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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.
How Old is My Child in Weeks?
Calculate your child's age in weeks.: leapyear gdate m 151 parseint yy
When Can I Give My Baby Eggs?
When to introduce eggs into your child's diet.
Make Homemade Playdough with This Recipe
Have indoor fun with your toddler with these playdough recipes that you can make right at home.
Gross Motor Skills
Definition of gross motor skills.
Removing Marker from Skin
Tips on how to get marker off of your toddler's skin.
Is It Okay for My Toddler to Eat Play-Doh?
Find out if it's safe for your toddler to eat playdough.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
Save Money By Making Your Own Baby Wipes
Save money by making your own baby wipes at home.
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.
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.
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.
Baby Pictures
Thanks so much to these parents for submitting baby pictures of their newborns.
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.
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.
14 Household Items You Can Turn Into Bubble Wands
How to make bubble wands with common household items.
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
By age 2, your child will master new motor skills such as running, walking up stairs, and kicking a ball.
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.
Fine Motor Skills
Definition of fine motor skills.
How Old Should My Toddler Be to Play with...
Learn when your toddler will be ready to play with playdough.
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 1 Year Old: Motor, Cognitive, Verbal, and...
Around 12 months of age, your child will begin to stand on her own and may be able to take a few steps.
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)
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.
Chapped Lip Tips
If your child is suffering with chapped lips, here are some quick tips to help treat and prevent the problem.
Toddler Walkers
These toddler walkers give toddlers assistance and confidence when learning to walk.
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.
Painting Toddlers' Nails
Is it okay to pain a toddler's nails? Get the facts.
When Should I Stop Using a Baby Bath?
A mom asks when to move her child from the baby bath to the regular tub.
Post-Childbirth Perineal Care
How to care for your perineum after giving birth to maximize healing.
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.
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.
When Should I Introduce a Spoon to My Toddler?
Learn when to introduce the spoon to your toddler.
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.
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.
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.
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 to Make Homemade Paint
Have fun with your child using these paint recipes using items you probably already have at home.
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.
Battling the Baby Blues
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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.
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.
How Can I Keep My Toddler from Taking off Her...
What to do when your toddler keeps taking off her diaper and clothing.
Christmas Activities for Toddlers
Get your child in on the holiday fun with these Christmas activities for toddlers.
Ways to Soothe a Crying Baby
Learn to recognize what your baby's cries mean and how to soothe them. Page 3.
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.
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 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.
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.
Child Will Not Use the Potty at Day Care
How do you handle a situation in which a toddler won't use the potty at day care or school? Consider what might be causing the refusal and then try these strategies to help your child progress.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Is Your Newborn Ready to Go Outside?
Learn when it's OK to take your newborn or young baby outside.
Going Visiting with Your Baby
Tips to help you prepare when taking your baby to visit friends and family.
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.
Sucking Reflex
Definition of sucking reflex, a reflex present in newborns.
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.
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.
Time Out
Discipline your toddler using the method of time out. Learn what age is right for time out and which behaviors you can change using this method of discipline.
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.
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 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.
Physical Development
Definition of physical development.
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.
Combatting Bad Breath
How to help alleviate bad breath in your toddler or preschooler.
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.
When Can Babies Eat Fish and Shellfish?
Learn when you can safely introduce fish and shellfish into your baby's diet when starting solids.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is There a Difference Between Hand, Foot and...
A reader describes symptoms in her grandchildren and wonders if they might have rotavirus.
What You Should Know About Rotovirus
Tells what rotovirus is and how it can be treated in young children.
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.
Startle Reflex
Definition of startle reflex, a reflex present in newborns.
Making a Scary Halloween Fun for Toddlers
Helping Toddlers Enjoy Halloween Despite the Overly Scary and Inappropriate Trappings
How to Change a Diaper
Step-by-step instructions on how to change a newborn baby's diaper.
Why Does My Baby Have an Outie Belly Button?
Answer to why babies have either an outie belly button or an innie.
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.
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.
Painless Adhesive Bandage Removal
A quick tip on how to remove an adhesive bandage without causing any pain to your child.
Photo Galleries
Thanks so much to these parents for submitting pictures of their children for the baby photo gallery.
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.
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.
Functional Play
As toddlers explore objects around them and learn how to use those objects to entertain themselves, they are participating in functional play.
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.
Physical Activities for Toddlers
A weekly activity plan for toddlers on movement and physical activities.
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.
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.
Parenting Polls - When did you have sex again...
Share your opinion with other parents of babies and toddlers by voting in our parenting polls.
What is Cat Scratch Fever?
An answer to the frequently asked question - what is cat scratch fever? Includes testing, treatment and prevention ideas.
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.
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.
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.
Sanitizing Toys
Are you sanitizing your toys? Learn how you can cut down on childhood illnesses by keeping toys clean and sanitary.
Manual Breast Pumps
Here's a listing of manual breast pumps for those moms who only need to pump breast milk occasionally.
Fencing Reflex
Definition of fencing reflex, a reflex present in newborns.
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.
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.
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.
Infant Vision Development
What's happening with your infant's vision development in the first couple of months of life.
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?
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.
Checklist for Safe Co-sleeping
How to keep your child safe in an adult bed when you share sleep together.
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.
Moving Your Toddler from Crib to Bed:...
Tips on how to move your toddler from crib to bed.
Stepping Reflex
Definition of stepping reflex, a reflex present in newborns
When You Can Introduce Soy to Your Baby
Learn when you can safely introduce soy into your baby's diet when starting solids.
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.
How to Make Baby Food at Home
Step-by-step instructions on how to prepare baby food for your infant right at home.
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.
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.
Books for Infants and Young Toddlers
Top Books to read with your infant or young toddler.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Can My Child Start Walking up Stairs?
Learn when children begin walking up stairs.
Family Bed Safety Checklist
How to keep your child safe in an adult bed when you share sleep together. Page 2.
Why Babies and Toddlers Need Naps
Find out what studies say about regular napping and improved sleep for your baby.
Brianna Elizabeth, 3 Years
A photo gallery full of pictures of birthday parties and cakes for babies and toddlers. Page 2.
Constructive Play
Constructive play is a phase of child development when young children begin to build things with their toys.
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.
How Long Does it Take to Potty Train a Toddler?
Learn how long it will take to potty train your toddler.
Make a Quick Dry Erase or Chalk Board
Make a quick and inexpensive chalk board or dry erase board with any wall.
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.
Record Your Baby's Sounds to Help with Let-Down...
Here's a quick tip to help moms who pump have an easier time with their let-down (or milk ejection) reflex.
Review of Imaginarium Mountain Rock Train Table
Is the Imaginarium Mountain Rock Train Table worth the price?
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.
Newborn Reflexes
Babies have a robust system of reflexes present from birth. Learn more about these newborn reflexes.
Easy Costume Ideas for Toddlers and Young...
Adorable and simple, if you have a2-year-old or younger, consider this Seuss-inspired Cindy Lou Who costume. Page 5.
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.
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.
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.
Birthday Photo Gallery
A photo gallery full of pictures of birthday parties and cakes for babies and toddlers.
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