Meeting Developmental Milestones: Is Your Baby on Track?
From the safety of her father’s arms, Aleanna Bass shows off her newest tooth. At 14 months old, she is not only right on track for teeth, she’s also meeting or exceeding her developmental milestones, reports her dad, Gary Bass.But Bass, who teaches advanced placement first grade at Seattle’s LincolRead More »
Classical Kids Part 1: A Child's Guide to Benaroya Hall
Editor's note: See also Part 2 of this series: "Musical Adventures Beyond Benaroya" You want your child to be emotionally intelligent? To work toward a goal, take turns, be patient, physically strong? The music called “classical” has been nurturing these skills in both players and audiences for manRead More »
Bite This! If You've Got a Chomper You’re Not Alone
We call him ‘Benny the Biter,’” she says, smiling down at the 1-year-old wrapped around her leg. Before she had kids, Elizabeth Jeffers admits, she thought that a child who bit others was being “mean.” Because her older son, Harrison, didn’t bite, Jeffers wasn’t quite sure what to think — or do — whRead More »
6 No-Carve Halloween Pumpkin Ideas for Toddlers
Mess-Free and Spooky-Cool Featured on Seattle-based site, Modern Parents, Messy Kids, we love these ideas for creating mess-free jack-o-lanterns. Mama Steph explains that her family first hits up the pumpkin patch in early October and then they wait for a couple of weeks before her tots get busyRead More »
10 DIY Costume Ideas for Baby's First Halloween
Toad-ally AdorableCheck out this clever toadstool mushroom DIY costume featured on the Wispy House blog. Mom Jessica shows us her step-by-step process for making the dotted hat, “grassy” sweatpants, and the teensy caterpillar climbing up the onesie. What a great Halloween costume for baby — just doRead More »
Music Matters: 14 Ways to Expose Your Baby or Toddler to Music
Parents discover early on the power of music. You sing a lullaby, and your infant is soothed. You make up a silly song about brushing teeth or putting on socks and your toddler makes it through a tough transition. You happen upon a guitar-and-fiddle duo at a farmer’s market and your shy preschoolerRead More »
Screen Scene: Do Video Games Boost Brainpower in Toddlers and Preschoolers?
Sarah Stetner of Marysville is proudly raising two young techies. Her sons, Gabriel, 3, and Isaiah, 6, are media mavens who know their way around an iPad — and almost every other device on the market. “Leapster, iPad, Wii, Xbox, computer, they do it all,” she says. The Stetners set media limits forRead More »
Nursery Makeover: 5 Organizing Tips for the Nursery
Natalya Stansfield was chosen as the lucky winner of ParentMap’s “Dream Nursery Makeover Giveaway” this summer, netting an amazing package of services and products to transform a spare bedroom in her home into an adorable nursery for her newborn daughter Camila. Included in her package, valued at $Read More »