Monday, December 19, 2011

Introducing Mobiles

I am excited to introduce my first mobile to the ETSY Shop. I wanted to create mobiles from my Montessori training. The must have characteristics of mobiles are they need to have a simple form, objective, realistic, and factual. (The Montessori philosophy believe offering the child correct information of the world)

This is one of the mobiles in the training I had joy in making. Mainly I like it the child gets to revisit this concept in (3-6) environment through the color tablets. The main goal of this mobile is to offer the shades of color to your newborn.

This mobile is named GOBBI and it is made by hand using embroidery floss. It’s subtle sheen adds a warmth to your newborns movement area and the gradation of the colors are very pleasing to adults and as well as to newborns eye. This can be custom made to your nursery color scheme. Below are few common questions that rises up when offering a mobile to an infant.

When should I offer a mobile to my newborn?
Ideally when your newborn is around 2-3 months.

Where can hang it?
If you have create a movement area for your newborn it is the correct place to hang the mobiles. You can insert a hook to the ceiling and have a fishing line hang off of it with another small hook so you can interchange the mobiles with convenience. When not in use move it out of the way. This can be achieved by hanging another smaller hook on the wall if you wish.

How far from the newborn I should hang the mobile?
Since this is a visual mobile, should be hung not very far from the newborn. Not farther than 12-13 cm.

Do I need to change them?
The more stimulation you offer to your newborn the better but in small quantities. Keep it simple to grasp the theory to your newborn.

When should I wean a mobile from the nursery?
Let your newborn guide through this, Your newborn will let you know as they acquire new skills. Observation is a key factor at this point.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Let's Talk

Today I want to discuss an important topic which is language development and your newborn. Wiring of language happens before the process of birth. There have been so many researches performed on this fact. Check here

Before birth your infant can tune in to your melody of voice. And over the next six years your infants brain will set up circuitry needed to decipher – and reproduce-the lyrics. It’s an amazing to understand your six months old can recognize the vowels. Vowels are the basic building blocks for speech development. Not only that your six month old work hard to reproduce, and master them by cooing to you.

What can you do? Simple, talk to your baby as much as you can if you are new to this process read. No matter what you do develop that eye contact. Keep in mind to take turns in listening let your baby finish cooing to you show your baby that you are a effective listener. More you talk more words added to your baby’s word bank! The high pitched, singsong speech style knows as Parentese helps your new born to connect objects with words.

What is a window of opportunity? Well answer is with regard to learning language skills are sharpest early on but grows throughout life. Birth through 6 years of age your child is highly sensitive to language. If your household is bilingual perfect why not offer it you newborn. You will be amazed!

I hope this session was useful and informative to you.

Thank you,

Topponcino n More

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Topponcino & Machine Washing…

Why can’t I wash my topponcino in the washer?

Topponcino is a security blanket for your newborn. In other words it is the very first sturdy blanket you offer to your newborn. And you use the topponcino securely to pass your newborn to family members, grandparents, siblings, uncles, aunts, visitors, and extended family. Your new born feels safe in this blanket and the other family members feel confident as well (those who are new around newborns). Your new born feels very much secure in the topponcino/blanket. Your new born is making long lasting memories in the topponcino (for the short period he/she uses the topponcino). Your newborn feels secure in the topponcino to explore the family members using the memories he/she created in the security/topponcino like the familiar smell and perhaps through the muscular memories which was created by in the topponcino. You want to offer this security to your newborn at the very beginning. Scientist calls this memory the kinesthetic memory.
Do you want to wash, this memory away from the topponcino, at the very beginning of your newborns attempt to create his/her initial memory in this new world they encounter. Do you want to aid your newborn adjust to the new environment with minimal disturbance.

How can I take care of the spits, throw up, and accidents that happens?
Spot cleaning is the answer. However keep in mind you can machine wash the covers. In order to minimize these situations it is wise to have two topponcinos and four covers. If not one topponcino with at least 4 covers should be sufficient during this initial stage.

How long should I use the topponcino?
Not for too long, remember as parents you do not need to have the newborn in the topponcino to handle. Your newborn needs your touch to make those memories. Your newborn needs to experience your touch, how it feels, your smell, your voice, and your eye contact is the key to the inner security of your newborn.

Can I use the topponcino on the movement mat?
Answer to this is yes. At the very beginning when you are introducing your newborn to the movement area it is wise to place your newborn on the topponcino. As your newborn get’s comfortable, take the topponcino away. This will allow your newborn to have an easy transition to the movement area.

Can I really wash the topponcino from your shop in the washer?
Absolutely yes, it is made of layers of cotton batting. You can wash it and tumble dry. The topponcino is quiet capable of going through the washer because it is sewn with the reinforcement stitch for durability and to long last. (See the pictures of the topponcino going through the washer and dryer including before and after pictures)

Thank you
Topponcino n More