Toddler Development

Getting Over Thumb-Sucking

Thumb-sucking is a completely natural act of self-soothing that many babies begin when they are still in the womb. But while an infant sucking his thumb may look sweet and innocent, a five-year-old sucking his thumb may become the object of pity or ridicule. So at what point does thumb-sucking become a bad habit? And how can you help a thumb-sucker find other ways to soothe himself? » Read more

Language Delays: Is Your Child on Track?

By Elizabeth Seward

Every parent knows that all children develop at a different pace. While some kids seem to arrive at every growth milestone at lightning speed, others simply need a bit more time to get there. This is perhaps especially true in regard to language skills. » Read more

4 Tips to Get Your Toddler Talking

Longing to hear your tiny tot say a word or two? On average, toddlers are ready to utter their first words by one year or so. If you're feeling anxious to get your toddler talking, remember that every child has a timeframe to start speaking that’s just right for him or her. Are you eager to support your child’s budding language skills? » Read more

That’s What Friends Are For: Socializing Your Small Child

By Nancy Da Silva

For the first few years of their life, you are your child’s best friend. You’re the one they play with, talk to and depend on for all their needs. They lavish all their love and attention on you. » Read more

Improve Your Toddler’s Gross Motor Skills

By Maria T. Pepin

Gross motor skills refer to the development and strengthening of the large muscles in the body. For example: movements required for head control, rolling over, sitting up, crawling, standing and walking. Toddlers learn new gross motor skills by practicing until a skill is mastered. » Read more

7 Great Activities to Improve Your Toddler's Vocabulary

By Nancy Da Silva

For the first few years of their lives you’ve become attuned to every single nuance of your baby’s cries. You know which cry means they’re hungry, which means they need to be changed and which means they are in pain or uncomfortable. » Read more