My children just started YMCA after school program at a Choice School in St. Petersburg and are actively trying to get kicked out because they "hate it." The group leaders are very harsh with the children I noticed (yelling commands, etc.) and require a lot of sitting still, heads down on desk, and as my 6-year old tells me, doing "nothing." I am new to St. Petersburg and cannot find a directory of after school options. I have active kids that need care from 3 - 5:30 every day and cannot find a viable program for my 5 and 6 year old children. I work from my home office, so having them at home with a nanny would be difficult and a last resort solution. There are zillions of options to choose from in other cities; it perplexes me at the lack of quality program options in St. Petersburg. Any advice or recommendations for an after school care solution welcomed. What do all the other working moms do in St. Petersburg, FL???
After nine months of struggling and waiting, your little one is finally here! Congrats! But, the hard part is not over yet. Until you get the hang of parenting, you might find yourself in many confusing and scary situations. Luckily, you can use this little guide that will help you take care of your baby and offer some practical tips you can use from day one. Ask for help Don’t hesitate to ask for help—it takes a village to raise a child! The first few weeks after birth can be very hectic, so you’ll benefit from some help. Many hospitals have experts who can teach you about feeding, handling and taking care of your little one. When you get home, you and your partner can consider getting a baby nurse or hire help to do chores around the house. Family and friends are also amazing helpers, especially those with kids of their own—they are a great source of baby tips and tricks. Learn how to handle your baby Many new parents find their kid’s fragility very scary. However, there are only a few things to remember when handling a baby. Make sure to support their head and neck when carrying or laying them down. Also, when placing them in any sort of carrier, stroller or seat, ensure they are securely fastened. Everyone who handles the baby needs to wash their hands beforehand—babies don’t have a strong immune system yet and they are susceptible to infections. Swaddle your bundle of joy Swaddling is a great way to calm your child and a very easy technique to learn. A proper swaddle will keep your infant’s arms next to the body and allow small movement of the legs. This position provides safety and warmth to babies which allow them to feel calm. It can also reduce startle reflex that can wake up your baby. Choose quality clothes and diapers Babies are very sensitive (their skin is especially gentle) so make sure to have the right clothing at hand. It’s best to choose something natural. You can check out the offer of organic baby clothes in Australia from My Baby Cuddles and choose something made with breathable pure organic cotton that prevents irritation and allergies. Bodysuits are the most practical, especially those with snap buttons, and you’ll get to dress and undress your baby quickly and easily. When it comes to diapers, you can choose from disposable and cloth diapers. Fun fact: Infants go through about 10 diapers a day. Bond with your kid Bonding is the most fun, enjoyable and important part of baby care. In order to bond with your child, you need to practice physical closeness by cradling and gently stroking the baby. Practicing skin-to-skin contact is also beneficial and easy to do while cradling and feeding. Shower them with pleasant sounds Most babies love sounds like singing, talking and cooing. Different yet gentle sounds from rattles and musical mobiles are a great way to stimulate your kid’s speech and language development and calm your child. However, some infants are super sensitive to sounds and might react with crying or fussing. In that case, keep noise at low or moderate levels. You don’t have to be super quiet Like stated above, most babies don’t mind loud noises. Remember that the womb isn’t perfectly sound-insulated and your child might already be used to certain noises. Many parents can do chores, watch TV and talk while their baby is asleep. But, every baby is different, so make sure to test your kid’s sound sensitivity. Enjoy every little thing with your kid, both good and messy. Just keep these tips in mind, and you have nothing to fear. Kids grow up so fast and, believe it or not, there will come the time when you’ll miss their poopy diapers and 2 a.m. feedings.