Family Time: Feed your baby's potential

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Tip of the Week

Every milestone, no matter how small, is thrilling when you become a parent. Not only are these moments memorable and exciting, but they are also important indicators of your baby's development. That's why Abbott has teamed up with nurse practitioner Barbara Dehn, parenting expert Michele Borba and nutritionist Elizabeth Somer to form the Similac Infant Nutrition Panel, a resource that advises parents on how they can best help their baby reach important milestones. Parents can follow these simple tips to support their baby's cognitive and physical development during their first year:

- Introduce nonverbal gestures: Even before your baby speaks, using nonverbal gestures will help you foster communication with your little one and boost language development.

- Grow inside and out: Learning how to crawl and roll over are developmental milestones that showcase your baby's strength and motivation to reach a goal. 

- Provide superior nutrition: Your baby's brain and eye development is dependent on essential fatty acids such as DHA and ARA. That's why it's so important to choose a nutritional source that contains these valuable ingredients.

- Keep your baby's mind active: Your baby's ability to think and reason begins almost immediately after birth.


Family Screening Room

Looking for a good vacation movie to keep the youngsters entertained? Check out the movies on this list of our best summer vacation films (but make sure your kids are old enough to watch them):

- “The Great Outdoors”

- “Dirty Dancing”

- “Stand by Me”

- “National Lampoon's Vacation” (or any of the other “Vacation” movies)

- “Meatballs”

- “Goonies”

- “Jaws”

Book Report

“The Sandwich Swap,” by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah

Ages: 3-7

Pages: 32

Synopsis: Lily and Salma are best friends. They play together and stick together through thick and thin. But who would have ever thought that ordinary peanut butter or plain old hummus could come between them? Lily and Salma don't quite understand each other's tastes, but does that mean they can't be friends? They understand far better than a lot of grownups that these things hardly matter and that friendship is the most important thing of all.

Did You Know

According to a study presented at the Association of Psychological Science Convention, children of “helicopter” parents - i.e., parents who are overly protective and controlling - are more dependent and neurotic than children of non-helicopter parents.

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