Many of our old ideas about the brain are being challenged. We now know that a baby's brain is not completely wired at birth. The basic brain cells exist at birth, but most of the connections among cells are made during infancy and childhood.
New research in brain development shows that we learn certain skills most easily during particular "windows of opportunity." These are times -- a few weeks or months -- when a part of the brain absorbs new information more easily than at any other time in life.
Where a child receives care is less important than the quality of care she receives. Lots of research has examined the necessary conditions in children's care arrangements, whether by parents or child-care providers, that help children grow up healthy and happy.
I'll admit up front that I'm biased against Ferbering. As an attachment psychologist, I believe that babies need to be picked up when they cry. I have found that there are kinder, gentler ways to teach babies to put themselves to sleep.
Is your baby ready for solids? Find out which developmental and physiological milestones signal a readiness.
She is showing definite signs of being ready to start solids. In fact, yesterday she dove toward your plate and attempted to help herself. You've decided today is a fine day for an introduction to the world of food.
I have to admit that by my eighth month of pregnancy, I couldn't tell what I dreaded more – remaining hugely pregnant until my due date in mid-July or launching early into labor – an un-medicated, all natural home birth – an experience that I'd signed eagerly up for just eight months before.
When introducing baby solid foods at six months of age, you can be more flexible with the order of foods given to your baby. Offer your baby a variety of plain nutritious foods, keeping in mind the main points listed.
Toddlers don't seem to have an off switch. Often, when they're tired, they just reverberate faster, like an overwound toy, until they crash. Reading your toddler's cues so you can ensure she gets enough sleep can be a challenge.
Feeding your baby real solid food after six months of breastmilk (or formula) is an exciting time, for you and for him. As you approach this transition, there are some questions you'll want to ask yourself.