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Infant Developmental Milestones

The first year of an infant’s life is filled with many developmental changes. A baby experiences tremendous physical, mental, language, and social development that is very exciting. Knowledge of proper growth and development can...

Daily Exercise & Fitness Activities

The television, radio, magazines and newspapers are full of talk about fitness, physical activity, and exercise. But sometimes it gets confusing. What is the difference between “exercise” and “physical activity?” What does it mean...

Tummy Troubles

Sarah is a bright, happy one-year-old who loves exploring things, playing with other kids, and watching insects on the playground. But one day, her caregiver notices that Sarah is not her usual, active self....

Toy Cleaning

Wipe it. Mop it. Sweep it. Vacuum it. Cleanse it. Clean it. Wash it. Disinfect it. Decontaminate it. Sanitize it. Scrub it. Make it spotless. And, then start again! The cleaning process may seem...

Ear Infections

Ear infections are the number one reason children visit their physicians due to illness, following the common cold. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ear infections in children account for...

Feeding Children with Special Needs

As a childcare provider, you know that feeding young children can be challenging. In your career, you have probably managed a wide variety of mealtime behaviors of young children, ranging from only wanting one...

Information On Autism

Every childcare provider at one time or another has cared for a child who seemed different in some way. Behavioral concerns, difficulty transitioning or socializing with other children, and/or delayed speech and language development...

New Dietary Guidelines

To help Americans make healthy choices about their diets, the U.S. government regularly issues a set of guiding principles, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The guidelines, which are meant for all healthy Americans over...

Physical Activity for the Toddler

Physical activity is a key ingredient in a healthy lifestyle, and adults often declare that they are going to start being more physically active. Young children, however, are so naturally energetic, that you rarely...

Toddler Food Ideas

“He never eats.” “All she eats is white food.” “He sure won’t eat that.” “I don’t see how she survives because she doesn’t eat enough.” Do these statements sound familiar? If so, then you...