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Information and inspiration for parents and caregivers of babies, toddlers and preschoolers

Mom and daughter on slide

Quality time doesn’t have to cost a thing

Read the story of how an unexpected car repair bill led a single mom to realize that the best we can give our children starts with ourselves.

Father and toddler son reading together

Podcast: Reading, Language and Early Literacy

Learn how you can help your baby or toddler develop a love of books and the skills they’ll need to learn to read.

Playtime is serious business for young children

Playtime is serious business for kids

​Play​ is a natural and important way young children discover and learn. Parents and caring adults can do their part by getting in the game.

Toddler playing in the pantry

Is my 1-year-old’s behavior naughty or normal?

Getting into things, unrolling the toilet paper and dropping food on the floor are part of how your baby makes sense of the world.

Picky eaters - toddler not wanting to eat food

Babies and toddlers can be fussy or picky eaters. Sometimes it’s more serious.

Children with pediatric feeding disorders are more than fussy babies or picky eaters. But it can be very hard for parents to recognize the difference.​

Hug your baby early and often. It’s good for the brain.

It makes sense, but now there’s research that the more ​gentle touching the better for a baby’s brain.

Baby reading a book

Growing a reader from the very beginning

Reading with your baby is a great way to help them build language skills and form a close bond with you.

Parentz Pod Episode 1 The Basics of Child Development

Podcast: The Basics of Baby and Toddler Development

This episode is about the most important and useful things for parents – especially new parents – to know about child development.

Mother playing with daughter rattle

Pay attention to your child’s development

Every child develops at their own pace, but there are certain milestones they should reach from birth to 5 years old.

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