1. Parenting

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.
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
When Can I Give My Baby Chocolate?
Learn when you can safely introduce chocolate into your baby's diet when starting solids.
Removing Marker from Skin
Tips on how to get marker off of your toddler's skin.
Homemade Bubble Recipes
Have fun with your child inside or out by making homemade bubbles with these bubble recipes.
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 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.
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.
How Old is My Child in Weeks?
Calculate your child's age in weeks.: leapyear gdate m 151 parseint yy
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.
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.
Uncooked Playdough
Have fun with your toddler with these quick and easy uncooked playdough recipes.
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.
Gross Motor Skills
Definition of gross motor skills.
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&rsquo...
Learn what causes anal itching in young children and how it can be treated effectively at home.
Make Homemade Playdough with This Recipe
Have indoor fun with your toddler with these playdough recipes that you can make right at home.
How Old Should My Toddler Be to Play with...
Learn when your toddler will be ready to play with playdough.
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.
Baby Pictures
Thanks so much to these parents for submitting baby pictures of their newborns.
Physical Development
Definition of physical development.
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.
When Can I Give My Baby Eggs?
When to introduce eggs into your child's diet.
How to Get Your Toddler Out the Door Faster
You’re running late, but your toddler isn't cooperating. These five strategies can help you and your toddler get out the door faster.
When Can I Give My Child Peanut Butter?
Answers the question about giving children peanut butter, including allergy information and when it's safe.
14 Household Items You Can Turn Into Bubble Wands
How to make bubble wands with common household items.
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.
Fine Motor Skills
Definition of fine motor skills.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
When Should I Stop Using a Baby Bath?
A mom asks when to move her child from the baby bath to the regular tub.
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.
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.
Chapped Lip Tips
If your child is suffering with chapped lips, here are some quick tips to help treat and prevent the problem.
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.
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.
Should You Still Be Sterilizing Your Baby&rsquo...
Some books and even health providers recommend sterilizing your baby's bottles, but in most cases it is no longer necessary.
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.
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.
Sucking Reflex
Definition of sucking reflex, a reflex present in newborns.
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.
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.
Post-Childbirth Perineal Care
How to care for your perineum after giving birth to maximize healing.
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?
Learn when to introduce the spoon to your toddler.
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.
What You Should Know About Rotovirus
Tells what rotovirus is and how it can be treated in young children.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christmas Activities for Toddlers
Get your child in on the holiday fun with these Christmas activities for toddlers.
How to Make Homemade Paint
Have fun with your child using these paint recipes using items you probably already have at home.
Save Money By Making Your Own Baby Wipes
Save money by making your own baby wipes at home.
Is Your Newborn Ready to Go Outside?
Learn when it's OK to take your newborn or young baby outside.
Infant Vision Development
What's happening with your infant's vision development in the first couple of months of life.
Photo Gallery
Thanks so much to these parents for submitting pictures of their children for the baby photo gallery.
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.
Toddler Walkers
These toddler walkers give toddlers assistance and confidence when learning to walk.
Exploring Art and Developing Fine Motor Skills...
An introduction to collage and how to get started doing collage with your toddler.
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.
Physical Activities for Toddlers
A weekly activity plan for toddlers on movement and physical activities.
How to Set Up a Safe, Secure Space for Toddlers
Set up a secure play area where your toddler can explore safely and learn to play independently while you take care of small chores.
When Can Babies Eat Fish and Shellfish?
Learn when you can safely introduce fish and shellfish into your baby's diet when starting solids.
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.
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.
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.
Fencing Reflex
Definition of fencing 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.
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 is Cat Scratch Fever?
An answer to the frequently asked question - what is cat scratch fever? Includes testing, treatment and prevention ideas.
Causes of Toddler Speech Delays
What are some of the reasons toddlers may have delayed speech?
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.
Why Does My Baby Have an Outie Belly Button?
Answer to why babies have either an outie belly button or an innie.
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.
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.
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 Can I Keep My Toddler from Taking off Her...
What to do when your toddler keeps taking off her diaper and clothing.
7 Outdoor Toddler Activities You Can Bring Inside
If you’re lacking the craft gene or just want to make sure you have a arsenal of cold or rainy weather toddler tricks up your sleeve, try bringing these traditional outdoor activities inside.
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.
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.
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.
5 Fun and Easy Homemade Musical Instruments
Here are a variety of musical instruments you can make at home for your toddlers and preschoolers.
How to Make Baby Food at Home
Step-by-step instructions on how to prepare baby food for your infant right at home.
Startle Reflex
Definition of startle reflex, a reflex present in newborns.
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.
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.
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.
Functional Play
As toddlers explore objects around them and learn how to use those objects to entertain themselves, they are participating in functional play.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Checklist for Safe Co-sleeping
How to keep your child safe in an adult bed when you share sleep together.
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.
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.
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.
Discipline your toddler using the method of redirection.
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.
The Complete Guide for Moving Your Toddler from...
Tips on how to move your toddler from crib to bed.
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.
Painless Adhesive Bandage Removal
A quick tip on how to remove an adhesive bandage without causing any pain to your child.
Stepping Reflex
Definition of stepping reflex, a reflex present in newborns
Combatting Bad Breath
How to help alleviate bad breath in your toddler or preschooler.
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.
Family Bed Safety Checklist
How to keep your child safe in an adult bed when you share sleep together. Page 2.
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.
Easy Costume Ideas for Toddlers and Young...
Young children love dressing up, but as cute as detailed fairy costumes and superhero suits are, they aren't very practical for young children. these no-fuss options, however, are perfect for all ages.
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.
Dinner Ideas for Those Stuck in a Rut
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Are you stuck
How to Get Playdough out of Hair
How to get playdough out of hair without resorting to scissors or other drastic measures.
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.
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.
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.
Newborn Reflexes
Babies have a robust system of reflexes present from birth. Learn more about these newborn reflexes.
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.
Tips and Recipes for Introducing Finger Foods...
Fresh Baby Founders Cheryl Tallman and Joan Ahlers give advice on how to introduce finger foods to your infant.
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.
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.
Books for Infants and Young Toddlers
Top Books to read with your infant or young toddler.
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.
Tips on Starting Physical Activities for Your...
Toddlers should be getting at least 90 minutes of physical activity each day. Here's how to start planning so that your toddler gets the physical activity she needs for optimal development.
How Long Does it Take to Potty Train a Toddler?
Learn how long it will take to potty train your toddler.
Recipe Books for Toddler Meals
Find great meal ideas for toddlers at every stage -- from mostly pureed fare to meals that are perfect for the whole family.
Attention Span
definition of attention span. Toddlers and Twos.
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.
When You Can Introduce Soy to Your Baby
Learn when you can safely introduce soy into your baby's diet when starting solids.
How to Change a Diaper
Step-by-step instructions on how to change a newborn baby's diaper.
What Are Pull-Ups?
Describes what Pull-Ups are including different varieties and how parents use them with their toddlers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Should I Stop Using Diapers?
A reader asks about her toddler refusing to use the potty and learns that his unrestricted access to diapers might be part of the problem.
Language Development
An overview of toddler language development and what it means.
When Can My Child Start Walking up Stairs?
Learn when children begin walking up stairs.
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.
Is There a Difference Between Hand, Foot and...
A reader describes symptoms in her grandchildren and wonders if they might have rotavirus.
Is it ok that my child doesn't talk as well as...
Every child develops at his or her own pace, but how do you know if your child's speech delay is something to be concerned about?
Review of Imaginarium Mountain Rock Train Table
Is the Imaginarium Mountain Rock Train Table worth the price?
Developing Infant Attachment and Bonding
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. Page 2.
Time Out
Discipline your toddler using the method of time out. Learn the steps necessary for an effective time out. Page 2.
Constructive Play
Constructive play is a phase of child development when young children begin to build things with their toys.

©2015 About.com. All rights reserved.