Are Baby Educational Videos and Apps Really Making Your Child Smarter?
Are Baby Educational Videos and Apps Really Making Your Child Smarter?

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  • Multiple studies show educational media directed at babies and toddlers doesn’t work.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children under the age of two get as little screen time as possible.
  • The best way to help small children learn is by interacting face-to-face with them.
Bye, bye bottle
Bye, bye bottle

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  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends weaning your baby from the bottle before your baby is 18 months old.
  • The longer you wait to wean your baby from bottles, the harder it will be.
  • Using a bottle for too long can lead to dental problems and obesity.
Building Toddler Vocabulary Through Gestures
Building Toddler Vocabulary Through Gestures

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  • Children who enter kindergarten with a bigger vocabulary tend to do better throughout their entire school career.
  • In addition to reading and talking to your child, gesturing also helps build a child's vocabulary.
  • Gestures are an important precursor to talking and help toddlers form connections.
What should I do if my child bites?
What should I do if my child bites?
  • Biting is a common early childhood behavior that many parents dread
  • Isolating potential triggers for biting can be the quickest fix
  • Having a strategy to correct the behavior positively, and to reinforce better choices can shorten this phase
Temper tantrums: A parent’s survival guide
Temper tantrums: A parent’s survival guide

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  • Tantrums are a normal part of growing up as children start to assert their independence and learn how to express emotions.
  • Teach your child that anger is a common feeling and how to express it constructively.
  • Teach children that they can get your attention with good behavior instead of seeking negative attention.
The most effective discipline strategies for toddlers
The most effective discipline strategies for toddlers

Article at a Glance There is no one perfect discipline method for all kids. Easier-to-manage toddlers show improved behavior when offered choices, compromise, and reasoning. Harder-to-manage toddlers show improved behavior when choices and reasoning are balanced with timeouts and lost privileges for non-compliance. Just like clothing, when it comes to disciplining your toddler, “one-size-fits-all” is … Continue reading “The most effective discipline strategies for toddlers”

Reduce bedtime struggles with the bedtime pass
Reduce bedtime struggles with the bedtime pass

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  • The bedtime pass is a card that allows your child one free trip out of their room or a visit from a parent after bedtime.
  • Studies have shown that children who received the passes at bedtime cried out less frequently, settled down faster, and had fewer problems with leaving their bedrooms or having meltdowns.
  • Doctors believe that one reason the pass is so successful is that it is acceptable to both parents and children.
The importance of playing
The importance of playing

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  • Play is an important part of child development and helps children develop emotional, physical, and cognitive skills.
  • In recent decades play time has been reduced in school and at home in favor of academics and organized activities.
  • Simplify your life so that you have enough time in your day to spend unscheduled and unstructured time playing with your child.
Best shoes for beginning walkers
Best shoes for beginning walkers

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  • When babies are first learning how to walk, it is better for them to go barefoot or to wear booties.
  • Shoes should fit well, have non-skid soles, and be lightweight and flexible.
  • More experienced walkers will need a thicker sole once they start walking outside.
Detergent pods responsible for thousands of child injuries
Detergent pods responsible for thousands of child injuries

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  • Detergent pods are responsible for thousands of child eye injuries and poisonings.
  • The highly concentrated detergent inside the pods is much more dangerous than regular detergents.
  • Detergent pods should be treated like other poisons and kept out of the reach of children.

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