We offer two infant rooms for our babies who are developing, learning and growing at an amazing rate. Infant Room 1 is for babies 6 weeks to approximately 10 months. (They are moved to Infant Room 2 based on their level of mobility and availability of openings.) Infant Room 2 is for babies approximately 10 to 18 months of age. The staff/child ratio in both rooms is 1 to 4 (one staff member for every four infants).
Each infant is assigned his/her own crib. Crib sheets are provided by the Center and changed daily. Little Hands Learning Center implements Safe Sleep Practices to reduce the risk of SIDS. For this reason, infants are encouraged to sleep in their cribs, are placed only on their backs to sleep.
We ask that each infant bring their bottles with water, formula, (For infants who are breastfeeding, please bring bottles filled and ready to feed in a small, cooler-type insulated bag), baby cereal and baby food (when needed), diapers, diaper ointment, wipes, pacifier, and an extra set of clothes. The Center provides table food when your baby is ready for the transition.
Infants are fed bottles as needed. Solid foods are introduced as requested by parents. Infant Room 2 transitions the babies to table food through communication with their parents. They generally start with fruits and vegetables, Cheerios, crackers, etc. They are fed breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. The babies in Infant Room 2 can still be drinking bottles and eating baby food.
Diapers are changed every two hours, or more often if needed. Parents are notified when diaper supplies run low.
Babies in both infant rooms are taken on stroller rides, weather permitting. Babies 6 months and older are taken out to the playground, too.
The young infants are encouraged to have tummy time. They also have playtime in the “exersaucers”. We have bouncy seats and several swings to help soothe them when needed. We use music, books, soft blocks and a wide variety of toys for them to play and learn.
We use an electronic app called Kids Reports to keep parents informed of their child’s day. It allows parents to have real time information of their child’s day. Here are some features:
-Receive daily reports via push/email/text
-Activity alerts throughout the day
-Easily communicate with your center
-View Daily Activities
-View Historical Activities
-Share and Download Photos and Videos
Secure Video Monitoring
Little Hands utilizes the latest in secure video monitoring to allow parents to monitor their children during the day. Here’s a little bit of info about our monitoring service:
The most fertile time in life for developing language is between birth and age three. Frog Street Infant helps you build a language-rich environment with a library of colorful board books and high-interest photo cards.
Social and Emotional Development
Frog Street Infant helps little ones develop a foundation of important life skills by:
· developing trust
· forming healthy attachments
· developing impulse control
· enhancing social interactions
Colorful wall posters, “What Should You Do?” scenarios, and important developmental facts and information are woven throughout the program to equip caregivers and deepen their understanding of child development.
Music, Movement, and Fun!
Music plays an important role in shaping the brain and is critical to babies’ language development. Through playful baby songs, simple games, and rhythm-band instruments, little ones will be engaged through music, movement, and fun!