3 Common New Parent Questions

(Family Features) Almost every new parent knows the feeling: It’s 2 a.m., you’re bleary-eyed and you want nothing more than everyone to get some sleep. However, you’re up, and so is your new baby. Though most parents wish their little one could tell them what’s keeping him or her awake, sometimes there’s no clear answer. To help parents who are looking for answers to the questions that keep them awake, including those regarding poop, sleep and tummy time, the experts at KinderCare, who’ve been caring for new babies for almost 50 years, offer this advice. 1. Why is my baby’s …

Want to Raise a Confident, Adventurous Child?

(Family Features) From taking steps toward the stairs to learning that bubbles don’t taste good, exploration is a part of development for babies and young children. While it’s an exciting time, it also can be coupled with anxiety and hesitation as parents find themselves saying “no” or jumping in when a baby discovers a new space. An Open for Adventure survey from Babyganics found a majority of parents (69 percent) believe a child can learn to be more confident if he or she is allowed to explore freely as a baby. However, letting go doesn’t always come naturally to parents. …

Want an amazing secret to Build Your Baby’s Brain?

3 indoor activities to encourage fun and education (Family Features) Being stuck inside with a baby during the colder months can leave even the most seasoned parents feeling a bit stir-crazy. Consider these activity ideas from Ann Fisher, an award-winning teacher at KinderCare, that you and your baby can do together no matter the weather or where you’re traveling. Because these ideas involve materials you likely already have at home, that means you can entertain baby without going out to buy new toys or materials. “The important thing is to show your baby how excited you are to teach them …

5 tips to encourage parent-child conversation to prevent bullying

(BPT) – If you’re a parent, you bring your kids to their annual checkups, get their teeth cleaned twice a year and help them eat well and get enough sleep. You do this to keep them physically healthy, but what about their mental health? For parents, it can sometimes seem difficult to monitor and gauge a child’s emotional well-being, which is affected by a number of things that parents and children may not discuss. Having conversations around these issues is the best way to keep them in check. One issue that is of particular concern is bullying. Bullying is a …

6 little-known facts about the history of jigsaw puzzles

(BPT) – Just try to walk by an unfinished jigsaw puzzle without stopping. It’s almost impossible and in fact, nearly half of all Americans puzzle for fun, to relax or to relieve stress. Families puzzle together as a winter tradition. Millennials puzzle to connect with each other and disconnect from a hyper-digital lifestyle while seniors puzzle for a brain boost. It may feel like puzzling is one of the many retro activities made vogue again, but it has always been in fashion. In celebration of National Puzzle Month, which takes place each January and not coincidentally in the winter when …

Hug More, Stress Less

(Family Features) Whether circumstances are good or bad, exciting or stressful, there are several simple ways to improve emotional and mental fitness. As one example, sharing a hug with a loved one has been found to boost immune system responses, help fight disease and increase overall health, according to an article published by “The Guardian.” Hugs increase serotonin, which is the body’s natural antidepressant, can be a natural sleep aid and help reduce stress and anxiety. However, according to the article, hugs are on the decline. Among the reasons for this decline in hugging are busy schedules and the prevalence …

Need to register for the JPMA Show?

Registration is now open for the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) Show: Built for Baby. This year’s show is scheduled April 10-13 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to attract  4,600 attendees, 90%+ of the industry’s buying power, and thousands of new and expecting parents. In addition, manufacturers can enter products in the JPMA Innovation Awards competition until February 11. This long-standing and widely respected contest is judged a committee comprised of industry buyers, consumer and trade media, safety experts, and industry partners. The products are judged on their innovation and other qualities. For …

Diaper Bag Comparison Chart

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