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5 Smart Tips for Letting Toddlers Use Smartphones
It’s becoming an ever more common sight: babies and kids playing with smartphones. According to NPR’s Health Blog, one recent survey found that as many as 1 in 4 toddlers has used a smartphone and for many young kids, it’s become the toy of choice. Yet, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids [...]Read full story
Surviving Children: Laugh
I saved the best post for last! As a mom of a 4 year old, 2 year old and 8 month old, I learned the value of laughter! Laughter is a good medicine. It balms the soul when the waves of anxiety buffet. It clears the mind when lists and deadlines loom. It reminds us [...]Read full story
New: skin damage starts with your child’s first summer
It’s taken a long time for science to quantify what mothers have always known: the skin of babies and toddlers is very different from the skin of older children and adults. Babies’ skin is softer because the outermost protective layer, the stratum corneum, isn’t mature until at least age two.Read full story
How Green is your Childcare?
As parents, we consider many factors when selecting a childcare situation for our children – among them cost, convenience, philosophy, hours and the ratio of caregivers to kids. But how many of us give a thought to environmental health? We should, because young children’s developing bodies are very susceptible to chemical exposures.Read full story
Phi Baby Kappa
We all want our babies to have the best start possible. How much do infant educational videos really help to boost the brain? Each hour of educational baby DVDs or videos that babies watch per day is associated with an additional 16.99 point decrease in language development scores on standardized testing, according to a study [...]Read full story
Apprentice, Athlete, Scholar, Poet – Part 3
The Scholar The scholar’s story is one of emotional and intellectual growth. Behind the scenes, your baby is gaining, not just strength and coordination, but a deep understanding of the way things work. While babies are learning to sit, for instance, they also learn to intuitively judge the speed of an approaching object, factor in [...]Read full story
Apprentice, Athlete, Scholar, Poet – Part 1
Introduction The toddler that rushes down the hall calling, “Mommy phone!” is dramatically different from the newborn you held in your arms a moment and an eternity ago. Astonishing and unparalleled growth takes place in the first two years – and it takes place in fits and bursts. Tomorrow’s complex skills build on today’s simpler [...]Read full story
Guess I’ll Go Eat Worms
One month after eating an earthworm on a dare, a 16-year-old girl developed a fever and nausea that lasted about 2 or 3 days, along with some mild swelling around her eyes. These symptoms went away, but over the next two weeks she also had a worsening cough and lost 5 pounds. The diagnosis?Read full story
Where and When Do Children Drown?
Many drowning tragedies are preventable; understanding where drowning happens makes it easier to prevent. According to a major study in the July 2001 issue of Pediatrics, infants are most likely to drown inside the home (in bathtubs or buckets) and toddlers are most likely to drown in swimming pools or hot tubs.Read full story
No More TV?
In a startling announcement in August,1999 the American Academy of Pediatrics officially recommended that children under age 2 watch no television at all. They pointed to the importance of face-to-face interactions with parents for child development.Read full story