Toddler

This Grocery Store Risk Is Something You *Need* To Know When Shopping With Your Kids

When I had my son more than 10 years ago, the rules of safety were far different than they are now. Car seats went front-facing at a year, kids ditched them altogether pretty early, and sleep positioners were still very much a thing. But when we know…
By Cat Bowen

How To Donate Diapers To Babies & Toddlers In Detention Centers & Tender Age Facilities

While controversy surrounding the family separation policy continues to unfold, you may feel moved to help the children who are caught in the crossfire of this situation. So can you donate diapers to detention centers to help out these kids? Young in…
By Lindsay E. Mack

8 Ways I Set Myself Up For Disappointment During Potty Training

When I asked my own mom about potty training, she gave me a ton of advice. She potty trained me when I was about 18-months-old and, according to her, it wasn't a big deal. So when my daughter reached that age I decided to give potty training a shot. …
By Steph Montgomery

Science Says There Are Huge Benefits To Giving Kids Chores (Other Than Clean Dishes)

Growing up, my parents were pretty lax on chores, and I wasn't expected to do much by the way of housework. My MawMaw took care of my siblings and me, and she was very particular about the way things should be done so she mostly did it herself. My ch…
By Cat Bowen

5 Things To Add To Your Diaper Bag This Summer, Because Adventures Await

I adore summertime adventures with my girls, but they do require me to up my diaper bag game in a pretty serious way. In the winter, you can kind of get by with a back-up onesie, the diaper changing basics, and some snacks. But once Memorial Day hits…
By Kate Miller

Here Are The Signs Of Delayed Drowning That Every Parent Needs To Know

As a former lifeguard, drowning is the worst possible word. When I was a lifeguard at the local public pool in high school, we were only worried about one kind of drowning: the kind that happened right in front of us. Now that I'm a parent, phrases l…
By Emily Westbrooks

So, The Summer Solstice May Affect Your Toddler's Sleep... You've Been Warned

The summer sun is bright and beautiful, but it can be a real pain when it comes to your toddler's bedtimes. How do you convince a kid to go to sleep when it isn't even dark out yet? Learning more about the ways the summer solstice affects your toddle…
By Lindsay E. Mack

Here's How "Helicopter Parenting" Could Negatively Affect Your Child, According To New Research

There are so many different ways to approach this whole parenting business. Quite frankly, it can be dizzying for first-timers. Will you be an attachment parent? A crunchy parent? Authoritative, permissive silky, free-range, laid-back, helicopter, or…
By Michelle Stein

7 Kid-Friendly Ways To Celebrate The Summer Solstice

The longest day of the year, the summer solstice has been observed with various holidays, festivals, and other rituals since ancient times. Even if you can't make it to the giant Stonehenge celebration this year, there are still plenty of summer sols…
By Lindsay E. Mack

9 Signs Your Toddler Is Dehydrated & Needs Some Water Stat

Staying hydrated all day is crucial for everybody. Toddlers, however, can get so caught up in play that they forget to take a sip every now and then. That's why it's crucial to watch out for the signs your toddler is dehydrated. You'll know when your…
By Lindsay E. Mack

This Grocery Store Risk Is Something You *Need* To Know When Shopping With Your Kids

When I had my son more than 10 years ago, the rules of safety were far different than they are now. Car seats went front-facing at a year, kids ditched them altogether pretty early, and sleep positioners were still very much a thing. But when we know…
By Cat Bowen

Here's How A Dentist Will Treat Your Kid's Baby Teeth Cavities

"My tooth hurts." These were the words spoken to me just last week by my 7-year-old daughter. She came up to me, cuddled on my lap, and held her cheek. Looking in her mouth, I saw that her back molar had a black hole in the center of it. My gut dropp…
By Cat Bowen

9 Adorable Mommy & Me Swimsuits That Twin For The Win

Shopping for swimsuits for little kids is a blast, because they're generally all pretty adorable. Shopping for a swimsuit for yourself, on the other hand, can be distinctly less delightful, because... ugh. But here's one way to make the whole process…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

The Early Signs Of Stimming May Not Be As Obvious To Catch As You Think

When my son was first diagnosed with autism, a lot became clear. Much of what we thought were his personal quirks and habits were actually what is referred to as a self-stimulatory behavior. They were developed out of his need to cope with his surrou…
By Cat Bowen

Dads Are More Involved In Their Kids' Lives Than Ever Before, According To This New Study

There are certain ideas about parenthood that are entrenched in society. More mothers are taking on the breadwinner role, but are still expected to take care of the home. More fathers are choosing to stay at home, but are still expected to be the par…
By Annamarya Scaccia

Your Toddler Might Be Eating Way Too Much Sugar, According To This New Study

Every parent wants to do the right thing for their kids, and monitoring what they eat is just one way to start a child on the road to good health. But, as a new study has found, toddlers in the United States are eating more sugar than they should be.…
By Karen Veazey

The Real Reason Why I'm Still Nursing My Toddler

In the throes of new motherhood I had one major goal: To make it one year breastfeeding. When we celebrated my daughter’s first birthday, what many didn’t realize was that I was celebrating something else as well: reaching that major breastfeeding mi…
By Risa Kerslake

Here's How To Tell If Your Baby's Behavior Is A Sign Of Stimming

My son is a perpetual motion machine and always has been. Since the moment he had free reign over his body, he's used it to feel out his environment and soothe himself. We joke that he has to "get his wiggles out," when he's having a particularly jum…
By Cat Bowen

Here's When Dentists Want You To Bring Your Baby In For Their First Checkup (Hint: ASAP)

Taking care of your kids' teeth is as important as taking care of the rest of their bodies. Looking at your toothless wonder, it may be hard to imagine a life full of dental visits, orthodontia, and maybe even oral surgery (because wisdom teeth rarel…
By Shari Maurer

How Do You Know It's Time To Use Toothpaste? Hint: Peek In Their Mouth

Tooth care is something that's drilled into us at an early age. Brush! Floss! Don't eat sticky sweets! And if you don't take good care, you get the ultimate punishment — cavities, or holes in your teeth that now require a Novocaine shot and a drill. …
By Shari Maurer

If Your Kid Has Eczema, It Could Be Because Of Their Diet, Not The Environment

If you've ever had a child who suffered from eczema, you know what an incredibly frustrating condition it can be. Not only does it make little kids extremely itchy and uncomfortable, but the topical creams and ointments recommended by most pediatrici…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote