How Much Cereal for a 4 Month Old

“A man finds out what spitting image means when he tries to feed cereal to his infant.

Imogene Fey

4-Month Milestone

Your child is now 4-months old. You have survived childbirth. You have overcome diaper emergencies and nights without sleep. Feeding with breast or bottle is easier than it used to be – in fact, you’re a pro now.

Maybe it’s time for the next step. Perhaps it’s time to put on the bib (yes, you might need one, too) and offer cereal and other solid foods to your baby. Continue reading

Best Diaper Bag for Cloth Diapers

When a new baby is on the way, there are so many decisions to make.  You need to select a car seat, a crib, and a stroller. Then, if you want to be more organized and prepared, you may want to consider other important items such as a box of diapers, baby bottles, pacifiers, and a diaper bag.

The list can be overwhelming and feel endless.  Some of your choices can happen fairly quickly just by asking a friend for a suggestion or you may find exactly what you want as you stroll through your favorite store or browse online. Others require a bit more thought and research.

I would suggest that taking the time to select the perfect diaper bag for your family will take a bit of consideration but it will save you from frustration down the road.  You do not want to find yourself without the necessary items needed to keep your baby fed and clean while away from home.  It is no fun to have to cancel plans simply because you are missing something essential for your little one. Continue reading

5 Reasons Why You Should Use Behavioral Therapy for Treating Your Child’s ADHD

Behavioral therapy has been around since the early 20th century with roots that reach as far back as the Roman times. Behavioral therapy emphasizes improving behavior, in combination with thoughts and feelings.

Behavioral therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are well known to be effective tools for improving mental health for many different types of mental ailments including depression, eating disorders, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder. Continue reading

5 Things You Should Never Say To Your Child

If you are a new parent, you will be told to read and speak to your child from the day they are born and as often as you can.

As your child graduates from babyhood into toddlerhood, you will most likely find yourself talking to your child even more. Most of it will be things like, “No. Don’t put that in your mouth” or “Don’t hit others with your truck!” Occasionally, you will also find yourself saying positive things like, “I am so proud of you” and “I love you”.

We parents often have to remind ourselves to focus on the positive and not the negatives when bringing up our children. And gosh, that can be extremely difficult, especially if your toddler is experiencing the Terrible Twos or Threes. Continue reading

The Best Long Range Baby Monitor

Jane and Adam’s baby, Billy was now 6 months old. Billy had been sleeping in Jane and Adam’s bedroom since birth but his constant sleep noises had disrupted his parent’s sleep for a long time. Billy’s doctor had said that it was okay for them to move Billy to his own room now. But Jane was still nervous.

“What if Billy wakes up in the middle of the night and needs me and I can’t hear him?” Jane said worried. Billy’s room was at the other end of the house and not next to theirs.

“Don’t worry, darling. We have the long-range baby monitor and I have tested it out and it works great. We will hear him, don’t worry!” Adam reassured her. He knew it was important for everyone’s sleep and sanity for Billy to make the transition to his own room. Continue reading

At What Age Do Babies Start Crawling?

According to the ‘Journal of Nonsense’, babies can start crawling by 3 days. Haha. Just kidding. But there are some real world baby record setters (some are a bit ridiculous, to be honest).

The real answer to the question of when do babies start crawling is…when they are ready! Not very helpful, huh?

The average age for babies to crawl is around 7 to 10 months. However, a few rare babies may start crawling by 3 months.

On the other extreme, some babies keep their parents waiting and don’t start crawling till they are 17 months!

We remember meeting a parent whose daughter did not start crawling till she was 14 months. They looked embarrassed as they shared this but is there any reason to feel bad? Continue reading

Best 7 Baby Jungle Gyms

Physical development for a baby is an important part of growing up. There are many businesses that now provide physical development classes for young babies such as My Gym.

However, what can you do for yourself at home?

Play mat, activity mat, activity gym, jungle gym- these are all items that have the same purpose. To provide your baby with a safe place to engage and play with toys while lying down or on tummy time in your own home.

One of the main purposes of a baby jungle gym is to help your little one develop hand-eye coordination, lengthen eyesight, provide tactile stimulation and increase motor development. Continue reading

The Most Interactive Books for Babies

A parent’s job is never done.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents and caregivers start reading to their babies as early as possible.

We know that this may not be easy, especially if you already are physically exhausted. However, you can make reading to your baby one of the best parts of your day. It’s a time when you can sit down (BONUS!) and just enjoy your time with your baby. Continue reading

Best homemade Playdough Recipes and Ideas

Playdough is one of the best value-for-money toys for young kids. It’s great for sensory and fine motor development, hands-on exploration, creative and imaginative play, storytelling, the introduction of basic scientific and engineering concepts and great for play dates and parties too.

However, one of the top concerns that parents have before they make a decision to give playdough to their young toddlers is…’What happens if my toddler eats the playdough?

Is It Safe for Kids to Eat Playdough?

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Best Toys for 18 Month Olds

18-month-olds are so cute. They look like tiny little people but still retain some baby fat and chubbiness. 18-month-olds are experts in charm with their cute little antics and smiles. This cuteness is essential to help you forgive them for the chaos and destruction that they tend to create around them.

If you are shopping for an 18-month-old, it’s a pretty fun experience as so much still amazes them easily. However, what kind of present would also be appropriate for their developmental needs? To figure this out, it helps to understand the developmental stages of an 18-month-old. Continue reading