Wedding with kids?

                                                  


When it comes to attending a wedding with your baby/toddler, it is the mum who gets wary of packing their bags with all essentials. Moreover managing a little one throughout a wedding/function becomes a tough task. Below are some practical prep tips that can help you enjoy a wedding with your child.


Inform your tot that you’re invited !


Get him/her excited by telling about the things that’ll happen in the wedding – seeing the bride, showering flowers and merrymaking. Make sure he/she is well-versed on what will be expected of him/her during the event and what will be happening around her. This will avoid any meltdown/tantrum situations.


Keep an eye out


Weddings can seem like an extravagant playground for little ones. They’ll love to get onto the stage, pick flowers and run around. Monitor them closely and in case your child gets too naughty to handle, make your mind to take a silent exit or just take a stroll in the outdoors and come back.


Keep them engaged


There are lot of activities and rituals that go on in the wedding. It can be a struggle keeping your baby quiet during the rituals. The best way is to keep him/her entertained by letting him play with a quiet toy or you may use a smart phone app to keep him/her busy.


Keep his/her stomach full


You are likely to get caught in dressing up and eventually skip the evening snack/meal. It is better to feed your child before you go to the party as you never know how late the meal is going to be served.   Don’t forget to carry some back up snacks, just incase!


Pick out your outfit wisely


Your clothing preferences should also revolve around how comfortable you could be in those clothes with the baby. Embellishments such as stonework or beads can poke the baby when you carry him/her in your arms. Moreover keep in mind that babies like to spill food or wipe their hands with your clothes; therefore choose lighter clothes which are comfortable and washable. Also, don’t forget babies love to grab any such shiny stuff. Shiny danglers and necklaces can attract them to pull it. This is why you should match your outfit with minimal jewellery.

 

Weddings are all about wearing a lot of bling and heavily embellished stuff. Carry extra set of clothes Babies have a tendency to make their clothes dirty by either wetting or dropping food. Hence it is advisable to carry at least two set of clothes. If the wedding venue is very far from your place, then keep a few more. Apart from this, check on weather forecast before you start. Accordingly, pack a sweater or a thinner shirt for a change of clothes.


Carry extra diapers


When you are travelling with your child, you have to be well equipped. Diapers are another essential when you are stepping out. As a precaution to leakage, it is advisable to change diapers every three to four hours.


Carry perambulator


Young babies, who have just started walking, love to be carried around. But carrying a baby for prolonged hours can be tiring for you. Also they tend to fall asleep in every few hours. So, carrying a pram is certainly a great idea to keep them in comfort or let them get some sleep in peace.

 

Keeping these tips in mind; the idea to attend a wedding with your child will no longer make you anxious. 

Why sign language is good for your baby/toddler?


Babies who cannot communicate effectively tend to throw tantrums. In case you are not able to guess why the child is distraught, the situation gets helpless as it makes the child inconsolable. Teaching your child to use sign language can allow your child to communicate what they want, providing a bridge to the spoken word. Know that babies and toddlers are able to understand far more than they can express. Hence sign language is the much needed skill to articulate speech until the age of 10-12 months when auditory skills are underdeveloped.  

Right time

You can begin demonstrating when your child can hold your gaze for a couple of seconds i.e. when the child is between the age of 6-8 months. Start with three to five signs, using eye contact and saying the word out loud. Add additional words when you begin to make progress.

Allows two-way communication

It helps reduce the guesswork of understanding your infant’s thoughts, allowing a better understanding between you two. Remember you’re not formally “teaching” signs as such, just adding simple gestures which are easily linked to the objects. It doesn’t really matter what the sign is, as long as you agree on its meaning.

Vocabulary and Language skills

When you are teaching your child sign language, do it by saying the name of the sign out loud and many times as you show your child the sign. This repetition may help to expand your child’s horizon of both auditory and visual vocabulary and language skills.

Reading & Spelling proficiency

Research supports that children who learn sign language in infancy have better reading and spelling skills. As sign language is a visual language, it involves using the visual and attention skills which are very important skills in both learning and social interactions.

Increased memory retention

The practice of sign language stimulates and engages children of different learning styles. When children use sign language, they are learning visually, verbally, and kinaesthetically all at the same time.

Motor skills

Teaching to use sign language can support in development of your child’s fine motor skills. Your child gets to practice fine motor skills as they learn to sign back to you.

Stimulate brain development

When learning sign language both the left and right hemisphere of the brain are used compared to learning a spoken language, which only uses the brain’s left hemisphere. Signing children are also found to have higher IQ at a later stage.

Children are all different and may or may not show an interest in signing

Visual attention skills and Joint attention skills

Teaching using and understanding sign language requires a child to utilize his visual and joint attention skills, both of which are very important skills in both learning and social interactions.