baby daycare Tag

18 Oct Awaken All 5 Sense with Your Toddler’s Food

Daycare and preschool are very much the time where children begin to develop their social skills and gain comfort with their capabilities. We see children begin to understand depth perception and determine what types of food they do and don’t like, and these things can be done through a variety of practices in and out of the classroom. While we love being able to awaken the senses of your child in the classroom, it’s impossible to deny the importance that doing so outside of the classroom remains. If you’re looking for fun ways that you can dive into the mind of your child to further develop their learning abilities, one of the best ways to do this is through their senses. One of the tools that we believe every family should be using to awaken sense in the home is food, because it provides more than just a delicious taste! Here are the ways that we suggest vitalizing the senses. Sight Food is composed with so many colors. From the vibrant colors of vegetables to the different types of food coloring that are added to sweets, there are definitely a few ways that you can use the colors of food to open up the sense of your child. Incorporating these vibrant foods into tasks that involve your child, for instance having them watch you eat vegetables, awakens their visual senses in practicing the same act. It’s always great to use these brightly colored foods as a way to learn and remember colors too! Touch Along with colors, foods all have variant textures. Allow for your toddler to play around with their food a little, so that they can gain a better understanding of what different textures feel like and how they differ. As children grow up, they move forward from a bland and puree based diet, so it’s great to start incorporating these different textures prior to them chewing away on them. Smell Let your child experience a variety of smells in the food that they play with. Adding in sweet fruits and salty, seasoned crackers provides them with a variance in smells. This is especially the case if you begin to add herbs to the food that they’re enjoying or playing with. One of the best ways to go ahead and do this is through crackers that have these seasons baked into them or bread that has some of these different flavors added into them. Sound With the variety of textures comes a variety of sounds. As your child enjoys different types of food, allow for the crunches and slurps of the food to be taken into account. One of the best examples of this is spaghetti. The slurping of the noodles is one that children find amusing and can relate to the dish that they’re eating. Aside from that, the crunch of carrots and crackers make for great sound awakening foods and squishy, juicy foods like grapes and peaches also add quite a bit to the sense of sound. Taste It goes without saying that playing with food awakens your child’s sense of taste. As they get older they will begin to experience foods that are delicious, which allows for them to then pick and choose which ones are their favorites. Adding sweet and salty foods not only adds to their sense of smell, but also to their sense of taste. Add a variety and see what types of foods they like, and which ones they’re just not a fan of. You may be surprised by what you find out in doing so. Continue to enrich the mind of your child by providing them with activities and experiences that challenge them to gain a different understanding of what they’re going to continue to experience in life. These little lessons provide quite a bit of insight as to who they’ll become as they continue to grow. Make sure to keep up with the Little Newtons blog so that you can learn new fun and exciting methods and techniques that will help your child grow. We can’t wait to share with you the different areas that we like to work with. For more information on how we utilize your child’s senses in the classroom, call the Little Newtons daycare in Plymouth....

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11 Oct Too Sick for Daycare?

Sick days are inevitable, especially with the change of seasons that happens here in Minnesota. When the brutal cool temperatures of fall and winter finally start to settle in, catching a cold becomes all the more likely. There are definitely days where making it through a day of sniffles is something we’re capable of doing, but in a daycare, where your child is surrounded by countless other children who are exposed to their siblings and children outside of daycare, coming to school sick could pose as a greater issue. If your child is sick, and you’re unsure of whether or not your child should be going into daycare, here are a few things that you should take the time to think over before making up your mind. Signs & Symptoms Most serious illnesses will show up with some signs and symptoms. Depending on what it is that your child has come down with, you should take note of what signs and symptoms they are showing. Take a look at how bad the symptoms that they’re showing are. Is their temperature pushing a fevere? How badly is their nose running? Does their cough hurt them? Once you’ve gaged just how bad the symptoms are, you can gain an idea if time spent at daycare is going to improve their health or only leave them drained at the end of the day. It’s also a great way to at least gain some sort of idea as to how ill your child is and whether or not professional care is needed. Another great way to look at the situation is to consider whether or not you’d want a child with those symptoms around your kiddo. If the answer is no, then it’s probably best to take the day off. Daycare Expectations & Regulations There are certain standards in place in order for children to maintain a healthy and safe lifestyle while they are at our daycare. One of those factors is in relation to the health of the children that we take care of. If your child is throwing up, has diarrhea or is highly contagious, then we ask that you please keep your child home until they are well enough to be coming to daycare without putting other children at risk. At Little Newtons, we do our absolute best to provide your child with an experience that is only going to enhance their development and propel them to learn more. Doing this is difficult to do when a child requires more care because they are sick. Mom & Dad Know Best While there are plenty of ways that you can go about determining if your child is too sick for going to school, for the most part is entirely your choice. You know your child better than we ever could, and if you can tell that they’re going to be miserable all day at daycare and could possibly transfer their illness to other children, then it’s better to keep them home where they can rest and get back to good health in time to head back to daycare! For any questions regarding your child being sick or our preferences with health related issues, please feel free to call our daycare office in Maple Grove. ...

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03 Jul The Perfectly Packed Bag For Daycare – Part 3

Hello again! Welcome to the final part of this blog series. If you’ve followed thus far, you’ve learned about why packing diapers, bibs, burping towels, blankets and extra clothes are so important for every kiddo that is headed to daycare. While it may seem that we’ve covered it all, there are two more items that will always be helpful for your child in daycare. Without further ado, here are the last two items that you should be packing into your child’s daycare bag. Bottles One of the absolute must haves for your little one at daycare is a bottle. Just as with diapers and the other essentials, bottles should be packed based on the amount of time that your child will be in daycare. If they are planning on being there for a full day, you need to make sure that you have enough, if not a little bit extra, milk or formula to keep your baby content through the day. A hungry baby is never a happy baby, so this is another instance where it is much better to over prepare than to under prepare. Sheets or Blankets Nap time is a staple in the daycare routine. We’re able to provide your baby with the supplies they need to get a good nap in, but we do ask that you bring in a sheet for us to put on top of the mat or inside of the crib. This makes it easier to wash sheets and keep them from getting mixed up within a daycare. It also provides a sense of comfort to your little one, making it easier for them to get comfortable for a nap. Always consider the material that you’re bringing in and how it relates to the season; fleece will always be a better match for the cooler seasons while like materials are great for summer. We have finally completed the list of essentials for your daycare bag. Each of these items truly will make a difference for your little one while they stay with us. Be it a half or a full day, coming in prepared will make a difference in the way that they adapt and the way that they act when they go home with you. For any further questions about any of these essentials or any questions regarding other supplies you think may be suitable to bring to daycare, call the Little Newton office. We are the leading daycare in Plymouth and would be more than happy to help you along this new journey! That’s it for today, check back frequently to see what other topics we cover here!...

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27 Jun The Perfectly Packed Bag For Daycare – Part 2

Welcome back to the Little Newton's blog post! If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, then you know that our current topic of discussion is properly packing a daycare bag! In our last blog post we covered the ideal amount of diapers to pack for a day at daycare, as well as why a few extra pairs of clothes can make all the difference. Today, we are going to cover two more essentials to every daycare bag as well as why we believe them to be an absolute must for your child to have access to while at daycare. Blanket or Teddy When babies have a tough time falling asleep at night, we comfort them by giving them a blankie or a teddy bear. Once this bond is made, it’s pretty hard to break. When your child comes to daycare, it only makes sense that they have access to the teddy or blanket that provides them with comfort. Being able to find that comfort in the classroom keeps your child from getting fussy and allows for them to develop a routine, which is one of the primary necessities as a child grows and continues on in daycare. Whether it be a teddy, a blanket, or both, we do strongly suggest at least bringing one item that your child consoles for comfort so that nap times run smoother. Bibs or Burping Towels Every good meal ends with a burp, and if it doesn’t, it ends with a bigger mess. We love those tiny little burps, but it definitely saves a mess when we’re able to tuck a nice bib in during the meal and use one of your burping towels immediately after. When you pack burping towels, consider how long your child is going to be at daycare. We suggest packing one for each meal, simply in case their little burps call for a bigger mess. We aren’t done yet. There are a few more essentials to double check for. We’ll be back in the next couple of days to dive into yet another two items that we love to see in the bags of our daycare students. See you next time!...

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23 Jun The Perfectly Packed Bag For Daycare – Part 1

In our last blog post we briefly went over how beneficial packing a bag for daycare can be. From the times that your child has an accident and needs a new pair of clothes to the times that they’re upset crying and asking for their favorite stuffed bear, packing a bag allows us to be the best possible care providers for your child, simply by being prepared. If you are dropping your kiddo off at daycare, these are a few of things to include in your bag, regardless of their age. Diapers This is one of the things that parents always remember to pack, but won’t always pack enough of. Diapers are an essential to the comfort of your child, and if while we are often able to improvise in the instance that your child doesn’t have enough, it doesn’t help us to be under prepared for an accident or too many dirty diapers. We suggest anywhere between 8 to 10 diapers for a full day at daycare. It doesn’t hurt to pack a few extra. Extra Clothes Let’s face it, as adults we still have accidents where our shirts end up with lunch or coffee displayed on them, so can you imagine what the life of a baby is like? We suggest bringing at least two or three extra outfits each week just in case. If your child does have an accident, it helps to bring an extra pair of clothes to replace that set. Many parents are accustomed to bringing one set of extra clothes each day their child goes to daycare, but there are definitely days where more than one spare pair of clothes is used, so keeping 3 sets with us is never a bad idea. These two crucial components of your daycare bag will definitely make our life easier, but there is so much more that you can help us out with. Check back in a couple of days to see what other essential items you should be packing in your child's daycare bag....

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20 Jun The Importance of Dayare Bags

The hardest part about dropping your child off at daycare is that you won’t be there in the instance that something happens. Whether it be an accident that requires fresh pants, an owie that you can’t kiss, or a nap time that just isn’t going well, your child won’t have you to turn to. As parents we would all love to be there in the instant that our child needs us, but that simply isn’t realistic for some of us. For this reason, it’s important to have a reliable and trustworthy daycare like Little Newton. Help Our Employees As Much As Possible At Little Newton, we ensure that our team of daycare employees are certified and capable of providing your child with all of the care that they need throughout a standard day. Each of our care providers is someone that you truly can trust your child with. While they are as prepared as they can be, they’ll never know your child as well as you do. In the times that they’re upset, nap time isn’t happening or they’re simply just looking to feel comforted, we need all the help we can get. Daycare Bags Make Anything Possible   One of the ways that are able to do this is through well packed daycare bags. These bags are easy to leave here and are filled and ready with all of the supplies that we could possibly need. If your child has a certain toy that calms them, a pacifier that they use to fall asleep or has accidents often, you can prepare us by letting us know and providing us with all of the tools that we need to keep your kiddo happy at daycare. In the next couple of blogs we are going to touch on a few of the things that we suggest consistently carrying in a daycare bag and the times that they are especially important. If your child is just beginning their time here at Little Newtons in Plymouth, or if they’ve been here and have had a difficult time transitioning into daycare, these next few posts could provide crucial pieces of information. Make sure to check back next week so that you can start preparing your little one’s daycare bag....

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