Posts tagged: Ages + Stages

  • SPF + Babies: Everything You Need to Know, Plus the Safest Brands  

    SPF + Babies: Everything You Need to Know, Plus the Safest Brands  
    You’ve probably heard the stats: all it takes are a few bad sunburns in childhood to double a person’s chance of developing skin cancer. But what exactly is in the SPF we’re supposed to slather on our babes (that is, after six months), and which brands offer the safest, most effective ingredients? Read on before you hit the kiddie pool. Babies Under 6 Months: An umbrella, stroller canopy, and lightweight, long-sleeved clothing are your best bet for sun protection if you’ve got a little babe under six months. Doctors recommend...

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  • How to Get Your Child to Sleep in Their Own Bed—All Night Long 

    How to Get Your Child to Sleep in Their Own Bed—All Night Long 
    You beat the four-month sleep regression. Convinced your standing baby to let go of the crib rails and lay down for naps. It’s sleep victory—at least until you roll out the toddler bed. If you’re dealing with midnight visits to mom and dad’s bed, endless water requests before lights out, or a painfully early riser, check out this try-it-tonight advice from childhood development and sleep expert Julie Wright, MFT, founder of The Happy Sleeper. Think of the bedroom as an ‘expanded crib’ Gearing up for the crib to toddler bed...

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  • The Real Reason Organic Matters to Your Baby

    The Real Reason Organic Matters to Your Baby
    When you’re cruising the grocery store aisle for baby food, it’s almost harder today to find jars and pouches that aren’t organic. But when it comes to getting your little dressed? Totally different story. Loads of babies live in cotton—yet organic cotton makes up less than 1 percent of all cotton grown in the US (despite the boatload of info we’ve got about the benefits of shopping organic, especially for tiny babes.) While cotton sounds super gentle and safe, it’s actually a crop that—unless produced with organic farming—receives a ton...

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  • How Do Cloth Diapers Work?

    How Do Cloth Diapers Work?
    Cloth diapers can feel intimidating—there’s the old-school origami-style folding, the prospect of having to, um, deal with the contents inside, and the fact that there are over a dozen different types. But the truth is they’re not all that complicated. (Don’t forget we live in the age of the NoseFrida—today’s cloth diapers aren’t your Grandma’s.) Read this primer to decide if they’re worth a shot for your family. The Options: Flat or Prefolds Traditional and super cheap (just a few bucks each), these diapers essentially look like a dish rag...

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  • 8 Things You Should Know About Montessori School

    8 Things You Should Know About Montessori School
    From Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Montessori school has some high-profile, deep-thinking graduates. The basic concept behind Montessori—let kids learn through discovery, instead of instruction—can feel vague and mysterious to those who haven’t stepped inside the walls of this less than traditional education system. So to set the scene for interested parents, we chatted with Kitty Bravo, Director of Education at the Center for Guided Montessori Studies, about what to expect. The classroom is the teacher Montessori classrooms are lined with wall-to-wall activities...

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  • St. Patrick's Day Craft + Story Time

    St. Patrick's Day Craft + Story Time
    'Tis the season for good luck, leprechauns and rainbows! We tapped Katie Baumgartner of Make to Celebrate to come up with some festive activities to help your little celebrate St. Paddy's Day—take a look at her colorful suggestions.1. Make Leprechaun BinocularsThis one's super easy to do at home—simply glue or tape two paper rolls together, and use little scissors to make a slit in each one to add a string. Your child can use paint sticks (these Kwik Stix are a teacher favorite because they dry super fast!) to decorate...

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  • Q+A: Kate Arends of Wit & Delight

    Q+A: Kate Arends of Wit & Delight
    Designer, tastemaker, blogger, mom—Wit & Delight founder Kate Arends has had a transformative few years nurturing her St. Paul-based studio and global social following, not to mention two (very adorable) tots at home. We chatted with Arends about everything from designing with cozy corners in mind (she's a fan of Interior Define x Monica + Andy's new line of high-quality kids furniture) to her status as an 'accidental' influencer, and how you can find confidence in your work.How has your design aesthetic evolved now that you have two toddlers running...

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  • 6 Ways You Can Teach Your Child to Be Kind, Empathetic, and Inclusive  

    6 Ways You Can Teach Your Child to Be Kind, Empathetic, and Inclusive  
    We teach our littles how to clap their hands, hold a spoon, and roll a ball—but is there a lesson more monumental than the art of kindness? Sensitivity and empathy can be learned from an early age through actions both big and small, says Barbara Grant, a developmental specialist and Founder of Nudge and Cradle in Washington DC. 'What's most helpful is to be intentional as you talk about, teach, and model these ideas.' (Research shows infants as young as eight-months-old can display precursors to empathy, like showing concern if...

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  • Is This the Best Investment You Can Make After Baby?  

    Is This the Best Investment You Can Make After Baby?  
    Postpartum doulas—caregivers trained to ‘mother the mother’ after birth— are becoming a popular solution to those frenzied first few weeks with a newborn. Wondering if they’re worth the investment? Read on. Postpartum traditions around the globe tend to be remarkably more mom-friendly than they are in the US—new moms in Latin American culture, for example, spend the first 40 days after birth healing and resting while her female family members feed and bathe her, clean the house, and take care of the child. In the US, moms often feel the...

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  • 4 Quick and Meaningful Valentine's Day Activities

    4 Quick and Meaningful Valentine's Day Activities
    Help your little fall in love with February 14th by trying out a few of these thoughtful Valentine's Day activities from former early childhood teacher Katie Baumgartner of Make to Celebrate.Create a Family Heart CollageThis is a bonding activity you can do with your little for years to come: cut out a heart from a large sheet of construction or plain white paper, and have your child draw pictures of everything you love as a family—your favorite brunch spot, foods, movies to watch or books to read, family vacation destinations…...

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