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Special Needs

How to Help Special Needs Kids Cope with Social Anxiety

Written by Ashlee Kasten

Searching for coping tools for social anxiety in children? You can use several effective strategies to help your special needs child cope with anxiety. Let us help!

Special Needs

6 Hard Truths I’ve Learned Being a Special Needs Mom

Written by Judith Carter

Parenting a special needs child can be exhausting, both physically and emotionally, but it will also be the most rewarding thing you'll ever do.

Play, Special Needs

The 8 Best Indoor Activities for Blind Kids

Written by Amber Bobnar

Finding fun activities for your visually impaired child can be a challenge, especially when you are stuck inside all day!

Sensory Activities, Special Needs

Creating a Sensory Garden for Your Special Needs Child

Written by Amber Bobnar

Anyone can benefit from the sensory experiences in a garden, but sensory gardens are particularly ideal for children with special needs.

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Behavior

Behavior, Sensory Activities

Sensory Meltdown Survival Guide for Parents

Written by Tiffany Griffith

There are many remedies to handle your child’s sensory meltdown. They vary based on the environment and the type of sensitivities your child experiences. 

Behavior, Development

Self Help Skills: Helping Your Child Achieve Independence

Written by Leeann Pennington, M.ed, LPC

Self help skills are behaviors or activities performed by your child which lead to them developing more independence and autonomy.

Behavior, Sleep

Bedtime Tantrums: 22 Tips for Taming Tired Toddlers

Written by Dorothy Sebez

Bedtime tantrums are stressful, especially at the end of a long day. Perhaps you've even ended up throwing tantrums of your own.

Behavior

How to Discipline a One Year Old Gently but Effectively

Written by Amber Bobnar

Proactive discipline strategies can go a long way toward giving your child the freedom they need to learn and develop naturally.

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Education

Filter by: Braille and Literacy, IEPs, iPad Apps and Accessibility, Math and Science

IEPs, Special Needs

CVI Now Creates IEP Guide for Parents of Kids with CVI

Written by Rachel Bennett

Navigating the IEP can be stressful. Learn about the IEP process, what to expect, and how to develop CVI-specific goals and evaluations.

Braille and Literacy, Toys

The Best Braille Toys for Kids Who are Blind

Written by Amber Bobnar

Everything from alphabet blocks to raised line coloring pages and activity books to puzzles to card and board games... and so much more! And it's all in braille ready for...

Math and Science

20 Best Science Projects for Kids of all Abilities

Written by Amber Bobnar

All kids no matter their abilities or disabilities are curious and natural science learners!

Education, Special Needs

Returning to School 2021-2022: Concerns for Parents of Children with Special Needs and Medical Complexities

Written by Amber Bobnar

Virtual vs hybrid vs in-person learning? How to make the best back-to-school decisions for your special needs child.

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Development

Filter by: Communication, Fine and Gross Motor, Orientation and Mobility

Development

Help! My Baby’s Teeth Are Coming Through In the Wrong Order

Written by Ashlee Kasten

Noticing your baby’s teeth coming through in the wrong order can cause concern. Put your mind at ease with facts on your child’s tooth development.

Behavior, Development

Self Help Skills: Helping Your Child Achieve Independence

Written by Leeann Pennington, M.ed, LPC

Self help skills are behaviors or activities performed by your child which lead to them developing more independence and autonomy.

Development, Parenting

Baby Jumper Age Ranges: The Right Ages to Start & Stop

Written by Ilona Bannister

Jumpers give parents and caregivers a safe place to put the baby for a few minutes while they take a much-needed break or get other things done.

Development, Parenting

Help! How Do I Keep a Pacifier in My Baby’s Mouth?

Written by Amber Bobnar

The tricky thing about using a nighttime pacifier is keeping it in your baby’s mouth so both of you can get a restful, deep sleep. Here's our solutions. 

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Health & Nutrition

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Health & Nutrition, Parenting

Can I Drink Ensure While Pregnant?

Written by Sarah Villavicencio, BSN, RN

While Ensure can promote health, you’ll want to make sure you understand the ingredients and the quantities that are right for you.

Health & Nutrition, Parenting

Drool Rash vs Eczema: How to Tell the Difference

Written by Ashlee Kasten

Drool rashes are common among teething babies and cause irritating red patches on the face and neck just like eczema, but there are key differences.

Feeding and Eating

Help! Milk is Coming Out Of My Baby’s Nose!

Written by Laura Davies

Babies’ spit-up flows out fairly gently without causing too much distress while vomit is forcefully expelled by stomach muscles contracting.

Feeding and Eating

Help! My Baby Won’t Burp!

Written by Laura Davies

Burping babies isn’t foolproof, and you might find that your baby won’t burp! It could be that they just don’t need to.

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Parenting

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Breastfeeding

When Does Cluster Feeding End?

Written by Ilona Bannister

Cluster feeding can seem like a never-ending cycle of baby feeding and sleep deprivation. Fortunately, it's only a phase and does pass eventually.

Health & Nutrition, Parenting

Can I Drink Ensure While Pregnant?

Written by Sarah Villavicencio, BSN, RN

While Ensure can promote health, you’ll want to make sure you understand the ingredients and the quantities that are right for you.

Breastfeeding, Product Reviews

7 Best Mini Fridges for Storing Breast Milk of 2022

Written by Ashlee Kasten

Portable mini fridges are an ideal solution for storing breast milk. Their compact size fits small spaces with enough room to hold a good amount of milk bottles or bags.

Parenting, Sleep

Help! My Baby Won’t Sleep in a Bassinet

Written by Ashlee Kasten

Your baby won’t sleep in a bassinet? Don’t fret! Here are tips to get your little one to sleep in their bassinet so you can get some sleep too.

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Play

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Sensory Activities

21 DIY Sensory Activities for Infants

Written by Tiffany Griffith

We've gathered some effortless, inexpensive ways to create a variety of sensory play activities for you and your little one to enjoy.

Product Reviews, Sensory Activities

The 10 Best Sensory Toys for Autism of 2022

Written by Ilona Bannister

There are many sensory toys for children with special needs that will help develop their sensory systems as well as being fun. Here are a few of the best!

Sensory Activities

12 Seasonal Sensory Table Ideas for Hands-On Learning

Written by Tiffany Griffith

A sensory table is a container and table in one where you can set up fun materials for your child to explore and learn using their hands.

Behavior, Sensory Activities

Sensory Meltdown Survival Guide for Parents

Written by Tiffany Griffith

There are many remedies to handle your child’s sensory meltdown. They vary based on the environment and the type of sensitivities your child experiences. 

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Product Reviews

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Product Reviews

Cooluli Mini Fridge Review: Our Favorite Mini Fridge

Written by Amber Bobnar

The Cooluli mini fridge is perfect for storing medications, breastmilk, thickened liquids, and more!

Product Reviews

5 Best Baby Gates of 2022

Written by Ashlee Kasten

Searching for the right baby gate for your needs? Take a look at our list of the best baby gates. We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to!

Product Reviews, Sensory Activities

The 10 Best Sensory Toys for Autism of 2022

Written by Ilona Bannister

There are many sensory toys for children with special needs that will help develop their sensory systems as well as being fun. Here are a few of the best!

Product Reviews

11 Best Stroller Fans of 2022

Written by Lydia Mockensturm

We’ve compiled a list of the best stroller fans right here, along with the pros, cons, and any special features for each one.

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Potty Training

Potty Training

The Best Pull-Ups for Older Bedwetters

Written by Amber Bobnar

Pull-ups usually fit toddlers weighing from 15 to 50 pounds, but it is possible to find pull-ups in larger sizes for older bedwetters.

Potty Training

Potty Training Boys: 6 Strategies That Work

Written by Ilona Bannister

Here are some strategies that should make potty training your little boy a rewarding experience for him and for you.

Potty Training

Potty Training Girls: 11 Strategies That Work!

Written by Ashlee Kasten

Is potty training girls different than potty training boys? Yes! But these strategies will help you potty train your little girl with success!

Potty Training, Product Reviews

The 7 Best Potty Chairs of 2022

Written by Lydia Mockensturm

When you’re looking for the perfect potty chair for your little one, the options can be overwhelming. You may be wondering what type of potty chair is best.

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Sleep

Sleep

Fading Sleep Training: A Gentle Approach to Baby Sleep

Written by Natasha Combrink

Unlike other sleep training methods, the fading sleep training method uses a gentle approach to teaching your baby how to fall asleep independently.

Sleep

Is It Safe for My Baby to Sleep Face Down?

Written by Ashlee Kasten

Despite what grandma may have told you, a baby sleeping face down is no longer doctor approved. Get the latest safe sleep recommendations here!

Sleep

5 Sleep Tips for Moms of Newborns

Written by Kaley Medina

It is incredibly important for new moms to get as much sleep as they can while navigating life with a new baby.

Sleep

Dressing Your Baby for Sleep: A Parent’s Guide

Written by Hayley Chalkley

Sleep is essential for survival and sanity. Dressing your baby for sleep in the right clothing will help give them (and you) the rest we all need.

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