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Communication

Making immunization visits less stressful


A regular immunization schedule for children means quite a few shots in the first year, and this can make even the chillest child lose their cool. But immunizations are hugely important in helping to keep your little one healthy and protected against serious disease.

What is elimination communication?


Imagine a world in where even the newest newborns could let you know exactly when they need to poop or pee - it seems like something out of a movie, right? But believe it or not, some people believe we already live in that world and coach their babies to live diaper-less lives using a method known as "elimination communication."

6 things your baby's cry might mean


Sometimes babies cry for the sake of crying, but there's usually a pretty good reason. But how are you supposed to figure out what that is?

Baby sign language: the other imitation game


You don't have to teach your baby the entire alphabet, but baby sign language can be a really helpful way to make it easier for your baby to get her basic needs across.

When do most babies start talking?


There's always going to be that one overachiever at your baby's playgroup who starts talking at 6 months and leaves all the other parents vaguely concerned that their kid isn't talking yet (and who knows? Maybe your baby is that overachiever), but what is the normal timeline for babies to start talking?

How to help baby say your name


There are definitely more than four ways to help your baby say your name, but these might be a good place to start.

What are some common first words?


We all know what words we don't want to come out of your baby's perfect little mouth. But is there a way to influence - or at least predict - what the first few will be?

Translating baby talk


You could speak three languages and still not be able to get a full grasp of babyspeak. We can't translate everything that your baby is saying, but we can help clear up some of the more obvious mumbo-jumbo.

Making immunization visits less stressful


A regular immunization schedule for children means quite a few shots in the first year, and this can make even the chillest child lose their cool. But immunizations are hugely important in helping to keep your little one healthy and protected against serious disease.

Babies and body language


How does it feel to be a teacher? Whether you have a teaching degree or not, you're the person your baby is learning so much of what she knows about body language from - and she's learning more and more every day!

Twins and mysterious connections


You've probably heard stories about twins finishing each other's sentences, but is this luck, experience, or something else?

When should I be concerned about my baby not talking?


There are a huge range of times when it's "normal" for a baby to say her first words, but at a certain point, a delay could be a sign of a problem.

Learning to talk in a multilingual household


Babies' brains do plenty of amazing things in their first few years of life, and learning even one language fluently without any frame of reference is one of them. But what about the babies who learn two different languages at the same time?

Your toddler's secret language: Translating toddler-ese


Just because your baby is saying words now, that doesn't mean anyone she meets can actually understand them yet. Luckily, she has you on her side.

What is holophrastic speech and why is my child using it?


Can your baby say "holophrastic speech?" Probably not, but that doesn't mean she isn't using it!

Signs of receptive language in your contrary toddler


You'll know that your baby is learning receptive language when you can tell that she understands what you're saying. If your child's favorite word is already "no," it can be a little more difficult to tell if she actually understands your request or not.

Encouraging your one-year-old's growing vocabulary


your baby has always had plenty to say for herself, and now she is starting to be able to!

Echoing and learning to speak


If talking to your baby feels like having your very own parrot on your shoulder, don't worry - it's not a sign that you'll be flying the jolly roger and walking your foes off the plank, it's just another stage in your baby's language development.

Swearing around children


Your child's vocabulary is as pure as the driven snow ...right up until she overhears someone react after they stub their toe.

Talking to your toddler about your feelings


She might not know how to express them all the time, but, just like you, your baby has a wide emotional range. Talking to her about your feelings will help her understand her own and be able to use them in a healthy way.

Expanding your toddler's vocabulary


your baby's vocabulary may not be winning her any spelling bees any time soon, but with your help, the thesaurus of words that she knows is growing every day!

Teaching your toddler to tell the truth


your baby did not chop down that cherry tree! Or did she?

Should I make my child hug relatives?


When Grandma opens her arms for a hug and your baby leans into you, hiding her face and shaking her head, what's your next move? Many parents have memories of being pushed to hug relatives and family friends as children, but it might not be the best idea to continue that practice with your little one.

Teaching toddlers about indoor voices


Your toddler may not be very big yet, but her voice sure can be - which is why the indoor voice is a parent's best friend.

Talking to your toddler about their own feelings


your baby is pretty brave - even their own emotions are pretty mysterious to toddlers, and they have to face their feelings every day!

When do toddlers start to speak in sentences?


your baby may be speaking in words, but that doesn't mean she is anywhere near communicating politely. She is well on her way to full sentences, though, and you can give her a hand the rest of the way.

Your toddler and the full sentences of the future


It doesn't take a crystal ball to see that when words and phrases start to pop up in your toddler's mouth, full sentences aren't far behind.

Your toddler and body language


your baby's first word was something for the baby book, but what about the first time she let you know exactly how she felt about her breakfast just by the look on her face and the way she was tilting her head?

When your toddler is aggressive


Aggression can be surprising, and even shocking. When your baby acts in ways that are hurtful or inappropriate, it's up to you to step in and teach or remind her how to behave.

Encouraging language development as your toddler grows


Whether she is a chatterbox or more of a strong and silent type, she is learning more and more about language every day, and with a little help from you, she will be fluent any day now!

Toddler storytelling and self-narratives


your baby may not be much of a reader yet, but that doesn't mean she can't get a head-start on telling her own stories!

Does your toddler mumble?


Do her words zoom right past you? Does she say things with such conviction and sincerity that you're sure they must be words, you just don't know which ones?

Language development in the third year


What can your baby say? The question is, what can't she say! And the answer right now might be "plenty of things," but in the next year, it'll come closer and closer to "nothing!"

Teaching your toddler their own strength


You know how ants can carry objects that weigh thousands of times more than their own body weight? Well, toddlers aren't too far off, but toddlers tend to be a lot less aware of the damage they can do.

Pre-reading skills in the third year


your baby may only be a bookworm-by-extension from reading with you, but her pre-reading skills are growing stronger every day.

Games to help expand your toddler's vocabulary


your baby's getting pretty good at making herself understood, but the more words she knows how to say, the more sense she'll make sense to people who aren't you.

Helping your toddler practice conversational skills


In the next few years, the rapid vocabulary growth that your baby's been experiencing is going to start to slow down, but her language skills are going to keep growing dramatically.

Talking to your toddler about their day


"How was your day, your baby?" If that's not her favorite question, it may be time for a different approach.

Your toddler's grasp on grammar


Between the ages of two and three, your little one's language will improve in leaps and bounds. Her vocabulary is growing every day, but more than that, she is starting to understand grammar in a more complex way - and the mistakes she makes along the way only help her learn.

Should I correct my toddler's pronunciation?


As your baby learns to speak, she isn't going to get it right every time, but is it up to you to teach her better, or will she learn on her own?

Why does my toddler keep telling the same joke over and over again?


"Knock knock." If your baby only knows one answer to "who's there?" she's not alone.

When you and your toddler don't see eye-to-eye


It hurts to have your baby mad at you, but there are developmental reasons she might be getting angry a little more often lately.

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