Help Baby Talk With Advice From SPRING Hong Kong

August 12, 2013

Parents are often eager to get their babies talking at an early age. While the wait may seem long until baby says his or her first word, babies begin language development from the moment of birth through observation. Learn how to help your baby’s language development progress at the right pace with the following tips from SPRING Learning Centre Hong Kong.

Zero to six months

Babies this young learn from observation. They listen to parents’ voices and try to imitate sounds with cooing and gurgling. Encourage this behavior by talking to your baby, continuing conversations when baby is near, and giving baby distraction-free sound making time. Singing to your baby will also help this process by showing how nice and pretty sounds can be. Hold baby close, maintain eye contact, and smile to show warmth and affection. When baby babbles, imitate the sounds to offer encouragement. If baby tries to say a word you do, say the word again. Don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t happen today.


Six to twelve months

Baby will start playing with sounds. Some sounds may even sound like “dada”, “baba” or “mama”. Simple words will be understood. Baby will stop and look if you say “no”. Baby will also start communicating through body language like pointing and will continue to make sounds. Help your baby begin to understand more words by playing games like Peek-a-Boo or Pat-a-Cake, describing favorite toys (like a fuzzy bear), and identifying people and pets with pointing while reciting names.

Twelve to fifteen months

Babies will start to switch from sounds to words, like “baba” for bottle. Other words are understood, but not said. Test your baby’s learning by asking for certain toys, cups, and other household items. Encourage vocabulary development by continuing to identify common objects and give baby time to listen and repeat.

18 months to two years

Baby will start following directions and put words together like “want juice.” Maintain progress by asking your child to help you by placing specific objects in specific places. Teach simple songs and nursery rhymes and encourage pretend play for fun language development.

Two to three years

Language will develop the quickest here. Sentences will start to be formed, questions can now be answered, vocabulary grows at a huge pace. Keep encouraging your child by teaching first and last names, describing objects around you, asking open-ended questions, continuing pretend play, and practicing active reading.


Get your baby talking by encouraging sound making and imitation at an early age. For more advice, tips, and more, visit SPRING online. Parents and carers are invited to come check out SPRING and say hello to the team. Discovery Classes are available to see what SPRING has to offer first-hand. Course descriptions are available for each programme.


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Bond with Baby- Tips from SPRING Learning Centre Hong Kong

August 12, 2013

All moms, both new and experienced, wait in anticipation for nine months for their new little bundle of joy to make a grand appearance. Now that this beautiful baby is in your life, where do you start? Experts across the board say bonding is step #1 and should be your primary focus when it comes to your baby.

Why bond with baby?

A strong emotional connection between parents and their children is what causes mom and dad to pay close attention to what baby needs through vocal and visual cues. A strong bond is what keeps parents playing with baby, and keeps parents more invested in their baby’s future.

Research has also shown that a strong bond between parents and baby are the first model for intimate relationships, socialisation, and help develop security and positive self-esteem.

First steps of bonding

Bonding doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a long process that develops over time between parents and baby as baby’s needs are met. Parents can start the bonding process immediately after birth with skin-to-skin contact like cradling and gentle strokes. This can give parents a head-start on what is known as the “attachment process”. Parents can develop secure attachment with baby by paying attention to cues and needs, and responding in a loving, nurturing way.

How to bond

Most bonding comes very naturally from everyday activities. Breastfeeding and bottle-feeding allow parents and baby to bond with close, personal contact and by showing a response to baby’s need- hunger.

Skin contact is a great way to keep bonding with your baby. There are a variety of ways to go about this whether through cuddle time, infant massage, or bath time. The more touch-based bonding you have, the more likely baby will be able to tell your cues just from touch alone!

Play and communication are other great ways to bond with baby. Playing with your baby provides a sense of closeness that touch does, but also stimulates learning and creates happiness. Talking to your baby and reading stories shows baby that they are worth your time, as well as begins language development.


Don’t wait. Bonding with your baby will set you up for a healthy relationship and will get your little-one ready for a future of developmental success. For more advice, tips, and more, visit SPRING online. Parents and carers are invited to come check out SPRING and say hello to the team. Discovery Classes are available to see what SPRING has to offer first-hand. Course descriptions are available for each programme.


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The Benefits of Using Sign Language With Your Baby

July 23, 2013

Your baby is crying and all you want to know is what he or she wants. With sign language, communication with your baby can happen before he or she starts talking. Baby sign language isn’t the same as American Sign Language (ASL). Instead, baby sign language encourages your little one to point at things of interest and to use symbolic gestures, such as one for milk. Sound too good to be true? See why SPRING thinks baby sign language will work for you.

It’s easy!

Babies naturally start pointing between 9 and 12 months of age. It’s super easy to get the ball rolling earlier by incorporating signs into your daily activities. When it’s nap time, show a sign. When it’s feeding time, show a sign. Eventually, your baby will pick up on these signs and start using them. Start off slow with just a few signs. Once baby has mastered them, you can add more!


It bonds you and your baby.

Communication helps any type of relationship grow. This is no different when it comes to you and your child. Baby sign language helps you understand your baby’s needs, what he or she is thinking, and what excites and interests him or her. Soon enough, your baby will be able to make comments about things, ask questions, and develop a better understanding of the world.


It furthers development– both for you and baby!

Research has shown that using baby sign language makes parents more empathetic and open minded. Parents who use baby sign language are more responsive to non-verbal cues from baby and are more likely to encourage independent exploration. Babies who use sign language are introduced to the concept of communication sooner and begin to develop speaking skills at an earlier age. Since they have already been introduced to a number of words and ideas, once they learn to speak vocabulary develops much quicker. Signing doesn’t replace speaking, it enhances it. Eventually, once baby learns the words he or she was signing for before, signs will be replaced with words.

Get your baby talking early! The benefits of baby sign language are overwhelming, and who wouldn’t want to know what’s on baby’s mind? For more tips, information, and fun ideas, check out SPRING online.

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Need to buy gifts for new Mums? We have an organic set you will love!

October 14, 2011

We have all heard the horror stories. Loads of products in the market today that are all full of harsh ingredients and chemicals that newborns or their new Mums should never ever come across with. Now, more than ever, the campaign to buy and use organic, natural or “green” products has intensified, following so many reports that new moms and their newborns are facing higher risks of diseases and infections because of products that just have too much synthetic stuff in them.

So if you know a new Mum or if you’re a new mum yourself, why not patronize organic baby products? There are just so many reasons for you to do so! Nothing beats using natural products and nothing beats using products that are gentle and free from chemicals for your special little angel.

And we have the perfect organic set for you — Erbaviva Baby Essentials and Organice Baby Gift Box. It’s one of the new products we currently have in our Hocusadabra.com online store. This Erbaviva Baby Essentials organic set contains a baby cream, a diaper cream and an organic lip and cheek balm. Also, Our Organic Baby Gift box which contains baby soap, baby lotion, diaper cream, baby shampoo and sniffles baby chest balm. All products are, of course, guaranteed free from harsh ingredients, harsh detergents, chemical fragrances as well as other unhealthy additives. Only the most natural ingredients for you and your precious little one! This Erbaviva Baby Essential organic baby essentials set and the gift box is a great gift idea to delivery to hospital to new Mums, too. This will definitely make any new Mum very happy. Get yours today over at our Hocusadabra.com online store.

Meanwhile, you might also want to check out our Wooden Rainbow Baby Toy, Patchwork Bird Cushion as well as our elephant and bird buntings. These will really help brighten up your baby room. These will also make for wonderful baby gift ideas, too.

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Babies love Mommies that love Yoga!

December 23, 2009
Expecting ladies listen up, it’s time you say bye bye to bloated body and sickness in the stomach by working it out. Mabel Mak, Director of Operations and Co-Founder of CWX Vietnam, shows us how you can have fun with the bun.
By Phuong Lien Get up and work it out

Reclining on a sofa, her face blushed with energy, Mabel eagerly casts insights on her seven-month-old pregnancy: “Being Asian myself and having lived in Hong Kong many years, I understand people’s concern and hesitation of being physically active during pregnancy. There are still many superstitions that are not backed by scientific evidence that people follow due to cultural pressures. I think one reason behind these beliefs is our instinct to protect the babies developing inside us. Furthermore, when one is pregnant, it’s hard enough to get up and get dressed everyday, while we feel bloated, and sick in the stomach.”

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Her fix? “Get up and do some work-out!” Mabel’s years of experience in the fitness industry informs her how a woman body would behave when she has to carry an extra weight for 9 months with all these changes in hormones and physical appearance: it calls for serious stamina. That and plus the energy to go into labor delivering the baby safe and sound.

“Thus is my stand on fitness during pregnancy! If you are not bed-ridden, or forbidden to exercise by your physician, fitness will bring the following benefits to your pregnancy: bring you more energy, help prepare you for the rigorous childbirth, reduce pregnancy discomfort, make the birthing process go easier, help you sleep better.” Mabel remarks. These are all results of a bodily system well-oiled to carry out the holy task of motherhood, and to some extent all mothers would love to follow a suitable pregnant program to better prepare for their special day if that’s all what it takes.

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But perhaps the most remarkable thing about stretching with your bump is the feel-good effect. It bestows generously on you, during and long after you hear the first crackling joy of birth. Not only exercising helps you sleep better, reduces stress and lifts your spirit (think endorphin, lots of it!), a few simple, coordinated movements a day to activate your body memory “will actually make it significantly faster for you to gain back your slim figure after delivery” as Mabel observes.

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Yoga is a mom’s best friend

It is believed that yoga is a marvelous form of exercise, especially for ladies who bundle. Mabel makes sure she has her yoga fix almost daily during her terms: “Yoga is great for pregnant women for several reasons. First of all, Yoga helps me breathe and relax, which, in turn, helps me to be well prepared for the harshness and the physical demands of labor, birth, and motherhood. Second, the stretching in yoga is a great way to tone up my muscles, making my body limber enough to prevent wear and tear in my joints by activating the lubricating fluid in joints.” Another aesthetic side to Yoga is that it can reduce bloatness, an annoying thing during pregnancy that turns you into a swollen onion. And what’s more, you can actually enjoy reading your favorite magazine in the loo because unlike other un-exercising moms-to-be, you won’t suffer much from constipation (which is very common with pregnancy) thanks to yoga-induced accelerating movement in your intestine.

Mabel has one-on-one yoga classes specially designed for her, as well as a tailor-made exercise routine. “My yoga instructor and personal trainer really made the difference. I believe anyone who is able to, should have a Personal Trainer and Yogi to work with them!” Her routine normally consists of: Yoga 3 days per week, with 15 minutes of breathing exercises – learning to control the breath, followed by 30 minutes of postures to strengthen the core and legs, and ending with 15 minutes of stretching.

Do what you love, and you will love what you do

“If your doctor says it is ok for you to exercise then I recommend those activities especially Yoga, for breathing and learning to concentrate & relax.” But Mabel believes the most important thing is to follow your heart. “Many women enjoy dancing, swimming, water aerobics, yoga, Pilates, biking, or walking. My message to women is don’t let your pregnancy stop you from doing what you love!”

Mabel suggests a little orientation kit for an exercise-inspired mom-to-be. First a check-up with your physician to make sure what kind of activities you can enjoy: “Ask your doctor all the questions regarding your health, the fetus’ health, what you are allowed and not allowed to do, especially in term of fitness. If you are already exercising, you should discuss this with your physician as well. Tell him/her of what your plan regarding your fitness in the next 9 months.”


She notes: “If you have been active, then just keep doing what you like best, but don’t overdo yourself, don’t do activities which are strenuous. During pregnancy, avoid activities which involve bouncing, jarring (up and down movements), leaping, sudden changes of directions, or activities which risk abdominal injury. Don’t exercise if you are feeling fatigue, dizzy, sort of breath, or pain in your back or pelvis.”

With ladies who didn’t frequent the gym that much before but still want to do something to welcome a smooth delivery, Mabel suggests: “Start slow. Start gradually.”

“Even 5 minutes a day is a good start if you’ve been inactive. Add 5 minutes each week until you reach 30 minutes. Dress comfortably in loose-fitting clothes and wear a supportive bra to protect your breasts. Drink plenty of water to avoid overheating and dehydration. Skip your exercises if you’re sick. Opt for a walk in an air-conditioned mall on hot, humid days. Above all, listen to your body and have good judgment.”

Mabel ends the conversation with a glowing smile: “The most important thing is to enjoy your pregnancy! It is quite beautiful!”

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