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Toddlers and Twos: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
How to Make Your Own Oatmeal Bath
How to make a colloidal oatmeal bath at home. This bath can soothe rashes, bites, itching, eczema and other conditions that babies, toddlers and preschoolers may encounter.
The Truth About Drinking Alcohol While...
A new mom asks some good questions about nursing while having a drink. Here are some guidelines to follow and what you should (or shouldn't) do about your breast milk.
Maybe Homemade Bubbles ARE Better Than...
Have fun with your child inside or out by making homemade bubbles with these bubble recipes.
Going Visiting with Your Baby
Tips to help you prepare when taking your baby to visit friends and family.
Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby
Learn to recognize what your baby's cries mean and how to soothe them. Page 3.
100 Promises to My Baby
Here is an excerpt from the book, 100 Promises to My Baby, from author Mallika Chopra. This book is a beautiful book that can help you shape your parenting so that you pass on the life values that you hold dear.
When Can I Give My Child Peanut Butter?
Answers the question about giving children peanut butter, including allergy information and when it's safe.
When Can I Give My Baby Chocolate?
Learn when you can safely introduce chocolate into your baby's diet when starting solids.
Treat Thrush in Babies with These Tips
Answers to frequently asked questions about health. In this answer learn about what thrush is in babies and how it can be treated.
How Old is My Child in Weeks?
Calculate your child's age in weeks.: leapyear gdate m 151 parseint yy
Removing Marker from Skin
Tips on how to get marker off of your toddler's skin.
14 Household Items You Can Turn Into Bubble Wands
How to make bubble wands with common household items.
When Can I Give My Baby Eggs?
When to introduce eggs into your child's diet.
Is It Okay for My Toddler to Eat Play-Doh?
Find out if it's safe for your toddler to eat playdough.
Make Homemade Playdough with This Recipe
Have indoor fun with your toddler with these playdough recipes that you can make right at home.
Is Stomach Pain Normal After Giving Birth?
A reader is experiencing stomach pain after giving birth. Find out what's normal and what's not.
Toddler
There are different opinions about when this stage of childhood actually begins and ends. Some believe it's from your child's first birthday to the third
Should You Still Be Sterilizing Your Baby&#8217...
Some books and even health providers recommend sterilizing your baby's bottles, but in most cases it is no longer necessary.
When Can I Give My Child Honey?
Answers the question about giving children honey, including when it's safe and also discusses the safety of corn syrup.
Toddler Development from Age 1 through Age 3
Get a look at the milestones you can expect your child to achieve between your child's first and third birthdays.
Uncooked Playdough
Have fun with your toddler with these quick and easy uncooked playdough recipes.
Introducing Wheat - When Can I Give My Baby...
Give rice and oatmeal a try between 4 and 6 months and add mixed cereals containing wheat after those are well tolerated.
Does Your Baby Frequently Wake for Nighttime...
Find strategies to ensure better rest for you and your baby when he wakes frequently during the night for feedings.
Toddler Won't Sleep in His Own Bed? Try These...
A Dad writes about his toddler who won't fall asleep without Mom coming to bed with him. Learn how to address this problem and create more consistent bedtime limits, thus ensuring your toddler learns healthy sleep habits.
How do I get rid of my toddler's lice
Lice is annoying and awful at any stage, but it can be especially difficult to deal with when a toddler has it.
7 Things That Could Be Causing Your Child&#8217...
Learn what causes anal itching in young children and how it can be treated effectively at home.
Is It Normal for a 20-Month-Old to Speak Very...
Grandparents are wondering why their 20-month-old granddaughter isn't talking yet and wonder if there's something wrong developmentally.
Your Guide to Toddler Development
Learn about motor, social, cognitive, and verbal skills that you can expect your child to master around his second birthday.
Painting Toddlers' Nails
Is it okay to pain a toddler's nails? Get the facts.
Whining in a 1-Year-Old
A mother asks why her 1-year-old is whining so much lately. Learn what causes whining, how it's different than whining in older children and how you can help stop it.
Post-Childbirth Perineal Care
How to care for your perineum after giving birth to maximize healing.
Save Money By Making Your Own Baby Wipes
Save money by making your own baby wipes at home.
Can I Take My Baby to the Movies?
Is it ok for a 5-week-old baby? Yes. But here are some tips on how to do so. (e.g. Keep away from strangers' hands, and bring hand sanitizer for yourself)
When Should I Introduce a Spoon to My Toddler?
Learn when to introduce the spoon to your toddler.
Indoor Physical Activities
Toddlers need half an hour each day of structured physical activities. Here are some indoor physical activities you can do at home with your toddler.
Your 3 Year Old: Motor, Cognitive, Verbal, and...
Learn about motor, social, cognitive, and verbal skills that you can expect your child to master around his third birthday.
Is It Safe to Drink Alcohol When Breastfeeding?
Answers to your frequently asked questions about breastfeeding. In this answer, learn about the effects of alcohol on nursing infants.
How Old Should My Toddler Be to Play with...
Learn when your toddler will be ready to play with playdough.
Gross Motor Skills
Definition of gross motor skills.
10 Essential Items to Include in Your First Aid...
When putting together a basic first aid kit for travel, picnics or other outings, here are 10 items you'll want to have on hand.
Is It Safe for a Baby to Sleep On His Back?
A parents questions putting a baby to sleep on his back and wonders if the baby might choke if he spits up or vomits in the night.
Is It Safe to Take Birth Control While...
Describes the safety of using the birth control pill or other hormone methods while breastfeeding your baby.
Tips for Potting Training Any Child
There is no magic solution to potty training your child. What works for one toddler will not work for the next. Get advice that can help you support a child ate every stage of development and meet any special needs.
Do I Have to Warm My Baby's Food?
Answers to frequently asked questions about nutrition and feeding. In this answer, find out about heating baby food versus serving it cold.
Starting Solids
Page 2. Between 4 and 6 months of age, babies are ready to start having a bit of solid food like rice cereal, mashed bananas and pureed carrots. Learn how to give your baby the healthiest start and what to avoid as you introduce new foods.
Active Toddlers
Toddlers always want to be on the go, but sometimes it can be hard for parents to find safe activities for little ones. What you should know about active play and little kids.
Toddler Walkers
These toddler walkers give toddlers assistance and confidence when learning to walk.
When Should I Stop Using a Baby Bath?
A mom asks when to move her child from the baby bath to the regular tub.
Is Your Older Child Jealous of the New Baby?...
How to help your older child deal with feelings of jealousy when a new baby comes into your family.
How to Make Homemade Paint
Have fun with your child using these paint recipes using items you probably already have at home.
Why Toddlers Love to Climb and How to Keep Them...
Toddlers and 2-year-olds don't like to be still long, but while most young kids will be happy running and jumping, some are just wired to scale everything in their path. Here's some tips to help you keep your child safe and yourself from losing patience.
Help Your Toddler Sleep Better at Night with...
Learn how to plan your toddler's bedtime so that he wakes up feeling rested and gets the sleep he needs for the best health, behavior and mood.
Combatting Bad Breath
How to help alleviate bad breath in your toddler or preschooler.
How Can I Get Basic Chores Done?
Set up a secure play area where your toddler can explore safely and learn to play independently while you take care of small chores.
Baby Pictures
Thanks so much to these parents for submitting baby pictures of their newborns.
Startle Reflex
Definition of startle reflex, a reflex present in newborns.
Is There a Difference Between Hand, Foot and...
A reader describes symptoms in her grandchildren and wonders if they might have rotavirus.
The Mini-Pill and Breastfeeding - Can I Still...
Although home pregnancy tests are negative, this breastfeeding mom on the mini-pill worries that she could be pregnant.
Why Babies and Toddlers Need Naps
Find out what studies say about regular napping and improved sleep for your baby.
Your 1 Year Old: Motor, Cognitive, Verbal, and...
Every baby develops at his own pace, but here are some common motor, social, cognitive, and verbal skills you can expect to see around your child's first birthday.
When Can Babies Eat Fish and Shellfish?
Learn when you can safely introduce fish and shellfish into your baby's diet when starting solids.
5 Fun and Easy Homemade Musical Instruments
Here are a variety of musical instruments you can make at home for your toddlers and preschoolers.
Is Your Newborn Ready to Go Outside?
Learn when it's OK to take your newborn or young baby outside.
Outdoor Physical Activities
Toddlers need half an hour each day of structured physical activities. Here are some outdoor physical activities you can do with your toddler.
Why Your Baby Isn't Sleeping Through the Night
Find out what is keeping your baby from sleeping through the night and learn effective ways to handle this common problem.
How can I get my child to use the potty to poop?
It's not uncommon for toddlers to master peeing on the potty long before they are ready to use the potty for bowel movements. If you're struggling with how to handle tips on how to help your child take the next step.
17 Ways to Stop Your Baby from Crying in the...
Cut down on crying and learn how to make those car trips easier on you and your baby with these car seat tips from author Elizabeth Pantley.
How Can I Keep My Toddler from Taking off Her...
What to do when your toddler keeps taking off her diaper and clothing.
Your Child's Language Development: Signs of Delay
Ask yourself these questions when considering whether your toddler could have a problem with her language development.
How Can I Help My Toddler Get Enough Calcium,...
If your child is allergic to milk, it may take a little planning to ensure that your toddler gets enough fat, calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients.
Fine Motor Skills
Definition of fine motor skills.
Chapped Lip Tips
If your child is suffering with chapped lips, here are some quick tips to help treat and prevent the problem.
The Don'ts of Potty Training
It's important to make sure your toddler feels supported and that you uphold a positive atmosphere in order to acheive success.Here are some things to avoid.
How Do I Handle Potty Training While Out?
When you're out and about, chances are, your child will have to use the potty at some point. Here's how you can be prepared.
Traditional Kids' Songs
Rediscover fun, traditional kids' songs that you and your child can singalong with. These picks include links to videos so you can relearn those lyrics you might not remember so well.
What Do I Do When My Toddler is Regressing...
Answers to your frequently asked questions about potty training. In this answer, find out what to do when your child shows signs of regression.
Sucking Reflex
Definition of sucking reflex, a reflex present in newborns.
Save Money with This Homemade Electrolyte...
When your child is sick, your health care provider may recommend an electrolyte replacement drink like Pedialyte or Gatorade. This alternative recipe can be made at home for less money and with ingredients you control — so no dyes if you don't want them.
Should we use Pull-Ups or underwear for potty...
One thing to consider when you begin potty training is whether you will use disposable training pants like Pull-Ups or go straight to regular cotton underwear. Here are some tips to help you choose which will work bets for your child.
Moving Your Toddler from Crib to Bed:...
Tips on how to move your toddler from crib to bed.
How to Get Your Child Past the Fussy Food Stage
Being fussy about food is normal for toddlers and two-year-olds, but by taking a few simple steps early on, you can avoid long-term food issues or picky eating into the preschool years.
Your 18-Month-Old: Motor, Cognitive, Verbal,...
Every toddler develops at her own pace, but you can usually expect your child to reach some common motor, social, cognitive, and verbal skills by the time she is 18 months old.
What Are the Most Common Food Allergies?
These are some of the most common food allergies and those that are most likely to cause a reaction when you introduce them to your baby.
Painless Adhesive Bandage Removal
A quick tip on how to remove an adhesive bandage without causing any pain to your child.
When can I transition from a high chair to a...
Considering alternatives to the typical high chair? Find out about safety guidelines and how to choose a good booster chair.
Introducing Tree Nuts - When Can I Give My Baby...
Learn when you can safely introduce tree nuts into your baby's diet when starting solids.
What to Do When It's Time to Give Up the Bottle
The AAP recommends weaning toddlers off bottles by 18 months, but what is the right way to do that.
Infant Vision Development
What's happening with your infant's vision development in the first couple of months of life.
How to Change a Diaper
Step-by-step instructions on how to change a newborn baby's diaper.
Make a Quick Dry Erase or Chalk Board
Make a quick and inexpensive chalk board or dry erase board with any wall.
Dinner Ideas for Those Stuck in a Rut
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Is My Toddler Ready for Potty Training?
Find answers to frequently asked questions about potty training your toddler. In this answer learn whether or not your child is ready to begin learning to use the toilet.
Cleaning Sippy Cup Valves and Other Small Items
Moms share their tips for getting all those little sippy cup valves and parts clean and free of mold and crusty goo.
How To Make a Flannel Board
Instructions for how to make a flannel board that will inspire imaginative play and develop fine motor skills for your toddler or preschooler.
Why Does My Baby Have an Outie Belly Button?
Answer to why babies have either an outie belly button or an innie.
Toddlers and Pets
Toddlers and Pets
How Long Does it Take to Potty Train a Toddler?
Learn how long it will take to potty train your toddler.
Toddlers and Dance
Toddlers feel music in ways it seems some of us adults have forgotten. They use their bodies to express emotion and explore the ways their bodies can move. Here are some classic and modern examples to explore dance with your toddler.
Check Out this Healthy Sample Menu for Toddlers
Here is an example of a toddler menu that is between 1,000 and 1,400 calories and fulfills all the daily requirements from the USDA.
Time for a Potty Training Break
A mother writes with a potty training problem that frequently occurs -- lack of interest and awareness. The solution, however, is not one most parents are ready to hear, since it requires taking a break from potty training.
Potty Training and Constipation
A mom is at her wit's end when her toddler won't poop on the potty. Learn how she can deal with his constipation and get back on track with potty training. Page 2.
7 Diaper Rash Treatments Worth Trying
These diaper rash remedies will give you options when it comes to treating diaper rash. Some remedies are all natural and organic, while others are commercial concoctions that are tried and true.
How Do I Care for My Baby After His Circumcision?
Answers to your frequently asked questions about newborn care. This answer will tell parents how to care for their son's penis after he has had a circumcision.
Try These Easy, Homemade Finger Paint Recipes
Have fun with your child using these finger paint recipes using items you probably already have at home.
Checklist for Safe Co-sleeping
How to keep your child safe in an adult bed when you share sleep together.
Photo Gallery
Thanks so much to these parents for submitting pictures of their children for the baby photo gallery.
Converting a Picky Eater
If you've got a picky eater on your hands, Fresh Baby Founders Cheryl Tallman and Joan Ahlers have some tips to help make mealtimes smooth and make sure your child is getting all the nutrition they need.
Manual Breast Pumps
Here's a listing of manual breast pumps for those moms who only need to pump breast milk occasionally.
What Postpartum Problems Require a Call to my...
A list of symptoms that indicate you should call your doctor after giving birth.
Time Out
Discipline your toddler using the method of time out. Learn the steps necessary for an effective time out. Page 2.
Family Bed Safety Checklist
How to keep your child safe in an adult bed when you share sleep together. Page 2.
Parenting Polls - When did you have sex again...
Share your opinion with other parents of babies and toddlers by voting in our parenting polls.
My Child Won't Go Potty in Public Restrooms
A mom writes in about her daughter who refuses to use a public restroom during potty training. This is a common issue with several potential solutions.
Newborn Reflexes
Babies have a robust system of reflexes present from birth. Learn more about these newborn reflexes.
How to Enjoy the Beach with Your Toddler
Discover fun, safe ways to enjoy the beach with your little one.
Dramatic Play
Watching toddlers and 2-year-olds engage in imaginative games on their own is fascinating. Find out more about the benefits of dramatic play.
How to Make Baby Food at Home
Step-by-step instructions on how to prepare baby food for your infant right at home.
Pancakes
Homemade pancakes don’t take that long to make, and you can give your child healthier choices and more variety. Give these recipes a try.
Infant Potty Training
While infant potty training isn't the same as starting potty training early, some parents are able to avoid diapers almost completely by using this method. Here's how they do it.
Books for Infants and Young Toddlers
Top Books to read with your infant or young toddler.
Physical Development
Definition of physical development.
Whining in a Nonverbal Toddler
A mother asks why her nonverbal toddler is whining so much. Learn how helping a toddler increase communications skills that can lead to less whining. Page 2.
Physical Activities for Toddlers
A weekly activity plan for toddlers on movement and physical activities.
Fencing Reflex
Definition of fencing reflex, a reflex present in newborns.
Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Here's a step by step guide to make stuffed chicken breasts with pictures for each step. In this step, liberally apply a layer of stuffing to the chicken breasts. Page 5.
Stepping Reflex
Definition of stepping reflex, a reflex present in newborns
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
What is Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease and how can you manage the illness or protect your child from it?
What Are Pull-Ups?
Describes what Pull-Ups are including different varieties and how parents use them with their toddlers.
Sanitizing Toys
Are you sanitizing your toys? Learn how you can cut down on childhood illnesses by keeping toys clean and sanitary.
Should I Be Worried About Yellow Discharge from...
A little discharge is normal, but when there is a lot or it is accompanied by other symptoms, it's time to call your health care provider.
When Can My Child Start Walking up Stairs?
Learn when children begin walking up stairs.
When You Can Introduce Soy to Your Baby
Learn when you can safely introduce soy into your baby's diet when starting solids.
Tips to Plan Your Toddler's Next Birthday Party
Plan a fun, no-fuss birthday party for your toddler. These ideas help you get ready for a first birthday, second birthday, or third birthday.
How Can I Keep my Child in Her Crib at Night?
Armin Brott offers strategies for toddlers who have learned to climb out of their cribs at night.
What is Cat Scratch Fever?
An answer to the frequently asked question - what is cat scratch fever? Includes testing, treatment and prevention ideas.
Battling the Baby Blues
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Why Does My Toddler Go Potty at Day Care but...
A reader asks why her toddler will go potty at day care but won't go at home. Learn how to get your toddler to go potty at home when she only goes at day care.
Parenting Books on Toddlers
Here is a list of some of the best parenting books around that focus on how to raise your toddler.
Toddler Discipline
There is no one-size-fits-all method of discipline for toddlers. The more discipline tools you have at your disposal the better. Here are some of the most effective ways to discipline your toddler.
10 Ways to Build Attachment with Your Baby
Some may say you're spoiling your baby, but chances are, that's just not true. Follow these tips to build a healthy, secure attachment that will pave the path to a secure and independent child.
The Greatest Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers
When the weather keeps you stuck indoors with an energetic tot, try these activities to keep everyone happy and sane.
What you need to toddler proof your home
Get tips on how to ensure your child is safe inside your home even when you're not watching her like a hawk.
Preparing your Toddler for the Arrival of a New...
Parenting expert Stacy DeBroff shares her tips and advice for helping your toddler adjust to the arrival of a new sibling.
How to Stop Yelling at Your Kids
Yelling at kids often drains a mom's strength. We feel guilty and exhausted, and rarely do we even get the results we wanted. If you want your child to pay better attention to you and have less noise in your home, try these tips.
What You Should Know About Rotovirus
Tells what rotovirus is and how it can be treated in young children.
Functional Play
As toddlers explore objects around them and learn how to use those objects to entertain themselves, they are participating in functional play.
Let Your Sleeping Baby Sleep
Learn how to tune in to the sounds your baby makes during sleep so you will know when to wake your baby up and when to let him sleep.
Things to Teach Toddlers
Is your toddler ready to learn letters, numbers, and more? Find out how to help little ones build skills and knowledge.
More Potty Training Don'ts
Potty training can be a trying experience at times. It's important to make sure your toddler feels supported and that you uphold a positive atmosphere in order to acheive success. Here are some things to avoid. Page 2.
Can I take my baby to the movies?
Set up a secure play area where your toddler can explore safely and learn to play independently while you take care of small chores.
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