Learning Through Infant Care Routines: Naps

Infants have daily needs that need to be met for them to learn, develop positive attachment to primary caregivers, and know they will be loved and taken care of. Most of these needs revolve around basic care routines. The FunShine Express Buttercups Babies kits were designed to incorporate activity ideas into these care routines to create meaningful interactions each day.

Naps and rest time

Naps and rest happen often throughout the day for infants.  The youngest infants in your care may sleep and rest more than older infants. However, young infants who are just starting in child care may have trouble resting with the sounds, cries, and activities of the other children around them. White noise, soothing lullabies and soft music, and creating a peaceful sleeping area can all help infants get the rest they need. Having a few simple activities associated with nap and rest time can be helpful.

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Learning Through Infant Care Routines: Feeding

Infants have daily needs that need to be met for them to learn, develop positive attachment to primary caregivers, and know they will be loved and taken care of. Most of these needs revolve around basic care routines. The FunShine Express Buttercups Babies kits were designed to incorporate activity ideas into these care routines to create meaningful interactions each day.

Feeding

Feeding is a regular occurrence in infant settings. The youngest infants in your care will depend on formula or breast milk for nutrition. As infants grow older, their pediatrician and parents will likely develop a plan for introducing purees, soft foods, and solids. Afterwards, many infants will need to be burped, and some may experience gas or stomach pains, depending on their developing digestive system. Having a few simple activities associated with feeding time can be helpful.

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Learning Through Infant Care Routines: Diaper Changes

Infants have daily needs that need to be met for them to learn, develop positive attachment to primary caregivers, and know they will be loved and taken care of. Most of these needs revolve around basic care routines. The FunShine Express Buttercups Babies kits were designed to incorporate activity ideas into these care routines to create meaningful interactions each day.

Diaper Changes

Diaper changes happen many times throughout the day. As a care provider, some days you might feel like this is all you do. Some days you change a wet diaper and three minutes later the same baby has a bowel movement. Or you are in the middle of playing on the floor, and you notice the baby you are playing with has had a blowout, and you have to stop the activity for a diaper and outfit change. Use diaper changes, whether planned or unplanned, as a learning moment. Incorporating activities and fun interactions into diaper changes can engage a baby’s growing brain and social skills during this frequent care routine.

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STEAM Series: Mastering M

THe m in steam

The M in STEAM stands for Math. Math in STEAM helps little ones learn about patterns, numbers, shapes, sorting rules, and measurements in hands-on and fun ways. Learning about math concepts starts at an early age. You will likely use the sign and word for more early on with your infants. They will learn that this gets them more of a favorite activity or food. For example, after a child eats his last piece of banana, you might say, “Would you like more banana?,” while using the sign for more. The child might start associating the sign with the word and use it to get more banana. Older infants and toddlers will likely learn the concept of two early on also. For example, they understand: I have two hands. I can hold two toys. I have two feet, two arms, two legs, two eyes, and two ears! Wow! Learning basic math concepts at an early age can help children learn about more complex mathematical relationships as they grow older.

Here are 8 easy Math ideas to incorporate into your setting:

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