One of the most common questions faced by a new mother is whether or not her infant is receiving enough breast milk. Fortunately, there are a number of different ways that you can determine whether or not your infant is getting enough breast milk as outlined by infant care professionals. This information is for general information only. Contact your physician for professional advice.
One of the best indicators of whether your infant is getting enough milk is by the number of wet diapers produced every day. If your child is getting enough milk, he or she will likely produce between four and six wet diapers on a daily basis. After around four to six weeks, the measurement of a wet diaper increases to around five or six tablespoons of water.
Weight gain or loss
The first few days of your infant’s life after birth are characterized by an average weight loss of between five and seven percent. This is a naturally occurring process that comes about due to the loss of excess fluids. After this, on average, infant care professionals note that an ounce or two of weight should be gained every week. Consult with your pediatrician during the weekly checkup to see if your infant is receiving enough milk.
Keep an eye on the stools
Your infant should be producing around two or three yellow stools every day during the first four weeks after birth. Once the stomach has had time to mature, the frequency of bowel movements will decline. This normally occurs after one month, when your infant may only experience a single bowel movement a day.
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Knowing if your baby is getting enough breast milk during a feeding is an imperative component of infant care. A baby will need no other nutritional source for the first six months of life if breastfeeding begins and continues after birth. This blog will examine how to know if your baby is receiving enough breast milk during feedings.
Babies usually relax and fall asleep after a sufficient feeding
When tiny stomachs become full, infants often become lethargic and sleep upon feeling well-fed and satisfied. If a baby shows signs of restlessness, sucks on your fingers or other objects, is cranky, and seems to want more, chances are a baby has not received enough milk.
Diapers and the number of daily changings
If an infant is receiving the correct amount of nutrition, between six-to-ten daily diaper changes should occur. A transparent, water-colored liquid is the key to a well-fed and sufficiently hydrated baby. A darker liquid, resembling apple juice, equates to dehydration from not receiving enough breast milk.
Latching is the key to successful breastfeeding
Improper latching can be painful for mothers and is often the difference between a baby receiving too little breast milk or the correct amount. An infant’s mouth should be open and as wide as possible before attaching to the breast, with the baby’s chin touching the mother, but allowing plenty of air by not covering the baby’s nose. If breastfeeding is painful for a mother beyond the initial sting, then latching is probably the key to a better breastfeeding experience for both baby and the mother.
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As your child grows and becomes more independent, you will begin to notice more developmental milestones being achieved. One of these milestones will be self-dressing. Preschoolers are always striving to be more self-sufficient, and self-dressing is one way to help your child feel more independent. Here, we take a closer look at how you can encourage your child to learn to self-dress confidently:
What to do when your child does not understand how a piece of clothing works
Allow your child to experiment with clothing with the understanding that a few mistakes, such as putting a shirt on inside-out, will happen. Encourage your child to try to figure out how a piece of clothing works, and, if he or she continues to struggle, lend your assistance and gently explain the correct way to put it on. Encourage your preschooler to keep trying even when he or she is struggling. Eventually, with your support, your child will learn.
Once self-dressing begins, it may be difficult to convince your child to put on something else than what he or she has chosen. Let your child experiment with clothing, even though your suggestions may not be appealing to your child. You will need to help your child learn about dressing differently according to the weather or the occasion.
Some key factors to keep in mind when teaching your child to self-dress is having patience, keeping it simple in the beginning by limiting choices, and being sure to plan for more time.
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Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Cobb knows how to bring out the best in a child during play time. We understand how a child’s brain works, and we know that any activity can be utilized for teaching. This is how we teach our preschool students, and it is also the reason why so many parents choose us rather than another facility.
You can boost your child’s learning
Parents often don’t know that they can make a difference in the amount of knowledge that a child learns. Providing the right learning environment allows the child the freedom to make mistakes and infuses those dull moments with imagination. Parents are provided ample opportunity to give a child an academic advantage both at home and at preschool by providing the right surroundings.
Providing the right environment
One of the foundational ingredients for brain development is the right environment. We are not talking about a playground, a playroom or a wide-open field. Knowing how to make an environment safe for the child can aid brain development. One of the most important factors of a learning environment is a real understanding that mistakes are not bad, but are a way of figuring out the solution.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Cobb loves to have fun with our preschool students so that they can learn, grow, and develop to become the champions they are destined to be. With our exclusive Brain Waves™ Curriculum, you can rest assured that your child is receiving the best, most engaging, brain development program in the country.
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Your infant’s development is charted by milestones that are divided into categories of physical, language, cognitive and social-emotional growth. Here, we will take a look at cognitive milestones – the growth your child achieves by exploring through the senses.
Month One to Three
- Track objects from side-to-side when 12 to 15 inches away
- Fascinated by own hands
- Reacts more to mother’s voice
- Pays attention to and recognizes familiar faces
- Looks towards sounds
Month Three to Six
- Understands cause and effect (banging a toy on the ground makes a noise)
- Explores objects with the mouth
- Reaches for dangling objects and toys
- Shows curiosity about manipulating objects, new sounds, sights, etc
Month Six to Twelve
- Has favorite toys and people
- Looks for objects/toys that have been hidden
- Develops food preferences
- Responds to music with physical movements
- Able to point to things
- Starts to understand and repeat gestures/facial expressions
- Notices differences between objects
Every child achieves milestones at a unique rate. Is is best to evaluate your child according to the milestones recently achieved, rather than the age the milestones are designated to. Healthy, varied stimulation is key to supporting all areas of your child’s brain development while essential neural connections are being built. Try engaging all your child’s senses with a fun picnic at Laurel Park where your child can explore the sights, sounds, and smells of the outdoors.
If you are looking for a child care facility that offers the best support for your child’s development, consider Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Cobb. We offer an exclusive infant program that combines state-of-the-art educational child care with fun, love and socialization. Your child will take part in age-appropriate developmental activities like story time, tummy time, preverbal sign language and interaction with other infants. For more information on our facility and programs, please contact us today.Show Less
We spend over 20 years of our lives trying to attain the best school and college education possible in order to get a good job and have the lifestyle we want. Learning about money and its value should start at a young age. All preschool children should have some sort of idea what money is and how it works. However, how much should your child really know about money? We explore some of the things your preschooler should know about money.
Introduce your child to coins
Preschool is a great time to introduce your child to coins and their values. There are a number of ways you can do this. Start with coin identification first, teaching him or her how to differentiate between certain coins, such as nickels and dimes. Then you can help with learning how to put the smaller value coins together to make a higher value, and show that higher value coin, such as a quarter. If you have any coins from other countries, this is an opportunity to teach your child about money from those countries and expose them to a bit of new culture through your experiences.
Give your child a few coins and let him or her pay for something small, like a small piece of fruit
This helps you instill the value of money in your child and helps them realize that they can not have anything they want, exactly when they want it. You can show him or her the cost difference with coins between an apple, a banana and an orange. In doing it this way, they will begin to understand that money is exchanged for products and that products have different values. By allowing preschooler to pay for something on their own, he or she will begin to learn how these transactions work.
Explain that you need to work in order to earn money
Explain to your child that in order to earn money, you need to work. This is an invaluable lesson, since it highlights the reality that nothing comes for free. You can begin to teach your child the concept of work by having them pick up some toys in exchange for some small coins. Be sure to explain that each “job” is worth a certain amount of money, and when it is time for your child to be paid you can count the coins together and talk about a piggybank savings plan!Show Less
Good nutrition is important for every child, especially during the preschool years when your child’s brain is undergoing exceptional growth and change. The right nutrients will help provide the brain with fuel, as well as nutrients that actively assist in development and learning. Five of the best brain-boosting foods are:
Rich in choline, a nutrient that assists brain and memory development, eggs are the perfect start to your child’s day. Scrambled eggs mixed with vegetables or mixed with a little cheese in a whole-wheat wrap are great ways to serve this super-food.
Fresh fruit and vegetables
There are numerous antioxidants in fresh fruit and vegetables like beans, berries, tomatoes, oranges and apples. These nutrients help protect the brain from wear and tear, keeping it healthy. Fruit smoothies and chunky vegetables with a delicious dipping sauce are great ways to incorporate these foods into your child’s diet. If your child is a picky eater, try adding blended vegetables to pasta sauces.
Avocado, nuts and oily fish
Full of essential fatty acids, these foods help boost cognitive function as well as eye development. Thin slices of avocado on a tuna sandwich or a pizza are a great option, as is steamed salmon. You can also add 1-2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed into smoothies or yogurt.
Red meat, spinach and whole grains
These foods all have healthy quantities of iron in them, a nutrient that is key to mental alertness and stable energy levels. Whole-wheat pasta, organic trail mix and lean beef meatballs are tasty options that help include essential iron in your child’s diet.
Found in whole-grain cereals, breads and certain snacks, this food is rich in folate and B vitamins to provide your child with the constant, stable energy needed for concentrated learning and recall. Unsweetened oatmeal for breakfast topped with tasty berries or switching to whole-wheat bread for sandwiches are easy ways to include this essential food.
If you are looking for a great place to find organic, non-GMO foods that your child will love, visit Cobb Harry’s on Powers Ferry Road. You will find a wide selection of locally produced brain boosting foods packed with flavor.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Cobb, we offer the exclusive Brain Waves Curriculum, designed to boost your child’s brain through fun, targeted developmental activities. By ensuring that your child gets the right stimulation at the right time, our program helps him build a solid foundation for future learning and achievement. For more information on our preschool curriculum or our state-of-the-art facility, please contact us today.Show Less
As parents, we understand the importance of enrolling our child in a good preschool. We get that great preschool facilities are important to our child’s development, but what exactly are these facilities, and why does having access to them at Kids ‘R’ Kids North Cobb mean that my child is getting the best education possible?
1. Learning and play
Firstly, we are big believers in preparing children for the modern technology-driven world, and therefore make use of creative computer applications and other innovations to help your child grow. These cutting-edge technological preschool facilities also help your child gain an understanding of the technologies he or she will need to master for future success.
Furthermore, we know that a clean environment is paramount to ensuring the health of your child and therefore disinfect all the classrooms, equipment and toys throughout the day. And, as we’re serious about washing hands, we provide child-size sinks in every room.
2. Safety first
Sadly, we live in a world where security is a serious consideration and have therefore gone to great lengths to make sure that every child in our care is safe, every moment of the day. So, besides implementing standard security measures like electronic monitoring and access control we also do extensive background checks on all our staff. Kids R Kids North Cobb is fitted with unique tempered glass walls that provide us with the best possible view of ongoing child care throughout the day.
3. Healthy bodies, healthy minds
Good nutrition is a vital part of your child’s development, so we have installed commercial-grade kitchens on all our premises. Our delicious and balanced meals are then served in kid-sized cafeterias so that kids learn to enjoy and understand the importance of mealtimes.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids North Cobb we believe that happy, loved and connected children are destined for success in every aspect of their lives and that is why we have tailored our preschool facilities to create a secure, educational and nurturing environment for your child. Contact us to find out more about our unique programs that foster an excellent environment for your child.Show Less
At Kids R Kids North Cobb, we offer our exclusive Brain Waves™ curriculum. During your child’s formative years, every part of her brain should be stimulated to better prepare her for the future. The Brain Waves™ curriculum focuses on creating neural pathways for the key developmental areas: language, social-emotional, cognitive and physical.
How will this help my child's educational development?
The Brain Waves™ curriculum targets four areas of the brain: the frontal lobe, the temporal lobe, the parietal lobe, and the occipital lobe. Together these lobes make-up the cerebral cortex, but each has its own function and should be stimulating accordingly.
Our “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy ensures your child feels secure and at ease to aid the learning and brain development process. Since every child is unique, our teaching staff caters to different interests as well as learning styles and allows your child to learn at her own pace. Our classrooms are filled with stimulating materials that use all five senses and allow teachers to facilitate your child’s exploration. We also expose your child to different languages, including sign language for infants, to support neural connections and develop a strong base for future language skills.
Problem solving skills are critical to brain development so each teaching station has activities to help your child explore cause and effect and to learn questioning strategies that promote higher level thinking. We take a balanced approach to technology meaning that we employ technology tools but also provide down time to avoid overstimulation and reinforce neural pathways through rest.
Our priority is to maximize your child’s brain development through stimulating learning experiences and fun, teacher directed activities.Show Less
Preschool is fundamental for helping young children adapt to schooling outside of the home. This is a transition stage between home and elementary school and is where young children learn to socialize with unfamiliar peers and adults. Therefore, attending preschool will benefit your child into the future by providing him with important social skills.
At Kids R Kids North Cobb we will teach your preschooler communication skills and how to have healthy interaction among peers. This helps build self-confidence and empathy, and he will learn how to navigate his own behavior. Our teachers have experience managing misbehavior in young children. We have a structured, yet flexible, preschool program that allows your child to progress at his own pace. With our philosophy of “Hug First,Then Teach." We provide love and security so your child will be open to learning and engaging with his peers. These lessons in working with others will become the basis for successful social interaction in the future.
We also integrate parents into the process through regular feedback so that your child, his teachers, and you are working together to make learning fun yet effective. Internet access is available for you to view your child’s daily activities through a password-secured site. Most of our owners are parents and grandparents, so we know how important it is for parents to be involved.
We address the whole child by promoting:
● Developmentally-Appropriate Practices
● Hands-on Involvement
● Decision-Making and Problem-Solving Skills
● Character Development
● Social-Emotional Activities
● Literacy Skills
Your preschooler will be in well-organized, child-sized classrooms with a schedule that allows for a balance of active and quiet activities. Learn about our Fast Track ™ that exposes preschoolers to language arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), and health and physical education.Show Less
Typically day care centers do not provide formal education and do not have accredited educational standards. Why would it be important for a parent to consider an accredited facility? A preschool that is fully accredited will provide the highest standards of education to maximize your child’s development at this crucial life stage. At Kids R Kids North Cobb we are a fully accredited with a team of highly trained professionals that will care for your child as well as provide his education.
The role of kindergarten
Most child care facilities must follow local and state health and occupational regulations. Some places to find this type of information are:
● State statutes
● Secretary of State websites
● State Boards of Human Services
● State child care assistance program rules
Some general rules address issues such as tobacco usage, parent or guardian access to the facility, and health and cleanliness standards, among others. Though there are no federal guidelines, and course work is approved through each state’s child care regulatory agency. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS/CASI) is an institution that confers accreditation through the AdvancED Accreditation commission. Kids ‘R’ Kids is the first early childhood educational organization to be district accredited through AdvancED. For parents, this means that we have the highest educational standards for young children. This accreditation also means that the curricula are constantly being reviewed and updated to ensure that all programs remain relevant.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we have a “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy that allows your child to feel loved, safe and comfortable so she will be ready and open to new knowledge. We also teach through play, especially for preschoolers, since we know that a child’s learning process is enhanced when she is having fun. Each child learns at her own pace since our dedicated and skilled teachers provide individual attention.
Contact us today to find out more information on how to enroll your child in the best early childhood educational program.
About Kids 'R' Kids®
Headquartered in the North Atlanta suburb of Duluth, GA, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies® provide a secure, nurturing, and educational environment for children (ages 6 weeks - 12 years) to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. With over 160 locations in 15 states, Kids 'R' Kids International® is a family owned and operated organization that ranks in the top 10 nationwide for franchised early childhood education centers (www.kidsrkids.com).Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Cobb has had extensive experience with infant child care and understands that colic can cause a lot of discomfort and pain for your infant. We have compiled useful information that all new parents should know about colic.
Colic may be caused by different things, but mainly it is due to gas in your child’s stomach. This creates severe discomfort. This can be caused by particular formulas or by the type of bottle your baby uses. Leading baby bottle manufacturers have now introduced bottles that help prevent gas in infants.
If you suspect that your child has colic, ensure that a pediatrician rules out any other possible reasons why your infant is constantly crying.
Symptoms of colic:
The official definition of colic is a healthy infant who is well-fed, but cries for more than 3 hours a day. Furthermore it may persist for more than 3 days per week, over a period of more than 3 weeks. Other signs of colic include:
- Arching the back while crying
- Clenching the fists from the discomfort
- A bloated tummy
- Excessive gas
There are medicines available to alleviate colic symptoms. Always consult your pediatrician for more information. An alternate option is to change the formula or purchase a colic-free bottle. The problem may be lactose intolerance which necessitates testing.
Gentle massage and stretching techniques are available to treat excessive gas. Gently rubbing the infant’s tummy and doing specific exercises may help to relieve the discomfort. Before attempting any at-home treatments, parents are urged to consult a qualified medical practitioner.Show Less
Why are brain training activities offered at the Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of North Cobb so important for your child?
It might sound a bit extreme to combine "brain training" and daycare, however academic options at a young age are essential for your child to achieve and master their potential now, to assure a successful academic future. Only a few child care facilities in North Cobb offer a curriculum that focuses on brain development, and Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy, on Canton Road is one of them. This is one of many reasons why they are not a typical "daycare"!
During their first six months to five years, your child develops the following abilities:
Language recognition and repetition
Social and emotional well-being
Enhanced physical skills, including balance, control, and strength.
To encourage positive brain development and the formation of these skills, a child must be exposed to a stimulating learning environment. An academic venue should offer age-appropriate life experiences and the ability for a child to explore and become inquisitive to learn.
At the Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of North Cobb, we offer the Brain Waves Curriculum which ensures that your child has the best brain development opportunities possible and is primed for learning, developing, and prospering now, which sets your child up for success with a limitless future.
What to expect from Kids 'R' Kids of North Cobb and the Brain Waves Curriculum:
We offer both an emotionally and physically secure learning environment, with the motto of the "hug first, then teach," approach to empowering young minds.
A completely interactive and sensory filled experience for your child who will learn with stimulating materials utilizing their senses: sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch.
Age appropriate learning stations equipped with math materials, science elements and various stimulating visuals, to boost cognitive development.
Balanced exposure and an introduction to technology via the ABCmouse program. This technology tool offers digital activities to teach fine motor skills, mathematics, science, and other age-appropriate subjects.
We offer an ideal learning environment for your child's early educational development at the Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of North Cobb. Some local family options offering age-appropriate learning activities for your preschooler after school hours include Monkey Joe's and Sparkles Family Fun Center.
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