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Signing With Your Baby

As frustrations for both you and your baby increase in the game of communication, signing with your baby can likely help alleviate some of those frustrations. Sign language is a great option for babies who are learning to communicate their needs.
 
There are signs for major necessities, such as milk, more, eat, and sleep. Using these signs while saying the words to your baby will teach them the signs. Eventually, they will use them on their own.
 

Are Educational Videos Beneficial?

In recent years, there has been a boom in the market of "learning products" for young infants that promise parents a wide variety of educational benefits, including television programs, videos, and DVDs.
 
The media products available are touting benefits such as increased early brain development and greater future cognitive and academic achievement levels, all for very young children. Unfortunately, much research has been done to examine the claims being made and the findings are not as appealing as the commercials for these products.
 
Although the makers and marketers of these educational games and products will argue that exposing children to a broad range of passive and interactive media can bring countless benefits, the finding of a particular study done by Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care found no evidence of cognitive benefit from watching any TV during the first two years of life.
 
In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) staunchly recommends that babies under the age of two not spend any time in front of the TV. Instead, parents are encouraged to participate in direct interaction with their little ones, as that type of interaction is the most important factor for the development of healthy social, emotional, and cognitive skills.
 
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