At Le Petit Elephant, we are committed to providing your child with a mindful and developmentally-appropriate toilet learning experience. We do not require "potty training" by a certain age, as all children learn to use the toilet in their own time. Here are links to creating a healthy toilet learning experience for your child:
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First Foods for Infants
Introducing first foods to your little one is an exciting time! There are many philosophies out there, and at LPE we highly encourage baby led weaning, starting at 6 months and once your child is able to sit in a high chair with assistance. Baby Led Weaning, quite simply, means letting your child feed themselves from the very start of weaning. This is in contrast to feeding children pureed food, and it helps children foster independence in feeding and can lead to more adventurous eating habits! You just hand them the food in a suitably-sized piece and if they like it they eat it and if they don’t they won’t.
Breastfeeding and Tips for Increasing Milk Production
Returning to work can be a stressful time for breastfeeding mothers, but successful pumping is a skill that can be mastered! Some mothers experience a drop in milk production at times, so here are some resources and tips to help keep your production up and help you pump more milk for your baby. As always, please consult with your doctor or health care provider first:
Our Infant Care Philosophy at LPE
At Le Petit Elephant, we are big advocates of healthy and natural options for our classroom environments, and we follow best practices in all realms of child care. In our infant program, we follow many aspects of the RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) philosophy of caregiving, which simply put, outlines the need for treating infants with respect and allowing them to physically develop at their own pace. This means that we do not place infants in any position in which they cannot naturally and independently get themselves into (i.e. tummy time, sitting, standing, walking, etc.). These are all developmental milestones that are best left to a child's independent timeline, as they will all develop these skills in time. You can read more about RIE Parenting in the follow resources:
Like the toys you see at LPE?
At Le Petit Elephant, we are committed to providing your child with a safe, non-toxic environment. We stock our infant classrooms with high-quality wooden, silicone, organic cotton and wool toys. All toys are free of BPA, parabens, phalates, and other toxins, so that your child can safely play! Here are links to some our most popular infant toys:
LPE's List of Recommended Items on Amazon
Here is a list of items that LPE recommends: these are items that are organic, non-toxic, BPA-free, phthalate-free, lead-free and overall as natural as possible for your sweet children's safety. LPE's Recommendations List for packing list items can be found on Amazon through this link- https://www.amazon.com/shop/lepetitelephantnurseryandpreschool
*please note that we are part of the Local Associates Program with Amazon, which means that a percentage of your purchase comes back to LPE for more supplies/toys/materials for the children!
Natural Teething Remedies
Infants begin teething around 3-4 months of age, and you might notice a chance in your child's behavior, sleep patterns, personality, feeding pattern, milk intake, increase in drooling, and increase in mouthing their hands/fingers. They might also develop a low-grade fever, experience diarrhea, and become cranky or fussy. Toddlers getting their 14 month molars, incisors, and 2 year molars might start to exhibit biting or aggressive behaviors while teething. These changes are perfectly natural and normal as your child gets ready to pop out 20 teeth in 2 years!
At LPE, we advocate for natural teething and pain relief remedies whenever possible, and of course you should speak with your doctor or health care practitioner before making the decision that is right for you and your family. We recommend looking into the following:
Biting and other Behaviors
Babies around one year to eighteen months often bite, push, grab or hit out of excitement, experimentation or just because they're oblivious to the other person's space without being aware that it hurts the person on the receiving end. There are many respectful and peaceful methods
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