Did you know your baby's brain develops fastest during the first five years? In fact, there are tons of little things you can do with your child now that will make a big difference for the future. Vroom is here to put this powerful new science in your hands. You already have everything you need to get started! Read Get Growing Minds Going
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If your child has a challenge or two on the way to being potty trained, don't worry it's completely normal. If you're looking for tips, here are a few practical solutions to some of the most common potty training issues. Read on. Read Toilet Training Challenges and Solutions
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Are you the lucky parent of a 2 1/2-year-old? At this age, kids are often funny, delightful, and fun to be around. They're discovering the power of words and enjoy commenting on their environment. Learn more about your 2 1/2-year-old. Read The 2 1/2-year-old
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that your little one walks and moves independently, a new world of
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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
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This is a great age for language development. Your 2-year-old is probably learning new words every day, putting words together ("Go car?"), and following two-step directions ("Get your coat and come to the car"). Find out more. Read Language Leaps
New science tells us that the first 5 years of life are when our children form the foundation for future learning. Vroom is here to help you make the most of this precious time. By using the moments we already have a bit differently, we can actually build our children's brains - and their futures!
The 2-year checkup is coming up. Many of us find this visit more enjoyable than previous ones, as our 2-year-olds tend to be interested in the exam process and can talk a little more. Get the details on the 2-year checkup. Read Well Baby Visit: 2 Years
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
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
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At 26 months, kids pick up language at truly amazing rates. Get ready to hear your preschooler put together two or more words in phrases or sentences, and to make the switch from "me" to "I." Find out more about language development. Read Language Landmarks
Tinkle without the tantrum
Watch the "Finding the fun in potty training" video for handy tips on making every tinkle a happy one.
Planes, trains, and automobiles — great for getting us somewhere, not so great when your child is still working on potty training. If possible, bring along your child's potty seat when you travel. Get more potty training tips. Read Training on the Go
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Our kids are getting better and better at performing all kinds of intricate tasks with their hands. We can help by letting them practice eating with silverware, even if it gets messy. Learn more about developing fine motor skills. Read Little Fingers
Before baby #2,
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Our kids sometimes talk to themselves when they're alone in bed, or at other times. These monologues, it turns out, may help them make sense of their day and process new experiences. Shhhhh — don't interrupt them! Find out more. Read Crib Talk
It's a joy for us to watch how physically independent our children are becoming. Every day there are more things they can do by themselves, from walking backward to hopping and jumping. Get some tips on keeping our mobile kids safe. Read Living Exuberantly
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 all want to help our children develop language. Luckily, there are many ways to pitch in. One is by talking to our kids: the "denser" the language environment, the more they'll learn. Using correct grammar is another way. Get more tips. Read Be a Language Cheerleader
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
Learning to speak takes motor coordination of the mouth, tongue, throat, and even lungs — a big job for a child. We can help our kids by being patient and by guessing at meanings of words we can't quite make out. Get more tips. Read Sounding It Out
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
We may be thinking about having our children take lessons — violin or piano, ballet or gymnastics. This may or may not work out, as kids this age may not remember what they learn from one lesson to another. Find out more. Read Extracurriculars Already?
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?
Where does our food come from? We can help our kids explore this question and have fun by planting a garden. Even a little patch of dirt outside can turn into a 'farm.' Indoor gardens can be made on a counter near a window. Get more ideas. Read Your Little Farmer
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
Looking for ways to add some artsy creativity to your toddler's play? Try out some activities that involve craft supplies. These toddler craft ideas can be fun and educational, and will keep your tot happy and busy. Read Fun Craft Activities for Toddlers
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
For a toddler, play isn't just fun and games. It's a crucial part of child development. Learn about the different types of play your child might engage in during these years. Read The Power of Toddler Play
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
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
'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
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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 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?
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
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
Potty training tends to have its ups and downs for most of our kids. And that's to be expected: It's a complex process, requiring several new behaviors and putting together a number of steps. Learn more about the road to potty training success. Read Training Troubles?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Many parents worry about their child's language development: "Is she on track?" "How can I help him learn?" "Will he be left behind?" But the truth is, you don't need flashcards or fancy electronic "teaching toys" to help children learn language. You just need to talk with them. Read How Children Learn Language
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
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?
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
Time to start potty training? A good way to tell is to watch our children for certain behaviors and skills. No worries if it isn't the right time yet — all kids eventually become potty trained! Check out this handy list of readiness signs. Read Potty Training: Signs of Readiness
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 Temper Tantrums
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
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
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
We have all felt the pain of a shy child. In fact, most of us have been shy at one time or another. Learn more about the biological and situational roots of shyness, and how to help a shy child. Read The Shy Child
Does your child fight a lot? Some toddlers and preschoolers get into repeated and escalating tussles a tough situation for them and for us, too. Get some tips and insight on helping kids cope with aggressiveness. Read Kids Who Fight
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
Did you know that the road to reading starts pretty early? Babyhood is when our kids start to acquire a love of stories and an interest in words. Read on to pick up some easy ways to nurture the joy of reading. Read Ready to Read: Literacy Tips for Babies
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
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
One of the joys of taking a family vacation is that you do things that you wouldn't normally do at home. It's exciting. It's fun. And to a young child, it doesn't mean that you have to travel. There are lots of "vacations" that can last less than two hoursand may be as much fun as a longer trip. Here are some two-hour vacation ideas you may want to try with your family.
Vacation Idea no. 1: Hanging Out at Sears
When my son was 3 years old, there's nothing he liked more than to take a trip to the local Sears store so that he could push around some of the vacuum cleaners they had on display. The salespeople were indulgent if the store wasn't busy. In fact, they got as much of a kick out of it as my Read Taking a Two-Hour Vacation with Your Child
Does your child cry easily and often? Certain children tend to respond with tears to just about anything. We may be able to help by modeling ways besides crying to handle stress. Find out more. Read Crybabies
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
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?