Baby Steps A Child Development Blog

It’s a scene most parents face at some point: You disagree with your partner on how to parent the kids. The truth is that we all bring different personalities to the table, and many parents fall into patterns based on how their own parents interacted with them when they were children. One more factor at play: Kids keep us guessing. Even if you ...

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Search for newborn photos online and you’ll likely find a selection of adorable images of brand new babies swaddled, tucked, and sleeping like little angels. While newborn photos are usually gorgeous, a session with a photographer is often really expensive. If a formal newborn shoot isn’t in your budget, but you’d like to capture some images ...

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Nearly every new parent has researched "baby sleep training" only to find numerous approaches and no one clear path to getting their baby to sleep better. All humans, even tiny babies, are wired to want to sleep because we all need it, even if it's tempting to fight it off from time to time (or nightly). Most little ones need help to become a good ...

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One of the first questions well-wishers often ask new parents is, “How is your baby sleeping?” Most new parents sigh in response, exhausted and overwhelmed by the frequent night-waking of their little ones. Some parents though have a different experience. While most newborns wake at least every three hours in early infancy, there are some ...

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Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which means we have a longer winter ahead of us. Much of the country is about to enter the coldest and snowiest part of the year. Be prepared. Check out this list of some of the best winter accessories available to help keep you and your little one cozy. ...

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The toddler years mark a period of rapid development. During this time, toddlers become aware that they are separate individuals from their parents and other important caregivers. They enjoy discovering the world around them, and they like to do everything independently! ...

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Strollers are fantastic. They carry your little one through zoos, shopping malls, festivals, and parks, they hold your bags and your purse while you shop, and they allow you the peace of mind of knowing your baby is safe and secure as you navigate through crowds or near busy streets. What happens, though, if your little one is one of the babies ...

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Breastfeeding is typically portrayed in the public in one of two ways: snuggly and cuddly moments that appear easy or discreet moments that should not be displayed in public. There are so many misconceptions about breastfeeding to sort through that it's enough to make an expectant mom a bit crazy. Here are what some of my friends had to say ...

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Most parents know that they should start brushing their toddler’s teeth as soon as they come in. What many don’t realize is that they should be thinking about keeping their baby’s teeth healthy while the teeth are still all gums. Most little ones cut their first tooth when they are between four and seven months of age, but it’s not ...

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Kids experience stress for various reasons. My kids are generally mellow little beings, but when their dad is on the road for long periods of time, the stress creeps in. Sometimes they have trouble falling asleep; sometimes they have trouble staying asleep; other times they seem to cry for no reason. And that's not the only source of stress that ...

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