Mar 262014
 
Welcome to Amanda’s Book Pick of the week!  
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This week’s book is called Bedtime peekaboo!
  “Babies love playing peek-a-boo from about six months onward and once they latch on to this simple game, they can’t get enough of it! Dk’s Peekaboo books make the most of this fun interactive activity with flaps that open to reveal appealing babies and toys.”
This sweet, little book provides babies with a tactile experience including sparkly foil, and soft fabrics.  It has thick, large flaps that make page turning and flipping easy for little hands.  The bright colours and shiny features give this book additional visual appeal and make it very attractive to grab a little one’s attention.  This book includes very simple text which is perfect for babies aged 1-18 months.  I like the descriptive words that are added into the book that will allow for older babies to increase their vocabulary.
I love the layout of this book, with the large flaps and the solid construction!
Babies are always attracted to other babies.  When reading this book, your little one will feel like they are playing peekaboo with real babies who are featured in the photos and real life images.  As a baby reads this book over and over again (and I’m sure they will as it will become a favourite), their memory and communication skills will develop.

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I am the Social Media and Community Manager here at MommiesFirst and I am a Mom of two young (ish) children, an Aunt to a wee one and lover of ALL babies!  Did you know that I was also a Kindergarten teacher?  My favourite time of the day in my classroom was story time!  
Each week, I will be sharing a new book from DK Canada.  I have a love for baby and children’s books.  I love to read them as they make me smile and I love even more to share them with a baby or a child because if you watch carefully, reading a book with a little one truly lights up their little face.
Mar 192014
 
Welcome to my book pick of the week post!  My name is Amanda and I am the Social Media and Community Manager here at MommiesFirst.  I am a Mom of two young (ish) children, an Aunt to a wee one and lover of ALL babies!  Did you know that I was also a Kindergarten teacher?  My favourite time of the day in my classroom was story time!  
Each week, I will be sharing a new book from DK Canada.  I have a love for baby and children’s books.  I love to read them as they make me smile and I love even more to share them with a baby or a child because if you watch carefully, reading a book with a little one truly lights up their little face.
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This week’s book is called Baby Bathtime.
“From fluffy towels to rubber ducks, Baby: Bathtime! is full of objects that babies play with in the bath.”
This is an adorable book featuring bright and colourful images of bathtime related items.  I love the size of the book as it is easy for little ones to hold and to flip the pages.  The added colourful tabs on this small board book make page turning and opening the flaps so easy for little hands.
 
This book is a terrific introduction to bathtime vocabulary.  It would definitely make an excellent addition to a little one’s bedtime routine.  Having a story before bath might not be a bad idea, because often babies are relaxed and hopefully sleepy when their bath is finished, sometimes it is too late for a bedtime story.

Do you want to add to your library at home?  Feel free to visit DK Canada  and use this coupon to SAVE on your purchase:
Be sure to come back next week for my next “Amanda’s Pick of the Week” feature!
Mar 052014
 

 

We have shared baby hand and foot crafts with you for previous holidays, so why not continue the trend for 

St. Patrick’s Day?

 

Photo Credit: www.naturallycracked.com

 

This adorable foot craft is a great way to document just how cute and tiny your baby’s feet are.  Don’t forget to write your child’s name and the date somewhere on their artwork.  Even though you believe that you will remember everything, it is likely that 10 or 20 years from now, you will not remember which child OR how old they were when they did this sweet footprint craft with you.

 

Be sure to visit this post on Tips for Making Handprint and Footprint crafts with your baby.

 

 

Mar 052014
 

Today is the day

to help Spread the Word to End the Word!

 

Why should you take a minute and pledge to stop saying the R-word?

 

First and foremost, when you say the r-word, you’re using a slur. Yep. Maybe you haven’t thought of it that way before? It’s not a racial slur, but it is a word that belittles those with developmental disabilities. When you use the word, you’re saying that the person or the situation you are referencing is ‘less-than’. You’re speaking disparagingly of or casting aspersions. And, it’s mean. And nobody wants to be a meany.

 

I know, I know, it’s just a word. It’s a force of habit. You don’t really mean it THAT way, you’ve been saying it forever, you don’t even notice…

 

Well, when you say it, I notice. I NOTICE. Because that word is used to reference people like MY KID. My beautiful, surprising, sometimes challenged, always miraculous, amazing, fabulous kid.

 

So unless THAT’s what you mean when you say the word, it’s time to stop. The R-word has no place in your vocabulary any more. When you say it others around think it’s ok to say it and your kids learn to say it. And someday, when your kid says it to my kid, you’re really gonna wish you’d followed my advice. The R-word is just not ok anymore.

 

Today is the day to take the pledge to stop saying the R-word at www.r-word.org.