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Taking the bite out of the molar meltdown

Generally, you can expect your baby's first molars to come in around the ages of 10-16 months. You can also expect some — maybe even a lot — of discomfort for your baby as they push through the gums—ouch!!

Big and blunt molars can be brutal for your baby and of course — for you too — when you see your little one in pain. Gerber has some good advice. Read on to check out the ABCs of baby molars to help ease the pain for everyone involved:

  • Apply pressure to the affected gum with your finger; rubbing the gum firmly might bring some relief.
  • Biting on something cold — a gel-filled teething ring or frozen banana — can help.
  • Cups or bottles of icy cold water might make her feel better.
  • Dab teething gel along the gum line to numb the pain.
  • Eating soft stuff — applesauce or puréed fruits — should alleviate some of the woes.

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Sometimes, Crawling is Hard

Yesterday baby Paul had his first physical therapy session to work on and improve his gross motor skills. He’s ten months old today, and according to our pediatrician and a physical therapist evaluation, he’s mildly delayed when it comes to sitting up, pulling up, and crawling.

And even though he’s just absolutely perfect in my eyes, we’re moving ahead and have penciled in physically therapy twice a month. So what are we hoping to get out of these sessions? Basically, to learn different exercises and activities to encourage active play.

You see, he’s a very content baby. So content in fact, that he’s perfectly happy to just sit on the floor without attempting to crawl or move around.

This week, we were taught three new exercises to work on:

  1. One to encourage sitting up on his own.
    Instead of me putting baby Paul down on his rump every time I set him down to play, I now put him down on his belly (which he does not like very much), and then through a series of movements, help him roll over into upright sitting position.
  2. One to encourage core strength.
    Paul has a very mild case of Diastasis Recti, which is a very common abdominal malformation found in babies, and in time will hopefully correct itself. But because of this condition, his core is weaker than most children his age. But because of Diastasis Recti, we’re working on strengthening his little belly with modified “baby sit-ups”.
  3. One to encourage mobility.
    Simple stuff like putting a toy just out of his reach, so he has to stretch off his bottom to grab it. His current favorite toy that he always wants to play with is this little BAMBI Thumper pal, which makes clicking and rattling noises when handled.

I will admit, many of the tips we’ve been given thus far by the physical therapist sound like “no-brainer” activities. But because my other three kids crawled by 6 months, and even walked by 11 months (which I now know is early), I think I’ve taken for granted simple milestones such as sitting up independently and learning to crawl by the first year.

So we’re in uncharted baby terrirory. But baby Paul is a trooper, and he’s super fun to play with so I don’t mind working with him on this minor mobility issues.

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How to Get Your Child Off the Pacifiers

Is your child so attached to his binkie that you worry he’ll head off to college with the darn thing? Relax: There are ways to separate them. Now. Moms share what worked for them.

Donate them (so to speak).

"I created a ‘letter’ from my son’s favorite cartoon characters that we put in an envelope and slid into our mail. The letter explained that pacifiers were needed for baby animals at a far-away zoo. I packed all of the pacifiers in a box and told my son I’d mail them off for the baby animals. After that it just took a reminder that we’d given the pacifiers to the baby animals. Soon he quit asking for his."
—Stacey S., mom of one, Jackson, Mississippi

Try the-dog-ate-my-pacifier trick.

"When I thought my daughter was old enough to give up pacifiers, I took them away and told her the dog ate them. After that, if she asked for a pacifier, I’d just say, ‘Oh, sorry; the dog chewed them all up.’ She thought it was funny and just let it go after a few days. The key is to be consistent: Once you take away the pacifiers, keep them away."

–Tiffany M., mom of two, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Put them out of commission.

"We tried everything with my daughter—big girl ceremonies, bribes, sending them off to other babies—and nothing worked. One day, when she wasn’t looking, I cut a tiny slit in each of her pacifiers. After that, they stopped making the desirable sucking noise. She declared them ‘broken’ and threw them away herself."
—Catherine C., mom of two, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Blame the great outdoors.

"When we decided it was time for my daughter to stop using a pacifier, we stopped buying new ones so her collection dwindled. Then, when she left the very last one in the backyard, we told her squirrels had carried it away. I didn’t feel bad about the little fib—she was way too old for pacifiers at that point."
–Renee C., mom of four, Lombard, Illinois

Do it on vacation.

"When my oldest daughter was about 2, we went on a family vacation and I ‘forgot’ to take the pacifiers with me. She was upset, but there were plenty of grandparents and cousins to distract her. It didn’t take her long to adjust to sleeping without one, and she never went back."
–Kelly C., mom of two, Ft. Worth, Texas

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The Power of a Multisensory Playroom

Sometimes playrooms serve as nothing more than a giant toy box. But with a little thoughtful planning, you can create a special space for your little one that’s designed to boost her cognitive development through multisensory play.

All of baby’s early learning happens through her senses. Multisensory experiences are crucial to her cognitive, physical, emotional and language development. According to Dr. Teresa M. Signorelli, child development specialist and Director of the Smadbeck Communication & Learning Center and the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Marymount Manhattan College in New York, the simple act of sorting shapes is actually a pre-literacy skill that must be learned before a child can learn to read. Even baby making eye contact is an important developmental milestone that has to take place before speech can begin to develop.

Because so many of your little one’s lifelong skills are developed through touch, sight, smell, taste and hearing, having a dedicated space where sensory stimulation can take place helps create powerful learning experiences for your baby or toddler.

“When designing a playroom, the main areas that you want to focus on are baby’s physical and intellectual development,” says Dr. Signorelli. “Maintaining a balance of tactile, visual and auditory information is key, because you don’t want to overload them with too much of one thing.”

 Here are some simple activities to engage your child’s senses in the playroom:

 Sight 

  • Stock a newborn’s playroom with toys that have light and dark contrasting colors. Black and white contrasts send strong signals that encourage baby’s brain growth.  
  • Blow bubbles! Even though she can’t create them, you can still do this activity in the playroom. If baby is six months or older, ask her to try and reach out and touch the bubbles to help her eye-hand coordination.
  • Stimulate your baby's sense of sight by playing hide and seek with her favorite stuffed animals or toys.

Touch 

  • Play with mushroom brushes and discover how they feel on arms, toes and hands.
  • Encourage early manipulative skills between 12-18 months by giving her rolled-up socks or soft balls to toss into an empty laundry basket.
  • Give older babies a chance to touch with their toes. Round up fabrics or materials with different textures and support baby by holding her under her arms while she touches and experiences the fabrics with her feet.

Taste & Smell

  • Eat in the playroom! It’s the perfect place to let baby explore foods with different tastes, smells and textures. Choose food that is developmentally appropriate for the age of your baby or toddler and contrast the flavors and textures for interest. This kind of experimenting could prevent picky eating later on.

 Hearing

  • Create a musical instrument station using old pots and plastic bowls; use wooden spoons to hit the objects and make music.
  • Collect toys and/or objects that make different noises. Shake, tap or jingle them and let baby hold and explore them with her hands.
  • Experiment with recorded music in the playroom to discover what kind of tunes baby likes best.

 

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4 Tips for Surviving Outings with a Newborn and Toddler in Tow

Now that my third child is 12 weeks old, I can say I survived the first 3 months of being a mom of three children, including a newborn and a stubborn 2-year-old. Not only that, but we managed to get out of the house a lot this summer. As a full-time working mom, maternity leave almost feels like a vacation. Maternity leave means doing things with the kids I can only dream of, such as story time, walks to the park, lazy mornings, and after nap snuggles. Let’s not forget nursing a newborn on the couch, while tracing every inch of his small little body with my finger. While on maternity leave, I refused to sit at home just because I had a newborn.  

When you have more than one child you don’t have the option of napping on the couch with your baby. Why not get out of the house and enjoy these days?

I will admit I was a little nervous heading into this summer, having three kids at home with me all day long. Then Ryker was born and I fell in love  with my family all over. Sure there were hard days when the 4 and 2 year old fought all day long or refused to eat breakfast and lunch. The good days made up for the hard ones though. I found that when we got out of the house my boys fought much less. They love being active and on the go, so that is what we did. Here are some tips that kept me sane on our outings no matter how big or small.  

Baby Wear

I can’t emphasize this enough, wearing your newborn will make your life much easier.  A newborn needs and wants to be close to mom.  Studies have shown that babies who are worn cry much less. Not only that, but baby wearing frees up your hands. Baby wearing allows you to chase your toddler around on the playground or grocery shop, while nursing your newborn. Not all baby carriers are created equal and not all babies are alike. There are many different types of baby carriers for all body types. If you are having a difficult time finding a baby carrier that works for you or your baby don’t give up. Seek out advice from other mom’s or visit Baby Wearing International to find a local baby wearing group near you.

Get Organized

Things seem to run smoother if I organize all of our gear (snacks, diapers, extra sets of clothes, and toys) the night before an outing, after the kids are in bed. Then in the morning I can focus on just one or two tasks instead of a long list, in order for us to get out of the house.  

Plan to Meet a Friend

If you are feeling really nervous about chasing around your toddler while caring for your newborn when you are out and about, invite a friend to come with you. This way you will feel obligated to go, instead of coming up with an excuse to not go. Also, another set of hands is always useful, particularly at an all-day outing like the zoo.  

Just Breathe

You’ve got this. So what if there are meltdowns and diaper blow outs? Nothing in motherhood ever goes as planned. Take a deep breath and enjoy this time with your little ones. They will never be as small as they are today, so you might as well take the time to explore fun activities with them at this age.

What are your biggest challenges when running errands or going on outings with 2 under the age of 2?  

This article was written by EverydayFamily from Everyday Family and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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Baby Sign Language: a Good Idea?

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Is baby sign language worthwhile?

Baby sign language — when babies use modified gestures from American Sign Language — can be an effective communication tool. Teaching and practicing baby sign language also can be fun and give you and your child an opportunity to bond.

Limited research suggests that baby sign language might give a typically developing child a way to communicate several months earlier than those who only use vocal communication. This might help ease frustration between ages 8 months and 2 years — when children begin to know what they want, need and feel but don't necessarily have the verbal skills to express themselves. Children who have developmental delays might benefit, too. Further research is needed, however, to determine if baby sign language promotes advanced language, literacy or cognition.

To begin teaching your child baby sign language, familiarize yourself with signs through books, websites or other sources. To get the most out of your baby sign language experience, keep these tips in mind:

  • Set realistic expectations. Feel free to start signing with your child at any age — but remember that most children aren't able to communicate with baby sign language until about age 8 months.
  • Keep signs simple. Start with signs to describe routine requests, activities and objects in your child's life — such as more, drink, eat, mother and father. Choose signs that are of most interest to your child.
  • Make it interactive. Try holding your baby on your lap, with his or her back to your stomach. Embrace your baby's arms and hands to make signs. Or carry your baby and make the sign on his or her body. Alternate talking and not talking while signing. To give signs context, try signing while bathing, diapering, feeding or reading to your baby. Acknowledge and encourage your child when he or she uses gestures or signs to communicate.
  • Stay patient. Don't get discouraged if your child uses signs incorrectly or doesn't start using them right away. The goal is improved communication and reduced frustration — not perfection. However, avoid accepting indiscriminate movements as signs.

Keep in mind that, as you teach baby sign language, it's important to continue talking to your child. Spoken communication is an important part of your child's speech development.

This article was from Mayo Clinic and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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Working Mother "Best in Play": 20 Winning Toys from the 2014 American International Toy Fair

Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair by Fisher-Price

By Jennifer Kelly Geddes, Working Mother

Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair by Fisher-Price

Your tot will scramble to sit on this bright and sunny perch when he realizes it plays songs and phrases each time he gets up. Smaller babies are equally entertained by lifting the seat to peek inside or hide blocks and books. We also love the light-up remote and flipbook that never get lost-they're smartly attached to the chair's arms.  And this genius toy's content can be updated with new songs and more complicated phrases to challenge your toddler's developing mind. Ages 6-36 months, $40.

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Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Chair by Fisher-Price

Your tot will scramble to sit on this bright and sunny perch when he realizes it plays songs and phrases each time he gets up. Smaller babies are equally entertained by lifting the seat to peek inside or hide blocks and books. We also love the light-up remote and flipbook that never get lost-they're smartly attached to the chair's arms.  And this genius toy's content can be updated with new songs and more complicated phrases to challenge your toddler's developing mind. Ages 6-36 months, $40.

Smart Shots Sports Center by VTech

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Smart Shots Sports Center by VTech

Traditional wooden playthings are always in style, but we can't forget those brilliant tech toys! This 2-in-1 soccer and hoop combo counts baskets after every swish and chirps a happy noise when a goal is scored. It also features twisty gears, a book to "read" and three buttons to press to hear silly tunes and learn shapes and opposites. But it's the super cute LED screen on top displaying animated shorts and calling out letters and numbers that makes this toy a slam dunk. Ages 1-3, $40.

Matching Game Who Lives Where by Haba

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Matching Game Who Lives Where by Haba

It was hard to decide which feature we like the best here-the sweet expressions on each animal's face, the fact that this toy suits a tot's stack-and-nest stage to a tee, or that little ones can sort and count, plus learn to gauge size, practice their colors and

pretend to run a zoo! Younger kids can try to fit the animals in each box, while older ones will notice the built-in clues (the side panels match each creature's color) to quickly find the right homes. Ages 18 months+, $40.

My First Shop by Duplo

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My First Shop by Duplo

Duplo blocks are the gateway toy to Lego, perfectly sized to fit chubby hands and designed for easy manipulation. Of course your toddler can practice his building skills, but he'll also learn what happens at the grocery store as he plays alongside Mom or Dad. Driving, parking, strolling the aisles, choosing bread or apples, paying with the "money" block and then loading up the car to go home are all chances to reinforce language, colors and counting. Ages 2+, $25.

Coccimemo by Janod

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Coccimemo by Janod

This adorable memory game uses the ladybug's spots to cover up the answers-just lift a black circle to make a match. Inserting different disks, including ones with farm animals, colored fish and vegetables, changes up the game and tests your toddler with more a challenging array of choices. We also love the compact size, perfect for popping into a carry on bag or beach tote for this summer's vacation. Ages 2+, $30.

Learning Play Microscope by Manhattan Toy Company

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Learning Play Microscope by Manhattan Toy Company

A young toy designer had this microscope idea in his portfolio and was able to turn it into a winner for future scientists. Three lenses (clear, colored and kaleidoscopic) can be placed on the scope and peered through to examine different specimens. Turn the side crank to adjust the "focus," and then let your tot discover new germs in the Petri dish-or simply gaze at the cool patterns on the geometric disk. Quiet exploring for a toddler? Priceless. Ages 2+, $30.

Tunnel 'N Dome Climber by Little Tikes

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Tunnel 'N Dome Climber by Little Tikes

Bright colors and a multitude of shapes decorate this attractive indoor/outdoor climbing structure. Babies can learn to pull up by holding on to the squares on the lower level, while older tots will scramble through the tunnel to reach the middle of the dome. It's a fort, a clubhouse, a jungle gym, a pirate ship-or anything else your child imagines it to be. Ages 3-6, $150.

Balancing Tree by Plan Toys

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Balancing Tree by Plan Toys

These simple rectangular pieces can be elegantly stacked, creating a lovely tree in graduated shades of yellow and green. But beyond this Zen object is a fun game to be played with the six birds. Take turns arranging the fowl on the branches-without tipping it over (whoever places the most, wins). And don't just build a vertical tree! Stack the pieces on end and top with others to make a fence or bird-on-a-wire design. Ages 3+, $15.

The DIY Dream House by Hape

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The DIY Dream House by Hape

This chic three-level abode features mod patterns on the walls, color-coordinated furniture and smart details (a flat screen, lamps, tiny bath towel, matching throw rugs-even a Lucite elevator that operates via pulley). The DIY aspect comes into play at back of the house-there are three chalkboard inserts for drawing doors, windows, flower gardens and trees. Four of the rooms are set (bath, bed, living and kitchen), leaving the top two spaces completely open-ended. Your young homeowner might create a home gym, office-or an art studio. Ages 3+, $200.

Interchangeable Puppet Theater by Preschool Collection/Maxim Enterprise

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Interchangeable Puppet Theater by Preschool Collection/Maxim Enterprise

A knight in shining armor gallops through the forest in search of his beloved princess. But what's this-the maiden has fallen in love with a lion and wants to run away with him instead? Yup, with a quick flip of the scenery, the story line takes a turn. On one side you'll see leafy trees flanking the stage, while the other features clouds floating overhead and stone castle towers. Get your tickets now

to see the four sweet finger puppets act out your budding thespian's latest tale. Ages 3+, $60.

My First Crayola Super Stamping Kit

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My First Crayola Super Stamping Kit

Most stamps are too small for little hands to use (and don't get us started on how badly ink pads can stain!). To the rescue: Crayola's super-smart stamping kit has large shapes for easy grasping (stars, circles, hearts and squares) and washable

ink in two different colors. This kit is packed with crayons, stickers, colored pencils, construction paper, safety scissors and stickers so your kid can decorate placemats, wrapping paper, birthday cards and more.  Ages 3+, $20.

Safari Set by Magformers

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Safari Set by Magformers

Want to build a 3-D yellow and green ostrich? What about a toucan with a triangular beak? A modern zoo or African safari is easy to create: all of the 83-piece Magformers magnets attract and connect and are safely tucked away inside brightly colored building shapes. P.S. If your geometry's a little rusty, bone up before you sit down to play-this set contains hexagons and trapezoids! Ages 3+, $150.

Snacks & Sweets Food Cart by Melissa & Doug

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Snacks & Sweets Food Cart by Melissa & Doug

Who doesn't

love an ice-cold soda or a Chipwich from a street vendor? This toy recalls that classic New York City icon, complete with hot dogs, pretzels, ketchup and mustard, and all the creamy treats kids love-Popsicles, cones, lemon ice and more. The bright awning advertises savory choices on one side and then flips to show sweets on the other. Plus, this cart really rolls, so kids can move it around the house or backyard as they sell their products. Ages 3+, $200.

SmartMax Factory with Car by Smart Toys and Games

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SmartMax Factory with Car by Smart Toys and Games

We were instantly sold on the easy-grip magnetized parts that make this toy a breeze for little hands to assemble. The play is two-fold: Not only can the structure be newly made each time (there's not just one way to build the factory), but your worker bee will delight in dropping the silver ball down the chute so it lands in the dump truck. He's learning cause and effect when the ball rolls and also honing fine motor skills as he snaps the pieces into place, which makes this pick a win-win. Ages 3+, $50.

Tabletop Fruit Stand by Ever Earth/Maxim Enterprise

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Tabletop Fruit Stand by Ever Earth/Maxim Enterprise

Fresh pears for sale! Plus bananas, oranges, apples and such, all adorably stacked in this handsome wooden fruit stand. Lots of hands-on learning takes place in a produce shop (counting, sorting, colors), as well as pretend play (buying, selling, even "tasting"!). Two small chalkboards are ready to display the day's specials, and the striped awning shades your young shopkeeper's wares. We also love how quick it is to build this item-just seven screws hold the pieces in place. Ages 3+, $80.

Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Up and Around Sodor Adventure Tower

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Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Up and Around Sodor Adventure Tower

Most train sets end up spread all over the living room or require a big table to accommodate the tracks. But this smart one from good ol' Thomas has a compact vertical design that can easily rest on a bookcase or coffee table. A magnetic crane, cargo car and that familiar blue engine are included, along with tracks, a tunnel and easy-to-assemble walls. And the three roomy levels mean there's room for a little brother to take a turn as conductor and help push the cars. Ages 3+, $200.

Trix Track Safari Track by Wonderworld

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Trix Track Safari Track by Wonderworld

The allure of a marble run is watching the tiny ball wend its way down, down the track, around the curves, dropping through holes until it arrives at the final destination-a little cup or bowl. This version is a takeoff on the classic, but with a wild twist: Safari creatures are incorporated into the run, including a giraffe, an elephant and crocodile "steps." Multiple track designs can be built and little blocks can be added-and then toppled-at the end for an extra laugh. Ages 3+, $70.

Barbie Entrepreneur by Mattel

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Barbie Entrepreneur by Mattel

We at Working Mother

are always behind woman entrepreneurs-and this Barbie is no exception! She's been a nurse, an Olympian and a dentist-and she's also taught aerobics, ministered to pets and run for President. But Barbie's latest endeavor is definitely the most creative-and contemporary: She's starting her own business. Her chic dress and black patent pumps channel Audrey Hepburn, yet her briefcase is filled with the most modern of gadgets, including an iPhone and iPad.

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The Big Creativity in a Can by Faber-Castell

Another rainy day? Your kids just might pray for wet weather for a chance to break into this can of awesomeness. Snip the textured and patterned paper into puppets, monsters, animals and more, and then decorate with pom-poms, feathers, googly eyes and foam shapes. Add in the glue, clay and colorful Popsicle sticks and the possibilities increase exponentially. We plan to grab this kit for our own kids as well as a couple of extras to stash in the closet for upcoming spring and summer birthdays. Ages 4+, $20.

Teeter Popper by Fat Brain Toys

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Teeter Popper by Fat Brain Toys

We were in stitches imagining our kids on these curvy neon wonders! All three designs have mini suction cups on the bottom that make a satisfying thwock when they're rocked and rolled. Your kiddo can lie inside, sit on top or stand with a foot on either end and hang ten, surfer style. Kids get to use their bodies and experiment with sound and pressure as they move and groove on this way-cool board. Ages 4+, $37.

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Books: Good to Read, Good to Chew On

Some research says that six-month-olds are not ready for books, which I personally disagree with.

I haven't had the luxury of doing an enormous study but I did read to Cedar practically from birth and by a year and a half he'd sit and look at books on his own. Now have a six-year-old who really loves story time. So I'm going with the earlier you start the better.

However, there's a difference between reading to your baby and making reading time fit your baby.

For instance, while your little one is still into eating rather than reading make sure you offer her books she can safely nibble. There are plenty of baby-proof, rip-free, fabric and soft plastic books out there. She can see words but not seriously harm the book.

Look at the book; don't simply read. It's okay to flip through a book and just talk about it with your baby or toddler. Ask questions about the pictures or place your finger on a picture or word and say it.

Grab a good mix. I've never limited the books I've read to Cedar by reading level. If he picks out a book "meant" for three- or nine-year-olds I don't argue. He loves books for many age groups and is even starting to like books with few pictures like Where the Sidewalk Ends.

Don't say no to repeats. Your baby and soon-to-be toddler will fall in love with certain books and you should read them over and over if that's what she wants. The first word Cedar ever recognized and pointed out on his own was a hard word. It was "Harold" which is likely due to the fact that he's made me read Harold and the Purple Crayon about 1,345 times.

Keep books within easy reach but make book rules. I'm pretty chill and we don't have all that many rules at my house. But since Cedar was a baby, I have stressed that he doesn't hurt books EVER. You don't color in them, rip them, step on them, etc. I have always kept his library of books where he can reach them and he's never hurt one yet. If you make books important, your baby will realize from the start that they are.

Don't just read at bedtime. Read as often as possible and give books, not toys, as some of your baby's birthday and holiday gifts.

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Drooling. Crankiness. Could it be...Teeth?

  • Drooling. Egad. I like everything about babies but the drooling. My son seemed to experience extended drooling (months and months) and drool was everywhere. But it is a sign that your little one is starting the teething process?
  • Biting: Maybe you notice it while breastfeeding or she'll just nip at your hand while playing. It's not a mean move — your baby just likes the counterpressure on her sore gums.
  • Irritability: Some babies get super cranky and some may just act a little off.
  • Insomnia: Technically your baby won't get insomnia but you might because she may be up and down, up and down, all night long. Night wakefulness is common during teething.
  • Coughing: Not a lot, just a bit of a cough caused by excess saliva.
  • Chin rash: My son the massive drooler got this due to irritation from his skin always being wet. If you can keep up, it helps some to try and wipe off your baby's face throughout the day with a dry cloth.
  • Ouch: A look of pain on your baby's face is common because who likes a tooth shooting through his gum — it hurts. Usually it's the first teeth that hurt the worst and then either babies adjust or quit complaining because painful expressions are less common the further into teething you two get.
  • Ear pulling: My boy never did this unless he had an ear infection, but some babies do pull on their ears due to pain in their mouths.

These eight good signs that mean your baby might be teething. Many of these signals can indicate something else though. If you have lingering doubts that one of these is not caused by teething, call or see your baby's doctor.

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Keeping Up with an Active Baby

By Jeana Lee Tahnk

My daughter quickly morphed from a docile, doe-eyed baby who was content on her back, staring at the environment around her, to a crazily active one who is taking advantage of her newfound mobility to get into everything. As soon as she learned how to crawl, she was off and moving, loving her freedom to explore.

Of course, an active baby requires parents to take action:

Babyproofing: This is the most important requirement when it comes to active babies. Any little piece of paper, a loose block or cracker that your older kids dropped on the floor several days ago are prime targets for mouth exploration. Since my baby is roaming the floors of the house right now, I have tasked the older kids with helping clear the floor path for her by making sure they pick up after themselves.

Speedy diaper-changing skills: The ability to crawl and the inability to lie still seem to go hand-in-hand at this stage. There's so much to explore now, it's understandable that babies have no desire to be on a changing table anymore. Swift movements and deft skills are the name of the game when it comes to diaper changes. Just make sure the diaper is on securely so it can handle those fast-moving thighs, or use a slip-on diaper for quick changes.

Lots of floor time: Be prepared to get down - and stay - on the floor. Your baby will love having you at eye level and using you as a climbing post/human pacifier. Whenever I am on the floor with my baby, I end up getting drooled on, climbed on and chewed. And I love every minute of it.

Distraction and diversion: While this age is clearly too young for any kind of disciplinary tactics, it's a great time to master the art of distraction. My baby's room has a floor lamp that admittedly is not the most baby-friendly. But whenever she heads toward it, I try to distract her and offer something else that's equally fascinating. This is also a good time to introduce the words, "careful" and "not safe."

A more relaxed attitude: If you like everything in its place and are a stickler for organization, this might be the time to let go a little. Babies are going to take all the magazines out of the special holder, they're going to "rearrange" the cabinet holding the plastic containers and aren't generally the best at keeping things organized. It's a short-lived phase ("short-lived" meaning a few years), but soon enough your magazines will be back in their rack.

The minute a baby becomes active, it opens up a whole new world for her and everyone else around her. The No. 1 priority is to make sure she's safe; after that, it's nonstop fun all the way.


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What are Rewards Codes?

15-character codes on participating Huggies® Products that you can use to earn Huggies® Rewards points!

Where can I find them?

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BOX OF DIAPERS/WIPES

REFILL BAG OF WIPES

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What are Rewards Offer Codes?

Offer Codes are limited-time offers to earn bonus points. They're 8 digits long and must be submitted at the same time as a participating product Rewards Code.

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