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How Tall Will Your Child Be?


A common question parents wonder about is, "How tall will my baby be?" According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, a newborn will be approximately 19.9 inches long at birth, on average. Genetics don't play...

Baby Weight Gain During the First Year


It's one of the first facts you learn and share about baby; how much he or she weighed. What's considered low birth weight, and when is a big baby a bad thing? How about in the months to come; what's the normal growth pattern? Doe...

Baby Personality: Is Baby More Like Mom or Dad?


Does your son have his father's nose, but your dimples? Is your baby girl curly-haired like you, or freckled like him? Besides physical traits, we also look for ourselves to be reflected in our children in their personalities and...

The Importance of Touch to Your Baby


Everything about a newborn seems programmed to be irresistible to us; their big bright eyes, chubby cheeks and unbelievably soft skin. Touch is our first instinct upon giving birth, in most instances. But is there more to this imp...

Can Babies Swim at Birth?


Newborns come equipped with some built in skills, reflexes, which help them survive. One of these is a reflex that when in water, baby will turn his head and kick and paddle. However, that doesn't exactly constitute swimming. Baby...

Flat Spot on Baby's Head: Is it a Health Concern?


Approximately 20 years ago a new campaign started. Its goal was simple—lower the rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and potentially save thousands of babies' lives. Since then, the majority of parents have religiously place...

Guide to Your Baby's Physical Development


The first year of life is filled with lots of growth. Emotional growth, physical growth, mental growth and social growth are all a part of a baby's first year. While all these growths are important, let's focus on physical growth...

What Crawling Does For Your Baby


Parents love helping their little ones achieve their milestones, reach their developmental stages and grow strong and healthy. But what is the best way to help your baby learn to crawl? And is crawling really important? After all...

Age by Age Guide to Your Baby's Social Development


It's hard to imagine that your wrinkled newborn will develop his personality and actually begin interacting with people, but it happens sooner than many parents expect. It only takes a few weeks and your baby begins to respond to...

Age by Age Guide to Your Baby's Personality Development


Being a parent is an important job. A parent's main prerogative should be the healthy development of his or her child's social, physical and spiritual life. Knowing the attributes and characteristics of your baby's personality dev...

How Tall Will your Baby Be?


"You're baby's 22 inches long? He's going to be tall when he grows up!" Most everyone likes to speculate how tall a baby will be when he reaches adulthood. Some parents dream of their daughter becoming the short, small-framed gymn...

Help! My One Year Old is Not Walking!


Since day one your little bundle has been reaching every baby milestone right on time -- and even earlier. It sure felt great when he started sitting up unassisted at 5 months old! He started crawling at six months and you knew fo...

New Study Shows Infants Learn Language Before Birth


A new study out of Pacific Lutheran University and published in Acta Paediatrica in December states that babies in utero pick up on the distinctive sounds of their native tongue. The study led by psychology professor Christine Mo...

Newborns and Eyesight: What Can My Baby See?


Many years ago, doctors and scientists thought newborns were not able to see much in the first days and weeks after birth. Those early ideas about newborn eyesight are changing, and new information has led many parents to react...

Why Does My Baby Have a Flat Head?


Newborn babies often have unevenly-shaped heads, sometimes even an obvious flat spot. This is sometimes an after-effect of passing through the birth canal and resolves within about six weeks. But for doting new parents, the app...

9 Ways to Help Your Baby to Crawl


Around six to nine months of age, most babies begin to crawl. Some babies seem to just plop down and learn nearly instantly while others may struggle a little or have a crazy style such as going backwards or sideways. Helping...

Exercise Toys to Help Baby Learn to Walk


Like many developments and milestones your baby will experience, learning to crawl and walk is probably best aided by Mother Nature. Most babies crawl before they walk, and the muscles they strengthen while doing so will help them...

Autism Re-Defined


The official definition of autism is slated to change next year in 2013, and parents are worried. Experts with the American Psychiatric Association (APA) have proposed changes to the definition of autism, and parents are concern...

Guide to Baby's Speech Development


A parent's favorite sounds are a baby's first coo, giggle and the all important first words. However, when should baby say what and how well or often? Every child has his own timetable, but there are some guidelines to follow to l...

Baby Development Games -


Cheerios make an ideal beginning finger food. They are easy for chubby baby fingers to grasp and are low in sugars and high in fiber. Babies enjoy snacking on the cereal as well. About the time that babies are ready to eat finger...

Baby's First Words


By the time your baby is several months old, you will undoubtedly have separated the sounds, "Mama", or "Dada", from the rest of the busy babbling syllables. However, don't run for the memory book ready to record baby's first word...

Up and On the Go: Help Baby Achieve Physical Milestones


Baby goes from wriggling to running in a blink, or so it will seem in retrospect. However, all parents want to know when baby should do what, and how to help him get there. Rolling Typical time frame: Most babies roll over at 6...

Autism


Autism is a developmental brain disorder that affects one in 110 US children, and among boys the numbers are higher, closer to one in 70. Autism is part of a range of disorders called Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD, and can cause...

Speech Development Milestones


Long before a baby utters his first words, he is learning the rules of language and communication. The remarkable language journey starts in the womb when a baby absorbs different aspects of his native language structure. During t...

Developing Baby's Fine Motor Skills


Fine motor skills are those movements involving fingers, hands and wrists, and helping babies learn to hone those skills can be both simple and lots of fun for baby and parent. Some examples of the skills are things like grasping...

Educational Toys for Babies and Toddlers


From the beginning, play is a crucial part to a baby's development. Whether it's reaching for a mobile dangling from above him or her in the crib or a stack of blocks, playing helps infants and toddlers to develop a vivid imaginat...

What Do My Baby's Cries Mean?


Your baby is born with the ability to cry, which is how he or she will be communicating for a while. Your baby's cries generally tell you that something is wrong in his or her world. Soon you'll be able to recognize which need y...

Baby Development Milestones


Every new parent dreams of the day when their new baby has his or her firsts, such as lifting his or her head for the first time, crawling, walking, talking and more. These milestones are important, and a delay in any of these are...

Prepare Your Baby to Walk with Ease


One concern many parents have is teaching their baby to walk. It may seem like it just comes naturally—and to an extent it does! However, there are things you can do to prepare your baby to walk. Babies don't just wake up o...

Mom Teaches Parents To Sign to Their Babies


You've just had this beautiful baby. And then it happens—they cry, they fuss and you have no idea what it is they want. What's worse is that for the next 13 to 15 months you're going to have little clue why this new beautiful bu...

My 9 month old doesn't say mama or dada -- is something wrong?


Q My daughter is 9 months old, and she still does not say mama or dada. Is that okay? A In looking at developmental milestones, you need to look at other things that the baby should be doing, too. There is always a range of age w...

When should baby start to crawl?


Q I am aware that each child is different, but approximately when can you expect a baby to crawl? A Some babies can crawl as early as 7 months and as late as 10 or 11 months. If you have concerns about your baby's development, yo...

Developmental stage of a six-month-old baby


Q I'm trying to find out what stage my 6 month-old son should be at. At the present moment he eats 1 1/2 jars of baby food (stage 2) and drinks an 8 oz bottle of formula a serving (2). He is 19 lbs and stands 30 in tall. He wears...

Speech Development in the First Year


My 5 month old seems to be not verbalizing as much as she did last month, or even at 3 months. She is not making a lot of different sounds, or trying to mimic my words. I am concerned about this. She seems to be a little on the se...

3-6 Months Old: Social Devlopment


On of the most important social tools is language. This is how your baby will learn to communicate with the world. Experts believe that babies have an easier time than adults when it comes to learning language. At first, babies ar...

0-3 Months Old: Social Development


Babies are very social creatures, which love to be touched, held and smiled at. Your baby will enjoy watching your face, and may try to mimic you. As your child's first contact with people, you are the one who teaches her how to r...

3-6 Months Old: Mental Development


By three months, a baby's brain can distinguish several hundred different spoken words; many more than are present in his native language. The brain organizes itself around those words heard most frequently and begins to create an...

0-3 Months Old: Mental Development


After birth, your baby must still grow essential connections between her rapidly growing brain cells in order to be normal and healthy. These connections are the keys to learning and remembering. It is important that you provide a...

3-6 Months: Emotional Development


The part of your baby's brain that will eventually help her to manage and control her emotions undergoes a growth spurt. She begins to enjoy socializing with others and has a strong interest in looking at human faces. Experts beli...

0-3 Months: Emotional Development


In the first months of life, your baby is quite helpless. She relies on you to relieve her stress, distress, fear, frustration and other negative emotions. She becomes conditioned to the idea that the people around her respond and...

3-6 Months: Physiological development


Between the three and six-month period, you will see rapid physical development in your baby. As she gains weight and grows stronger, her large muscles develop strength and coordination, enabling her to make deliberate movements r...

0-3 Months: Physiological development


Contrary to previous widely held beliefs, the human brain is not fully developed at birth. In fact, a newborn's brain is about 25% of its approximate adult weight. After birth, it grows dramatically by producing billions of cells...