Baby Steps A Child Development Blog

I have a dirty little secret: my kid gets all of her vegetable servings from v8 Fusion juice boxes. I know. I hate myself. When it comes to her fruit servings, she is golden. Seriously, she will eat everything from bananas to oranges to apples to kiwis to mangoes to strawberries; she's a lot like me. I'm a fruitaholic. ...

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I get a lot of requests for help from parents of 2 to 3-year-old children. Whether the request comes in email or phone call form, it always starts the same way: "My toddler was the best sleeper ever, so mellow, and so easy ... but now everything is a nightmare!" Sound familiar? You're not alone, weary parents. ...

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With the fall upon us, daylight slips away from us even earlier. As much as I enjoy the fall season, I despise the time change. The extra hour of morning light does not help make me feel less annoyed when I drive home from work in the dark. A recent survey showed that on average it takes a person 3.5 days to adjust to the time change. No matter ...

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Vacationing with kids is typically not stress-free. Just the task of packing can be rather daunting and if you are anything like me you put it off to the night before your trip. Here are some helpful and amazing tips to make packing for a short or long trip by plane, car, bus, or train easier. ...

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When I speak at schools and community organizations, I get a lot of questions about tantrums and meltdowns. How can we stop them? Why can’t my child learn to self-regulate? Is there something wrong with my child? Do I need to get him evaluated? More often than not, I find that parents today expect kids to develop sophisticated skills much sooner ...

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Have you heard of dream feeding? It's when you breastfeed your baby when they are still asleep. Many moms dream feed their baby before they go to sleep so mom can get some extra hours of sleep before baby needs another feeding. ...

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Little kids sometimes play favorites. Actually, it happens quite frequently. I remember the toddler years when my husband would try to get up to help during the night only to have the cries for mommy intensify by the second (or so it seemed at 2am when we were all completely exhausted.) I also remember that screaming for me after a fall or bump, ...

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I can’t remember who asked first or why they both had a sudden interest in a sibling at the exact same time, but one day they decided to solve the mystery of why we stopped at two. One day, our explanation that our family is perfect just the way it is was no longer enough. ...

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I once worked with a child who was always happy. It didn’t matter if someone teased him; he was happy. It didn’t matter if he had his video games taken away for three days for teasing his sister; he was happy. It didn’t matter if he didn’t understand a single thing in school; he was happy. Happy was his go-to emotion if you asked him how ...

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Before my son was medically flown to a children's hospital on his twelfth day of life, I had never set foot inside of a neonatal ICU. Ever. We've never had any relatives with premature babies, or friends, or knew anyone with children who had major medical concerns at birth. So, being there for the first time because of something wrong ...

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