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I try not to bring smart phones into my kids’ worlds too often, but sometimes modern technology presents neat opportunities for fun and games with babies.

Today while she played, I recorded a few clips of Veronika. This was a great way to capture her sounds, actions, babbling, and more.

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More than just providing you with a keepsake, playing back the recording can become a game. Veronika was fascinated with the video.

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She loved when I pressed play and she got to watch the little baby on the phone babble and play with toys. She probably still doesn’t recognize herself, but she did love the sound and motion (and of course the screen itself!).

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Mind Your Manners

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It’s never too early to start modeling good behavior and manners for your baby; after all, you are their first and best role model!

Today, I made a point of exaggerating manners for Veronika. For example, at meal time and play time I pointedly used the words ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. “Please may I have the spoon back, Veronika?”

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Or: “Thank you for sharing your toy, Veronika!”

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These are two words that are great for baby sign language, too. ‘Thank you’ is a simple motion of your fingertips forward from your chin. ‘Please’ is an open hand rubbing on your chest. Encourage big siblings to sign these words when they interact with your baby – Travis loves showing off his skills!

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Make sure, too, to highlight ‘thank you’ after your child receives a gift. Good manners go a long way!

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And of course, I make a point of pleases and thank yous when I take Veronika out on errands.  It’s a helpful reminder for me as a grown-up, and she gets a good lesson!

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