Baby Steps A Child Development Blog

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My daughter wants nothing to do with sleepovers. She likes her routine. She likes her bed. And she likes the overflowing pile of stuffed animals that line the foot of her bed. Truth be told, she likes predictability. In her own room, with her own stuff, with her brother in the next room, and with parents down the hall, she feels safe. She's just not ready to venture out of that comfort zone just yet, and I support her 100%.

A lot of her friends, however, are into sleepovers. ...

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We make plans like we actually have any control over our lives. Even when we are confronted with the reality of change, we, as a society, still continue to make plans.

This is going to happen, then this, this, and this.

It truly doesn’t work like that.

Some readers may remember that I had trouble breastfeeding my first born, and I had prepared myself better to give a stronger push for breastfeeding with my second—my now 4-month-old son. 

I had the names of ...

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cleaning supplies

Moms who just don't have the time or energy will be happy to hear that maintaining clean floors that you can eat off of is over rated and just not necessary even when you have a tiny baby. Results from a recent study published by the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, showed that a newborn who lives in a house that is extremely clean will not be as resistant to germs, bacteria and other allergens from rodents, roaches, and cats. In turn, the lack of exposure to these germs may lead ...

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15 toddler approved fall activities

"Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons." ~Jim Bishop

Fall is my absolute favorite season. The smell of burning leaves. The crunch of a freshly picked apple. The warmth of a hand-knit hat. The golden hue of yellow, orange, and red that falls upon the trees. What is there not to love about fall? Fall is even better when spent with your family, making lasting memories. Here are my favorite toddler-approved fall activities.

Throw rocks into a pond or ...

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schoolblues

After nine weeks of riding bikes, swimming, and collecting sea glass, I expected a rocky transition. I prepared myself for the tears. I coached myself to smile, even when the confidence that finally emerged during the summer months came to a crashing halt. I readied myself with responses and strategies to reduce the inevitable back-to-school stress. But nothing can really prepare you for that kind of overwhelming stress radiating from your once happy-go-lucky child's soul. No amount of ...

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peaceful sleep for parents

Sleep deprivation is a common topic of conversation among parents. We think of it as a problem for new parents dealing with night feedings and explosive diapers at all hours, but the truth is that modern parenthood runs on sleep deprivation. It's true. Listen to a group of parents compare sleep habits and you'll find that we live in a culture that takes pride in getting by on little sleep. Sleep, it seems, is nothing but a detriment to our productivity.

I once found myself in the ...

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ways to entertain toddler

Whether you're a stay-at-home mom, a work-at-home mom, or a work-out-of-the-house mom, there are times when you need just 5 or even 10 minutes of time down time throughout the day to recharge. These short-lived moments are your sanity savers. On hard days when your kids have been fighting all day and the baby just wants to be held, these moments can push you through the neverending day. If you have a toddler running around your feet, quiet time is hard to come by. Here are some easy ways to ...

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Despite her quiet nature, my daughter wears her feelings on her sleeve. So when a big transition has her anxious (say, for example, every new classroom she enters), I know the signs of worry. She holds me close, she clams up, and silent tears stream down her face. But my son? Totally different story.

My son is an internalizer by nature, and he's really good at playing ball. He follows directions without question (sometimes even to a fault, but that's another story), he doesn't cry at ...

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Why I Breastfed Two Children for Over 3 Years

"You're still breastfeeding?"

"I don't know how you do it!"

"Don't you think he's a little too old to be nursing?"

"Don't you want some freedom?"

These are some of the things that have been said to me by well-meaning friends and family when they found out I was breastfeeding my oldest until he was 18 months and my second for 22 months. I ...

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Few things are more embarrassing for first-time parents than a public temper tantrum. They seem to come from out of nowhere and, once they start, it's hard to know the right way to proceed. Some argue that children should be removed from the situation immediately while others believe in a direct, emotionless approach. There is no end, it seems, to advice when it comes to handling a temper tantrum.

But what about the kids? What does a temper tantrum really mean for a toddler? What’s ...

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