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Advantages and Disadvantages of Wired Baby Monitors

The baby monitor technology has changed with the times and there are various options that you have to choose from. Obviously as you keep adding features the price of the baby monitor also increases. From analog devices that could only transmit one-way, we now have digital devices that can send audio signals in both directions allowing the parent to talk the child when there is a need to do so. We also have video baby monitors so that parents can have the reassurance of seeing their baby in front of their eyes as they catch a movie or sit and chat. The old fashioned wireless baby monitors have also almost completely been replaced by wireless ones that seem to have various added benefits. Some of these are:

Advantages of Wireless Baby Monitors

 

–          Portability – The wireless baby monitor is extremely portable and even though the transmitter is fixed on to the baby’s cot, the receiver can be hung around the neck and be carried everywhere around the house as long as you can be sure that you are in the range that catches the audio signal sent by the transmitter.

–          Easy set up – A wireless baby monitor is extremely easy to set up since there is no need to tangle with the wires. In addition to that there is no need to try and decide where the receiver shall be placed or designate a specific central place from where the sound of the baby can be heard. This may be an option if you know that you will always be in a specific room when the baby is asleep, something that is not easy to live by.

–          Travel convenience – The transmitter part of the wireless baby monitor is extremely easy to remove so that you can take it with you when you are travelling. So even when you are visiting your mother or mother in law or a friend, you can spend time with them if you have the comfort of a baby safety monitor that you can set up in their home. These convenient wireless gadgets are helpful even when you plan a vacation in a hotel so that you can catch a relaxing afternoon on the portico while your baby rests.

Disadvantages of Wireless Baby Monitors

 

–          Even though wireless baby monitors provide a lot of convenience and ease, they are prone to disturbances that might interfere with the transmission unless you have made sure that you have bought a baby monitor that sends signals at a frequency that is not crowded. This interference is caused by the various electronic devices that we use in the house including the wireless phone, Internet router and mobile phones.

–          The range of a wireless baby monitor is critical. While one can never be out of range in a wired baby monitor, it is very easy it get out of range without realizing that the baby monitor will not catch the signal even if your baby cries.

Weigh the pros and cons of wired and wireless baby monitors before you decide the one that you prefer to purchase.

Planning Your Child’s Nursery

Planning and completing your newborn’s nursery will be one of the thrilling times of your life. In addition to preparing and looking forward to the birth of the newest addition to the family, both you and your husband or wife get to enjoy some quality time making all the essential modifications along with shopping. From the coloring of the walls to the accessories, you are able to work together to provide your child the best nursery room ever. After taking care of the room, you’re ready to go shopping for some nice baby furniture.

To the mother and father who desire a modern nursery for their child, stylish designs of cribs, changing tables and storage make superb choices. To keep you from slipping deep into sleep deprivation, add in a comfy couch or rocking chair at a corner of the baby’s room. Complete the effect with some lively prints and colors for bed coverings, wallpaper, and crib mobiles to create a cheerful outlook within the room, keeping the atmosphere exciting and fit for the most precious baby on the planet. By doing this, you can blend the interior design of your baby’s nursery into the feel and look of your home. Add in a bit of wall art and lighting to produce a magical world, which will be delightful as your baby takes in the sights in such a colorful world.

In contrast, for parents who have limited nursery budgets, the identical effect is still achievable. With plenty of imagination, you’ll be able to design an equally magnificent baby’s room for your child. Consider buying basic items of cribs baby furniture. If you aren’t able to purchase the more elaborate and artistically designed cribs, then make do by using traditional designs, adding in some color by complementing it with playfully printed bed sheets. Give some thought to raiding thrift stores for some old nursery decorations. Remember, other people’s stuff may be treasures to others. Searches online for baby crib sets and furniture might be highly fruitful, both for brand new as well as used items.

Regardless of the funds you have, don’t cave in to the pressure of paying too much in creating your child’s nursery room. Keep in mind that infants do not exactly require or entirely value fancy trappings. Work with what you have. With plenty of creativity plus some design tricks, you can create a delightful nursery around your finances.

 – Tiffany is a new mom and loves writing at sites like Baby Furniture Ideas and Maternity Swimwear Fashions

Help! How do I choose a Baby Crib?

Choosing a baby crib used to be quite straightforward when there wasn’t that much on offer. Most cribs were a standard rectangular shape with slatted sides and one that dropped down. Oh boy, have times changed. There are so many to choose from now that it can seem overwhelming! Should you go for a standard design, a round one, a traditional one or even an eco-friendly one?

Here’s a guide to help you make the best choice for your baby and as the decorative focal point of your nursery.

Safety First

The most important consideration is the safety of the baby or infant who is going to be sleeping in the crib. If you are thinking about buying a used crib or accepting one passed on from a friend or relative, it very important to check out the current baby safety guidelines because the safety standards for cribs have changed in recent years.

To help you out, we’re including the guidelines taken from the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. They are as follows:

Tips for Selecting a Crib:

  • Infants should ALWAYS sleep in a crib, which meets current Federal and ASTM standards
  • The crib mattress should fit snugly with no more than two fingers width, one-inch, between the edge of the mattress and the crib side. Otherwise, the baby can get trapped between the mattress and the side of the crib
  • No pillow-like bumpers
  • Look for the JPMA Certification Seal

Tips for Use:

  • Remember to ALWAYS keep the drop side up when the baby is in the crib
  • NEVER place the crib near windows, draperies, blinds, or wall mounted decorative accessories with long cords
  • Make sure there are no missing, loose, broken, or improperly installed screws, brackets or other hardware on the crib or the mattress support
  • Crib slats or spindles should be spaced no more than 2 3/8″ apart, and none should be loose or missing
  • Never use a crib with corner posts over 1/16 of an inch above the end panels (unless they are over 16″ high for a canopy) * Babies can strangle if their clothes become caught on corner posts. These should be unscrewed or sawed off, and the remaining end panel should be sanded smooth
  • No cut out areas on the headboard or foot board so baby’s head cannot get trapped
  • ALWAYS use a crib sheet that fits securely on the mattress, wraps around the mattress corners and stays securely on the mattress corners
  • No cracked or peeling paint
  • No splinters or rough edges
  • Use bumper pads only until the child can pull up to a standing position. Then remove them so baby cannot use the pads to climb out of the crib
  • Mobiles should also be removed when baby can pull himself or herself up
  • NEVER place infants to sleep on pillows, sofa cushions, adult beds, waterbeds, beanbags, or any other surface not specifically designed for infant sleep

Choosing your crib

Now that you know what safety aspects to check for, it’s time to choose the crib. There are so many styles to choose from, including sleigh style, four posters, canopy cribs, cribs especially for twin babies, iron cribs and hand painted ones. You can find out more about all of these by doing an internet search on them but in this guide, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons at the two most popular current styles, the round crib and the convertible one.

A Round Crib

These cribs are adorable and make an amazing centerpiece for any nursery. However, before you make your choice, here are the pros and cons.

Pros

  • It will be a real show-stopper in the Nursery
  • They usually come with posts, with or without a canopy
  • They will fit anywhere in the room, so they are just right for oddly shaped rooms that have been changed into a nursery, like an attic with a sloping ceiling
  • You won’t need to buy a separate mattress as these cribs usually come with a round mattress. This is where you need to check out the safety guidelines. The mattress should fit so that you can only get one finger between it and the crib side. The slats should be no more than 2?” apart.

Cons

The sizing of these cribs can be a little confusing. A sales person may tell you that these have more square inches and they do – but they don’t have length which allows an infant to sleep in the crib once they are past a certain size and age.

To understand this, let’s look at the dimensions.A standard rectangular crib is 54½” long and 30¼” wide. A round crib usually has an internal diameter of 42” and an external diameter of 46”, which means that it has more than 8 inches less of ‘growing’ room. If you intend to move your baby into a toddler bed or ordinary bed once they reach 1½ years or 2 years old then this won’t be a problem but if you want them in the crib longer than that – then this style won’t suit you…or your baby.

  • Price is a downside.  They start at around $800 and can go to over $1200 or more.
  • You can of course find bargains, if you spend time shopping around.
  • You will need to source round bedding.

This isn’t a real problem as you can find it in retail stores and online but it’s just something to bear in mind.

A Convertible Crib

What is it?

There are two basic styles of convertible crib. The ‘3 in 1’ goes from a crib to a toddler bed and then to a daybed. The ‘4 in 1’ does those three but then goes one step further by converting to a full sized bed.

Pros

  • You only have to buy one bed and if you choose the ‘4 in 1’ that’s it until your child leaves home!

Cons

  • Price again – these cribs start at around $170 and can go to over $2,000.
  • It ties you in to having the same bed and limits your decorating choices and doesn’t take your growing child’s tastes into consideration.

Relax and enjoy

When choosing your crib, above all, enjoy it! Take your time browsing the internet, bookmark your favorites and then you can compare prices and sizes. Although the choice is overwhelming, it does mean that you will find the crib of your dreams so have fun searching!

A final note about the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association

Their website is a wonderful place with safety guidelines and tips for every kind of infant paraphernalia from safety gates to stationary activity centers and everything in between. If you’d like to read more about any of these things go and check it out here.

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Your home may feel like a haven but as soon as your baby becomes more active, it may seem as if danger lurks around every corner. Here are 20 ways to make it safe for your baby.

1. Look at your home through your baby’s eyes. Crawl through each room on the floor and you will find it easier to identify and rectify potential hazards.

2. We don’t want to scare you but approximately 10 children die each year due to falling from a window. Often, the only way that you know what your child is capable of is when they do it, so act now. Move the cot away from the window to prevent your child climbing out of it. Window locks allow you to ventilate the room but prevent the window opening far enough to present a danger.

3. While you’re checking window, check balconies too – and make sure that stair banisters are close enough together to prevent your child either falling through or getting their head stuck. Horizontal banisters are a magnet for growing tots to climb on so install guards now. Don’t forget to put a good old-fashioned stair gate in place (either at the top or the bottom, whichever works at the time) to prevent falls.

4. Use soft coverings on your radiators to prevent your child leaning on them and getting burned. Obviously, open fires should be covered with non-conductive fire guards, preferably ones that lock to the wall and can’t be overturned.

5. And don’t forget that it’s not just fire that can burn. Hot water can cause nasty scalds to infants. Simply turning your heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit will prevent this. While we’re on the subject of heat, make sure that you have enough smoke detectors and a carbon monoxide detector in your home. Your local fire station will be pleased to advise you and to check your home for safe exits too.

6. Kids love cupboards but they can present a danger. Keep doors securely locked. There are many locks available now so that even if you can’t drill into a glass door or a door in a rented property, you can use ones that mount on adhesive pads. Take a look at what’s available and choose from adhesive, screw mounted, magnetic or locking straps. Just remember that although many are ‘child proof’, kids are very adept – so keep a close eye on them as well for maximum safety.

7. Even if you have safety locks in place, it’s advisable to put potentially dangerous items well out of your child’s reach. Such items include any kind of cleaning solutions, medicines, knives or sharp objects.

8. While you’re putting medications out of reach, you may want to include a bottle of ipecac syrup. When you give this to a child, it can induce vomiting which is sometimes necessary if you suspect that they have ingested any form of poison. However (and this is a BIG however), do call your local poison center for a card which gives advice on what to do in suspected poisoning cases. The treatment is not always to induce vomiting. Sometimes, this can make things worse. For example, if your child has ingested bleach or a caustic substance, their esophagus would be burned when they swallowed it. Making them vomit would cause it to be burned a second time when it comes back up. So, get professional advice and make sure that everyone understands it, including family, relatives and sitters.

9. While you’re fixing up locks, put a simple latch very high up on all doors that lead to the outdoors so that your child doesn’t find their way onto the street.

10. Don’t wait for your child to stick their wet finger into an electric socket. Cover them now with simple plug-in plastic covers or replace the cover plates altogether with childproof versions.

11. Babies and toddlers fall. A lot. And their skin (and bones) are soft and easily prone to injury. Prevent nasty knocks by covering sharp edges on furniture or fireplaces with shop-bought corner protectors or use foam rubber, quilts or blankets.

12. You may love your fridge magnets but they do tend to fall off the door or may be pulled off by your child who is attracted to their bright colors. They can present a choking hazard, so pack them away until your child is old enough to appreciate them safely.

13. Don’t put hot drinks on a low coffee table where your child could reach them.

14. Keep your kettle well to the back of the worktop and make sure the lead is tucked away and not accessible.

15. If you have older children, keep their toys away from your baby as they may contain small, removable parts that could present a choking hazard or sharp edges.

16. Never, ever, ever leave your baby or small child alone in the bath, for any reason. This also applies if you’re outdoors together, near any water source, pool, lake, stream, river or even a bucket of water. Babies can – and do – drown in a few inches of water.

17. Check your baby monitor to make sure that it works properly. Try putting a ticking clock near to it. If you can hear the ticking, then you’ll definitely hear your baby!

18. Whenever and wherever possible, avoid exposing your child to cigarette, cigar or pipe smoke.

19. Take the time now – when you’re not under pressure – to put some phone numbers on speed dial. Include your pediatrician, your partner at work, the poison center and your local ambulance service if it’s not 911. Hopefully, you’ll never need them but if you ever do, you’ll be so glad that they’re there already.

20. If you’d like extra help, or another pair of eyes to check your home over, look in your phone directory for local ‘baby-proofers’. Because they’re experienced, they don’t take long so it needn’t be too expensive.

Most of these don’t take long and don’t cost much money to do – so baby-proof your home now so that you can relax and enjoy your baby.

Can You Pre Determine Your Baby’s Sex?

Pink or Blue Early Gender Test Collection kitThis isn’t about guessing which sex your baby will be.  It’s about choosing.  We’ll take a look at some methods available now that claim to be able to give you a baby with the gender of your choice. 

Why Would You Want To Be Able To Choose?

In some areas of the world, throughout history, baby girls have been abandoned or even killed.  Some parents just want to choose because they already have a child of one gender and would like the second baby to be either the other gender, or the same one.

Others wish to choose because they are frightened that their child will inherit a disease that is passed on through the genes. 

How Gender Is Determined

We are made up from billions of cells.  Every single cell contains a nucleus.  In each nucleus there is information, making that cell what it is – it could be a hair cell, a skin cell, part of an organ or any part of our bodies.

The information in the nucleus of the cell is contained in DNA.  DNA and proteins make up chromosomes in the cell nucleus.  Chromosomes are long, twisted strings of genes.  Each string of genes carries information.  Half of it comes from the Mother and half from the Father.

Every human cell has 46 chromosomes, in pairs – so there are 23 pairs of chromosomes.  The 23 pairs consist of 22 pairs of autosomes (chromosomes that don’t determine sex) and a single pair of sex chromosomes.  The pairs of sex chromosomes consist of combinations of X and Y and it is this combination that determines the gender. 

It is the Y chromosome which actually determines gender.  Males have one Y and one X.  Females have two – XX.  If a Y sperm fertilizes the Mother’s egg (ovum) then the child will be a boy.  If an X sperm fertilizes it, the child will be a girl.

We inherit all genetic information from our parents.  Sometimes, an embryo will inherit a combination of genes that includes an illness from a parent or ancestor.  For that reason, some parents want their offspring to be genetically tested to see if they will be sufferers or carriers of the illness.  This is done by something called PGD.

What Is PGD?

It stands for Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis.  In this process, an embryo is produced by means of in-vitro fertilization (IVF).  The embryo is then tested on the third day after fertilization, when it only consists of 8 cells.  The sex of the embryo is determined by PGD and the genetic make up is studied.  Genes contain chromosomes and it is the combination of chromosomes, inherited from both parents, which determine whether the child may suffer from illnesses such as Tay-Sachs disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Sickle Cell Anemia, Huntington’s chorea or many other inherited issues.  The embryo can also be checked for Down’s syndrome.

PGD is also used to check gender to help with the parents’ choice, when there are no medical reasons for dong so.  PGD is said to be 99% accurate.

Whether the decision is medical or not, once the Physicians and parents are happy with the selection, the embryo is then implanted into the uterus and if implantation is successful, the pregnancy continues.

A company which offers this in the United States is called Microsort.

Ethical Issues

Although this is a boon to genuinely worried parents, it does raise some ethical questions.  The IVF procedure costs almost $20,000, which is a lot of money and a huge loss if the embryo fails to implant in the Mother’s uterus.  And this is a real risk.  Sadly, 57% of IVF inseminations fail.  The failure is not only measured in financial loss.  Prospective parents have to undergo a series of tests and procedures which may leave them emotionally drained.  The loss of an embryo on top of that can be devastating.

Embryos that are not chosen for insemination are frozen for potential use later on, which brings yet more questions, too complicated to be addressed here. 

Other Methods for Pre-Determining the sex of your baby

The Ericsson Method

Doctor Ronald Ericsson is a pioneer in the field.  He developed a process for gender selection called the Ericsson Albumin Method and owns the patent on it.  This is said to work by separating genders at the sperm stage, before the egg is even fertilized.  The method relies on the idea that sperm which produce male babies swim faster than those that produce girls.  The ‘albumin’ part comes from part of the process where sperm are made to swim through albumin, a dense water-soluble protein liquid which is sticky like egg white.  The theory is that in a given time, more sperm with Y chromosomes (which are needed for a male embryo) will swim through than X ones ( which are needed for a female embryo.  The sperm are then made to swim through again, so that the Y’s and X’s can be separated.  Depending on the gender preference of the parents, the sperm is then inseminated into the Mother’s uterus.

This method claims 78 to 85% effectiveness for a boy and 73 to 75% for a girl.  This method has not been clinically proven.

Shettles Method

This method was developed in the 1960’s.  Landrum B. Shettles agrees with Ericsson that sperm with the Y chromosome are faster than those with the female X but he also thinks that they are more fragile and because of this, they die more easily.  This method relies on the idea that sperm carrying the female X chromosome are slower but more robust.  Shettles believes that this makes them more able to survive the acidic environment of the cervix.  He advocates that the timing and position of intercourse may influence that environment so that you enhance the chances of obtaining a baby of the desired gender.

According to this method, you should have sex 2 – 4 days before ovulation to have a girl and if you would like a boy, have sex as close to ovulation as you can.  The effectiveness is said to be 50 – 75% accurate.  Since nature gives you 50/50, this isn’t a huge improvement.

Whelan Method

Created by Elizabeth Whelan, this method is in direct contradiction to the Shettles Method.  Whelan advocates having sex 4 – 6 days before ovulation for a girl and as close to ovulation as possible for a boy.  She advises the use of an ovulation testing kit for optimum success.  Whelan also believes that diet plays a part and suggests salty foods like bacon and salted chips as well as lots of carbohydrates for a boy.  For a girl, keep the salt low and eat dairy, ice cream and fruit juice.

This method claims 68% success rate for boys and 56% for girls although – as with the previous two methods – the results are disputed by medical experts.

Sex Selection Home Kits

You can buy a girl or boy kit.  Each includes a thermometer (temperature goes up at the time of ovulation), test sticks for predicting when ovulation is about to occur, vitamins, herb extracts and douches.  The douches are intended to change the environment of the cervix to encourage the desired gender.

The makers of these kits say that they have a 96% success rate but the American Society for Reproductive Medicine doesn’t agree.  Some experts say that there is no scientific basis for these claims.

The PGD Boom

According to a survey carried out by the Genetics and Public Policy Center in 2006, nearly three quarters of all fertility clinics in the United States now offer PGD.  The survey also found that around 4 – 6% of all IVF now includes PGD.

If you are considering PGD, you might find the following information helpful:

Although it’s widely available, the majority of clinics will only offer PGD if

1.  There is a verifiable family history of genetically inherited disease

Or

2.  A verifiable history of several miscarriages (unless the Mother is over the age of 38).

The non-medical choosing of gender (called ‘elective gender selection’) is currently banned in Britain and Canada and is opposed by most large medical groups in the United States.

The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) advise that gender selection for non-medical cases should only be offered in very carefully selected cases.  For this reason, most clinics will only offer ‘elective gender selection’ if you already have one child or more, for the purposes of ‘family balancing’.

We hope that this has helped to explain about gender selection and to give you an idea of what’s available.

How to Teach Your Child a Foreign Language

Jimis book of JapaneseMany parents want to teach their child a foreign language.  It has been said for years that young children soak up language like a sponge.  Children’s TV programs such as Dora the Explorer and Sesame Street already teach basic Spanish words to preschoolers!  So this would seem the perfect time.  But is it?  And if you want to go ahead, how is the best way to do it?

Why do you want your child to be bilingual?

There has been a huge surge in requests for children to begin learning a second language in preschool.  This may seem extreme but research has shown that bilinguals tend to be more creative than people who only speak one language.  One study suggests that if you have a second language, your brain function may stay sharper as you get older.  Our world is getting smaller and global communication is commonplace.  Many parents want to maximize their child’s chances of success by equipping them with the tools to deal with this situation.

Acquiring a second language

According to researchers, the difference between learning a first language (the person’s native tongue) and a second language is the age when that language was learned.  In those who make an effort to learn a second language after puberty, most never achieve the same fluency or level of understanding in that acquired language as they do with their native language.  This is in line with something called the ‘Critical Period Hypothesis’.

What is the Critical Period Hypothesis?

This hypothesis or theory is hotly debated among linguists and language acquisition experts.  Followers of this theory believe that there is an ideal period of time to learn a language as long as the learner is in a ‘linguistically rich’ environment – i.e. one where there is constant opportunity to hear and practice the language.  This hypothesis claims that if the window of opportunity is missed, then language will not be acquired.  However, the ‘window’ is to achieve the best results, rather than being the only time that this can happen.  The time period varies according to researchers but it is generally agreed that up until the age of six to eight is the best time.

When we apply this hypothesis to the learning of a second language, there is some evidence to support it but only insofar that it is recognized that learners who are past puberty rarely achieve an accent that is as good as a ‘native’ speaker.  After the age of eight, a very high standard could be achieved but with enough errors to set the speaker aside from a native one.

Immediate problems

Experts say that the only way that a child can become fluent in a second language and have a faultless accent is to be immersed in that language on a day to day basis  If you already speak a second language, that shouldn’t be too much of a problem.  If you don’t, you need to think long and hard about how much time and effort you are realistically willing to put in on your child’s behalf.  If you back out at this stage, there’s no shame in it!  Why not concentrate your efforts on helping them to speak, read and understand their first language as well as possible.  Don’t underestimate the dividends of that.  Levels of literacy and grammar are falling rapidly and a good grasp of both will put your child way ahead of much of the competition!  If you still want the second language option, read on…

It helps if Mom and Dad are bilingual

If one or both of the parents are bilingual, then you have the perfect teaching arena.  The rest of this article will be helpful for you but here are some tips that are specific to bilingual households.

  • A Professor of Speech and Language Pathology has said that it’s a good idea to try to have only one of the parents speaking the second language to the child.  This consistency helps with differentiating between the two languages.  The Professor goes on to say that young children can learn at a very fast rate and if they’re learning one word for something, they can just as easily learn two.
  • Expect some confusion!  You may hear your child mixing up the word order of a sentence.  Another common error is to use words from both languages in the same sentence.  But don’t worry – this is a completely normal part of the learning process and one which the child will quickly learn to rectify.
  • It’s a common misconception that if a young child is learning two languages at the same time, it can delay their speech development.  Happily, that’s not the case.  Your child may go through a periods where they use less ‘first language’ words than ‘second language’ ones and vice versa.  However, in total, your child will probably know more words than their friends at school!

What to do if you’re not bilingual

Start as soon as possible

Believe it or not, the ability to hear different pronunciations is at it’s height before the age of three.  That isn’t so surprising when you consider that it’s the age when children are acquiring their first language.  Kids of this age are actively adding to their vocabularies and starting to recognize speech patterns.  You can help by listening to music in a second language, watching a TV show in that language (or one that teaches it) or just learning a few words each week.

Find your child someone to practice with

There is no substitute for hearing a language spoken by a native speaker.  Find a local playgroup that has bilingual children.  Hire a bilingual babysitter – that way, you get a night out and your child gets to hear the language as it should be spoken and also a chance to practice speaking it – both of which are invaluable.  If you’re really, really keen, find a class in your area and enroll yourself and your child.

One Word at a Time

When you’re teaching your child a new word for something, teach them two – one in each language.  To be able to do this successfully and to keep a steady rate of learning, you would need to know the word in the second language, so this is more applicable to bilingual parents.  Unless you are prepared to do a lot of homework!

Don’t Expect Miracles

Keep your expectations reasonable and ‘do-able’.  Don’t put unnecessary pressure on your child as that could be counter productive and at worst, distressing.  Always praise advancement but if your child turns out not to be a natural linguist, don’t be too disappointed.  Try and keep the outlook that ‘anything is a bonus’ and above all, have fun with it!

Learning resources

Here are a few to get you started.  Each link will take you to the Amazon.com page of numerous Audio CD’s, DVD’s, books and computer software for teaching your child a second language.

If you would like to teach your child English, look here.

For Spanish, look here.

For French, look here.

For Italian, look here.

For Greek, look here.

For Chinese, look here.

For Japanese, look here.

Good luck!

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