SD WIC Fun Facts: April 2021
A Monthly Message to Superhero Caregivers from your Sidekicks at SD WIC
Wellness Wisdom: Activities for Building Happy, Healthy Families
Screen time is the amount of time spent using any device with a screen such as a phone, computer, tablet, video games or television. Screen time is sedentary activity, meaning you are being physically inactive while sitting down.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends limiting the amount of time that babies, toddlers and children spend in front of a screen.
- Children younger than 18 months:
- Avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting.
- Children 18 to 24 months:
- Can start to enjoy some screen time with a parent or caregiver.
- Choose high-quality programming. Watch it with their children to help them understand what they’re seeing, this is how toddlers learn best.
- Letting children use media by themselves should be avoided.
- Children 2 to 5 years:
- Limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs.
- Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.
Most of a baby’s brain development happens in the first 2 years of life. That’s why it’s so important for babies and toddlers to explore their environment and experience many sights, sounds, tastes, and textures. Interacting and playing with others helps children learn about the world around them.
Keep in mind, not all screen time is created equal. Check out the WIC Library to learn more about good and bad screen time, why it’s important to limit, tips on how to limit and finally ways to ensure that when screen time is allowed, it is as productive as possible.
Breastfed From the Start: Helpful Tips for Mastering Breastfeeding
You don’t have to quit breastfeeding when baby gets teeth!
How to help baby with teething pain:
- Refrigerate a wet washcloth in a bag. When you remove the washcloth from the bag, your baby may chew on it. The fabric will massage the ridges of their gums while the cold will help numb the pain before breastfeeding.
- Talk to your baby’s doctor about using a pain reliever about a half hour before breastfeeding to help with discomfort
What to do when teeth make breastfeeding uncomfortable:
- If you can feel baby’s teeth rubbing on your nipple, try to get baby to get a deeper latch. You can do this by trying different positions and/or making sure baby opens wide before latching.
- If baby does bite, try not to dramatically react. Tell baby “no” and end the breastfeeding session for a bit. Then offer the breast back. Do this every time and baby will learn that when they bite the breast will be taken away.
- 6 cups fresh kale
- 1 tablespoon oil
- salt to taste
- Wash prep area and your hands.
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Rinse fresh kale under cold running water. Pat to dry.
- Cut kale into large chunks and put in a mixing bowl.
- Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and lightly mix in the bowl.
- Spread kale into a single layer on baking sheet.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Let cool slightly, then serve.
This post was last updated on March 25th, 2021 at 2:43 PM
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