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5 Ways To Expose Your Baby To Other Cultures

5 Ways to Expose Your Baby to Other Cultures

We all want our sweet little ones to grow into the best possible versions of themselves. Psychologists around the globe have emphasized the importance of exposing children to different languages, experiences, and cultures. Teaching your little ones about this beautiful world doesn’t have to look like flying to Europe (although it sure could), it can be as simple as making dinner, or the story behind their favorite blanket. Here are our 5 fun ideas to expose your baby to other cultures:

 

Number One

5 Ways to Expose Your Baby to Other Cultures

Grab a Book in a Foreign Language

Next time you’re picking out a book for your baby, try reaching for one in a different language. Put that high school Spanish to use and let your child hear something new. Try to find a book that your little is already familiar with, like Curious George or The Hungry Caterpillar. This will help connect the two languages better. Baby’s brains are like sponges that absorb information faster than at any other time in their life. Take advantage of this! You can even make it a mini-lesson and show them on a map where the language originated. Kids are never too young to hear your voice, and you never know what might just stick. Studies have shown that children are capable of comprehending much more than we give them credit for. When you expose your baby to other cultures you will be surprised to discover that as they grow they will learn to be more open minded and accepting.

 

Number Two

5 Ways to Expose Your Baby to Other Cultures

Use a Fun Afternoon as a Teaching Moment

We know you are always doing fun activities with your little guys and gals. Have you tried thinking about how you can incorporate ways to expose your baby to other cultures? This October go on a adventure to the local pumpkin patch or the farmer’s market! You can use the fall produce to teach your kids about the seasons and the different cultures that use these veggies. Did you know that pumpkin carving dates back to the Celts in Ireland? They would put candles in carved pumpkins to light and decorate their homes!

 

Number Three

5 Ways to Expose Your Baby to Other Cultures

Try out that Recipe you’ve been Eyeing

One of the most fun ways to teach kids about culture is with food! Instead of ordering take-out or hopping over to your favorite Thai restaurant, try whipping up an exotic meal at home. If your kiddos are old enough they can even lend a hand. Before digging in, identify the ingredients that are special, and what the kids usually eat in that culture! A delicious way to spark your child’s curiosity, and get them to try something new. Best of both worlds.

 

Number Four

5 Ways to Expose Your Baby to Other Cultures

Get Creative!

If painting with your kiddo seems daunting, we don’t blame you! However, by grabbing some newspaper and water soluble paint, this can make for your kid’s next favorite activity, and it’s an opportunity to expose your children to other cultures. Painting bridges fine-motor skills with creativity and also offers a great learning opportunity. Teach your little one about colors, or how paint was made 100s of years ago with charcoal and berries. You can even show them art from different parts of the world! Ask if they can spot some differences between Asian and European paintings and ask them which one they like better. Pick up some wine for yourself, and pumpkin pie for the babes, and turn it into a fun family paint night for everyone!

 

Number Five

5 Ways to Expose Your Baby to Other Cultures

Pick a Gift with a Story Behind It

An easy way to incorporate a new culture into your child’s life is by buying a gift with a story behind it. Hopefully this will inspire you next time you set out to gift another little babe, whether for a baby shower or during the holidays. 10to12 has an array of timeless and sustainable gifts with exciting stories behind each one. Your child’s blanket is a huge part of their little lives. You can share the story behind Liam the Lion as the two cuddle up together, with a story booklet that tells the tale of Liam’s newfound passion for oatmeal cookies as he finds himself in a far away land having to adapt to new cultural experiences! While bundled up, you can share about the origin of lions in Africa and maybe even take a trip to the zoo to see them in person. There are learning opportunities peeping around every corner for you and your petit!

New Addition Liam the Lion to the Cashmere Baby Blanket Collection!

We are so excited to introduce the world to our playful young cub, Liam the Lion; the  newest face of your premium cashmere baby blankets. Don’t you love his sweet face?! Liam joins our stars Gavin the Goat and Kiwi the Cat, who are already making a name for themselves as some of the best baby gifts out there.

Meet Liam

Liam the Lion is not your average Lion, of average animal stories. No, Liam is quite special. Liam loves to travel! Liam seeks culture! He hails from the great Mozambique in Africa, where he likes to spend his days frolicking in the vast savanna and splashing in cool creeks. While enjoying his beautiful homeland one day, he came across some visitors who introduced him to a scrumptious treat: an oatmeal cookie! Eager for more, and always up for a new adventure, Liam boarded the next plane to New York City.

 

So busy! he thought, but still oh so pretty!

He followed his nose to a bakery shop

and ordered six cookies, he ate without stop!

 

Having satisfied his curiosity, and his appetite, Liam headed back home (but not without some more cookies for the long journey, of course!) As with many a weary traveller, Liam was happy to return home for some much needed rest. Rest that was best accompanied by his favorite cashmere baby blanket.

 

Liam’s Cashmere Baby Blanket

Liam the Lion comes in our signature premium machine-washable cashmere. The soft colors make this cashmere baby blanket as beautiful as it is snuggly. Never far from his new foodie obsession, Liam is seen with a stack of hearty oatmeal cookies by his side. Detailed hand-embroidery work makes Liam’s face come to life, with a bold, savanna-inspired red. And of course, colorful pom-poms dangle from Liam’s feet to encourage sensory play for baby (and something perfect to cuddle when dozing off to sleep).

 

Because we know Liam will be well-loved wherever he roams, the cashmere baby blanket comes in our unique baby keepsake box. Not only will this box provide a safe place for Liam to be kept long after blanket snuggling years, it also has a special place to keep other precious baby memories, like a lock of hair from baby’s first haircut or baby’s first photo. Buying a security blanket as a gift for a special new sweetie in your life? Our baby keepsake box needs no gift wrapping! A simple ribbon can make this box an elegant addition to any baby shower gift table.

 

Why Animal Stories?

As with every cashmere baby blanket in our collection, the story of Liam the Lion comes included as part of our unique baby keepsake box. Just like the babies in our lives, the faces on our blankets each have their own unique story. These sweet animal stories encourage imagination and exploration to the little ears that hear them. The faces on our blankets come to life and help establish a bond that can last a lifetime. Not only does baby enjoy the cuddliness of the softest cashmere in the world, they also get a friend who can go on great adventures with them. Because at 10to12 Baby Lounge, we believe that the best baby gifts are the ones that help make lasting memories.

 

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