Diaper Rhyme Time

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Of all the diaper-table activities we’ve tried since coming home with Veronika, this one soothes her by far the most!

Instead of focusing on the diapering itself, distract your newborn with rhymes or songs. Say or sing any that you know… Or, this is a great time to think about investing in a book of Mother Goose rhymes.

Often these are gorgeously illustrated, and they make wonderful first bedtime reading for your child – short on words, often set to a tune, and easy to read a couple each night, which sets up the habit of “storyime.”

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When you need inspiration, set the book of rhymes near the diaper table and open up to a page. To wit, I’ve been singing Baa Baa Black Sheep, Mary Had a Little Lamb, and Jack and Jill. The lilting songs and rhymes will help develop your child’s ear for language, their understanding of rhythmic beats, and more. And maybe even get a little smile on the diaper table.


Test the Grasp Reflex

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Babies are born with several reflexes, such as the rooting reflex (turning to follow with an open mouth if the side of the mouth is touched) and the Moro reflex (that particular, funny way in which babies startle).

But perhaps the cutest is the grasp reflex. Your little one’s tiny hand is remarkably strong, and if you stroke the palm, those mini fingers will grasp tightly.

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Test your baby’s reflex at a quiet moment by placing your pointer finger in his or her palm. Almost certainly the little hand will clench shut. Snap a pic if you can, and encourage siblings to test out how strong the newest member of the family is, too! Not only are you creating a sweet memento, but you’re double-checking your baby’s healthy reflexes in the process.

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Print out the photos and place in a small frame. These would be lovely to display somewhere in the nursery… Or tuck them into your newly created Memory Box!

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