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Cardboard Box Play Ideas

CME WebsitesChild Development

When little ones have a birthday or the holidays roll around, many parents are surprised to see that their young child sometimes has more fun playing with the gift wrap and the box than the toy itself. If this sounds like your child, here are ten fun cardboard box play ideas that also help your child work on important skills. Young …

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How to Work on Rolling & Sitting During Diaper Changes

Erin McNultyChild Development, Child Routines, Infants 3 - 12 Months, Positioning

Looking for ways to encourage your baby to roll and sit? Typically, rolling skills develop between 4-6 months and sitting independently develops between 6-8 months of age. You can help your baby meet these motor milestones by helping them to develop strong core muscles and assisting them in these movements every day. Diaper changes are a great time to help them …

Fun Ideas for Outdoor Play

CME WebsitesChild Development, Child Routines, Play Time, Quiet Time

Headed to a park or playground this summer? If so, keep these fun ideas in mind to foster your child’s development and creativity while outdoors! Birth-6 Months Simply being outdoors, where your child can experience a multitude of new sounds, sights, and smells, will provide your child with new sensory experiences. Allowing your child to touch leaves, grass, flowers, and …

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Setting Up a Toddler Obstacle Course

CME WebsitesChild Development, Toddlers 12 - 36 Months

Depending on your toddler’s physical development and needs, there are a variety of obstacles you can introduce to develop his/her gross motor skills. Obstacle courses are a great tool in pediatric physical therapy and used by many therapists in the field. Therapists and parents often know what muscle groups need strengthening, but asking a toddler to perform a regimen of …

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How Do I Help My Baby Learn to Feed Themselves?

Sandra BestChild Development, Child Routines, Infants 3 - 12 Months, Mealtime

For most typically-developing infants, pediatricians will advise that parents begin introducing spoon-fed baby foods to their babies at around the age of 6 months. Generally, we start with a thin mixture of rice cereal, and as babies demonstrate that they can handle this gentle food, we gradually add foods one at a time to ensure that there are no allergies. …

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Singing and Music: How to Promote Language in Young Children

Emily FawcettChild Development, Child Routines, Communication

Children begin to communicate the moment they are born.  From cries to coos, parents learn their child’s communication without the use of words. One fun way parents can interact and play with their child is through music.  Music can serve many communicative purposes.  Singing a soft lullaby to a tired child can drift the child to sleep.  Participating in finger …