Confetti Carrot Muffins for All Ages (RECIPE)

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'Tis the season for root vegetables, apples, squash and gourds. Here's a recipe that will please all members of your family, even hungry babies.  FAMILY FOOD TIP: Use mini muffin tins for a kid-friendly breakfast or perfect lunchbox-sized snack. Also, try multi-colored carrots if you can find them … [Read more...]

DIY for Daddy – A Homemade Father’s Day Gift

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Father's Day is just a few days away! We won't judge if you haven't yet squared away what you'll be doing to celebrate the dads in your life.  Instead, we'd love to offer an idea for a sweet, sentimental homemade Father's Day gift that you can create with your little one for any dad (or … [Read more...]

Great Books for Toddlers

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When choosing reading material for your one-year-old, cater to her budding independence and imagination with books for toddlers that include Velcro® closures, buttons, snaps, ties, and flaps. Any story that encourages interaction will be a big hit. Toddlers are also enthralled by books with mirrors, … [Read more...]

Welcome Baby Book Bug: Our Baby Book Reviewer

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Meet Baby Book Bug, our newest - and littlest, book reviewer. His opinions are solely his, and he won't hold back. As parents and teachers, you know that the books you love to read to your kids are not always the books they'd pull from the bookshelf themselves.  Every child has his or her … [Read more...]

Dr. Seuss Themed Party Ideas!

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Dr. Seuss Party Ideas If your little one is a big time Seuss fan and it's his or her birthday, there's so much fun to be had. If you are looking for the perfect way to celebrate with Dr. Seuss themed party ideas, you're in the right place. Here are just a few tips for creating an adorable, tasty, … [Read more...]

Five Reasons to Love Elmo (in honor of his birthday!)

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Everyone's favorite furry red monster is turning 3 1/2! In honor of the momentous occasion, we've compiled a list of our top 5 reasons kids (and their parents!) just can't get enough of the little guy.   1. He’s not afraid to try new things. Much like a toddler, Elmo spends his time … [Read more...]

Emotional Rewards of Reading to Your Baby

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Congratulations! You and your baby have made it through the first year of late-night feedings and sleepless nights. At 1, your baby is much more aware of the world around him, and the emotional rewards of reading to your baby have evolved. Reading books can continue to be a treasured part of your … [Read more...]

Emotional Rewards of Reading to Your Baby: 6—12 Months

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As your baby goes from being stationary to becoming more mobile and alert, reading aloud offers significant emotional benefits to your child. Reading gives your little crawler, cruiser, or walker an excuse to rest and cuddle at different points in the day. This can help your child come to regard … [Read more...]

Emotional Rewards of Reading to Your Baby from Birth

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Reading to your baby right from birth can have profound emotional benefits for your little one. And it's never too early to start. Babies thrive on routine and habit. It’s a perfect time to introduce reading as a habitual activity. Helps associate stories with bedtime or naptime, so sharing a … [Read more...]

Why Read to Kids: Emotional Rewards of Reading Aloud

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Why read to kids? The reasons to read aloud to our children are so numerous that we decided to divide them up into different categories. In addition to helping kids' academic skills, there are a whole host of Social and Emotional benefits kids (and parents!) receive from reading together. While … [Read more...]

Using Facial Expressions in Reading to Help Your Child Learn About Emotions

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Reading out loud to your child should be fun for both of you! The more personality and drama you can put into your reading, the more entertaining it will be—and the more your child can learn. This is especially true in helping your child learn about emotions. You can help your child develop in this … [Read more...]