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What to Do When Your Toddler Wakes Up Crying

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What to Do When Your Toddler Wakes Up Crying

For kids, going to sleep means having to spend time by themselves...away from you, so they may be especially needy when they wake up. They are experiencing separation anxiety, which is completely normal. As toddlers develop their sense of independence, they start to become more aware of being separated from their parents or caregivers.   How you can help your toddler's emotional development: Positive start Take a moment to reconnect with your little one first thing in the morning. A snuggle and a short conversation can go a long way and may help them behave during the day. Set aside...

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How to Sleep Train a Baby

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How to Sleep Train a Baby

Teaching your baby to fall asleep on their own is no easy task. But it will help both you and your baby get a good night's sleep...with less crying along the way. Remember, what works for one baby may not work for another. Each child is different, so don't be too hard on yourself if something that worked before doesn't work again.  Know how much sleep your baby needs According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), here's how much sleep a child needs by age: Newborns (0-3 months) Recommended: 14-17 hoursMay be appropriate: 11-13 hours (Not less than 11 hours)...

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Keeping Baby Safe

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Keeping Baby Safe

After about 7 months or so, your baby will start crawling and eventually graduate to walking. This is also when their curiosity peaks and they seem to get (or try to get) into everything they can reach.  To prevent any accidents or injuries from happening, you'll need to baby proof your home...but still make it livable for the rest of the family. The key is to put yourself in the baby's shoes and visualize how they see things at floor level. Don't be afraid to get down and crawl around your house. Here's a rundown of the most common household hazards...

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5 Mistakes New Parents Should Avoid Making

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5 Mistakes New Parents Should Avoid Making

Everyone hates to admit it, but every parent makes mistakes, even your own parents. But we've compiled a list of the most common parenting mistakes so hopefully you can stop yourself from making them too.  1.  Worrying about every little thing and assuming the worst. Many new parents panic about things like spit up, coughs, bowel movements, appetite... pretty much a lot of things a baby does. It's normal to worry since you've probably never had to take care of an infant before. But this may be bad for the child since they can sense the anxiety. It also gets in...

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Nap Time Isn't Just For Kids Anymore

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Nap Time Isn't Just For Kids Anymore

Desperate to close their eyes in hopes of getting a small burst of energy, many new parents crave the peaceful slumber they used to have before the baby arrived. They would preach to their childless friends, "Don't take sleep for granted. Enjoy it while you still can." When I was younger, sleep was always an afterthought since I "knew" that I could make it up anytime. But it wasn't until after I had a child, that something as simple as a bedtime routine would change so drastically. Night after night, I spent countless hours feeding, changing and soothing my precious baby. It...

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