Are you doing these 9 things with your baby?

Babies from birth to six months need TONS of attention, love, and guidance to develop. Your baby is learning to trust others and feel secure in the world. She is learning what to do to get her needs met from you and that takes time to learn. Test yourself to see if you’re doing these 9 things to meet your babies needs during the early stages of their development.

Mother Teasing Baby

1. Are you giving baby things to see, hear, and grasp?

Babies at this age are learning through their senses. The best thing you can do mama is to give her objects like rattles, soft fabric blocks, or soft finger puppets. Babies are developing eye movement and control so things like mobiles are great to hang in the crib, baby swing and bouncer.

2. Are you talking and singing to baby?

Babies at this age are also cooing as a form of early language development. Talk to your baby and sing to him! It doesn’t matter that you don’t sound like Beyonce, your baby just loves the sound of your voice. When she coos, stop talking and wait for her to “talk” back. This will help her to learn how to take turns in a conversation later on down the line of her development. [Read more...]

Beautiful Baby Challenge

Enter your baby in the Beautiful Baby Challenge! This contest is for babies 12 months and under. You baby will have the chance to win a chance to grace the cover of the upcoming YBM Magazine and win a gift basket of YBM baby bling!! To enter upload your picture on our Facebook page Young Black Mamas using the hashtag #YBMbabychallenge. The deadline is July 16th, 2014. Good luck, I can’t wait to see YOUR beautiful baby 

YBM Beautiful Baby Challenge

Kool-Aid Playdough

Playdough

Kool-Aid Playdough

Materials

  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 cups water
  • Saucepan
  • Food coloring, tempera powder, or Kool-Aid powder for color
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 tablespoons alum

Directions

  1. Combine salt and water in saucepan and boil until salt dissolves.
  2. Remove from heat and tint with food coloring, tempera powder, or Kool-Aid.
  3. Add oil, flour, and alum.
  4. Knead until smooth.
  5. This dough will last 2 months or longer.

5 Simple Tips to Help Keep Children Safe this Summer

A few minutes in a hot car can be dangerous for children.
A child’s body temperature rises 3-5 times faster than an adult’s and even with the windows partially down, a parked car can reach 125 degrees in just minutes. With temperatures in the 60s, a vehicle can still heat up to well above 110 degrees. Heat stroke occurs when a child’s body reaches 104 degrees and can become lethal at 107.

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  1. Immediately call 911 if you see a child left alone in a vehicle
  2. Start a “look before you leave” habit when exiting your vehicle
  3. Place an item you won’t forget in the backseat (phone, purse, briefcase)
  4. Move a stuffed animal from the carseat to the front as a visual reminder
  5. Put a Post-it note reminder on the inside of the driver side window

We ALL need reminders. Thank you in advance for your help this summer.

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50 Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer


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1. Go on an outdoor scavenger hunt.
2. Act out his/her favorite book.
3. Turn on the camera and let them make a video to their favorite song.
4. Go to the library.
5. Write letters to grandparents.
6. Play volleyball with a balloon.
7. Make macaroni jewelry.
8. Count or write down how many things in the house start with the letter “T” (or any letter you choose).
9. Have a tea party!
10. Turn off the lights and make shadow puppets.
11. Make homemade playdough.
12. Build a fort with blankets and chairs.
13. Create a family tree.

3 Ways to Handle an Unplanned Pregnancy

Lady Looking Down in the Wind If you’ve just found out your pregnant chances are you’re going through a series of emotions. You may be saying to yourself, “Right now is not the right time.” or “I don’t have the money to raise a child.”  You may even feel the pressure to make a decision regarding your pregnancy.

Take these following steps to heart to learn how to best handle your pregnancy:

1. Take a minute and step away from everyone. The best thing is for you to be alone in your own thoughts and not hear the voices and opinions of everyone else. This moment is about you and the life you’re carrying. Go for a quiet walk and just allow yourself some time to think.

2. Look at the pros and cons of your current situation. Get out a sheet of paper and write down the pros and cons of becoming a mother right now. Do you have a job? Are you in school? Are you near family members? Do  you have a place of your own? Do you have a car? Do you have money for daycare and diapers? Are you ready to be responsible for another life? Ask yourself real questions so you can evaulate real answers.

3. Talk with your significant other. Yes you’re becoming a mother but your significant other is also becoming a father. Parenting is a dual job so this conversation should happen between the two of you. Take time and review your pros and cons, share any revelations you had during your quiet time with yourself. Take this time to connect with one another and have an open and honest conversation. 

Remember above all that becoming a mother is one the most important jobs you’ll ever have, it’s serious business though. They really are a blessing and will add a great deal of joy and happiness to your life.

Dreams and Diplomas: 5 Ways to Finishing School with a Child

Dreams and Diplomas: 5 Tips to Finishing School With A Child

 

I remember riding down I-95 gazing out the passenger seat window and hearing my mother say “Nothing better be in your lap on graduation day but your diploma. Know what you’re going to college for.”The truth however was that on my graduation day my oldest daughter was sitting sweet and proudly in her lap clapping as I walked across the stage. Graduation was still the proudest day of my life because I knew that I had overcome the challenges of having a child, studying, working and still graduated on time while working a full-time job teaching Pre-K.It’s not easy and there were days I had to push my stroller across the yard to class, hold my baby and take my finals. I felt the stares and heard the whispers but this wasn’t about them, this was about me.I heard remarks like “Your dreams are not your own anymore!” and “You need to take some time off and focus on your baby.”I maxed out on credits one semester taking 24 credits when most were taking 12-15 credits. I was determined and nothing could keep me from receiving my diploma!

If you’re in high school or college and you have a child at home, know that he/she is NOT a SETBACK but you’ve been SETUP to go further without excuses. [Read more...]

New Pictures of Future and Ciaras Baby

Thank you Future and Instagram! Future shared a picture of his sweet little baby boy and his beautiful fiance Ciara on his Instagram page.

Future-and-Ciara

He captioned the photo with this:

“My babies..can’t no pic in the world prove my love but what u looking at rite now is my life & these two mean the world to me..#honest big baby & baby future” 

How sweet is that?! Don’t you adore a man who treasures his family. I know I do! Keep the pictures coming!