Baby Steps A Child Development Blog

Just the other day, my kids experienced the perfect impromptu summer morning. We didn’t have any plans. They stayed in pajamas for most of the morning, playing games, coming up with art projects, and hanging around. At some point, I turned on the sprinkler in the back in an attempt to save the grass from dehydration. Within minutes, the kids ...

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C-section is one of the most common surgeries in the world. In the United States, one in three mothers will experience a c-section. I am one in three. My first son was born by c-section after a very long and exhausting labor. My postpartum recovery was horrible and emotionally draining. Additionally, my baby and I struggled with ...

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Second place sounds like a win, until it refers to parenting. It’s fairly common for children to single out one parent and shy away from the other. Sometimes, they even dig their heels in and refuse to let the other parent run the bath, push the stroller, or help with the homework. Kids form strong attachments to their primary caregivers, and ...

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Just as every mom's birth story is different, so is every breastfeeding relationship, from the first latch to weaning. I think it's important to share our experiences during motherhood with others, because your experience and advice may help another mom who is struggling with the very same issue you had. Here are just a few moms sharing their ...

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When I was single and childless, I had a long list of things I would never EVER do when I had kids. My kids would always have clean faces, never eat in the car, and would not have a cup holder on their car seat. After all, kids can survive without having a drink while we drive around town, right? It turns out that kids wear you down. Five years ...

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Last summer was the first time that I signed my kids up for a summer reading challenge. We love to read around here, so the need for a “challenge” never really came up in the past but it did seem like fun to join the program at our local library. I mean, who doesn’t love fun bookmarks and prizes? Last year the program here offered ...

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When my kids were younger, a friend suggested teaching them a code word. She described it as a family safety word. Anyone close to the family, like my sister, would be told the word so that if I had to send someone else to pick them up from school, the kids would know to leave with that person when the code word was whispered. That made sense to ...

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Now that summer is finally here it's time to get those little ones out and about. If you let summer just happen with toddlers, you will find yourself wondering where all the sunshine and warm weather went when you are wrangling your little one into his or her Halloween costume. Here are some amazing summer activities to keep your active toddler ...

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When I was pregnant with my son, I was determined to avoid themes and stereotypes. I decorated his nursery in rich earth tones to promote relaxation, but I didn’t include a single reference to sports, dinosaurs, trains, cars, or anything else considered “boy-ish” in nature. No son of mine would fall into that trap! Be you! Go your own way! ...

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The Montesorri method of education was developed by Maria Montesorri over 100 years ago. This child-centered education approach, views a child as an individual who is eager to learn in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. The Montesorri method values a child's physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development. ...

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