Measuring baby’s length

To measure your baby’s length all you need to do is lay her down on a flat surface and stretch a measuring tape from head to toes.

When tots can ride a bike

By 12 months parents can start checking with the child’s physician to see if they have the neck development to safely go for a bike ride. 

Breastfed infants and weight gain

Though they tend to have rounder more developed cheek muscles developed from sucking, breast fed infants gain weight at a slower rate than bottle fed infants especially after 6 months of age.

When teething begins

Although timing varies widely, most babies begin teething by about age 6 months. The two bottom front teeth are usually the first to appear, followed by the two top front teeth.

Strollers and airlines

Don’t check your stroller unless you plan to carry your child in a sling. Most airlines will allow you to push your stroller all the way to the gate and then check it.

Talking and singing to baby

Talk and sing to your baby. It is soothing to hear your voice.

Pretend play and milestones

It may not seem like a milestone, but if your toddler snaps your photo with a wooden block (like a camera) or bundles her bear into a blanket, she’s made an important development leap.

Baby and baby blankets

Babies love the warmth and security of their own blanket. Choose one that is small enough that they can carry it around as a toddler.

Decorating a child’s bedroom

When decorating a toddler’s bedroom choose a theme but keep it simple, usually choosing something from one of their favorite storybooks is a great idea.

Breastfeeding guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises breast milk or formula through 12 mos. (USDA guidelines require breast milk/formula through 7 mos.)

Communication with your kids

Talk to your toddler/child about what they and you are doing. Keeping up a steady stream of narration helps support their language development.

Nature walks are educational and fun

Go for a nature walk – Educational yet lots of fun. Your toddler will love exploring and collecting different treasures to bring home.

The best time to play with baby

The best time to play with your baby is when he’s alert and relaxed. Watch your baby closely for signs of being tired or fussy so that you can take a break.

Practicing Potty Training

Encourage toddler go through same steps when going potty like removing underpants, sitting down, releasing bladder, wiping up, flushing & washing of hands.

Common items can be bathroom dangers

Keep items like mouthwash, toothpaste and other kid hazard items away. Plungers can make a fun (if not disgusting) play toy to a toddler; don’t leave one by the toilet.

Ask your child’s opinion

Ask for your child’s opinion on things!   This helps them realize that what they say matters.

Mastering hand-eye skills

All the smaller, more dexterous movements that involve concentration and hand-eye coordination are fine motor skills. Your child starts mastering these skills with the pincher grasp.

Everyday materials for crafts

You can reuse materials such as egg cartons, yarn scraps, toilet paper tubes, and boxes for many activities.

Choking hazards

Be on constant guard for small toys and objects that can be choking hazards, batteries, coins, marbles, and pieces of toys from older siblings.

When todders begin drawing and coloring

By 18 months, it is age appropriate for your child to try scribbling with a crayon.