Lakewood Childcare Center

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This is the sign for “eat. This helps them communicate hunger and/or helps them recognize food and that it is time to eat. We use it frequently throughout their meals by asking if they want more to “eat”, by asking them to “eat” a bite of something, to help them hear and see it.


Strategies to help your child sleep through the night – Establish and follow a consistent, calming routine (over stimulation before bed makes it difficult for them to fall asleep) by using baths, books, quiet music and cuddling to signal that it is time to go to bed, put them to bed drowsy but awake to help them associate bed is where they fall asleep, give them time to settle themselves before checking on them and then when your do check on them, talk quietly and use a reassuring voice then quietly leave the room, and adjust routines to their natural patterns. It may take some time but they will soon be getting the rest that they need and remember that sometime in their first year of life, they should be able to start sleeping about 10 hours a night!

Fun fact about babies – Most newborns will lose all the hair they are born with within the first three to four months of life.



By 8 months, your child can:

  • Begin to repeat sounds like (da-da, ba-ba, ga-ga)
  • Respond to some words like, “mommy”, “daddy”, “ball”
  • Say several sounds in one breath (ma, mu, da, di, ba)
  • Turn to listen to familiar sounds (telephone ringing)
  • Look at you when you say their name
  • Show an item or wave good bye when asked to do so