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How to Help Baby Sit Up Independently

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Infants 3 - 12 Months, Positioning, Transitions

Parents are very aware of the motor milestones their baby will meet in their first year of life. Sitting independently is a big one because now your baby can sit alone on the floor and begin to use both hands to grasp and manipulate toys. They can also now sit well in a high chair for feeding, and can sit …

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10 Fun, Easy Summer Activities for Preschoolers & Toddlers

Tamara Guo Child Routines, Play Time

Paint with Water: Use a large cup, bowl or small bucket and an extra large paintbrush (such as the ones you use to paint the house) and let your child go to town painting the fence, sidewalk, outside of the house, etc. This provides tons of fun and is a nice fine motor activity. Fly a Kite: Remember doing this …

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Weaning From Bottle and Pacifier: When and Why

Day2DayParenting Child Development, Mealtime, Toddlers 12 - 36 Months

All parents must face the task of weaning their children from a bottle at some point, but when is the best time to do it? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends doing it by the time healthy children are 15 months. If there are significant concerns regarding the child’s health and nutrition, it is always advised to check with a child’s pediatrician before weaning from the bottle.

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The Picture Exchange Communication System | Alternative Communication Intervention

Emily Fawcett Child Development, Child Routines, Communication

Communication comes in many forms. From a cry to express hunger to rhythmic kicks of their feet to show excitement, children begin communicating in the earliest years of their life. For most, communication continues to develop and becomes an everyday effortless activity; however, for individuals with disabilities, communication can be a constant obstacle.

Emily FawcettThe Picture Exchange Communication System | Alternative Communication Intervention

Turning Oral Motor Activities into Play

Stephenie Gomez Child Development, Play Time

Parents and their children are actually participating in oral motor activities and modeling oral motor skills during their daily routines without even being aware of it. Here are some fun ways to target oral motor skills during play and daily routines with your child that provide multiple opportunities to practice each skill and are fun for everyone!

Stephenie GomezTurning Oral Motor Activities into Play

Fun and Healthy Eating for Kids

Day2DayParenting Child Routines, Mealtime

In my profession as a pediatric dietitian I frequently have parents ask, “How do I change my child’s eating habits?” Some parents would like their child to eat more, some to eat less, others to eat healthier and others just to include more variety. We have all heard the traditional response that as a parent we should model good eating habits. Sometimes that just isn’t enough. I always include trying to make healthy eating fun for your children.

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Toddler a Picky Eater? The Development of Oral Motor Skills and Eating

Florence Angelo Child Development, Child Routines, Mealtime

During early childhood, there is an important progression of oral motor skills that a child gains in order to move on to each set of new foods. One of the most significant of these oral motor skills is tongue lateralization, or the movement of the tongue from side to side inside the mouth.

Florence AngeloToddler a Picky Eater? The Development of Oral Motor Skills and Eating
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Tips for Playing With Your Toddler

Tamara Guo Child Routines, Parent Routines, Play Time

Parenting a toddler is a challenge, even more so if you already have older or younger children in your home. Many parents often wish that their children ages 12-36 months would just “stay still” for a bit so they could catch a break.

Tamara GuoTips for Playing With Your Toddler