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Play schemas: Is my child an enveloper?

Here's another schema for you to consider.  Even the name makes you warm to them. Children with an enveloping schema love to wrap, cover, layer and bandage. They have an urge to envelop and be enveloped. They'd empty out a basket of clean ironing and make a den. You'll find them setting up home under the table with jigsaws, books etc. They'll wrap up anything from parcels to the cat.  In the nursery I observed several patterns of behaviour that suggested an enveloping schema:  Finding peekaboo hilarious long after others have moved on Reluctance to come out from under the parachute  Blocking the play tunnel  Making dens with sheets/coats etc and staying in them all morning  Dressing up in layer...

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Preparing your sibling for a new arrival

We have a new baby arriving this autumn so this is a topical subject in our house. Here are a few ideas to help an older child to be able to adjust to a new sibling  Consider the timing of when you tell them about the baby. For younger children 9 months is an incredibly long time to wait etc New baby books - age and stage appropriate  Play more with dolls, premmie nappies, discuss  Meet some babies etc  Plan nursery together  Emphasise big brother sister importance  Prepare box of little activities 

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Teething remedies

This will be a familiar scenario for some of you. Your baby has got the hang of feeding and sometimes sleeps for longer stretches, when teething strikes and it all goes pear-shaped.  Here's a few tips that worked well for us: Keep sticks of cucumber in the fridge for your baby to chomp on. They're cool to chew on and as they consist mostly of water they're generally-considered ok before weaning. If your partially-weaned baby goes off solids, don't be afraid to up the milk feeds if they're hungry. They'll take more solids again once their gums stop hurting. There are several products available at chemists for teething. Anbesol teething gel worked well for us and we have friends who...

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