make sure you bake it and do not fry it in oil or the low fat nature of this food will be defeated

Fat Free Dairy Products – today almost all dairy products from cheese to milk and everything in between can be found in fat free versions. These fat free foods are loaded with protein and calcium and will help you trim down fast!

Fruits and Vegetables – These natural foods are jammed full of vitamins, minerals and anti oxidants and are almost 100% fat free. The good news is that most fruit is considered a negative calorie food so its hard to over eat! It also makes a great snack when your cravings kick in!