Total Development Program for Kids by Learning Time

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Posted on : 31-01-2011 | By : dutdot | In : All about my baby, baby care, Early Learning, Expat Blogging, Parenting
The human brain
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My hubby and I both believe in early education, be it at home or through formal schools. But, with our first baby, we decided to focus on teaching her (with no pressure, of course) at home through books, music, videos, and too much interaction with us. One of the reasons why I decided to be a WAHM is that a baby girl’s brain development is maximized during the first two years of her life. Our first baby’s turning 2 in March.

We met Joel, a kabayan, who sells educational stuffs for children in Kuwait. We were mesmerized at some facts about intellectual development of a baby. From 0 to age 4, 50% of the brain is already developed; from 5 to 8, only 30% will be developed, and the rest of 20% until 18 years old. Huh. The logic is, if we don’t use our brain, we lose its capacity to be developed. How much more with a baby’s brain? It’s like a sponge. It absorbs everything. But what about if there’s nothing that is inputted on her brain?

Not everything is covered in schools so we opted to buy the Total Development Program for baby. The price of the total package is KD1391. Woot! Soooo costly…but it would cost us more in the future if we failed to develop the first 50% of baby’s brain in her formative years. We opted to buy the three modules first – Knowledge, Skills, English at KD700+, and the remaining modules at a later date.

I couldn’t wait to get hold of the books! They will be delivered two weeks from now. Tell you more…

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Atopic dermatitis in baby’s skin

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Posted on : 31-01-2011 | By : dutdot | In : All about my baby, baby care, Beauty Care & Fitness, Expat Blogging, Life's Musings, Parenting
Atopic dermatitis
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A few days back, I blogged about winter skin care for babies, that is, too much bathing is dangerous for their skin. Since last week, we decided to bath baby1 every two days. The dryness started to diminish, but, still my baby1 got rashes in almost 50% of her lower body.

We went to my baby’s pedia last 29th at Al Salam, and he advised us to use Cetaphil Lotion. We told him that we’ve been using cetaphil lotion to no avail so he advised us to cancel the 5KD consultation (baby has a health card; no health card @20KD), and go instead to a dermatologist at Al-Messila. My baby’s dermatologist said that my baby has Atopic Dermatitis, and he prescribed Nutraderm and Elocom Mometasone Furoate Cream for two weeks.

Atopic Dermatitis (AD)

My baby’s dermatologist said that AD is a type of eczema that is non-contagious but chronically reverting skin disorder. It is triggered by irritants in food (sweets, softdrinks), wool clothing, and other allergens. It is often itchy.

There’s no cure for eczema but can be relieved through using creams and moisturizers. My baby’s doc also told us that baby should not eat chocolates and drink softdrinks. We should also bath her every other day, and apply moisturizing lotion when her body is still damp.

I hope there will be an improvement in her skin after two weeks.

Read more about atopic dermatitis

UPDATE:

Nutraderm and Elocom Mometasone are effective. After just four days, I saw a huge improvement in my baby’s skin.

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Dear Baby2 in my womb: 5th natural letter for my baby

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T H E  5th L E T T E R

Jan. 31, 2011 @ 8:32p.m.

Dear Baby2,

Howdy, my baby! It’s confirmed – finally – that you’re a baby girl! Mommy had the SONAR last 29th of this month, and the doctor said you’re a baby sister to your Ate. Ate A was in the clinic that time, and she heard the news that you’re a girl, and she said, “YES!”(when she heard us say “YES!”)

We’re all excited to see you, baby! Four more months to go, and we’ll gonna hug and kiss you.

You’re moving a lot in Mommy’s womb; that’s good. Thank you for always assuring me that you’re doing good. Thank you for kicking me anytime of the day or night.

This is all for now, baby.

iloveyou,

mommy

Mother’s angst spawns preemie pillow business

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Posted on : 29-01-2011 | By : dutdot | In : baby care, Mompreneurs, Online News, Parenting

Zaky, a pillow-shaped like a human hand for preemie babies. It was developed by Yamille Jackson, whose son, Zachary, was born 3 months premature. She turned her anxiety of leaving her son in the incubator by designing this pillow to make him feel “he’s not alone”.

Zaky comes in left and right hand models. It is sold in retail at http://www.zakeez.com/ at $49.95.

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Hiring: Home-based Digital Illustrator

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Posted on : 27-01-2011 | By : dutdot | In : Expat Blogging, Home-based jobs, Startups

Location: Home Based

Duration: 1 month with possibility for full-time employment

Years and Expertise Level: Mid

Responsibilities: Graphic design for Web sites. You will work closely with our Web developer.

Skills: Strong design skills. Creative. Good communication skills.

Email your resume at:

dutdotcom@gmail.com (subject: application for home-based digital illustrator)

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