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BLANKETS & THROWS
Yellow Cotton Blanket Queen - Blankets and throws were practically made for hanging out with children. They allow you to wrap up your kids after a tub, before tucking them set for bed or while reading a favorite story together. Boys and girls alike giggle in delight snug as a bug. At Pottery Barn Kids, we all know just how much you treasure those intimate moments with your children. This is exactly why we make our blankets and throws extremely soft. Did you know that quality time with kids has health benefits for them and for you personally? Here really are a few reasons that having children close is a superb idea.
Just hugging your kids does a ton. Cuddling together with a fuzzy blanket reduces stress and anxiety, slows your heart rate and puts you in a good mood. The surprise? Those effects are equally as much for you personally in terms of your children. Physical contact coupled with affection makes babies, toddlers and school-age kids feel safe, secure and loved.
Another advantageous asset of snuggling with children for a little is that it helps them to sleep better. If you give them a tub before bed, the result is even stronger. Basically, as their body warms back up – thanks to a toasty blanket and the skin – their body realizes that it's time and energy to power down for the night. Even babies have a tendency to sleep longer in this way.
If fact, some researchers claim that cuddling babies literally makes teething hurt less for them. The calming sensation of your touch helps them to relax. It promotes bonding between parents and their newborn too. One important note: wrapping babies up in a blanket is ideal for when you're cradling them in your arms, but most pediatricians recommended having newborns sleep with only a fitted crib sheet for safety reasons.
Reading with children before bedtime is another favorite family occasion. Not surprisingly, it even offers a lot of benefits for the kids. It promotes both mental and emotional development, while they hear your voice, the affection you've for them, the sound of laughter and the manner in which you express different emotions in the reading. It's also a good chance for some one-on-one time where children feel comfortable opening up.
At what age can you begin reading to your kids? Anytime you want. In fact, many studies claim that babies learn to identify your voice and detect emotions before they're even born. Preschool and school-age children receive extra benefits from sharing a tale at night. Hearing you read – and eventually getting back in on the action themselves – stimulates intelligence, creativity, imagination, listening skills and helps many kids to have a longer attention span. Plus, it offers them a chance to practice reading in a zero-pressure environment.
Another wonderful time for families to be together are at the breakfast table. Here, blankets and throws play a special part, and much more if it's cold outside. A fuzzy rug and slippers are also a large help in getting kids around the table on an awesome day. Why eat together? For something, it generates your kids feel very comfortable being around you; they enjoy it! They can't wait to tell you about their dreams, or ask you for assistance with something.
Exactly what do you talk about? Anything at all. Kids love to ask questions, and often say things that make you laugh too. One suggestion is to help keep things as positive as possible. That way you are able to focus on encouraging them, inspiring them and teaching them. To your kids, you're their hero.
This close relationship is just a gift that keeps on giving, both for parents and children. Some studies claim that eating together as a family when they're young makes it much more likely for teenagers to open as much as their parents about peer pressure or request advice. Moms and dads also treasure every moment spent making use of their kids while they grow up.