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Planning your baby’s first day to school

Planning your baby’s first day to school

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As your baby grows up, certain aspects like schooling for your baby or spending more time with her , find a special space in your daily life. Certain other aspects like helping your baby with the meals or taking care of her also become part of your routine.

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Planning for Schooling

One of the crucial stages during your baby’s growth is when she begins school. You may need to deal with some degree of stress and anxiety in your baby.

Schooling can begin at home. At home, try to keep aside some time for the activities that your baby is going to do in school. For instance, you can set some time for the baby during which she can engage in some scribbling, colouring or rhyming activities. If you feel, plan these activities on a weekly basis.

Plan for the school days. Planning your baby’s school days well in advance prepares her for the changes to come . You can start by changes in the daily routine of your baby in order to tune it with her forthcoming school days. This would help your baby get familiarized with the school routine better, both in terms of the school as well as what she is going to do there. As a result your baby is not surprised when she begins her school life.

Talk to your baby. Talk about the activities and how is she going to enjoy them. Inculcate interest for these activities.

Decide the school.  Choosing the proper school for your baby is a stepping stone for her future. Try to find a school where the school hours are convenient. Check if the school offers a variety of activities for your baby. Ambience is another big factor.

Talk to the school authorities. Before your baby’s schooling begins, talk to the school authorities and get a clear idea about the activities included in the curriculum as well as the weekly schedule of these activities. Also, discuss about your baby’s interests and inclinations with her teacher.

Communicate with your baby. As your baby grows up, start communicating more and more with her. Start encouraging her interests,  inclinations as well as initiating a sense of independence in her.

Reading together time. Set up a ‘reading time’ with your baby at a convenient hour of the day. Choose a time which works for both you and your baby.

Encourage the interests. Let your baby spend some time doing her favorite activities. This will help stimulate her fine and gross motor skills.

Initiate independence. Allow your baby some personal time to do whatever she wants. Be there to help if it is actually needed, but do not barge in every now to check on your baby. This way she learns to manage things on her own and becomes independent.

Don’t force your plan on your baby. There should be a set routine, right, but it need not be followed on all days. Let your baby skip the plan once in a while. This puts less pressure on her and she would enjoy her daily schedule more.

Care: Schooling and communication aside you might also need to help your baby with certain daily activities like eating meals or bathing. Help her along her day and her chores.

Helping with the meals. Generally, children take time to finish their meals. Hence, set aside about half-an-hour to forty minutes each day. During this time, try to keep your baby away from distractions like T.V. or toys. Encourage your baby to finish the food first and then carry on with her activities.

Potty training. If you are potty training your baby, you need to set aside some time for it every morning and evening until she is accustomed. Later, depending upon your baby’s bowel movements, you may need short periods daily.

Bathing. Set aside some time for bathing. If you find that your baby likes to spend time in the water you may consider extending your baby’s bathing times over the weekends. Try to get toys for her so that you can share some quality time with her.

How can working mothers deal with their babies?

Opting for day care centers, or depending on care giver or relative to help take care of your baby while you are at work.

Dealing with day care centres. If you are putting your baby in a day care centre, gather knowledge about the activities and hours that they operate. Discuss the interests and inclinations of your baby with them. Also talk about the activities that you want your baby to learn. Inform them about the eating and sleeping patterns of your baby. Try to keep this schedule similar during the holidays as much as possible so that your baby remains comfortable.

Communicate with the care giver. If your baby is staying at home with a care giver or a relative, discuss your baby’s day with her and make suggestions wherever you think some change is needed.

Watch for signs of tiredness in your baby. Be on the look out for signs like over-tiredness or sluggishness in the baby. If you do, bring in a change or stay at home for a while with the baby.

Working parents should engage with the baby. You must definitely take out some time to be with your baby. This helps in bonding with your baby. You can do anything during this time to engage with your baby. For instance, you can read to your baby, talk or just play with her.

Working from home. It’s just about balancing your professional and parental lives. For instance, try to finish off your work while your baby is at her school or while she is sleeping.

The early phases of growing up can be extremely satisfying for both you and your baby. All you need to do is educate your baby and engage with her. Besides that, take some physical care for her. There is every chance that this becomes one of the most rewarding phases in the lives of both you and your baby.

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