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Beach Babies: How to Train Your Little One to Love the Beach

A beach is a magical place, especially to kids. The glorious sound of waves washing up and whooshing back, the feeling of sand squishing between toes, and sun-kissed skin after spending a day outside exploring are the simple yet beautiful things that can make for the sweetest childhood memories. That’s why I try to get […]

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Does Your Toddler Need Speech Therapy?

Have you been wondering if your child needs speech therapy? We sought answers from Jessica Wilbur, MA, CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist who specializes in pediatric speech and language at Waldo County Hospital in Belfast, Maine. Here’s everything you need to know about speech therapy for toddlers, speech delay, and language development. What is the typical age […]

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Stand Back Terrible Twos: A Threenager is the Real Terror

From the time we mention we’re interested in possibly starting a family sometime soon, we’re warned about the terrible twos. “Enjoy that sweet baby now, because the toddler years are around the corner”. No one tells us that behind the so-called “terrible twos”, the real monster is lurking. The threes. The truth is, the threes […]

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25 Things You’ll Find in a Toddler Mum’s Handbag

Remember before kids, when you’d shove a credit card, mobile phone and lip gloss into a tiny clutch that matched your outfit and head out on the town? Those were the days. Now that you’re a mum, chances are your handbag is more like Mary Poppins’ magic carpet bag, except instead of containing an enchanted […]

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When Can a Toddler Throw and Kick a Ball?

In a world full of “smart” toys that take the guesswork out of just about everything and include fun sounds and flashing lights, it’s easy to forget that what toddlers need most of all is time to move and play with no frills toys. A ball is one such toy. Between the time when a […]

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When do Toddlers Master Climbing Skills?

Climbing is a skill that children reach incrementally. While some toddlers seem hardwired to climb absolutely everything in sight, others are content to sit and watch the world go by. Some toddlers might even appear fearful, or overly cautious, about climbing. Climbing often begins with crawling over objects in their path, progresses to climbing onto […]

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When Can Toddlers Use Simple Sentences?

After months of desperately trying to read nonverbal cues and listen for the meanings of ever so slightly different cries, talking is a very exciting (and welcome) milestone. Like most developmental milestones, however, it takes time and practice to progress from single words to stringing two or three words together to using complete sentences. Talking […]