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At six months old, the key is to talk a lot, and to give the baby lots of opportunities to explore their environment. One approach that worked well for us was to follow the Montessori approach to organizing our house and what our children played with. One example for that approach is on this site, which gives a good overview of the concepts. Key things to ...


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is this approach going to help her build connection with a basic vocabulary Yes should I try to broaden it as much as I can and as soon as I can? Yes. Progress the Russian and English vocabulary at the same pace and at whatever pace feels "natural". First of all, it's great that you are trying raise a bilingual child. This will be a great ...


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Our oldest was two when we had our second child. Anecdotal I know, but the way it played out for us, I think that was a perfect timing to get a sibling. Before too long, they won't remember the time before they had a sibling, which is something you can't say for older children: they'll long recall that there used to be a time when they had 100% parental ...


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Too many stimuli can be harmful to a baby. Here's a few articles 1, 2 - or just google overstimulation and check for yourself. In general it is not recommended for children below 18 months to have any exposure to "screens" of any kind, be it smartphone or TV or console 3, 4. Google "screen time for children". Worrying about IQ at the age ...


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Turn off the TV and interact with your child If your IQs are so high, use that intelligence. You can't make a child more clever. That's built in, by nature. What you want are skills they can develop through nurture. You can help a child to build language skills by constantly interacting with them, talking to them, singing to them, reading to them. The more ...


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Is sitting a mandatory part of development? Yes, it is. And your child has passed it. You put it quite well: Sitting apparently does nothing for him. It's not that he can't do it, it's that he prefers either to be more active or what is further away. That he can pull himself up and stand means his balance and core strength are just fine (see under ...


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I don't really agree with Ferber, but I think there are parts of the approach that can be adapted without as much of the "make your baby cry, and usually the parent also" portion. It's probably impossible to do it with zero crying, but that's mostly because you're ultimately trying to do something the baby doesn't like - so of course there will be ...


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In our experience, the main reading-promoting activities at this early age were limited to reading aloud to children. We used good quality books with lots of pictures, often board books. Having the parent engaged in reading is important, so we always had a good supply of children's books that were also interesting to adults. At its best, reading to children ...


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First off, to alleviate your fears - while the backside of a fridge is not usually meant to be touched, there should not be any serious danger from touching it. There are not hot elements to burn you, and no exposed wires with dangerous voltages - if the fridge follows the safety regulations. There are, however, possibly some sharp metal parts and it's ...


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Do not show videos to infants. The current consensus in the scientific community is that for small children, the effects of screen time are overwhelmingly negative. There are few, if any, positive effects. REFERENCES: For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New ...


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The AAP says never use crib bumpers: Crib bumpers (or bumper pads) may seem as though they can help protect babies from drafts and bumps, but they should not be used in cribs. There is no evidence that bumper pads can prevent serious injuries, and they pose a risk of suffocation, strangulation, or entrapment. In addition, older babies can use them for ...


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Do not insist that your child eats a certain amount of solid food, or of anything else. The child will eat as much as they need. Keep offering your child solid food, but do not try to convince her to eat it. Have family meals. The child learns good eating habits from imitating the family members. Children learn by copying, and it helps if adults are eating ...


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Any body part that is used for gripping, leaned on, or weight-bearing will result in thicker skin. In normal adults, this is usually most prominent on (respectively) the palms of the hands, the elbows, and the knees/soles of the feet. In someone who crawls, it will be the palms of their hands and the knees. This is totally normal and is an adaptive mechanism....


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The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that no amount of screen time is appropriate for a child of that age. From their report on Children and media: For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality ...


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Just to add some context to the reasons why screen time is bad for babies, and to reasurre you that this isn't some "old people think technology is bad"... Developmentally, under 18 months babies don't equate what's on the screen to real life equivalents. That means they can't learn effectively from screens; they need physical stimuli and social ...


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Above all else, let her play. In my opinion there is way too much focus on academics in the early years these days, and not enough on creativity and play which are integral to how a child learns about the world around it. Let her play, be creative, use her imagination. These things will serve her phenomenally well later in life (problem solving, deductive ...


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Your baby is used to being soothed to sleep by you. This is normal (and I believe healthy) in infants and young babies. At some point, however, it's important for babies to learn to self-soothe at bedtime (and nap time). Nine months is a fine time to start the process. Please give her soothing objects, e.g. silky-soft plush toys or a soft blanket during the ...


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We got some advice that worked very well for us. Little Sister was born when Big Brother was 22 months old. We didn't try much to prepare Big Brother, because it's all too strange for a two(ish)-year-old. We told him that Mummy was going to have another baby, and a few other things, but we made no big effort to go into details. Instead, we tried to make the ...


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There is no harm in broadening the second language (e.g., Russian) vocabulary. Numerous studies have shown that bilingual and monolingual children have similar overall vocabulary sizes (see, for example, De Houwer et al (2014), and Pino Escobar et al (2018)). REFERENCES: [...] our study finds no evidence of consistent differences between young bilinguals’ ...


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when to start reading books to a child As soon as it's fun for everyone involved. 11 months is fine if you and your daughter enjoy it. and attempt teaching reading? Too early. At 11 month you should focus mainly on spoken word. Don't make it a chore or something with a learning goal. Cuddle, tickle, talk, look at pictures, play around with words, be silly....


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In our experience, in addition to the nightime routine, another important factor in good nighttime sleep is the daytime routine. Keep it consistent. At this age keeping it consistent from day to day to within 20 minutes was helpful for us. The last daytime nap should be consistent across days, and not too late in the day so as not to interfere with the night ...


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Including your children in your life and activities builds both intelligence and capacity. Especially for young children, avoid passive activities like videos, or non-human interactions such as computer games --resist the temptation to let YouTube raise them for you. Instead, have real conversations with your children. Talk to them and listen. Do creative ...


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"Months" of age is an approximate concept at best, so its going to depend on the context. SE.Law has a discussion of the relevant bit of English law for contracts that specify a term of months, which is that: if the period expired on a date that did not exist in a particular month (eg 31st February), then the period would expire on the last day of ...


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At this age, we supplemented breastfeeding with about 4 ounces of soup plus some fruits and veggies per day. Keep in mind that this is just a single data point and and not a statistical sampling or a guideline. There are no nutritional guidelines that I am aware of about soup at this age. Some babies like soup and some do not. As long as the child has enough ...


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What can I do to a 6 month child so she end up smart and have high IQ? Your child's IQ is what it is. (The constant drive of IQ test developers is to take the child's socio-economic and educational background out of the picture.) The only thing that can change it is damage (via trauma or exposure to certain chemicals). Thus, nothing that any of the other ...


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Pool noodles are a great idea, though my favored go-to here is pipe insulation. You can find it in black and rubberized, which tends to blend into the background really well. I wouldn't worry about the kid dislodging it if you get the right size - make it a tight fit. Don't worry about ventilation, just don't run it up very far. I also put it underneath the ...


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Don't worry. First, there is nothing dangerous on the backside of a modern (1980 or newer) fridge, except for a great deal of dust and probably spider webs. The kid will probably find enough dust elsewhere. Wires are isolated, tubes get hot to touch but not hot enough to cause real damage. Second, nothing bad will actually happen if you push the fridge to ...


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You should contact the manufacturer directly. Stability of infant formulas depends on many factors including the amount and type of fats in the formula. The storage conditions on the can are often not very specific. Some cans say to store at room temperature and to avoid excessive heat. Such directions are only somewhat helpful in your case. Some other ...


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Pool Noodles. They can be trimmed to fix any gap that is smaller than them. They are not permanent (in case you are renting). With one put in the gap, if he reaches back there, all that will happen is that the pool noodle will be pushed back, then as an advantage, you will also know if he tried to explore while you back was turned.


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Pre-reading is definitely possible at 11 months. A bilingual child whom I take care of has been happily "reading" the logos of cars since about that age. As we walked down the street, I would point out the logo of each car and say "Audi" or "Mitsubishi" or whatever. Very soon, he was making identifiably unique noises for several ...


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