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We all know that babies are born with certain reflexes: crying when they’re hurt or nursing when they’re hungry. Beyond that, most of us assume a baby’s brain is a clean slate; everything they know they learn from their parents and the environment they are in. However, that isn’t the case at all. A baby’s brain is much more active than a few simple reflexes. In fact, an infant’s brain is very active, pretty much from the time they are born.
My husband has been telling me for a while now that my brain has changed since the baby was born. I think I really did lose some brain cells during my labor and delivery (or maybe from all of those sleepless nights?) because I can’t seem to remember anything from one minute to the next. If I don’t write down what I am thinking in a prominent place then it probably won’t be remembered. I can only imagine how difficult it will be for me when I have to add in school activities on my “to-do list” (school is still on my mind with all of the children in our area going back this week).
To help combat my memory struggles I have been using an adorable Mommy Memo “Board” which is not really a board but a wall sticker. I thought it was the cutest thing and just had to tell everybody about it. It is a big ladybug chalkboard that you can stick on most surfaces and even peel off then re-stick to another surface if you want. I have it in my baby’s nursery right now so I can use it to write down her appointments or shopping list if I notice she is low on diapers. Sometimes I will quickly jot down a blog post idea too, if inspiration strikes while I am changing my baby’s diaper.
I found this chalkboard wall sticker on the Bright Star Kids website and thought it would be great to use as a memo board and when my baby is older she can enjoy using it too. (They also have cute nursery wall sticker art along with other wall stickers that I thought would look good throughout my house.) If you are looking for a good “Mommy Memo Board” like I needed, I would highly recommend that you at least check out the Bright Star Kids website first.
I was so excited when the package arrived (about a week after it was ordered, which is great for shipping from Australia to the U.S.) and couldn’t wait to try it out. It was easy to “assemble” and I knew exactly where I wanted to put it- as seen in my previous picture. But, if you do want to change where you put it, they are easy to remove and re-stick because of the nice fabric texture.
By the way, if you happen to be artistically challenged and need help putting your wall art stickers up, they have a YouTube channel with plenty of “how to” videos to give you inspiration. (They also have a Facebook Fan Page if you want to keep up with their special offers and new products; or keep up with the conversation by following them on Twitter.)
I admitted to having Mommy Brain and I am taking steps to correct this problem. How about you? Do you have a problem with your brain being missing?
Listening to Music with My Baby:
Everyone knows that music can have a profound affect on our emotions and can also bring up certain memories. Babies are not exempt from this affect, actually it can enhance their development also. As parents we know how singing quietly to our baby can soothe them to sleep, or playing something loud and upbeat can make them bounce up and down. Some may not know what a difference music can make in a child’s life though.
Early exposure to music can lead to a love of music throughout their life and stronger music-related pathways in the brain. Since listening to classical music can improve spatial reasoning for a short time, your baby could benefit from listening to classical music while trying to master a new skill like a puzzle. The spatial reasoning might be temporary but the learning experience will be permanent for your baby.
Benefits of Music for Babies:
• Helps to lull your baby to sleep.
• Creates a lively atmosphere during playtime.
• Mundane tasks become more fun with music.
• It can be a great distraction while waiting at an appointment.
• A familiar tune or song can help a baby adjust better to an different/strange environment.
• Music can easily calm an upset baby.
• Listening to your favorite music with your baby can evoke a strong emotional bond together.
Now that you know the facts, how do you put it in practice? I like to sing a “wake-up” song every morning and a “goodnight” song every night. We also have a bath time song and a silly diaper changing song. Sometimes I will play the piano for her or let her bang out her own tunes, and when we want to relax together or play together we have some favorite CD’s for that too.
For playtime we listen to the Baby Einstein Sing & Play CD and she loves it, but the tunes are catchy so I find myself singing them all the time. At naptime or whenever we want to chill out and relax, we listen to the Baby Einstein Lullaby Classics CD, which I love because classical music is my favorite. At night my baby falls asleep to the sound of the running water from her fish tank. I think this is part of what helps her sleep through the night so well. A white noise CD can easily replace the water feature though and I would recommend that over a white noise machine as long as your CD player can be programmed to run continually.