Child Care Maple Grove Tag

25 Mar Teenage Sleep Cycles

Did you know that as children age, they need less sleep? For some, this makes plenty of sense, but for others, they would think it’s the exact opposite. If you’ve been following Little Newton’s child care blog, then you have learned from newborn babies to children that are 12-years-old, sleep cycles change. Like we previously promised, here is what older children, or adolescent adults require to maximize their day-to-day lives. Teenagers Contrary to popular belief, teenagers still need a wicked amount of sleep. In fact, researchers recommend that children 13 years and older get at least nine hours or more of slumber per night! Every teenage life is different, and during this age many teenagers are out participating in sports or other after school activities. But not only that, teens are learning a vast amount of information. If your kiddo hasn’t been performing well in school, showing signs of bad behavior or lacking in energy, it may be time to take a look at their sleep cycle. Depending on what time school starts will decide the time your teen should hit the hay.  Remember, it can take up to 15 minutes to fall asleep, and if you have a teen with a lot on their mind, it may take longer. Contact us! If you have any questions about our child care and sleep schedule, we welcome you to give us a call. Also, feel free to read through our past blogs to learn about newborn and toddler sleep cycles depending on age....

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15 Mar 15 Months to Three Years Old Sleep Cycle

There’s no doubt about it, children need to conquer deep sleep in order to accomplish daily mental and physical development. If you have been relying on a child care provider and you’re not happy with their current sleeping arrangements, it’s important to understand that at Little Newtons in Maple Grove, we make it a priority for your child to get the amount of sleep they need each day. But the question is, “How much sleep does your newborn or 10 to 15 month old need?” Catch up by reading our previous post to learn the answer to that question, and then continue by reading to learn how much sleep a child between the ages of 15 months to three years needs. 15 Months to Three Years Your child still needs quite a bit of sleep to have a good day of development, both mentally and physically. Your young child needs about 12 to 14 hours of sleep per day, and that’s without naps. So, it’s important that you move their bedtime to an earlier time of day to help them adjust to not taking a nap. We recommend that you move your child’s bedtime to 6:00 PM or 7:30 PM in order for them to stay consistent in their sleeping habits. Sleeping is highly important for everyone, but it is especially important to children who are continuing to develop both mentally and physically on a daily basis. To learn more about how our child care in Maple Grove accomplishes consistent sleep cycles, give us a call. Meanwhile, stay tuned for our next blog if you have a child who is three to six years old. ...

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06 Feb Valentine’s Day Lovebug Craft

Crafts with kids are a great way to connect as a family. Previously, we gave you the ingredients and first few steps needed to create an edible lovebug with your kiddos! Brought to you by Little Newtons, the most trusted daycare in all of Champlin, here are the final steps to your lovebug’s heart. After a few minutes, use the black edible marker to add a dot to two of the heart confetti sprinkles. These heart sprinkles are going to be your lovebug’s eyes. Then, take the end of the toothpick and dip it in a small amount of corn syrup and dab that onto the back of the candy heart. Adhere the hearts onto the marshmallow for the eyes! Now, add a red heart confetti sprinkle to the lower marshmallow as your lovebug’s heart. Lay your mallows to rest on the wax paper once again. While the hearts are adhering to the marshmallows, cut two mini gum drops in half horizontally with the knife. Grab a small piece of spagetti (about one inch long), and use it as a skewer. Attach one end of the spaghetti to half of a gumdrop and attach it to the top of the lovebug’s head. Do this two times so your lovebug has antennas. Now, it’s time to take a large gumdrop and flatten it with the rolling pin. Dust it with granulated sugar as you roll it out to give it a sparkling effect. Cut out two mini hearts from the large flattened gumdrop and make another skewer as you did with the antennas. These gumdrop hearts are the wings to your lovebug. Attach the wings to your lovebug’s body in place of where arms would go. Once the wings are in place, bury the lollipop lovebug stick securely into the styrofoam block to dry. Next? Enjoy looking at or eating your beautiful Valentine’s Day creation!...

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30 Jan Edible Lovebug for Valentine’s Day

Crafts are a fun way to stay involved with your kids. As a parent it can be hard to know what your kiddo is feeling or thinking, and one way to connect with them is to do things together that create a bond that’s unbreakable. If you’ve been following our blog posts, you already know that Little Newtons, the most trusted child care center, has been giving parents craft ideas that are Valentine’s Day themed. Here’s a yummy craft that everyone in your family will enjoy. Marshmallow Love Bug What you’ll need: Giant marshmallows Pink sprinkles Lollipop sticks Mini gumdrops Large gumdrops Mini heart cookie cutter Heart confetti sprinkles Spaghetti Black edible marker A rolling pin Wax paper Sugar A styrofoam block Shortening Toothpick Knife Light corn syrup What to do: Take a lollipop stick and slide two giant marshmallows onto it. If you’re having trouble getting the marshmallows on the stick, try greasing it up with a small amount of shortening before you begin. Then, fill up a deep cup or bowl with water and proceed to dip the marshmallow stick into the water quickly. Immediately after dipping, dab the excess water off the mallows with a paper towel. While the mallows are still damp, sprinkle a generous amount of sprinkles over the marshmallows. Be sure you do this over a plate because it can get messy! Once completely covered in sprinkles, lay your mallows to rest on wax paper. Don’t worry, you’re not done yet! Join us by reading our next blog to finish creating your lovebug before Valentine’s Day!...

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06 Jan What to Wear to Little Newtons

We understand that there are new parents everywhere. Dressing your child is fun, but if your child is going to be attending child care in Maple Grove, there should be some things about what they wear that you keep in mind. You want your child to stay comfortable and ready-to-play at any time, so here are some great tips on what you should dress your child in when you bring them in for child care in Maple Grove at Little Newtons. Leave the dressy attire, like lace and ruffles, at home. We know that your child looks adorable in dressy clothing, but to be honest, it can be tough for children to move and have fun in this type of clothing. Plus, if you don’t want your children to ruin their dress clothes during playtime, it’s best to leave this type of attire for days when they’re not at child care. Avoid hard-to-pull on tights, suspenders and overpants. Although your child will look super cute, it can be hard for caregivers to dress and undress during potty time or when they change diapers. Peeling through layers that are tight or hard to get on and off can be too much work and uncomfortable for your child too. If your child is going through potty training, be sure to dress them in easy-to-manage outfits. Just like the previous tip, pants that are hard to get on and off and a lot of layers can actually cause your child to unsuccessfully use the bathroom. Accidents can happen if your child has to take off a lot of layers. Make it easier on them with quick access to the potty without embarrassing themselves. Every once in awhile a barrette or hat is nice, but they can be hard to keep track of in a child care setting. You’re better off leaving hair accessories and/or hats at home, unless it’s for a special occasion.    ...

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06 Nov How to Prepare your Kiddo for Child Care

If your kiddo has never been to child care in Maple Grove before, it’s always good to prepare them. Preparing your child for a great experience is one of the best ways to introduce child care to them in a positive way! Because we care about you and your child’s experiences, here are the best ways to introduce child care into your kiddo’s life in a fun and stress-free way! Ease into it! No child likes to be thrown into something new. If you’ve been following our blog posts, then you already know that children love routines. If you follow a routine and introduce something new to them slowly, they’ll be more likely to accept this new experience as part of their everyday life. Preparation is a great way to ease your child into a child care facility in Maple Grove, and doing this will even help to transition them into early childhood education programs in the future. Be positive! Your child will take after your attitude. So, if you’re worried or not too thrilled about putting your kid in child care, it’s likely that they won’t be excited about it either. Be sure not to show anxiety about child care, as your child will pick up on this and think that child care is a scary new thing that they are being forced to do. Don’t linger around! Many parents are worried that their child won’t accept their new child care surroundings. Though it may take a little while for your child to adjust, it’ll be easier if you, as the parent, aren’t lingering around the facility. To keep things simple, keep your drop off quick and easy. Lingering will only show and transfer your fears, sadness or anxiety onto your child, making their experience bad. Leave a comfort item. It’s important that your child feels comfortable in all situations. If the child care center you chose allows personal comfort items, make sure they have it with them during moments of separation. This item could be a blanket, a stuffed animal or anything else that they like to use for comfort when they’re at home. Explain to your child that this item will help to keep them happy and safe while you are away until you pick them up at the end of the day. Be prepared for your child to cry. More than likely, your child will cry when you leave them at child care. You should prepare for this, but the best way to do this is by setting normal boundaries at home. After you leave, it’s good to tag up with their care provider to see how long they cried and to see how the rest of their day went. It will break your heart to leave your crying child, but they will always be smiling when you return to pick them up! Do you want to learn more about the child care options available at Little Newton’s in Maple Grove? Visit us online now or contact us to schedule a tour!...

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