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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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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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The beauty of breastfeeding is that it’s a pretty self-regulating process and that mother and baby adapt to each other quickly. Speaking from experience, I had two very different babies. One would leisurely feed for half an hour (slowly but constantly, clearly enjoying the time), the other was done in just a few minutes. She still has a rather no-nonsense ...


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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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Holding oak leaves is harmless. In fact, oak leaves are used in folk medicine. Acorns are a choking hazard and should be avoided. Note that I could not quickly find any references specifically on acorns. However, their size, shape and consistency are such that if acorns had been manufactured as toys or parts of toys, they would be classified as choking ...


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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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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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You do not need to have any special baby food at all to feed a baby! If you look up baby led weaning you just present baby with some of the food you are having and let them get on with it. You need to cut up food into more stick like shapes (about the width of their finger) and cut round food like baby tomatoes and grapes into quarters. No honey before one ...


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Use books with good pictures as well as good stories In English children's books, I thoroughly recommend the various Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books. Individually they're OK, but together they're brilliant. The illustrations not only show visually what the words are talking about, but also have a bunch of other details. Half the interaction when ...


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This is maybe not the answer you're looking for, but it is based on my own experience, might give you some reassurance and will hopefully spur someone on to write a better answer. Backstory: My child was a "happy chucker". Nothing physically wrong but they could vomit quite quickly and would do so when upset. If I'm honest, I probably used it as an ...


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Swaddle the child well. The arms and legs should be wrapped well enough to prevent flailing, swinging and wide movements. Detailed directions can be found in many sources, for example in the book and accompanying videos by Harvey Karp "The Happiest Baby on the Block; Fully Revised and Updated Second Edition: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your ...


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Chewing food is something that needs to be learned. So, for the first food you introduce to your child, you need to have something that can be swallowed without chewing of any kind. The foods that are usually advised to start with are (boiled) vegetables and (soft) fruits. If you can make that into a fairly smooth puree, then that would be an option to start ...


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For the most part, you shouldn't be using any "bedding" with a bassinet (or any infant). See the AAP's recommendations; in particular: Soft materials or objects, such as pillows, quilts, comforters, or sheepskins, even if covered by a sheet, should not be placed under a sleeping infant. If a mattress cover to protect against wetness is used, it ...


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We live in Finland, have two kids and one of the parents speaks Finnish natively, the other one Spanish. We also speak each others' languages and English. Our policy is that both parents speak only their native language to the kids, maybe translating individual words if the kids previously know the word only in a different language, or to be very certain ...


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Teach your child as much as you can! There's no "risk" at all for her development. You might notice though that your child uses one language as "main", i.e. if you talk to her in Russian you might get a reply back in English. This is quite normal though for bilingual children and she will progress to full fluency and dual speech when she ...


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I only have one child and so not that much experience, but as no one answered, I will try to answer this question based on my experience. Yes, it may become a problem insofar that a child can get used to nursing to fall asleep and they might - at first - have a problem falling asleep without. BUT: Your child is still very young. Be glad for any help that ...


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We did not wash baby clothes separately due to my inability to quickly find any research-based evidence to do so. Soiled (with poop, vomit, or anything super dirty/contaminated) clothes were a rare exception. Other than that, we used fragrance-free detergents for the entire family based purely on my dislike of commercial fragrances. We also do not use fabric ...


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There are a lot of answers to the general question of how to raise a bilingual child, but I haven't seen anyone mention singing along to music which would be great at this age. Songs stick in memory longer and the repetitive nature of songs gives you that small vocabulary without getting boring. Anything that you can do to make Russian fun will help her ...


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I have breastfed two kids until they were 2 years old. Comfort nursing is a temporary problem for the mother, not the child. It’s an emotional need. I comfort nursed them both whenever they wanted. Was it tiring? Yes. Did it have any long term effects? No. All I know is that I was able to comfort them when they needed me. For a little child who cannot ...


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Our first child was three years old when my wife got pregnant of the second child (both boys). Like with every other aspect of life, the child is very sensitive to enthusiasm. If we show enough enthusiasm for something that is going to happen, he will accept it much better. It worked very well with every stage of school experiences (starting kindergarten, ...


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A method that worked very well for us (older brother was 27 months when younger sister was born) is to encourage the older brother to teach his sister how to do things. And then whenever the little sister did something new, we expressed our happiness for this and gave him some of the credit for teaching her. We did this for simple actions such as smiling, ...


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The trick in my experience is carefully monitoring and assisting in the interaction to keep everyone safe and calm. I've done this with my niece and currently with my little one. I will sit with the child and hold their hands and help them pet the cat. I make sure the baby isn't getting grabby and keep hands away from certain parts of the cat (tail, face, ...


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It would be an advantage for your daughter to learn Russian language as early as possible. You should concentrate on teaching her Russian, and broadening her vocabulary. She will learn English by herself in school. It's no problem. But she has a unique chance to learn a second language at home, that not many kids have. I would suggest reading Russian poetry ...


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Let me preface my answer with a few general remarks about child development and stages: First, not all babies reach the various milestones at exactly the same time. In fact, most milestones have a rather large bracket of what’s “normal”, for crawling numbers are usually between six and twelve months. In short, your baby may be simply on the late side of the ...


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We live in a somewhat similar situation, though both parents are Russian-speaking with children born in another country. We were advised to make a subconscious geographical boundary while they were young, with only Russian spoken at home (which is easy to do when everybody speaks it) - in particular with the goal that kids can communicate with their ...


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Consider baby-led weaning (Rapley & Murkett, 2011). In this method of weaning, the child is feeding herself by picking up small bite-sized pieces of solid food. The child is typically much more attentive and alert when she is in control of the feeding process, and is more interested in the food. She is also less distracted and less interested in side ...


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Speaking from personal experience. We are a Russian-speaking family living in England. We wanted to ensure that our children speak Russian (we had twins). What we did was speak only Russian to them at home. When they went to nursery (kindergarden), they knew virtually no English words (other than their names maybe). It was an absolutely shock to them - ...


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