Parents' Corner

How Much Sensory Stimulation Is Appropriate for an Infant?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Nov 29, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

Sensory stimulation is a powerful tool for helping infants to understand and connect with the world around them. But it’s also important to be mindful of cues from infants to make sure they aren’t overwhelmed by sensory-rich experiences. So, how much sensory stimulation is appropriate for an infant?

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Topics: Child Development, Infant Care

Daycare Services for Infants: What a Well-Rounded Program Looks Like

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 04, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

As a parent, you want the best life experiences possible for your infant, including in a daycare program. That said, it isn’t always clear what qualities to look for to achieve this goal. 

Fortunately, when it comes to choosing daycare services for infants, we can provide guidance.

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Topics: Child Development, Infant Care

How Do Infants Develop Socially? (And How Daycare Can Help)

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 20, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

In their first year of life, infants are building plenty of connections with their caregivers, bonding with them as they learn about their world. As Scholastic.com explains, when babies are nurtured and loved by trustworthy caregivers throughout this stage of life, they will build a sense of security that allows them to explore the world.

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Topics: Child Development, Infant Care

Which Child Development Milestones Matter Most?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 07, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Child development milestones are a great way for parents to tell if their child is developing appropriately. Each child is unique—and their rate of development is also one of a kind: socially, cognitively, physically, and more. That said, there are standard developmental benchmarks and, as a parent, it’s natural to wonder how your child is progressing.

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Topics: Preschool, Infant Care

What Is Infant and Toddler Development and Responsive Program Planning?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jun 08, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Donna Wittmer and Sandy Peterson authored a landmark book on the subject. Titled Infant and Toddler Development and Responsive Program Planning: A Relationship-Based Approach, the book provides an in-depth look at this topic. You can access a fifty-page preview at PearsonHigherEd.com, and here are just a few highlights:

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Topics: Child Development, Infant Care

Five Important Milestones for Your Infant

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 13, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

As a parent, you eagerly watch your baby to observe signs of new skills and accomplishments. If you find yourself wondering if your infant is developing at a healthy rate, that’s not unusual. To help, we’ll share five important infant milestones as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Topics: Infant Care

How To Sleep Train Your Baby

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 16, 2022 @ 07:05 AM

If you’re longing to get a good night’s sleep again—something that might currently seem impossible with a baby who wakes up frequently in the night—the Cleveland Clinic has some tips on how to sleep train your baby. 

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Topics: Child Behavior, Infant Care

Infant Care Now at Horizon

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 03, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

Leaving your baby in the hands of quality caregivers has been shown to have positive effects on their emotional, social and cognitive development. Horizon is excited to announce that we will offer infant care at our North Olmsted, Elyria Cascade, Berea and Lakewood locations.

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Topics: Infant Care

What Your Baby Can Learn in Infant Care

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 02, 2020 @ 06:30 PM

“The environments infants and toddlers encounter, the relationships they form, and the activities they engage in before age 3—both inside the home and out—are key to healthy and positive growth, development and learning outcomes that can last a lifetime.” (National Association for the Education of Young Children)

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) strongly recommends continuity of care (COC) for infants and toddlers. This means that these young children will have their care provided by a consistent group of caregivers for at least two to three years. This allows them to feel secure and helps them to thrive, which means they can learn to trust and engage with caregivers and other young children outside of their family — a key step of socialization.

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Topics: Infant Care

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