Technology Tuesday: Electronic Toys for Infants

s it possible that electronic toys for infants that light up, talk, sing, make sounds and play music could interfere with learning?   

Importance  The early language environment of a child influences language outcome, which in turn affects reading and academic success. It is unknown which types of everyday activities promote the best language environment for children.

Objective  To investigate whether the type of toy used during play is associated with the parent-infant communicative interaction.

You can read more from the article at JAMA Pediatrics here...

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Technology Tuesday: What You Need to Know about Babies, Toddlers and Screen Time

 

Here is some great insight from an article on NPR.org on babies and screen time:

This week, we're exploring the tech frontier through the eyes of our children. So we're starting with the littlest ones — babies. Can certain kinds of screen time help babies learn?

To find some answers, I employed the help of my 1-year-old daughter, Eva. She's still a wobbly walker and the sum total of her speaking skills sound like gibberish. But she has no problem activating Siri, the virtual assistant on my iPhone. Her 16-month-old friend, Lily, is even savvier with the gadgets.

"She knows how to turn the iPad on, she knows how to slide her finger across," says her mom, Kim Trainor...

 

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Q&A Thursday: How do I bond with my baby as a new dad?

Men who invest time in bonding with an infant will find it easier to maintain and enhance that feeling as your child grows and matures.  

Here are some ideas for bonding . . . 

1. Dads, can’t remember the last time you used your gym membership?  Consider using your new gift for strength training while experiencing the added benefit of bonding and connection. 

Try the Baby Bench Press, Tot Squats or Lullaby Lunges

2.  New dad bonding exercises:

Take a bath together.  Feel nervous about handling a slippery newborn in the sink with a hand held sprayer, baby shampoo, washcloth and baby tub?  Consider drawing a warm bath, place your newborn on your lap and use the time as a rich bonding experience. 

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