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When to know it's go time

Knowing when your child is ready for toilet training

  • child development

Timing is everything with potty training. The key is waiting for the signs that your toddler is ready.

conversation helps kids develop language skills

“In child development, conversation is the golden nugget.”

  • infants

What’s the best thing parents can do to support their child’s development? We asked Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, an expert on how young children learn and…

The power of pretend play

The power of pretend play

  • child development

When toddlers engage in pretend play, they are doing much more than just​ having fun. Discover why pretend play is so important.​​​

Born to learn

Never too young to learn

  • infants

It wasn’t obvious to this first-time dad, but it’s never too early to start talking, reading and playing with your newborn.

Home Safe Home

Home safe home

  • toddlers

Childproofing tips to provide a safe place for your little one to explore and learn.

TV time and language

TV and videos don’t help very young children learn new words

  • early literacy

Babies and toddlers develop language skills by listening and interacting with caring adults – real talk with real people.

How to swaddle a baby

How to swaddle your baby

  • infants

​M​ost newborns love being swaddled. It calms them down and can help them sleep better. Here’s a step-by-step on the art of the swaddle.

Childcare podcast

Podcast: What to look for in quality child care

  • early learning

​Choosing a child care setting for your infant, toddler or preschooler is a big decision. Learn about the elements of a quality setting so you can make a…

Your baby can read your mood

Babies sense parents’ emotions to help understand their world

  • infants

When can babies start to pick up on their parents’ emotions? From birth.

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