Sunday, November 30, 2008

Best Toys of 2008: Babies & Toddlers

The holiday season has arrived! To help in your shopping this year, the staff at tested hundreds of toys to find the ones they know your kids will love.

Read this article to check out the baby and toddler toy picks for the hottest gifts. You can just shop, wrap, and relax!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Your Child's Top 10 Nightmares and Dreams Explained

If your child has a bad dream about bugs in her bed, would it surprise you to learn that she may be upset about having a new sibling? You can learn a great deal about your child's thoughts and feelings, and how to best comfort her, by discovering the hidden meanings behind her dreams.

In this article, get interpretations of your child's most common dreams and nightmares from dream expert Gillian Holloway, Ph.D.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hollywood's 10 Hottest Tots

These babes may be raised by celebrity royalty, but they earn their own silver spoons. To determine which tykes were tops, Forbes looked at both press clippings and blog presence for more than 50 A-list tots (5-years-old and younger) over the course of a year. Then, with a whittled down list, they reached out to Los Angeles, Calif.-based polling firm E-Poll Market Research for both awareness data for the kids and consumer appeal rankings for their celebrity parents.

View the list!

Monday, November 17, 2008

How to Help Your Kids Understand Time and Plan Ahead

While the passage of time feels subjective to all of us, it's especially baffling to young children. They don't yet have the skill of estimating how long activities will take. And they're only beginning to come into contact with the devices we grown-ups use to track time. (Did I really just spend an hour and 45 minutes on the computer?)

This article presents some ways to help your kids become more patient, handle long waits, and prepare for the next activity.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

5 Toddler Travel Problems, Solved

You've heard the horror stories. But traveling with your 1-year-old can actually be fun -- if you're prepared. In this article, check out expert answers to five common travel problems and discover how to keep your toddler comfortable and entertained on the go.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Are your kids ready to stay home alone?

When is it okay to begin leaving your child at home alone? The answer really is different for every child. In general, children under 10 should not be left on their own, and babies and younger children should not be left alone even for a few minutes. Before leaving your kids at home alone, make sure that they are mature enough to be on their own (even if only for a few hours).

This article presents some questions to ask yourself.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

You're Fired: How to Break Up with Your Sitter

There are times when, despite your best efforts, a babysitter just isn't right for you and your family. But breaking up with a caregiver can be as difficult as leaving a high school sweetheart.

However, avoiding miscommunications from the get-go, and you may never have to fire your sitter at all.

Read the full article.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

7 New Mom Sleep-Saving Tips

It's understandable if the term "walking zombie" describes you during your new mom days. As you recover from pregnancy and childbirth, you're nurturing an infant who wakes up several times a night feeling hungry (or wet or colicky or disoriented) and needs you to be awake too. Luckily, this is temporary. Once your baby can sleep through the night, you can return to a regular sleep schedule. But most infants won't for least seven to eight weeks, often longer.

The good news: You can almost always sneak in sleep. These sleep-saving moves will show you how.