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Feeding and Eating, Special Needs

Developing Self-Care Skills in Children with Disabilities

Written by Amber Bobnar

Mastering self-care skills can be especially empowering for children with disabilities, helping them to gain independence and confidence.

Product Reviews, Special Needs

11 Best Tools for Teaching Self Care to Disabled Kids

Written by Amber Bobnar

For children with disabilities, adaptive tools are essential for learning how to master self-care skills like grooming, hygiene, and self-feeding.

Special Needs

Understanding Visual Stimming in Children with Autism

Written by Donna Reese, MSN, RN, CSN

Children with autism may employ visual stimming to self-soothe. Find out more about visual stimming and ways to manage this often challenging behavior.

Special Needs

Developing Verbal Comprehension in Special Needs Children

Written by Jessica Holbrook, MSN, RN, CCRN

Developing verbal comprehension in special needs children can be particularly challenging. Here are some ways to improve verbal comprehension.

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Behavior

Behavior

Common Sources of Cognitive Distortions for Kids

Written by Linda Downey, MSW, LCSW

Does your child worry a lot? Cognitive distortions in kids can negatively impact mood and behaviors. Learn how to help your child overcome negative thinking.

Behavior, Special Needs

Global Developmental Delay vs Autism: What’s the Difference?

Written by Sarah Livelo, MD

Children with global developmental delay reach developmental milestones later, while those with autism spectrum disorder often exhibit behavior and social challenges.

Behavior

Help! Why Is My Baby Chewing on His Tongue? 

Written by Tiffany Griffith

If you're asking why your baby is chewing on their tongue, rest assured that it's a normal habit that most babies outgrow quickly.

Behavior

How to Deal With Sensory Overload in Children

Written by Lydia Mockensturm

You can help your child manage their symptoms and even prevent future meltdowns by learning how to deal with sensory overload.

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Education

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Math and Science

How To Make a Solar Oven: Step By Step

Written by Amber Bobnar

Building a solar oven is a great way to teach your child about heat, insulation, and the scientific method.

Braille and Literacy, Special Needs

How to Teach a Child With Dyslexia

Written by Ilona Bannister

Dyslexia can be challenging for kids and parents, but there are ways to teach a child with dyslexia to help them achieve their literacy - and life - goals.

iPad Apps and Accessibility, Math and Science

Sonokids Apps Introduce Space, STEM, and Sonification to Kids Who Are Blind

Written by Amber Bobnar

These iPad apps from Sonokids feature the astronaut character CosmoBally who teaches blind children about space and sonification.

Braille and Literacy, Education

11 Word Games to Help Kids With Dyslexia Recognize Sight Words

Written by Holly DiBella-McCarthy, MEd

Children with dyslexia have difficulty remembering words that don't follow conventional rules, such as high-frequency sight words.

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Development

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Development

How to Encourage Your Baby to Walk

Written by Hayley Chalkley

Given a safe space to practice and lots of loving attention, learning to walk comes naturally for most babies.

Development

The C-Section Shelf: Does It Ever Go Away?

Written by Jessica Holbrook, MSN, RN, CCRN

A C-section shelf is excess skin and fat that hangs over a C-section scar. You can make it smaller with diet and exercise or eliminate it with a tummy tuck.

Development

How to Help Teach Your Baby to Roll Over

Written by Ilona Bannister

Rolling over is a major baby milestone that you can help your baby reach with fun, encouragement, and of course, lots of tummy time.

Development

Developing Sensory Motor Skills in Children

Written by Tiffany Griffith

Developing sensory skills in your child helps their cognitive growth and fine motor skills while building physical strength, balance, and coordination.

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Health & Nutrition

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Feeding and Eating

Help! My Baby Won’t Take a Pacifier

Written by Tiffany Griffith

Why does your baby refuse to take a pacifier? How to safely use a pacifier with your baby and get them to take it and keep it in.

Feeding and Eating, Special Needs

Developing Self-Care Skills in Children with Disabilities

Written by Amber Bobnar

Mastering self-care skills can be especially empowering for children with disabilities, helping them to gain independence and confidence.

Feeding and Eating, Sleep

How to Wean Your Baby Off Their Bottle at Night

Written by Natasha Combrink

Getting enough sleep is something all parents yearn for. Knowing how to wean your baby off their night bottle is probably at the top of your priority list.

Health & Nutrition

How Long Does Teething Last?

Written by Dorothy Sebez

To get an idea of what to expect from your baby’s teething journey, it’s helpful to become familiar with the stages and symptoms of teething.

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Parenting

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Parenting

7 Creative Ways to Store Baby Clothes

Written by Ilona Bannister

Baby clothes can really pile up. Here are some of the most practical and creative ways to save your space, and your sanity, and keep the nursery organized.

Parenting

Pacifier Teeth: What Causes Them and Can They Be Fixed?

Written by Ashlee Kasten

It’s true, pacifiers can cause dental issues. But with education, you’ll be able to avoid or correct pacifier teeth.

Parenting

Creating Your C-Section Birth Plan

Written by Jessica Holbrook, MSN, RN, CCRN

A C-section birth plan is a great tool for both planned and unexpected cesarean sections. Having a plan relieves stress and gets your needs met during delivery.

Parenting

C-Section Scar Healing Stages and Care

Written by Jessica Holbrook, MSN, RN, CCRN

A C-section is a major surgery that will leave a scar. You can minimize scarring by caring for your incision in the first weeks after delivery.

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Play

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Toys

10 Cortical Visual Impairment Toys for Kids With CVI

Written by Leeann Pennington, M.ed, LPC

It's important to choose toys that are relatively simple in design, as complex patterns can be overwhelming for children with CVI.

Light Play, Product Reviews

The 5 Best Light Up Sensory Toys of 2022

Written by Ashlee Kasten

Light-up sensory toys have become a popular choice for helping children calm down. With our list of the best, you’re sure to find a toy your child loves!

Sensory Activities

Body Socks: 10 Fun Sensory Play Activities for Kids

Written by Gemma Clare

Body socks are incredibly versatile and can be both calming or stimulating, depending on how you use them.

Sensory Activities

Scooter Board Activities: 18 Sensory Play Ideas for Kids

Written by Tiffany Griffith

Scooter boards provide sensory input and limitless options for play. They promote cognitive, speech, and motor development while encouraging self-regulation.

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Product Reviews

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Product Reviews

7 Best Toddler Gloves and Mittens of 2022

Written by Ilona Bannister

As winter approaches it’s time to shop for mittens and gloves for your toddlers and you’ll probably need more than one pair!

Product Reviews

7 Best Infant Life Jackets of 2022

Written by Ashlee Kasten

Shopping for an infant life jacket? Our list of the best infant life jackets will steer you in the right direction.

Product Reviews, Special Needs

11 Best Tools for Teaching Self Care to Disabled Kids

Written by Amber Bobnar

For children with disabilities, adaptive tools are essential for learning how to master self-care skills like grooming, hygiene, and self-feeding.

Product Reviews

7 Best Toddler Backpacks of 2022

Written by Ilona Bannister

There are so many toddler backpacks to choose from—how do you figure out what to buy? Durability, practicality, and ease of use are key.

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Potty Training

Potty Training, Special Needs

Autism and Potty Training: A Parent’s Guide

Written by Donna Reese, MSN, RN, CSN

Potty training an autistic child comes with certain challenges. We break down toilet training for kids with autism to guide parents.

Potty Training

The Ultimate Potty Training Kit: Everything You Need to Start

Written by Ashlee Kasten

Ready to start potty training? Don’t start before you’ve assembled your potty training kit! We’ve outlined everything you need to potty train with success.

Potty Training

Potty Training Regression: 5 Tips to Get Back on Track

Written by Linda Downey, MSW, LCSW

Potty training regression occurs when a potty-trained child suddenly has consistent accidents. These tips can help parents get a child back on track.

Potty Training

A Guide to Elimination Communication Potty Training

Written by Ashlee Kasten

Looking to go diaper-free with elimination communication? Follow our guide to successfully potty-train your little one using these tips!

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Sleep

Feeding and Eating, Sleep

How to Wean Your Baby Off Their Bottle at Night

Written by Natasha Combrink

Getting enough sleep is something all parents yearn for. Knowing how to wean your baby off their night bottle is probably at the top of your priority list.

Sleep

When Is It Time to Stop Using a Sleep Sack?

Written by Ilona Bannister

Sleep sacks are cozy, safe alternatives to baby blankets which parents and babies love, but eventually, there comes a time to transition out of them.

Sleep

Why Is My Newborn Grunting and Squirming While Sleeping?

Written by Linda Downey, MSW, LCSW

Newborn grunting and squirming while sleeping is completely normal. Several factors contribute to the noise and movements your baby exhibits at night.

Sleep

What Should a Baby Wear Under a Swaddle?

Written by Gemma Clare

There are clear signals for what your baby should wear under a swaddle, so you can sleep easy knowing your baby is both snug and safe.

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