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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
A homemade oatmeal bath is a simple and inexpensive solution to soothe diaper rashes, eczema, dry skin and other common pediatric skin conditions.
Christmas Activities for Toddlers
Get your child in on the holiday fun with these Christmas activities for toddlers.
When Can I Give My Baby Chocolate?
Learn when you can safely introduce chocolate into your baby's diet when starting solids.
Is It Okay for My Toddler to Eat Play-Doh?
Find out if it's safe for your toddler to eat playdough.
No Toys Please: 10 Toddler Gifts Ideas That...
Cut the clutter by giving non-toy gifts for a toddler's next birthday or holiday. These 10 ideas will get you thinking outside the toy box.
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.
Removing Marker from Skin
Tips on how to get marker off of your toddler's skin.
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
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.
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.
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.
Make Homemade Playdough with This Recipe
Have indoor fun with your toddler with these playdough recipes that you can make right at home.
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.
How Old is My Child in Weeks?
Calculate your child's age in weeks.: leapyear gdate m 151 parseint yy
Homemade Bubble Recipes
Have fun with your child inside or out by making homemade bubbles with these bubble recipes.
7 Things That Could Be Causing Your Child&rsquo...
Learn what causes anal itching in young children and how it can be treated effectively at home.
How Old Should My Toddler Be to Play with...
Learn when your toddler will be ready to play with playdough.
Chapped Lip Tips
If your child is suffering with chapped lips, here are some quick tips to help treat and prevent the problem.
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.
Uncooked Playdough
Have fun with your toddler with these quick and easy uncooked playdough recipes.
Drinking While Breastfeeding: What's Ok, What's...
Can I breastfeed right after a glass of wine? Should I pump and dump? What moms need to know if they're considering drinking while breastfeeding.
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.
The Complete Hub of One Year Old Milestones
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.
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)
The Skills You Can Expect Kids to Learn by Age 2
Learn about motor, social, cognitive, and verbal skills that you can expect your child to master around his second birthday.
Baby Pictures
Thanks so much to these parents for submitting baby pictures of their newborns.
Gross Motor Skills
Definition of gross motor skills.
Baby Names - The Most Popular Baby Names
The Top 100 Baby Names for Boys and Girls in the United States with meanings, rankings, origin and parent polls. Here are 51 - 100.
What You Need to Know About Babies and Peanut...
Find out when and how to introduce your infant to peanut butter—and what symptoms to look out for that may signal a peanut allergy.
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?
Painting Toddlers' Nails
Is it okay to pain a toddler's nails? Get the facts.
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.
When Should I Stop Using a Baby Bath?
A mom asks when to move her child from the baby bath to the regular tub.
7 Ways to Manage a Toddler While Caring for an...
Caring for two young kids is exhausting. For parents, particularly moms, here are seven tips for managing a toddler while caring for an infant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transition to the Toddler Bed: Answers to 7...
For toddlers, transitioning from a crib to a big kid bed means new rules, freedoms and routines. Find answers to questions about this transition.
Physical Development
Definition of physical development.
Fine Motor Skills
Definition of fine motor skills.
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.
Toddler Walkers
These toddler walkers give toddlers assistance and confidence when learning to walk.
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.
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.
What You Should Know About Rotovirus
Tells what rotovirus is and how it can be treated in young children.
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.
Is There a Difference Between Hand, Foot and...
A reader describes symptoms in her grandchildren and wonders if they might have rotavirus.
Sucking Reflex
Definition of sucking reflex, a reflex present in newborns.
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.
Why Does My Baby Have an Outie Belly Button?
Answer to why babies have either an outie belly button or an innie.
7 Ways to Keep your Toddler Entertained on...
Use these activities and ideas to keep your toddler busy and out of the kitchen on Thanksgiving. Here are seven ideas to get help you plan your day.
How to Make Homemade Paint
Have fun with your child using these paint recipes using items you probably already have at home.
Photo Gallery
Thanks so much to these parents for submitting pictures of their children for the baby photo gallery.
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 okay to allow my child to pee in public?
Sometimes little kids have an emergency and need to go NOW, but does that mean it's okay for them to urinate in public?
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.
Ways to Protect Your Family From Carbon...
Even though nearly 70 percent of people burn fuel to heat their homes, more than two-thirds don't have carbon monoxide detectors.
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.
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.
Post-Childbirth Perineal Care
How to care for your perineum after giving birth to maximize healing.
Learn when to introduce the spoon to your toddler.
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.
Should You Be Sterilizing Your Baby's Bottles?
Options abound for properly sanitizing your baby's new feeding equipment—from boiling to microwaving to using electric and steam baby bottle steamers.
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.
Save Money By Making Your Own Baby Wipes
Save money by making your own baby wipes at home.
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.
Birthday Photo Gallery
A photo gallery full of pictures of birthday parties and cakes for babies and toddlers.
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.
Review of Imaginarium Mountain Rock Train Table
Is the Imaginarium Mountain Rock Train Table worth the price?
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.
Meaning and origin of the name Christian.
When Can Babies Eat Fish and Shellfish?
Learn when you can safely introduce fish and shellfish into your baby's diet when starting solids.
Is Your Newborn Ready to Go Outside?
Learn when it's OK to take your newborn or young baby outside.
Exploring Art and Developing Fine Motor Skills...
An introduction to collage and how to get started doing collage with your toddler.
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.
Fencing Reflex
Definition of fencing reflex, a reflex present in newborns.
7 Signs of a Good Daycare
How do you know if you're sending your toddler to a quality daycare? For starters, look for these seven signs.
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.
Is Your Child Getting Enough Sleep?
These general sleep guidelines for ages 1 to 2 will help you determine how many hours of slumber your little one needs to stay healthy and happy.
When a Cat Scratch Causes Infant Infection
Discover the signs and symptoms of cat scratch disease and get tips for preventing and treating this fairly benign infection transmitted by kittens.
6 Signs Your Toddler is Ready to Potty Train
Potty training before a toddler is ready can mean the process takes longer. These 6 signs can help you determine if a toddler is ready to potty train.
Infant Vision Development
What's happening with your infant's vision development in the first couple of months of life.
Five Steps for Potty Training Success
Do you think your little one is ready to ditch the diapers and try out the toilet? Follow these five steps to ensure potty training success.
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.
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.
The Fast Way to Get Toddlers to Sleep
Even toddlers who usually sleep pretty well have nights when they throw tantrums at bedtime or wake up and can't get back to sleep. It can be hard to soothe these babies back to sleep, but with some patience and strength, you can ease them into a good, sound slumber.
When Can a Toddler Start Giving Up Naps
How to handle things when your toddler seems to be less in need of or willing to nap.
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.
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.
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.
Physical Activities for Toddlers
A weekly activity plan for toddlers on movement and physical activities.
What To Do When Your Toddler Climbs Out of the...
Your toddler is able to climb out of the crib, but that doesn't mean it's time for a big kid bed. Here's how to keep your child in the crib.
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.
Functional Play
As toddlers explore objects around them and learn how to use those objects to entertain themselves, they are participating in functional play.
How Can I Keep My Toddler from Taking off Her...
What to do when your toddler keeps taking off her diaper and clothing.
Stocking Stuffers
Once you've crossed all your big items off your list, don't forget about stocking stuffers for your toddler.
All About Dramatic Play and Toddlers
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 Change a Diaper
Step-by-step instructions on how to change a newborn baby's diaper.
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.
What Can I Do About Cradle Cap?
Gives treatment advice for cradle cap in infants.
Books for Infants and Young Toddlers
Top Books to read with your infant or young toddler.
5 Fun and Easy Homemade Musical Instruments
Here are a variety of musical instruments you can make at home for your toddlers and preschoolers.
Checklist for Safe Co-sleeping
How to keep your child safe in an adult bed when you share sleep together.
The Complete Guide for Moving Your Toddler from...
Tips on how to move your toddler from crib to bed.
Adults and Rotovirus: What You Need to Know
One of the most frequent questions I get regards whether or not adults can get rotavirus from their children. The answer is Yes. Learn how to prevent getting infected yourself and how to treat it if you do get sick.
How do I explain minor traumatic events to my...
What do you do when a toddler witnesses a minor trauma -- an accident or a scary storm? Use these tips to talk to your toddler about the incident.
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.
Startle Reflex
Definition of startle reflex, a reflex present in newborns.
Photo Galleries
Thanks so much to these parents for submitting pictures of their children for the baby photo gallery.
Combatting Bad Breath
How to help alleviate bad breath in your toddler or preschooler.
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.
What Do I Do About My Toddler Reaching in his...
A parent writes concerned about her toddler son's new habit of playing with his penis frequently. Find out how to deal with this issue.
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.
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.
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.
How To Make Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments
Create holiday ornaments using cinnamon and applesauce. There's no cooking required so this is a great activity to use with younger children like toddlers. Friends and family will love hanging these ornaments on their trees this year!
Can a Temper Tantrum Be Harmful to my Toddler?
If your toddler throws temper tantrums you may wonder if he could cause harm to himself either accidentally or intentionally. Learn more.
Constructive Play
Constructive play is a phase of child development when young children begin to build things with their toys.
Painless Adhesive Bandage Removal
A quick tip on how to remove an adhesive bandage without causing any pain to your child.
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.
Causes of Toddler Speech Delays
What are some of the reasons toddlers may have delayed speech?
How to Get Playdough out of Hair
How to get playdough out of hair without resorting to scissors or other drastic measures.
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.
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.
Homemade Christmas Gifts Your Toddler Can Make
Find crafts projects for toddlers and two-year-olds that let your little one make Christmas presents for caregivers and relatives.
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.
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.
Who knew your baby could "walk" before two...
The stepping reflex (or dance reflex or walk reflex) is one of many amazing infant feats. Find out why, and discover more newborn movements.
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.
Family Bed Safety Checklist
How to keep your child safe in an adult bed when you share sleep together. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
Toy Cars
Toy cars are a must-have toy for toddlers and are easy on your wallet as well. Girls enjoy cars just as much as boys and all children can benefit from the imaginative play and motor skills that cars can help develop.
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.
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.
Why coughing after a vaccine may signal a call...
It's always wise to monitor your infant after shots. Learn which symptoms are common and which ones signal an immediate call to your pediatrician.
LEGO Duplo Building Sets
Blocks are an excellent toy for young children, and the makers of LEGOs outdid themselves by creating these click-together brick blocks for toddlers to 5-year-olds.
What is Acute Gastroenteritis?
Definition of acute gastroenteritis and medical resources for treating this illness in toddlers.
What Are Pull-Ups?
Describes what Pull-Ups are including different varieties and how parents use them with their toddlers.
How Long Should My Child Be Excluded from...
Answers to your parenting questions. Find out how long your child should remain home with a rotavirus infection.
Playing with Dolls and Figures
Dolls and figures are a must-have toy for toddlers and are easy on your wallet as well. Boys enjoy dolls and figures just as much as girls and all children can benefit from the social-emotional skills, role-playing and nurturing that playing with dolls and figures can help develop.
How Long Does it Take to Potty Train a Toddler?
Learn how long it will take to potty train your toddler.
Magical Thinking in Children
Magical thinking is a psychological phenomenon children begin to practice during the toddler years that leads them to believe that certain actions they take directly impact the world around them.
Discipline your toddler using the method of redirection.
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.

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