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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.
When Can I Give My Baby Chocolate?
Learn when you can safely introduce chocolate into your baby's diet when starting solids.
When Can I Give My Child Peanut Butter?
Answers the question about giving children peanut butter, including allergy information and when it's safe.
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 Stomach Pain Normal After Giving Birth?
A reader is experiencing stomach pain after giving birth. Find out what's normal and what's not.
Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
These cookies are easy to make, especially with kids. There's just three ingredients and one measuring cup to worry about.
Should I Sterilize My Baby's Bottles, Nipples...
Some books and even health providers recommend sterilizing your baby's bottles, but in most cases it is no longer necessary.
Make Homemade Playdough with This Recipe
Have indoor fun with your toddler with these playdough recipes that you can make right at home.
When Your Baby Wakes Frequently to Breastfeed...
Find strategies to ensure better rest for you and your baby when he wakes frequently during the night for feedings.
Caring for Your Perineum
How to care for your perineum after giving birth to maximize healing.
Is It Okay for My Toddler to Eat Playdough?
Find out if it's safe for your toddler to eat playdough.
When Can My Newborn Go Outside?
Learn when it's OK to take your newborn or young baby outside.
Homemade Paints
Have fun with your child using these paint recipes using items you probably already have at home.
Removing Marker from Skin
Tips on how to get marker off of your toddler's skin.
Can I Take My Baby to the Movies?
A mother asks about taking her 5-week-old baby to the movies.
Uncooked Playdough
Have fun with your toddler with these quick and easy uncooked playdough recipes.
Will My Baby Choke During Sleep if I Put Him on...
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.
How Old is My Child in Weeks?
Calculate your child's age in weeks.: leapyear gdate m 151 parseint yy
Pantley's Gentle Removal Plan
Find strategies to ensure better rest for you and your baby when he wakes frequently during the night for feedings. Page 2.
Why Isn't 20-month-old Talking Yet?
Grandparents are wondering why their 20-month-old granddaughter isn't talking yet and wonder if there's something wrong developmentally.
Baby Pictures
Thanks so much to these parents for submitting baby pictures of their newborns.
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.
How Do I Treat Thrush?
Answers to frequently asked questions about health. In this answer learn about what thrush is in babies and how it can be treated.
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.
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.
Fine Motor Skills
Definition of fine motor skills.
Gross Motor Skills
Definition of gross motor skills.
Can I Use Birth Control Pills While Breastfeedi...
Describes the safety of using the birth control pill or other hormone methods while breastfeeding your baby.
What is Preventing Your Baby from Sleeping...
Find out what is keeping your baby from sleeping through the night and learn effective ways to handle this common problem.
When Should I Stop Using a Baby Bath?
A mom asks when to move her child from the baby bath to the regular tub.
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.
How to Get a Toddler to Sleep Alone in His Own...
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.
Introducing Fish and Shellfish- When Can I Give...
Learn when you can safely introduce fish and shellfish into your baby's diet when starting solids.
Toddler Walkers
These toddler walkers give toddlers assistance and confidence when learning to walk.
Your 2 Year Old: Motor, Cognitive, Verbal, and...
Learn about motor, social, cognitive, and verbal skills that you can expect your child to master around his second birthday.
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.
How to Make Baby Wipes at Home
Save money by making your own baby wipes at home.
Starting Solids
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. Page 2.
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.
Toddler
Definition of toddler, a stage of childhood.
Toddler Language Development - Warning Signs of...
Ask yourself these questions when considering whether your toddler could have a problem with her language development.
Is Your Toddler Climbing on Everything?
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.
Toddler Bedtime
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.
When Should I Introduce a Spoon to My Toddler?
Learn when to introduce the spoon to your toddler.
Painting Toddlers' Nails
Is it okay to pain a toddler's nails? Get the facts.
How Old Should My Toddler Be to Play with...
Learn when your toddler will be ready to play with playdough.
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.
How Do I Deal with a Jealous Sibling?
How to help your older child deal with feelings of jealousy when a new baby comes into your family.
5 Musical Instruments to Make at Home
Here are a variety of musical instruments you can make at home for your toddlers and preschoolers.
Introducing Wheat - When Can I Give My Baby...
Learn when you can safely introduce wheat into your baby's diet when starting solids.
Can I Drink Alcohol and Still Breastfeed?
Answers to your frequently asked questions about breastfeeding. In this answer, learn about the effects of alcohol on nursing infants.
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.
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.
Stop Feeding a Sleeping Baby
Find strategies to ensure better rest for you and your baby when he wakes frequently during the night for feedings. Page 3.
Your 3 Year Old: Motor, Cognitive, Verbal, and...
Your child will begin to gain better control of fine motor skills by age three, including the ability to turn pages in a book, dress herself, and more essential skills. Page 3.
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.
Chapped Lip Tips
If your child is suffering with chapped lips, here are some quick tips to help treat and prevent the problem.
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.
Electrolyte Replacement Drink - Pedialyte...
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 Don'ts of Potty Training
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.
Can Adults Get Rotavirus?
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.
Regular Naps Improve Nighttime Sleep
Find out what studies say about regular napping and improved sleep for your baby.
Changing Your Routine
Find strategies to ensure better rest for you and your baby when he wakes frequently during the night for feedings. Page 4.
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.
Sucking Reflex
Definition of sucking reflex, a reflex present in newborns.
Patience, Patience, and a Little More Patience
Find strategies to ensure better rest for you and your baby when he wakes frequently during the night for feedings. Page 5.
What is Rotovirus (or Rotavirus)?
Tells what rotovirus is and how it can be treated in young children.
Introducing Soy - When Can I Give My Baby Soy?
Learn when you can safely introduce soy into your baby's diet when starting solids.
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.
Helping Your Toddlers 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 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.
Physical Activities for Toddlers
A weekly activity plan for toddlers on movement and physical activities.
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.
Potty Training 101
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.
Infant Vision Development
What's happening with your infant's vision development in the first couple of months of life.
Startle Reflex
Definition of startle reflex, a reflex present in newborns.
How to Change a Diaper
Step-by-step instructions on how to change a newborn baby's diaper.
Photo Gallery
Thanks so much to these parents for submitting pictures of their children for the baby photo gallery.
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.
Car Seat Crying
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 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.
Books for Infants and Young Toddlers
Top Books to read with your infant or young toddler.
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.
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.
How to Make Baby Food at Home
Step-by-step instructions on how to prepare baby food for your infant right at home.
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.
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.
Toddler Menu
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.
Mothers' Day Crafts for Toddlers
Find crafts projects for Mothers' Day that you can enjoy with toddlers and two-year-olds.
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.
Why Does My Baby Have an Outie Belly Button?
Answer to why babies have either an outie belly button or an innie.
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.
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.
How Can I Keep My Toddler from Taking off Her...
What to do when your toddler keeps taking off her diaper and clothing.
What Is Preventing Your Baby from Sleeping...
Find out what is keeping your baby from sleeping through the night and learn effective ways to deal with sleep problems. Page 2.
Moving Your Toddler from a Crib to the Big Bed
Tips on how to move your toddler from crib to bed.
Basic First Aid Kit Items
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.
Sanitizing Toys
Are you sanitizing your toys? Learn how you can cut down on childhood illnesses by keeping toys clean and sanitary.
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 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.
Your 1 Year Old: Motor, Cognitive, Verbal, and...
As your child begins to understand more about the world around him, he'll build independence and try to imitate you. Page 4.
Toddler Birthday Party Planning
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.
Diaper Rash Remedies
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.
Toddler Language Development - False Warning...
Some problems may present as warning signs of a language delay but are actually nothing to worry about in most cases. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Time Out
Discipline your toddler using the method of time out. Learn the steps necessary for an effective time out. Page 2.
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.
Finger Paint Recipes
Have fun with your child using these finger paint recipes using items you probably already have at home.
Photo Galleries
Thanks so much to these parents for submitting pictures of their children for the baby photo gallery.
Getting Toddler 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.
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.
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.
Painless Adhesive Bandage Removal
A quick tip on how to remove an adhesive bandage without causing any pain to your child.
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.
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.
Even 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 3.
Sand and Water Table Review from One Step Ahead
The ideal sand and water table is safe, durable, and guaranteed to entertain and engage young kids for long stretches. How does the sand and water table fromo One Step Ahead measure up? See what we think.
When Can My Child Start Walking up Stairs?
Learn when children begin walking up stairs.
My Toddler Won't Let Me Change His Diaper
Once your baby gets mobile, many things get more complicated. Changing her diaper is one of those things. Get tips on how to deal with a toddler who refuses to let you change her diaper.
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.
Dinner Ideas for Those Stuck in a Rut
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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.
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.
Will He Tell Us When He Needs to Potty and...
A reader asks about her son who doesn't verbally indicate when he needs to use the potty and also inquires about what her son should wear for night training -- underwear or a diaper?
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?
Battling the Baby Blues
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The Unforgettable First Birthday
Author Megan Kerns tells about the trials of planning a first birthday party for her daughter.
Physical Development
Definition of physical development.
What Should I Pack in the Diaper Bag?
Here is a handy list of items to pack in your diaper bag.
The Safe Nursery - Bathing Safely
From the beginning of a child's life, products intended for a child must be selected with safety in mind. In this article, the safety of bathing your baby is discussed.
Newborn Reflexes
Babies have a robust system of reflexes present from birth. Learn more about these newborn reflexes.
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.
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.
What is a Toddler Serving Size of Milk?
Learn how much food constitutes a serving size of milk for your toddler.
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.
Punishment and Potty Training Don't Mix
A mom is at her wit's end when her toddler won't poop on the potty. Learn why discipline isn't the answer to her potty training woes. Page 3.
Is Anesthesia Safe for Toddlers?
Unfortunately, toddlers and young children do sometimes need to have surgery. Before your child is operated on, be sure you know the facts about anesthesia and discuss them with your doctor.
Tips for Disciplining Young Children
Help guide your child's behavior and avoid meltdowns and problems by using these key rules for disciplining young children.
How Much Sleep Does My Toddler Need?
Learn how much sleep your toddler needs to stay healthy and rested.
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.
When Can My Toddler Go to a Funeral?
: When Can My Toddler Go to a Funeral? A parent asks, "In the last year, we've experienced the deaths
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.
How Long Does it Take to Potty Train a Toddler?
Learn how long it will take to potty train your toddler.

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