Help Your Child Thrive

A science-based early development resource

July 20, 2018

Breast milk is considered to be the best food for babies during their first year of life. However, it is important for new mothers to know that the things they consume can be passed to the baby through their breast milk, and certain medications, recreational drugs, and alcohol can harm their baby.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) maintains a comprehensive database called LactMed that offers the most current information on adverse effects of drugs in breast milk. It also includes information on chemicals used in many products including make-up, household products, and medications.

Author: Colleen Walsh, RN, MSN, CPNP and Purva Gujar
Source: Inceptive Education 
Estimated time to read: 04:43

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July 19, 2018

Redshirting is the practice of delaying a child’s entry into kindergarten. In this article an education researcher and a preschool director provide practical, evidence-based advice about redshirting.

Author: Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach & Stephanie Howard Larson
Source: The Brookings Institution 
Estimated time to read: 16:00

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July 18, 2018

Explore books for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, handpicked by the New York City librarians.

Author: The New York Public Library Staff
Source: The New York Public Library
Estimated time to read: N/A

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July 17, 2018

Staying out of the sun is the best way to avoid sun damage, but children spend a lot of time outdoors, especially during the summer. Learn about what you should do if your child gets a sunburn.

Author: Claire McCarthy, MD
Source: Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School
Estimated time to read: 02:30

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July 16, 2018

Researchers from the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) found that rhythmic pattern in music can improve a baby’s ability to detect and make predictions about patterns in speech and boost their overall cognitive skills.

Author: Molly McElroy
Source: University of Washington
Estimated time to read: 03:23

July 13, 2018

Executive functions let us plan, organize and complete tasks. This short video takes a closer look at the different areas of executive function and shows why they are important not just for learning but for lifelong success.

Author: Committee for Children
Source: Committee for Children
Time to watch: 02:36

July 12, 2018

This NPR article combines summaries of the latest research and some of their previous reporting to help parents make informed decisions about their child’s screen use.

Author: Anya Kamenetz 
Source: NPR
Estimated time to read: 03:24

July 11, 2018

The first experiences children have with drawing and writing influence their writing development. Learn about the stages of writing development and how to encourage your child to draw and write.

Author: Zero to Three
Source: Zero to Three
Estimated time to read: 09:00

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July 10, 2018

Children get ear infections more often than adults. Three out of four children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday. Infants don’t have the language skills to verbally communicate if their ear hurts, so it is helpful for parents to know the common signs of ear infection.

Author: Blank Children’s Hospital
Source: Blank Children’s Hospital 
Estimated time to read: 03:27

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July 9, 2018

Introducing an infant to solid foods (also called weaning or complementary feeding), typically starts when he or she is around 6 months old. Learn to recognize the signs when your baby is ready to start solids and how to introduce them.

Author: Raising Children Network
Source: Raising Children Network
Estimated time to read: 09:10

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A child’s brain develops rapidly from birth to age three, producing more than a million neural connections each second. Genes determine when these connections are formed, but how these connections are formed is shaped by the environments and experiences a baby is exposed to. As primary caretakers and first teachers, parents are in a unique position to support their child’s development.

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