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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.

Women & Baby – Healthy Living With Natural and Organic Body Products

Maintaining beautiful healthy skin and implicitly a healthy body is the result of consistent skin care which can be based on both natural and synthetically manufactured products. Of course, the most recommended products to use are based on natural elements such as herbs, which offer both a nutritional supply to the skin and a baby glow which cannot be compared to any other manufactured products. They are completely healthy and assure a significant doze of vitamins and minerals to the skin, which are elements that make it maintain its youth over the years.

In what concerns the best natural products recommended for women and baby care, it can be said that most of them are based on Aloe Vera. It is a very useful plant which does not only contribute to a natural feeding of the skin but also heals wounds,and it gives a significant supply of vitamins and maintains the natural color of the skin. The products based on Aloe Vera are recommended for the body care because they are some of the healthiest and also some of the cheapest ones.

Nevertheless, another important element that is fundamental in the body care is the famous olive oil. Its function may not be only referred to the care of the body but also to the care of the face skin and scalp. It contains a lot of nutrients and gives good improvement to any possible skin disorder. The products are natural, organic and do no harm to the sensitive baby skin which is in complete evolution.

Furthermore, it can be noticed that there are lots of products nowadays based on honey and peanut butter. These products are some of the most recommended for children because they feed the skin and help it grow and maintain its softness without causing damage. They do not cause irritations,which in fact that it is very important when talking about babies’ skin. Honey is recommended especially for its natural qualities and peanut butter for its nutrients which allow a greater absorption of water and air from the outside world. Both women and babies will be delighted to see the results after only a few days of using them!

So it is that natural organic products are the most recommended ones for the sensible skin of babies and women. They can be found in pharmacies at the local grocery store and also can be ordered from the internet, as there are lots of websites which commercialize these kinds of products.

Keeping the Baby Healthy During Pregnancy

A healthy baby comes from a healthy mother during pregnancy and the belief that says that a pregnant woman should eat for two has long been corrected by nutritionists and health experts. So, what can a pregnant woman do to keep the baby healthy? For sure, the answer is not by eating double portions. Eating excessively will only cause obesity or even worse diabetes while pregnant and if this occurs, a pregnant woman will even have double tasks: keeping the baby healthy during pregnancy and overcoming the obesity or diabetes issue. In order to focus on the mother’s and the baby’s health, a proper diet should be undergone by knowing what to eat and what not to eat while pregnant.

What to Focus on

First of all, the fetus needs vitamins from the mother so a pregnant woman should eat more varied fruit and vegetables than before she became pregnant to get all the needed vitamins. The vitamin that is most needed is vitamin C because it enhances the absorption of iron into the blood. When the iron is properly absorbed into the mother’s blood, the fetus can get enough iron which is very important for its immunity and growth. The same process also prevails for folic acid which prevents the fetus from malformation of palate and lip

The next essential thing that the baby needs is calcium for its bone to grow well. Make sure that the consumption of milk or other dairy products is sufficiently adequate otherwise the calcium will be taken from the mother’s calcium deposits. If this happens, it will cause the mother to have teeth and bone problems during pregnancy which will continue on in her life. So, consuming enough calcium sources is definitely one way of keeping the baby healthy during pregnancy.

What to Avoid

Caffeine is said to prevent calcium from properly absorbed by the body, so limit the consumption of coffee or even better stop drinking coffee while pregnant in order to keep the essential vitamins and minerals being well absorbed by the baby. The same process applies for tea and other drinks containing caffeine. Although some sources mention about the amount limitation of caffeine-contained drinks, a different woman does have different chemical reactions against caffeine during pregnancy, so it is really safer to stay away from it while pregnant.

The next food to avoid is any meat-sourced food that is not well cooked. Bacteria may still be present in the food that is not cooked well and pregnant women and their fetus are susceptible to bacterial infection, so make sure that the protein-sourced food is thoroughly cooked. Milk and other dairy products, while containing high calcium essential for keeping the baby healthy during pregnancy, can also be a danger if not pasteurized, so carefully read the information on the package before deciding to buy milk. Cheese made of sheep and goat milk, such as blue veined cheese products, is also likely to contain bacteria as it is not pasteurized. The best way to keep the baby from bacterial infection is by avoiding these types of cheese.