Tips and testimonials - parents tell
Next, some feedback in age order revealing how babies react to flash cards.
4-month-olds or older
First to be looked at; when laminated, they can also be held
Iina tells us that she laminated the cards: Thank you for the excellent cards! They have brought us much joy, and have been extremely interesting to look at since the age of about two months. My daughter has been interested in all of the cards we got: farmer's wife, penguin, sun, owl and ladybird. Up until now, she has looked at the cards from a short distance in various places. However, now she is getting to an age (6 months) when she wants to hold the cards and sometimes put them into her mouth. I laminated the cards before using them, so they have endured well, even with heavy-handed handling by a child. :)
Guffawing on the changing table
Marjo wrote about the following card experience: Hi! In a Sipoo parish letter we received the Onni and Ilona pram card, and it has been the favourite of our little one from the start. When changing nappies, the picture is on the wall next to the changing table. The baby examines it thoroughly, at length, smiling and gurgling. Her first spontaneous guffaw also came out while she was looking at it! A great idea!
The mobile also endures humid condition
I sent Katriina the DIY baby mobile for testing, and she asked if it could be hung in a bathroom. The reply after a test use of six months: The mobile has been hanging from our bathroom ceiling, next to the sauna door, and it looks to me like it is still intact. In a humid facility it collects some dust ‘inside the triangle’, but surely dust also accumulates in normal rooms! Thank you so much again; the mobile has brought us a lot of joy!
A poem behind the card
I have two daughters, aged 8 months and 2 years 5 months, and they both just love the cards. I have written a matching poem or two behind every card, and we have a card session almost daily. I have presented these cards with added poems to friends who have just had a baby. (Pirita)
Songs matching a card's theme
The cards have provided invaluable help during the long hours of the night, when the baby's sleep pattern was not yet stabilised and I had to think of how to entertain both myself and my baby. Looking at the pictures helps to pass the hours! My husband and I have also sung to the baby according to the theme on the card. We have indeed found some favourites from our own childhood in children's songbooks.
Cards as invitations
The cards can also be used as invitation cards, for example, to a christening or a naming ceremony, and why not use them for a children's party? The naming ceremony idea came from Sari, who ordered sun cards for this purpose. Some parishes have also used the cards as baby church invitations.
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