Your sweet baby's transition to a talking-back tot may come as a shock, but you can help tame bad behavior with the right tactics. Read on for parenting advice that may help ease future outbursts. Read Help Tame Toddler Tantrums
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Getting your child to help out with chores around the house will help teach responsibility and build self-esteem. Follow these tips to get started at the right age and with the right chores. Read How Old Is Old Enough for Chores?
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Seeing your baby's hair snipped off at the first haircut can be a bittersweet experience for you. And your child may find the whole thing unsettling and even scary. Here's how to create a tear-free trip to the hair salon. Read Your Little One’s First Haircut
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Need to get out of the house? Toddler day trips are a surefire way to help your tot blow off steam. Read on for some easy, stimulating, and fun ideas for your next day trip. Read Stimulating and Easy Toddler Day Trips
Now that you're a new mom, you're probably eager to capture every moment of your little one's life. Learn how to take a picture-perfect shot of your baby or toddler with these baby photography tips. Read How to Best Photograph Your Baby
Even before your new baby comes out with a first word, your little one will communicate with grunts, gestures, and cries. Read on to find out what your baby's talking means. Read What Your Baby’s Talking Means
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Are you interested in getting more time to yourself, plus making connections in the community? We recommend starting or finding a babysitting co-op with other parents. Learn how a co-op works and how to start one. Read Baby-sitting Solutions
'Mine!' 'No, it's mine!' Is there a toddler or preschooler in your house who's struggling with sharing? Sharing is difficult, and no one is born ready to share all the time. Learn about some great ways to help our children with sharing. Read Share and Share Alike
Many of us have wonderful childhood memories of time spent with Grandma and Grandpa. We can share this gift with our own children by keeping them in close touch with their grandparents. Learn more about celebrating grandparents. Learn more about celebrating grandparents.
Our son will be 17 months old soon and though he is taking his first steps, he is still unsteady and would prefer to hold our finger and take us around. Should we be allowing this or continually encouraging independent walking? He also does not like eating with utensils, and prefers using his hands. He has been eating like this since he was 9 months old and has not mastered scooping his food. Should we insist that he eat yogurt with a spoon, or just allow him to eat with his hands? Read Is it normal for a 17-month-old to still be eating with his hands?
My 16-month-old son has a hard time eating solid foods. He always seems to choke no matter how small I cut his food up. I make sure that he doesn't put a lot in his mouth at a time, so I am not sure why he chokes so often. I get scared to feed him, and my family and friends always make comments about my having to cut his food up so small that I don't like going out to eat anywhere. Do you have any idea as to why he chokes? I don't think he stores the food in his cheeks, and I see him trying to chew. Read Why does my 16-month-old choke when he eats solid food?
How do you wean from the bottle to the sippy cup? I've been working with my 15-month-old daughter for three months, but she refuses to use the cup. I've tried everything I can think of, but nothing works. I've even tried going cold turkey like her doctor said, but she holds out and just doesn't drink anything. I always give in because I'm afraid of dehydration. Most moms that I talk to haven't had this problem at all, and I don't know what to do. Read How do I wean my daughter from the bottle to the sippy cup?
My child is now 18 months old. She was born about a month early, but I have never been instructed to see her as a "preemie." She was five pounds at birth. But she seems to be about six months behind all her counterparts. I run a home day care and have really given her a wide berth and freedom to learn on her own. Should I have been more hands-on? Is something wrong? What can I do to help her be more interactive and responsive? I'm so worried I've messed her up. Read Is something wrong with my child if she is six months behind her peers?
When you make a meal at home, you generally don't call the child to the table until the meal is ready. In a restaurant, there is always a period of waiting for food, making meal time longer than usual. To curb his hunger while he's waiting, bring snacks like Cheerios or crackers. And bring some small toys that he can play with on his tray or on the table. Read Do you have any tips for restaurant dining with a 20-month-old?
I am interested in receiving information regarding indicators for gifted children. My son is 15 1/2 months old and has a vocabulary of 140 words, and he adds more words every day. He is zipping through his motor milestones as well. He can unlock the "childproof" cabinet locks, too. I am curious to find out whether these are typical behaviors for a baby his age, and I would like suggestions on how to further facilitate his development. Read How can I help the development of my gifted 15-month-old?
My baby is 22 months old and cries and hits when someone around her laughs. She acts as if she's upset people are laughing at her. This has gone on for months. As long as she is laughing herself, there is no problem. My doctor says to comfort her, but it's getting a little frustrating, since it's not possible to tell people around her not to laugh. Is this a common thing? Help! Read What should I do when my 22-month-old cries when someone around her laughs?
How can I get my 20-month-old son to say what he wants instead of whining and pointing? For example, he says "wahwah" for anything to drink. Usually it means milk -- if we give him juice or water he throws a fit. He knows the difference. But he won't say milk, juice, or water even if he knows the word. How can we encourage him? Read How can I get my 20-month-old to say words instead of whining and pointing?
My son was born seven weeks early. Will he be a year old on the day he was actually born, or should I wait until the anniversary of his due date to celebrate his birthday? Right now, he's holding on and trying to walk. From all the books I've read, it seems he lags behind others of the same chronological age in reaching this milestone. Is it because he was premature? He weighed 4 pounds, 11 ounces at birth. Read Is my son slower to reach certain milestones because he was premature?
We have 16-month-old triplets and I want to make sure that we do not overlook their language development. We have a 5-year-old who talked very early. It is different with the triplets, as I am not with each one of them as much talking to them. Any tips how to make sure that they get the necessary language stimulation? I have also heard that multiples develop their own language. They do seem to use a kind of sign language and sounds to each other. Read How can I give my 16-month-old triplets the language stimulation they need?
My 1 1/2-year-old daughter seems to have become very mean since my mom moved out of the house. All of the little kids at school treat her like the school bully and are afraid of her, and a lot of parents are starting to talk bad about me. What can I do to change my daughter back to the nice baby she used to be? Read How can I help my 1 1/2-year-old daughter be less mean?
My 2 1/2-year-old daughter will not let me do anything for her. For example, she won't let me change her diaper or put on her clothes or her jacket. I also have a hard time getting her to bed. I am so frustrated and late for everything, even my job. When I start to dress her she tells me "no" and I have to struggle with her. Please help. I am at my wits' end. Read My 2 1/2-year-old won't let me do anything for her what should I do?
Part of each wellness visit is to plot your baby's growth on a percentile chart. Over time, you and your health care provider will be able to see if your child is growing at the expected rate. Use our charts to track your child's growth. Read Your Baby's Growth Chart
Have you tried using time-out as a discipline strategy for your child? Many parents find it can be a very effective tool for toddlers and preschoolers. We've got some great suggestions on making it work. Learn more about time-outs. Read Making Time-out Work for You
Hang in there! Those constant "no's" may soon start to vary a bit. Thanks to increased language comprehension and vocabulary, your toddler may be able to negotiate a little more and understand choices. Learn more. Read A Growing Understanding
At 4 months, babies still need to be put to sleep on their back. This helps protect against SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome. Other precautions we can take include keeping pillows and fluffy bedding out of the crib. Get more tips. Read Keep Your Little Sleeper Safe
We love watching our new walkers walk. Look how much their balance has improved! Our toddlers' wide gait has narrowed, and toes will be starting to point ahead instead of turning out. Stair climbing may be next. Find out more. Read Getting Around Like a Pro
Your usually friendly child has suddenly starting hitting people — yikes! To curb this behavior, you may want to try providing positive support when your child uses words, not hands, to communicate. Get more tips on how to help. Read Helping Little Sluggers
Our toddlers are fascinated by other children right now. They love to watch, imitate, and even wrestle with their peers. To help provide that kid-to-kid interaction, why not organize or join a play group? Learn more. Read Checking Out the Competition
We all mean well when we discipline our kids, but sometimes we confuse them by talking too much, or using vague language. A better way is to keep our words simple and concrete when we express our displeasure. Learn more. Read Toddler Talk
From loud noises to large crowds, the fears that our toddlers have are pretty predictable. A good approach is to respect our children's feelings and not force kids into situations they're not ready for. Learn more about common fears. Read Facing Fears
Sometimes our kids are not gentle or careful when playing with their pets. In part this is due to enthusiasm and curiosity. Learn more about why kids are rough and how to help them. Read Rough With Rover
Your baby is a real kid now, venturing out into an expanding world. A 4-year-old is focused on discovery, role-playing, gender behavior, relationships, and increased memory. Find out more about your 4-year-old. Read Now They Are 4
Now that your toddler is becoming a preschooler, you may want to try some different approaches to discipline. Catching your child being good, for instance, is a simple, powerful tool for changing behavior. Get more suggestions. Read Discipline Beyond Time-Out
Another baby is on the way, and that's terrific news. But the prospect of becoming a big brother or big sister might be a little confusing and even worrying for your eldest child. Learn more about preparing for a sibling. Read Preparing Your First Child for a Sibling
We know that our children will encounter challenges as they grow and develop. And if we understand what's causing stress in our kids' lives, we may become more effective in helping them through it. Learn more about kids and stress. Read Stressed-Out Kids
Our kids love to watch TV. It can be helpful to have a plan in place to guide what they watch and limit the amount of time spent in front of the tube. Learn more about planning your child's TV viewing. Read What's On? The Smart Approach to Watching TV
Are you and your partner on the same page when it comes to disciplining your child? It's common for couples to have different approaches to discipline. Talking it over can help. Get more ideas. Read Working Together
Is it time to choose day care for your baby? Feel free to take your time as you visit each setting, and to ask lots of questions. We also suggest checking on the licensing and the staff-to-child ratio at each facility. Get more tips. Read Day Care Decisions
If we haven't gotten around to it yet, now is the time to talk with our partner about discipline. Our kids need consistency from us, so it's good to agree on some strategies. Get some tips on developing a common approach to discipline. Read Talking About Discipline
We all want to teach our children the proper way to behave, but the word "discipline" can often be scary. Thankfully, there are many positive ways to guide your child in right direction. Find out more about positive discipline. Read Positive Discipline: A Guide For Parents
For many young children, there is no more exciting way to travel than by air. They love to watch the carts, trucks, and airplanes at the airport. Even better, they may get to ride on moving walkways, trains and trams, escalators and elevatorsall that even before boarding. On the plane itself, there are the endlessly fascinating tray tables, window shades, and teeny tiny bathrooms to explore, again and again. Read Air Travel With Children
You've just finished dressing your toddler who then promptly takes off every stitch of clothing! Here are a few ideas to avoid getting into battles with your free-spirited child. Read on. Read Clothing-Optional?
When our children were very young, we didn't much care about their manners. As infants, their loud burps would usually elicit laughter, and as they learned to speak, we considered their inadvertent insults or seemingly rude behavior rather adorable.. Read Teaching Manners
Is "no" a favorite word in your house these days? Our toddlers tend to test the limits not only by saying no constantly but by running away, or even throwing things. Here are a few tips on dealing with this stage of development. Learn more. Read Dealing With Negativism
It's the end of the day, and everyone is tired (make that exhausted!). But getting our little ones to settle down and fall asleep can be tricky. Find out how to set up an effective bedtime routine. Read Bedtime Rituals That Work
Setting the stage for reading can be a lot of fun with a young child. There are many things you can do together, like going to the library, learning rhymes and songs, and telling bedtime stories. Get more ready to read tips. Read Ready to Read: Literacy Tips for Toddlers
Is your child making some big language leaps right now (and talking your ear off)? Between 30 and 36 months, children may start to construct sentences of four or five words, tell stories, and ask 'what' and 'where' questions. Learn more. Read Talking a Blue Streak: Language and Your Toddler
Does your child fight a lot? Some toddlers and preschoolers get into repeated and escalating tussles which can be a tough situation for them and for us, too. Get some tips and insight on helping kids cope with aggressiveness. Read Kids Who Fight
Our children learn all the time—about themselves, other people, and their world. And much of this learning takes place through play, their favorite activity. Find out how you can support and create learning opportunities for your child. Read How Young Children Learn
It's time to take that long-delayed family vacation. Or maybe you're gearing up to tackle multiple errands, with your children in tow. Either way, it's not uncommon to feel a little overwhelmed, and wonder if it would just be easier to stay home and stay put. Read Traveling With Two or More Children
Our babies are learning, growing, and changing every day, and watching this happen is one of our chief joys as parents. Questions about what your baby is up to these days? Get some answers by using this tool. Read Baby Development Milestones
A child's whining can push the buttons of just about any parent. But learning more about why our child whines may help us figure out a smart strategy to curb the behavior. Get some insight on whining. Read Whining: It Can Drive You Nuts
Ouch! Is your child starting to bite other kids or adults? Don't be discouraged. Biting is a common behavior among toddlers and preschoolers, who often have strong feelings and limited language ability. Get some tips on dealing with biting. Read Biting
My brother's 16-month-old frequently slams her head into the floor when she doesn't get her way. This is becoming quite concerning as she has bruised her forehead on occasion. She will do this behavior with anyone who watches her. She has a half-brother with autism, so this is also a concern. Her development seems to be on track otherwise. Read My niece bangs her head a lot -- could she have autism?