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Helping Your Preschooler Adapt to the New Baby in Your Home

It can be very exciting to welcome a new baby into your family. If you already have a preschooler in your home though, then you may be concerned about the new baby’s arrival. This is because your preschooler is still a very young child himself and so he may not be as receptive to the new baby as your other family members will be. So, you should give a lot of thought to this in order to help your preschooler be able to adjust to this new family member. Luckily, you can do a lot of things to help your child before your newborn is even born.

First of all, you need to make sure that you include your child in this process just as soon as you know you are pregnant. This can begin with a formal yet kid-friendly announcement about the new baby. You can do this while sharing a snack together. By doing this, you will be sure to have your preschooler’s attention plus this is a nurturing environment.

After your conversation about the new baby, you should begin to talk about the new baby on a regular basis. Ask your preschooler to help you pick out things for your new baby. This way your preschooler will be involved and feel as though she has some involvement with the new arrival. Plus, if your preschooler has helped to pick out a few outfits and then sees the new baby in it she will be very proud to see the new baby in it.

Another thing that you can do to involve your preschooler is to have a few of your close friends bring something small for your preschooler to your baby shower. If this cannot be done, then you should purchase a few things for him yourself. There are t shirts that say “big brother” available as well as gift baskets too. By giving such a gift to your preschooler he will not feel frustrated or all alone whenever he sees all of this attention lavished on the new baby.

You should also make sure to explain to your preschooler what will happen whenever you go into labor. Once you do go into labor and get ready to leave for the hospital take a minute to lovingly inform her that you will be bringing the new baby home from the hospital with you. Then, after the baby has arrived, try to have your preschooler visit you and the new baby in the hospital before you come home. This way she will not be surprised whenever you bring the baby home to live with your family. Of course, she may still be a little upset whenever the baby does come home. You should know that this is normal.

A little planning and preparation can go a long way in ensuring that your newborn will be welcomed with open arms and a loving heart by your preschooler.


How to Prepare for a Baby Music Class

Babies always have a fascination for melodies, even as newborns. Mums and their little ones enjoy this unique musical kinship since mums are the ones who'd make their little ones listen to beautiful melodies of their choice. After the birth of the child, parents enroll their children for music classes, where they are taught how to dance and sing, which is an ideal connecting time with their parents, not to mention the kids' enjoyment and learning. Kids are exposed to a variety of songs, musical instruments and other kids also, which is an excellent way to make friends.

Below are some tips when going along with your kid to music classes:

Search for an excellent baby music class somewhere in your neighborhood. The best thing to do is to look up a reputed music school; if possible one of the greatly recommended establishments that will offer your baby the right training. Also see if that institution offers programs for kids and search for any reviews about it. Preferably, the school must be located close to your home. Generally, day care centres have music programs.

Request your friends to have their kids join your baby. Learning is anytime more enjoyable with buddies. Hence, if you have friends with kids more or less in the similar age-group as your little one, why don't you call them to enrol their children for the same baby music classes? However, even otherwise there are number of dads and moms at the music classes! It's not merely your child who'll make new friends, but so will you, too!

Ready your baby for music school. The most effective mode for your kid to pick up more from a baby music class is to ensure they're well-fed and well-rested. That way, they won't be drowsy and peevish in school. Get them to have something before attending baby music classes, so that during lessons, they won't become famished and demand food. Feeding them during music class will merely divert their attention and make them less prone to learn than normal.

Spend time to master things. It takes a little time before kids will at last learn to understand musical concepts, dances and songs. This is precisely why it's prudent to educate your child on how to conduct themselves, listen, and involve themselves in a baby music class. But, spend time in listening to the tutor, for they will offer tips and recommended activities to rehearse at home.

Allow your baby enjoy himself/herself. Offer your kid the liberty to fix his/her own tempo of studying. Don't force them to partake in all the exercises, since this will just irritate them for not being on par with others. In due course, they will pick up on their own and certainly will be capable of being in sync with the children in the exercises. But ensure they are alert and up-to-date with the music lessons.

Reward your child. This is amongst the optimum ways to persuade your kids to meet their potential. Once the baby music class is finished, allow your kids time to rest and refresh themselves. Give them a delicious treat, like a sundae. Or, get them a coupon for attending school and performing well. Also, reward your kids every time they do well in take-home exercises.

A baby music class is always enjoyable, and it surely will make it even more enjoyable for your kids if you assist them in exploring unreservedly, discover their own scope, and set their own tempo. Parents indeed are there for standing by and taking care, and it's in their control to direct and involve themselves with their kids while attending a baby music class. Dance and sing with them. Such activities forge a lifetime bond of kinship.



Bringing Home Your Baby with Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome

When the hospital geneticist announces all the difficulties that you may face with your new SLOS baby, they may seem too numerous and too enormous to face. When most parents have to hear terrible news that something is wrong with their precious newborn, their children usually only have one or at most two things that are wrong with their child, such as a gastrointestinal problem, a heart deformity, or mental retardation. However, when there is a genetic disorder in place there can be numerous things wrong with your child all at once, and the long list the geneticist is obligated to give you can leave you desperately heartbroken and feeling helpless, especially when they themselves know very little about your child’s particular disorder.

Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome is one such genetic disorder. The fact is, when proper medication is in place and the right baby formula, SLOS can be manageable although never easy. Although many things are deformed in a SLOS child, only a few of them cause distress. We’ll address one at a time, based on what most professionals recommend, and based on our own personal experience as parents of a child with SLOS.

The gastrointestinal tract is the most difficult problem for a baby who has Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome. SLOS babies can have failure-to-thrive, severe acid reflux, slow-draining of the stomach, and constipation. However, there is hope. There are ways to treat these problems and get your child comfortable and happy again. Let’s start with failure to thrive.

Failure to Thrive:

Failure to thrive is a deadly condition where a child is not gaining weight. SLOS children are well-known for not gaining weight well, so a slow growth-rate should not cause alarm. Dieticians at times may be overly alarmed by a slow growth rate, but SLOS specialists are not alarmed. However, a SLOS child should be gaining some weight regularly. A child who does not gain weight at all, even a SLOS child, is failing to thrive and should be taken to a pediatric gastrointestinal (GI) specialist. A SLOS baby may even have difficulty gaining weight on his own mother’s milk (although this is almost the only source of nutrition on which he will not constipate). Some doctors do not like their patients to buy a home baby scale because they are concerned it will make the parents obsess over the baby’s weight, which is something to guard against, but the scale helped our family. A home scale helped us know if the baby’s weight was gaining, even a little, or not gaining at all instead of having to constantly go into a doctor’s office to see. Many parents worry more by not knowing, and the scale can be a consolation when the weight starts to go up. However, never expect a SLOS child to come to the normal weight of a healthy child.

We give total credit to the baby formula Neocate for saving our Mathias’s life. He was continually in the emergency room for failure to thrive until we discovered this jewel. The GI doctors and dieticians tried everything to get him to gain weight until Neocate came onto the scene. It was first recommended to us by a SLOS specialist, which is why I also recommend talking to SLOS professionals. Dr. Steiner at the Oregon Health and Science University, and Dr. Porter at the National Institute of Health are the two most well-known. It is advisable to make the effort to have your child seen by both to get the most well-rounded education on your child’s syndrome.

Even the very best GI doctors may not know about the Neocate-SLOS connection, so the parents’ input may be necessary. Do not hesitate to get Neocate because of the expense, which is high. Most insurance companies will pay for it because failure to thrive is a life and death situation, and a GI doctor will be happy to recommend Neocate to your insurance company if your child will not gain weight on anything else.

Keep the direct phone number of your GI specialist for emergencies, and your dietician’s phone number for non-emergency regular calls. I did not enlist the help of our dietician for a very long time because I thought I could just “wing it” while feeding our son, but your dietician is very important because she can advise you, based on your child’s condition, how much needs to go into the G-tube as your baby grows, when you need to switch from an infant formula to toddler formula, and so on. She will keep you on track so that you will not over-feed or under-feed your child (a mistake we made on our own for awhile), and you will also need her help in order to deal with your insurance company if you get an expensive formula like Neocate. Insurance companies will not pay for increases in shipments of formula without the prescription of a dietician or GI doc.

Acid Reflux and Vomiting:

Almost all children with Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome have reflux, and most of them vomit as a routine part of their lives. This can be distressing for parents, especially when their baby is failing to thrive. Most parents, however, go on to accept the vomiting as a normal part of their lives. Some keep a bucket under their stroller for accidents. Parents can learn to have a confident mindset about this when they go into public places.

A SLOS baby will very often vomit when bolus fed, but some babies react better to the “kangaroo pump” machine for bolus feeding. Although the pump is technically intended for continual drip feeds, it can and will bolus feed if put on a high speed, which tended to induce less vomiting than gravity, hand-held bolus feeding for our son. It freed us up more to feed the baby this way, too. The baby could be fed by the machine and we didn’t have to sit and hold the bolus.

There is no medication that stops vomiting, but medication did decrease much of the vomiting for our son. That is not true for many kids. However, the medication does help prevent pain and ulcers associated with severe reflux. The difference in Mathias’s demeanor on and off the medication was like daylight and dark. If your baby is fussy and uncomfortable most of the time, or makes a strange gulping sound, you may consider discussing with your GI doctor possibly increasing your acid reflux dosage, changing brands, or changing the method with which you administer the drug. A pharmacist can compound your medication into liquid form for the G-tube. Acid reflux medication always has to be undiluted (not mixed with other meds) to work properly, and must be put through the G-tube, not the J-tube (if you have a jejunal tube). Continue to give the medication even if it makes your baby vomit. Giving it slowly, making sure there are no air bubbles in your syringes or tubing, and dribbling some of the meds into the med port before inserting the syringe will all cut down on air going into the baby’s stomach and thus help cut down on vomiting. However, even if your baby vomits, she is still getting some of the medication, so continue to give it. A baby who is not getting acid reflux meds will eventually develop ulcers that will cause pain and vomiting of blood.


The only medication that worked for Mathias and the only thing that works for most children with SLOS to treat constipation is Miralax. This is a blessing because it can be bought over-the-counter. I can almost guarantee this will be a must-have in your home once you switch your baby from breast milk to formula. Children with mild SLOS can usually get relief from Aloe Vera Juice, which can also be purchased over the counter in pharmacies and health food stores. This is a much healthier and a higher road to take if you can get by with it, given that Miralax is a drug. You will know your baby is constipated if her stool turns hard and she expresses extreme discomfort while going in her diaper.

Liver, kidney and colon problems can also occur in children with SLOS, and your gastrointestinal doctor can assist you in treating these conditions. The good news is that not all children have the same internal disorders with SLOS, so don’t be concerned your child will have every problem you read about. Our son, for instance, had no vision problems, had a very strong heart with only a small murmur, and had no kidney or liver problems, all which are possibilities with Smith Lemli Opitz, and Mathias was diagnosed to be on the severe end of the spectrum of the syndrome.

Cholesterol Supplements:

Since SLOS is caused by the lack of cholesterol in your baby, cholesterol supplements should be administered as soon as possible. Your geneticist can aid you in obtaining this regularly. There appears to be a connection between a child receiving cholesterol early and milder skin sensitivity and a milder disposition/personality later on, so begin your supplements early. OHSU (Oregon Health and Science University) regularly shipped us free egg yolk in exchange for research visits when we took Mathias to visit them. This may no longer be their arrangement with their patients, so you will need to contact them for information.

On the emotional side of things, we know firsthand that this is a very dark time. Everyday trials do not compare to the pain of bringing home a child with numerous special needs. You may be depressed, angry, or utterly heartbroken, and worst of all, you may feel hopeless. I remember during the first few months after we had our sweet Mathias, I would wake everyday and immediately feel like someone was pouring a bucket of sorrow into my heart. We desperately wanted him to be well. Please do not despair. I am thinking of one couple in particular whom my husband and I had the privilege of meeting during one of our trips to OHSU. They have not only one but two children with SLOS. However, if you meet them you will see smiles on their faces. Their life is not uncomplicated, but they are happy. They take turns working so someone is always home, and they’ve learned all they can about SLOS from professionals. They give their boys the best nutrition they can with a VitaMix machine, and they live their lives out with a head up high and a grin, not looking at their half-empty glass. They had a very difficult first year or more with their first son, but their boys are very happy now. You will be happy again. Lastly, if you believe in God, you believed before you had your baby that all things happen for a reason. Don’t stop believing in that now.


Making Music with Your Baby, Toddler and Child

I was lucky to have grown up in a house filled with music. If music wasn't playing on the record player (or tape deck or radio), someone was busy making their own music. My parents both played instruments and the house was filled with a wide variety of musical devices from guitars and banjos to dulcimers and mandolins. Instead of folded clothes on dressers, we had things like Jew's harps. Relatives got into the act too and brought over their instruments and we would have sing-alongs on holidays with children lining the floor singing and playing along.

One of my favorite things in our house was known as the music grab bag. In this sack were all the instruments we children needed to play along with the grown ups. We had tambourines, cymbals, the triangle, maracas, clarinets, flutes and lots of different kinds of drums and these were just the thing to get into the spirit of the music.

It goes without saying that after growing up in this way I only ever dated musicians. Now that I have a child, I want to give him the same kind of upbringing I had so music will play just as important of a role in his life too.

Do you love music also but wonder what kinds of instruments/toys are suitable for your baby or toddler? If so, read on!

The first thing to know is that it's never to early to instill a love of music in your child. From the time they are in the womb, children love music. It's part of the make up of our souls. So aside from obvious things like keeping any instruments away with small pieces in them when your child is small, which is just common sense after all, there really is very little that should be off limits to children.

Babies love drums as they require very little coordination, so this is always a good first instrument. If, like me, you get excited about keyboards, little synthesizers are always a welcome addition to the mix too. Your baby can sit on the floor and bang the keys while getting excited about the flashing lights and sounds that come from the keys and buttons they're hitting. Once they're standing, synthesizers become even more fun. Schoenhut make lovely toy pianos and I couldn't resist getting their white baby grand piano. Even the artist John Cage plays a toy piano on his Suite For Toy Piano, so they're fun for adults too.

Xylophones are a common sight in the homes of most children and for very good reason. This is another instrument that very small children can begin using once they're a little more coordinated with their hands. And even if they haven't reached that stage yet, just let them bang away and see what they think of the sounds they're making!

Once your child is able to blow into devices, instead of choosing a traditional flute or clarinet, why not try a melodica first? These are instruments not many people know about, and they've been well utilized by more bands than you would think. They really do make lovely sounds, so let your little one give it a whirl. I introduced it to my son when he was only one year old, so there's no real age you should feel you have to begin at.

One thing I've found is that it's always nice to leave a wide variety of instruments lying around the house. We have a traditional piano that our child loves, but around it we place lots of other instruments that he can pick up and play at will whenever he's in the mood. I think this is one of the most important things of all to remember. Music time should be all the time and children should feel free to be able to go over to their special table, or wherever you want to place their instruments, and pick them up and play them if they so desire. If children get used to seeing instruments everywhere and learn that they're ordinary things, they won't develop any phobias or fears later on about learning to tackle a proper instrument. They'll be so used to playing around with them that mastering anything seriously when they're older will be a cinch.

The last thing to remember when dealing with kids and music is to have fun! There are no hard and fast rules. Just let your children get into the spirit of music as young as possible and see what happens.


Baby Phat Girlz Back to School Hoodies: The Newest Collection

Baby Phat introduces the latest collection of warm and cozy hoodies just in time for fall. The Baby Phat Girlz Hoodie Collection features soft fleece, fashionable designs and sparkling detail perfect for that back to school look. Here are a few of the latest girls hoodie from the Baby Phat Girlz Hoodie Collection.

The Newest Collection of Baby Phat Girlz Back to School Hoodies: Girlz Terry Hoodie with Taping

Keep her warm and looking fabulous in the Baby Phat Terry Hoodie with Taping. This cute hoodie for girls has a flattering faux flap at chest pocket, a signature Baby Phat front logo at pocket, zip front closure, sequin signature Baby Phat print, embellished double snap, logo accents at back and contrast taped trim. The Baby Phat Terry Hoodie with Taping is made of 70% cotton, 26% polyester, 4% spandex and is available in girls sizes (small-extra large). This cozy hoodie is offered in the color light charcoal.

The Newest Collection of Baby Phat Girlz Back to School Hoodies: Girlz Ruffle Trim Pullover

Add a little charm to your little one's back to school wardrobe with the Baby Phat Ruffle Trim Pullover. This cute and pretty girls pullover has a short sleeve design with a ribbed v neckline that looks good layered or worn alone with jeans. The Baby Phat Ruffle Trim Pullover includes a bubble sleeve pattern, ribbed cuffs, a signature logo patch, tiered ruffles at bottom, printed Baby Phat signature logo with sequins, plaid design at hood and bottom. This eye-catching pullover is made of 95% cotton, 5% spandex and is available in girls' sizes (small-extra large). The Baby Phat Ruffle Trim Pullover is offered in the color heather grey.

The Newest Collection of Baby Phat Girlz Back to School Hoodies: Girlz Terry Hoodie with Emblem and Stones

Complement her back to school wardrobe with the Baby Phat Terry Hoodie with Emblem and Stones. This stylish Baby Phat original has a pretty lurex logo stitch design, kangaroo style pocket, ribbed bottom trim at hem, zipper front with kitty logo, long sleeve design with ribbed cuffs, and signature Baby Phat stitched kitty logo with sequin details. The Baby Phat Terry Hoodie with Emblem is made of 70% cotton, 26% polyester, 4% spandex and is available in girls sizes (small-extra large). This warm hoodie is offered in the colors black and au lait.

The Newest Collection of Baby Phat Girlz Back to School Hoodies: Printed Plaid Fleece Hoodie

She can bring her back to school wardrobe to the next level in the Baby Phat Printed Plaid Fleece Hoodie. This luxurious girls hoodie has a soft fleece material with an allover plaid pattern that will keep her warm and looking ultra cute. This pretty fleece hoodie has a unique plaid design with zip front closure. The Baby Phat Printed Plaid Fleece Hoodie includes a lurex stitched signature kitty at chest, a kangaroo pocket design at front, a lurex-embroidered crest with sequin detail at back and a Baby Phat signature logo. This printed plaid hoodie is made of 80% cotton, 20% polyester and is available in girl sizes (small- extra large). The Baby Phat Printed Plaid Fleece Hoodie is offered in the color berry.

For more cozy hoodies from the Baby Phat Girlz Hoodie collection, visit Baby Phat online.


The Diaper Bag: Baby’s Home Away from Home

Trying to get out of the house with your new baby? It isn’t all that easy to just jump in the car and go like before. It can be overwhelming all the things the baby needs on every outing. One way to make a quicker exit is to have a fully stocked, ready-to-go diaper bag on hand at all times, rather than packing last minute. Here are some diaper bag essentials to ensure preparation for venturing out.

Of course no diaper bag would be a diaper bag without a stockpile of diapers. Make sure to always have several in the bag, and replace any used ones after returning home. In addition to the diapers, there must be wipes. Use a small, travel-sized wipes holder, refilling it often, and packing it full. Wipes are not only necessary for changing diapers, but convenient for cleaning sticky hands and faces. For the diaper change, make sure to have a changing pad on hand. You don’t want to be placing a messy baby directly on the backseat of the car, or worse, on the germy changing station in public restrooms. Many diaper bags comes with a folded vinyl pad, but if yours doesn’t, make sure to always have your own.

A diaper bag must-have is plastic bags. There must be somewhere to put those dirty diapers and wipes if a trash can is not readily available. Have two on hand at all times. One for dirty diapers, and one for dirty clothing that needs removed. Because plastic bags pose a suffocation hazard, make sure the child doesn’t have access to the bags.

Diaper leaks, spit ups, and major food messes can cause clothing to need removed. In this event you will need a change of clothing. Always keep a seasonally-appropriate, easy-to-put-on outfit in the diaper bag. One piece suits are easiest for quick changes. For infants, outfits with footies are a good option, so that you don’t need to worry about packing extra socks. Otherwise make sure to pack necessary socks.

If you’re faced with changing messy diapers away from a bathroom, you will need to be able to clean your hands. Always make sure to have a travel-sized hand sanitizer. But, use caution as the alcohol in hand sanitizer can be a poison hazard to children.

If your baby is formula-fed, it is convenient to have a travel container for powdered formula. These containers, hold several servings of formula in separate compartments, with a small spout for easy pouring. Another option now available with certain brands of infant formula, is the small, single-serving packet of formula. Have a few in the diaper bag at all times. Unlike the travel container, the packets will last longer in the diaper bag. It is recommended that powdered formula is used within a month of opening, so make sure to replace it as needed. In addition to the formula powder, you will need water and bottles. Always have a clean baby bottle and purified water in the diaper bag. Nursery Water now sells fluoridated purified water in small 9.4 oz. bottles, more convenient for packing than larger adult-sized bottled water.

For older babies keep a snack-sized container with cheerios on hand. The small bottles of Nursery Water are great for thirsty toddlers. Carry an empty sippy cup in the diaper bag at all times into which you can pour the water.

When feeding baby out, it is important to have at least one bib on hand, as well as a burp cloth.

Keep a small toiletry kit always stocked in the diaper bag. This should include Infants’ Tylenol or Motrin, especially for those visits to the pediatrician when immunizations need updated. Fever and aches can be reduced with a quick dose. Also make sure to pack gas medicine, like Infants’ Mylicon, nail clippers, a hairbrush or comb, travel-sized medicated diaper cream, sunscreen, and travel-sized lotion and powder, Disposable washcloths, containing tear-free baby wash, made by Huggies, are a good idea to have on hand.

I’m sure mothers won’t be likely to forget, but, if your baby takes a pacifier, have at least one in the bag. Nam makes pacifiers that come in their own plastic cover, great for clean transporting.

Of course, don’t forget to have a toy for the baby. The most convenient toys are small ones that can clip onto the stroller or car seat, and can’t get tossed onto the ground.

Having these essentials packed will likely cover most out-of-the-house situations, but all babies have different needs, and you may need to modify your diaper bag. If the diaper bag is stocked and ready to grab, leaving will be so much easier. And once you’re out, you can relax knowing you have a small home-away-from-home for your baby.


Welcome to Babyland: The Home of the Cabbage Patch Kids

In Cleveland, GA there is a hospital unlike any other. This hospital has a magical maternity ward, and specializes in the special deliveries. This isn’t your typical hospital, and these aren’t your average babies. Instead, these are babies just waiting for parents to adopt them!

How is it possible to have a whole hospital filled with babies waiting for a new home? It’s quite simple. The newborns in this hospital are special. They are small and sweet, and smell like baby powder. They are truly little dolls. That’s because they are dolls. This is the hospital that delivers Cabbage Patch Kids!

In 1976, Xavier Roberts, just 21 years old at the time, started practicing the quilting skills he learned from his mother. Combining this with other skills, he took up the German skill of fabric molding. These fabric sculptures would eventually lead to a successful business.

In 1978, Xavier Roberts started delivering his first “Little People” to craft shows in the south. That same year, he and some friends turned an old medical center in Cleveland, GA into Babyland General Hospital, opening it to the public to share his “Little People”.

In 1982, his “Little People Originals” were changed to the first of the “Cabbage Patch Kids”. At this time, he switched to using vinyl heads to turn his sculptures into toy replicas. These soon became a hit, and over 3 million had been sold by the end of 1983.

Since their debut, the Cabbage Patch Kids have continued to be a success. Every day, visitors continue to flock into the Babyland General Hospital. This great attraction offers free admission, as guests are invited to walk through the many rooms of the hospital, viewing several years of Cabbage Patch history.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the visit is hearing an announcement that a nurse is needed for a delivery. Visitors gather around the Cabbage Patch to wait for the big event. The nurse enters the patch to help the mother cabbage deliver her newborn baby. Unless the baby already has an adoptive parent who has chosen a name, guests are invited to help name the new baby boy or girl after the delivery.

As you exit the hospital, you are taken through the hospital gift shop. There, you can find souvenirs ranging from post cards and pens to dolls and accessories. These great products help to keep the hospital running, and help to keep the tour free.

This is an especially exciting experience for children, though adults are often known to take the tour without having a child in tow! Babyland is a wonderful attraction for young and old alike!


Baby Steps: Preparing Your Child for Preschool

You’ve made the decision that your child will be enrolled in preschool for the upcoming year. But how do you go about making sure that your toddler will get the best pre-education? Preschool can be a challenging time for both parent and toddler, but a few tips and even more preparation can help you and your child to feel very confident about the preschool you’ve chosen.

Compile a list of possible preschools.

Take a look at the preschools in your area, browse through the phonebook or Internet, and get feedback from family and friends in order to compile a list of preschools you think would be good for your toddler. Base your decision on the location of the school, the amount of children per classroom, and the friendliness and qualifications of the staff. Be sure that the preschool is licensed by the state, and you can even check the National Association for Early Childhood Education (NAEYC) website to find a list of accredited preschools in your area.

While you’re making your list, take your schedule into consideration. Find out whether or not the preschool offers care for a full day or half a day, so even if the academic program is what you want for your toddler, you may have to major some arrangements to make sure your child can attend the school and have reliable transportation each day. So, try to choose a preschool that is as close to your home or job as possible. This way, your child will be able to make it to school on time each day, and won’t be restless or cranky by the time they arrive at school.

Find out the school’s mission or philosophy.

Another great way to help you choose the perfect preschool for your toddler is to talk to the director about the school’s philosophy and learning methods. Most preschools emphasize learning by doing, a concept based on the writings of John Dewey, and other preschools practice Montessori teachings, where a child’s individuality is encouraged. You should schedule a time to talk with the preschool’s director about which learning methods are used often in the preschool, and decide which of these learning styles will work best with your child’s personality. Ask about how much your child will be learning ‘on his own’ during the course of the day, how much time is allotted for play with other children, and whether or not your toddler’s social and emotional development will be just as much of a priority as his academic learning.

You may not be able to get a feel for all this over the phone, so schedule a meeting with a few schools, to see first hand how a typical day in the preschool is spent. You may even get a few reactions from parents who are picking their children up or dropping them off; this is an accurate way to determine whether or not your child will be happy there, since parents really don’t have anything to lose by being honest with you. Your visit will also allow you to see how clean the preschool is, how new or safe the toys or playground equipment are, and how meals are served during the day. After you schedule a time to speak with the administrator or your child’s potential teacher, ask if you can actually observe a class for about twenty minutes or so, so that you can see exactly how the class is run, how attentive the children are, and which teaching styles the instructor uses.

Talk to your toddler. 

Before you make any plans to register your child at a preschool, talk to your toddler about the idea of preschool and pay attention to his reaction. If he panics at the thought of you not being around, you may want to take a little more preparation time getting him used to the idea of not being at home all day. Or, your toddler may embrace the idea of preschool. She may be excited about going to school, and will want to know about meeting new friends and having a teacher. Your child’s personality is a good indication of how he or she will behave in preschool, so if you know that you eventually want to enroll your toddler in a preschool program, observe them early to find out which classes and day care centers would be best for them.

It may also be a good idea for you to set up a mock preschool in the home, so that your toddler can get used to the idea of playing with friends, problem solving, and various forms of instruction. Invite friends from the neighborhood and/or family members of the same age over to play during the day. And, set aside times for snacks and a nap, in order to put your toddler on a schedule. Let the toddlers play independently as much as possible, and step out of the room every once in a while, so that your toddler will get used to being without you for long periods in the day. Setting up a preschool in your home may help your child cope with the idea of preschool a little better, especially if he or she is afraid. Explain to your child that the activities you do at home will be similar to what goes on in preschool; this will help to ease some of the anxiety your child may have about starting preschool. Remember, this may take some time, so get your toddler prepared for preschool as early as you can.

You may also want to let your child pick out a couple of outfits for preschool, or ask what he or she will want for lunch about a week or so before the big day. Wearing a pair of favorite shoes or eating snacks from home will help your toddler feel comforted during the day, and provide a sense of security while you’re away. On the first day of preschool, many schools allow you to stay for a good portion of the day, so that your child can play and learn in a new environment, with the security that you’re right in the next room. If you can make time in your schedule to do this, it could make a big difference-after a while, your toddler will be excited to go to school in their own, and you can be confident that your child is in a safe learning environment, developing the social skills that will be valuable well beyond the preschool years.


Baby Phat Girlz Back to School Tees: The Newest Collection

Send your little princess back to school in style in the newest collection of Baby Phat girls’ tees and tops. The Baby Phat Girlz Tee Collection features comfortable cotton fabric, adorable patterns, and flirty designs. Here are a few of the newest girls tees from the Baby Phat Girlz fall collection.

The Newest Collection of Baby Phat Girlz Back to School Tees: Jersey Cap Sleeve Tee

School days are back and your little princess will look absolutely cute and cuddly in the Baby Phat Jersey Cap Sleeve Tee. This adorable girls tee highlights a signature Baby Phat foil kitty logo at front, has comfortable cap sleeves for easy movement, crew neckline, stone sparkling details, a form fitting pattern and a Kimora Lee Simmons signature line at front. The Baby Phat Jersey Cap Sleeve Tee with Foil and Stones is made of cotton and is available in girls’ sizes (small-extra large). This cute girls tee is offered in the colors black and white. Visit Baby Phat online for more available colors.

The Newest Collection of Baby Phat Girlz Back to School Tees: Cotton Jersey Tee

Complement this tee with denim jeans or khaki pants for the ultimate back to school outfit. The Baby Phat Cotton Jersey Tee has an attractive short sleeve design, shirring detail at chest, a foil signature Baby Phat logo, a logo crest with embellished sequin crown kitty tail and Baby Phat tag at upper back. This flirty girls tee is made of 100% cotton and is available in girls’ sizes (small-extra large). The Baby Phat Cotton Jersey Tee is offered in the color emerald. Visit Baby Phat online for more available colors.

The Newest Collection of Baby Phat Girlz Back to School Tees: Ruffle Trim Tee

She will look pretty and dazzling in the Baby Phat Ruffle Trim Tee. This sassy girls ruffled tee has an appealing ruffle trim design at sleeves, signature Baby Phat logo foil print at front, a sequin sparkling kitty print at center, an embellished filigree detail and Kimora Lee Simmons signature line at bottom. The Baby Phat Ruffle Trim Tee is made of 95% cotton, 5% spandex and is available in girl sizes (small-extra large). This trendy tee is offered in the color black. Visit Baby Phat online for more available colors.

The Newest Collection of Baby Phat Girlz Back to School Tees: Side Tie Sequin Logo Tee

The Baby Phat Side Tie Sequin Logo Tee adds radiance and style to any back to school wardrobe. This delightful girls tee has a stunning sequin detail, a charming side tie, ruch designs, short sleeve pattern, and signature Baby Phat logo at front. The Baby Phat Side Tie Sequin Logo Tee is made of 95% cotton, 5% spandex and is available in girl sizes (small-extra large). This fashionable tee is offered in the color white. Visit Baby Phat online for more available colors.

For more girls tees from the Baby Phat Girlz Back to School Collection, visit Baby Phat online.