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October 23, 2018

Communicative Development Inventories (CDIs) are tools for measuring vocabulary size and growth. This checklist of words is a tool for assessing the development of receptive and productive vocabulary through parental report and is typically used with children aged from about 11 to 26 months.

Author: Hamilton, A., Plunkett, K., & Schafer, G
Source: Oxford University BabyLab
Estimated time to read: N/A

Oxford University Images/Nasir Hamid
October 22, 2018

Children are hardwired to look at faces of their parents and caregivers thousands of times each day. It gives them information about who they are, what they are worth, if they are loved, if they are a priority. This connection — eye contact and responsiveness create brains that are primed for security, confidence and optimism. 

October 19, 2018

Biting is very common in early childhood. Babies and toddlers bite for several reasons like teething or exploring a new toy or object with their mouth. It also can be a way for young children to get attention or express how they’re feeling. Trying to understand the underlying cause of the biting will help parents develop an effective response.

Author: ZERO to THREE
Source: ZERO to THREE 
Estimated time to read: 10:00

October 18, 2018

In this talk Dimitri Christakis, a pediatrician, parent, and researcher, discusses his research on optimal media exposure for children.

Presenter: Dimitri Christakis
Source: TEDxRainier
Time to watch: 16:11

October 17, 2018

What is it like growing up with two languages, and how does it affect development? In this article linguists address some common misunderstandings and provide the facts about bilingualism. 

October 16, 2018

According a recent study published in the British Journal of Education Psychology, children living in greener neighborhoods may have better spatial working memory.

Spatial working memory is an important cognitive ability that is strongly related with academic achievement in children, particularly mathematics performance.

October 15, 2018

Flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children. Each year, millions of children get sick with seasonal flu; thousands of children are hospitalized and some children die from flu. Here are a few things all parents should know about the flu vaccine.

October 12, 2018

Walking on tiptoes is normal when a child is just learning how to walk. However, in some cases toe walking may be associated with certain medical conditions or cause developmental delays. Consult a physician if it doesn’t go away by 2 years of age.

Author: Colleen Walsh, RN, MSN, CPNP
Source: Inceptive Education 
Estimated time to read: 02:51

October 11, 2018

A child’s developing brain benefits from learning to play music in several ways. However, parents don’t need to pay hundreds of dollars on musical instruments. Here are a few simple and inexpensive ways to create musical instruments for your child. 

Author: Action for Children
Source: Action for Children
Estimated time to read: 01:25

October 10, 2018

Consumer Reports’ food safety team analyzed 50 nationally distributed packaged foods made for babies and toddlers, checking for cadmium, lead, mercury, and inorganic arsenic, the type most harmful to health. Their testing showed concerning levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead in many popular baby and toddler foods.

Author: Jesse Hirsch
Source: Consumer Reports
Estimated time to read: 27:41

Image credit - Tony Cenicola/The New York Times
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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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