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Utensils and High Chairs: When is Baby Ready?

As baby begins to eat more solids, you may have some questions about high chairs and utensils. So when is baby ready for these things? Find out more! Using a High Chair: This usually happens around 6 months. It’s time to get a high chair when baby is sitting up on their own and starting … Continued

How to Keep Baby Safe During Bath Time

Splish-splash, it’s bath time! The bath can be a great place to play, work on sensory and motor skills, and even learn about the importance of staying clean! It can also be a key part of your little one’s routine. When it comes to safety, there are some extra steps to take during bath time. … Continued

Bath Time Routines to Help Parents and Baby

Bath time is essential for baby! It keeps them healthy, clean, and can even help with teaching them independence as they get older. But let’s be honest—bathing can also be a challenge! Baby may not want to get wet or in the tub, or may not like the sound of running water. It can be … Continued

How Can I Help My Toddler Learn New Words?

This is a guest blog post written by Stephanie Tuthill, M.A., CCC-SLP, and Becky Chamberlain M.S., CCC-SLP. It is so exciting when baby starts to talk! Your toddler is developmentally ready to talk around their first birthday, and will start adding new words to their vocabulary in the coming months. So what do you do … Continued

Take a Stand! How to Help Baby Stand on Their Own

Everyone talks about baby’s first steps—but what about baby’s first stand? It may not be a motor skill with quite as much celebration, but hey, it’s still a pretty big deal! So when does baby first start standing with support? Baby will begin standing by pulling on something to stand with support. Usually around 7-12 … Continued

What To Do If Baby Keeps Rolling Over During Tummy Time

Tummy Time is an essential move for baby’s development! But that doesn’t mean baby always loves doing it. In fact, many babies have trouble with the position. As baby’s core muscles get stronger and they begin to roll (around 4 months), they may try to roll off of their stomach and onto their back during … Continued

Dentists? Brushing? Feeding? What to Expect When Baby’s Teeth Come In

What makes a perfect baby smile? Adorable baby teeth, of course! This new phase of oral development can come with a lot of questions for parents. When can you expect those pearly whites to come in? What do you do if baby is showing signs of discomfort while teething? When do they need to start … Continued

What is Self-Soothing? Learn About this Important Social-Emotional Tool

There is no better feeling than being able to relax and let your troubles melt away. This form of personal comfort is called self-soothing, and it is an important, lifelong skill that can help with sleeping, managing emotions, building healthy relationships, and so much more. For babies and children, self-soothing is being able to calm … Continued

How Playing in Nature Helps Your Child’s Development

“It’s a beautiful day, get outside and enjoy it!” How many times have you heard this throughout your life? Probably a lot! It’s a part of human nature to enjoy the great outdoors (when the weather is to our liking, of course). But did you know being outside can have actual benefits for your child’s … Continued

Why is Baby Crying? Here Are the Top 5 Reasons

As much as we wish baby could always be smiling and giggling, it is a fact of early life babies will cry—a lot. They will usually cry on a daily basis, and especially in their first few months of life. As a newborn, crying is a way of communicating with you about their basic needs. … Continued

What is the Vestibular Sense? Understanding the “Balance” Sense

At every age, senses help with more than just seeing, smelling, tasting, feeling, and hearing. Senses play an important role in everything from staying balanced, to riding a bike, to knowing when we’re hungry and thirsty. Here we’ll dive into the vestibular sense, also known as the balance sense. Learn more about all the senses … Continued

What is Proprioception? Understanding the “Body Awareness” Sense

At every age, senses help with more than just seeing, smelling, tasting, feeling, and hearing. Senses play an important role in everything from staying balanced, to riding a bike, to knowing when we’re hungry and thirsty. Here we’ll dive into a sense called proprioception, also known as the body awareness sense. Learn more about all … Continued

What is the Interoception Sense? Understanding the “Internal” Sense

At every age, senses help with more than just seeing, smelling, tasting, feeling, and hearing. Senses play an important role in everything from staying balanced, to riding a bike, to knowing when we’re hungry and thirsty. Here we’ll dive into a sense called interoception, also known as the internal body sense. Learn more about all … Continued

How To Make Sure Baby Gets the Nap Time They Need

We know that sleep is essential for childhood development. In fact, children will spend 40% of their childhood asleep! So, how much of that sleep should be from naps? How long should your baby nap for, and is there an age when napping should end? Here are some helpful napping tips, so you know where … Continued

How Baby’s Motor Development Impacts Their Feeding

Starting solid foods is an exciting milestone for baby! It opens up a whole new world of tastes and textures for them, and you can start to learn more about which foods are their favorites. Baby typically starts solid foods around 4-6 months of age, but did you know that baby’s readiness to start solids … Continued

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids That Can Be Done At Home

Thanksgiving is known as the holiday when we gather around the table with family from near and far, express our gratitude, and eat a great meal. This year, Thanksgiving may look a little different, but it can still be a memorable and special day, particularly for your little ones. So how can you still make … Continued

Prematurity and “Corrected Age”: What Does it Mean?

Have you heard of “corrected age” or “adjusting for prematurity”? If you have a premature baby, you may see this on websites and content about infant development, including our own Pathways.org brochures and checklists. You may also notice that your premature baby is behind in meeting some of their milestones based on their actual age. … Continued

Celebrating the Holidays from a Distance

The holidays are typically a time when families from near and far come together to celebrate. This year may look a little different, and you may be concerned about the impact this will have on your child. After all, many treasured childhood memories are made during the holidays! But you can still have fun and … Continued

Teach Your Child About Giving with These Fun Activities

The holidays are a time of giving thanks, giving gifts, and giving back. When children learn about the value of giving back at a young age, it becomes an important part of their lives. So here are some engaging and family-friendly activities to introduce your child to the art of giving to others! Donate old … Continued

Try These Games and Activities at the Dinner Table

We know that family meals can be a great time to strengthen bonds, improve communication skills, and learn about healthy eating habits together. Here are some dinner table games and activities that your family can do to make dinnertime even more special! Make a conversation jar. At the beginning of the week, have each family … Continued

Can Music Help with Baby’s Brain Development?

Can Music Help with Baby’s Brain Development? Baby’s brain is constantly developing and making new neural connections. So many things around them can have a positive impact on their development—including, as some researchers believe, music! So, why is music so impactful? We know that music engages many regions of the brain at once. It is … Continued

Understanding How Your Baby’s Brain Develops

Just like their bodies, a child’s brain is constantly growing and developing! In fact, the first year of a child’s life is one of the busiest periods of brain development. The brain produces more than a million neural connections each second during this time as it develops rapidly. Neural connections are key to helping children … Continued

At-Home Halloween Activities to Make This Holiday Extra Fun!

Here are some ways to celebrate Halloween at home, while still helping your child’s development! Motor Activities Make a Halloween sock puppet: Using sock and art supplies such as paint, buttons, glitter and glue, make sock puppets of Halloween characters like jack-o-lanterns, Frankenstein, ghosts or witches! Crafts like this help with fine motor skills. Always … Continued

Understanding Neuroplasticity: How Your Child’s Brain Learns and Develops

You may have heard before that what your child learns as a baby creates the foundation for their future. You also may be wondering, how is that possible? If my baby or young child won’t be able to remember this time of their life, how will it “set the stage” for the years to come? … Continued

How to Burp Baby—and Why They Need to Burp

Burping baby is a common part of baby’s daily routine. But you might wonder, what causes the need for baby to burp, and why do they need assistance to burp? Burping is caused by the swallowing of air. The most efficient way for the air to be released is through the mouth, but many of … Continued