Tummy time for your baby: advice from a pediatric OT
Tummy time is vital for your baby to build the muscles and coordination needed for major motor skills. Learn all about tummy time with these FAQs.
Tummy time is vital for your baby to build the muscles and coordination needed for major motor skills. Learn all about tummy time with these FAQs.
Toddlers understand that they can make things happen with simple actions. Here are 4 ways to deepen their understanding of cause and effect.
Co-regulation is the process of showing your toddler how to manage emotions by doing it together. Try these expert tips the next time your child gets upset.
Learn why crawling is so important for toddlers and how to encourage it with simple play tunnel games.
Are you eager for your toddler to play longer with a toy? Learn what you can do to help them get the most out of their playthings.
Big feelings are a sign of your toddler's healthy social-emotional development. Learn three ways to help you and your child manage them.
Learning to walk can be surprisingly emotional for a child. Try this game to build connection and walking confidence.
The occasional “Be careful!” isn’t harmful, but it’s better to give your child clear, explicit directions. Here are 6 phrases to try.
Stranger anxiety is developmentally appropriate but difficult to manage. Next time your child is feeling anxious, try these five strategies.
Knowing when your toddler is ready to drop their morning nap can be tricky. Understand the signs to look for and the best ways to drop to one nap.
Falling back asleep after a pacifier falls out is hard on everyone. Read the dos and don’ts of using pacifiers for your baby's sleep.
As your toddler becomes more independent, you have an opportunity to help them cultivate healthy self-esteem. Here are 4 ways to help your toddler develop it.
If your toddler dislikes certain clothes, it may be a sensory issue. Learn five simple adjustments from a pediatric occupational therapist.
Now that your child is a toddler, they may start to experiment with pretend play. Learn three ways to support them.
Once your toddler is walking, they need protective yet flexible footwear. Learn what to look for and how to pick out toddler shoes.
Timeouts are a controversial topic. Learn if timeouts are bad and how to help your toddler reset themselves.
Is your toddler constantly on the move—too busy to try a puzzle or sit through a whole book? Learn how to support your toddler’s need to move.
Read our tips to help teach your baby how to get out of a standing position on their own.
Did you know that the way you respond to your baby's babbling can actually shape the way they communicate? Learn more.
Going to bed can be hard for your toddler—and when they cry, cling, or continue to call your name night after night, it can be hard on you, too.
If your baby won't sleep in or seems overtired, try an earlier baby bedtime routine with help from Lauren Lappen, Lovevery's sleep consultant.
If your baby doesn't like being on their back during diaper changes, it may be time to for approach. Learn the four steps to stand-up diaper changes.
Introducing a spoon promotes your baby's independence, motor skills, sensory perception, and speech. Try our tips to help them learn to use it.
If your baby's rolling out of tummy time, they may be ready to stop—or they might need some different strategies.
Understand how your toddler may "play" with other kids and how you can help them build their friendship skills.
Understand how toddlers typically use crayons and tips for coloring success.
Whether it's caring for themselves or caring for the environment, read our 15 practical life activities your toddler can try now.
Try these recommended developmental activities to help your child practice balance, experiment with gravity, try out their communication skills, and more.
Studies suggest that a child’s relationship with a pet can have health and emotional benefits. Read how pets may build skills and attachment.
Through simple play, your 4-month-old gains thinking skills, gross motor development, social connections, language understanding, and more.
Waving ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye‘ combine at least three distinct types of skills for your baby. Learn more about these skills and how to encourage waving.
Try these simple activities for rich sensory play that helps your 9-month-old practice their developing skills.
Try these 7 activities to help your baby use their muscles, activate their senses, and build neural connections.
Help your baby practice and expand their skills with these simple games and activities recommended by Gabrielle Felman, Lovevery's child development expert.
Any book with illustrations or photos can become a prompt for introducing important math lessons. Read our tips on how you can combine reading time with math learning.
Try these tips for practicing pre-walking skills like cruising and standing without support from Rachel Coley, Lovevery's pediatric OT.
Emptying is the first part of an important kind of play called containerizing. Learn ways to support container play.
Crawling helps your baby develop critical motor and cognitive skills. Read our suggestions to help encourage your baby to crawl.
Face-to-face time increases your baby's attention span, helps them learn to tolerate eye contact, and introduces them to social cues.
Read what the witching hour is, common causes for it, and what to do if your baby gets fussy in the evening.
Learn from Rachel Coley, a pediatric occupational therapist, about the 5 stages of sitting and how to support your baby.
When your toddler plays on their own, they develop concentration, problem-solving, and autonomy. Read these 4 tips for for supporting independent play.
Read to understand why babies need a vitamin D supplement and the best ways to give it to your baby.
Many 3-month-olds may sleep six hours or longer at night. Read our tips on how to extend that overnight sleep window.
At 5 months, your baby may be able to go longer between nighttime feedings. Try our tips to help your baby sleep better and longer.
Learn how the Sliding Top Box builds your baby's working memory along with their complex problem solving, lateral movement, and fine motor skills.
Involving your baby in household chores is a great way to nurture their interest and support development. Here are 5 ways to include your baby in chores.
When it comes to developing your baby’s vocabulary, it helps to be a broken record. Here are 4 tips to maximize your baby’s language development.
Telling your baby ‘no,’ ‘stop,’ or ‘don’t’ can sometimes backfire. Read our tips on ways to redirect your baby without saying ‘no.’
Even if you don’t believe you have a good voice, singing to your baby can offer calming benefits. Read our tips for ways to soothe your baby through song.
Learn what to expect during your child's first dentist visit and tips to make the appointment as smooth as possible.
Your 10-month-old's learning is more complex, and they can now coordinate input from different sensory systems. Read our activities to help boost their brain connections.
During the early weeks of life, babies use their sense of hearing and smell to identify the people closest to them. Read how and when recognition starts.
It’s easy to feel frustrated when your baby dumps over a bowl of snacks or pulls board books off a shelf. But destructive play actually teaches important lessons.
Read how books with realistic images have been shown to increase vocabulary and letter recognition more than books with fantastical illustrations.
Imitation is one of the main ways your baby learns about the world. Read about the link between imitation and learning.
Your baby’s earliest forms of communication are crying, eye contact, and smiles. Then they may begin to coo. Read these 4 ways to encourage cooing.
Understand more about your 4-month-old's sleep regression and how an early bedtime and a nap schedule may help your baby sleep better.
You can use a simple square blanket to swaddle your baby, but many newborn products exist to make it easier. Here’s our guide to common types and brands.
The Montessori method is rooted in the idea that babies and children should be empowered to do things on their own. Here are 3 ways to promote early independence.
Learn more about gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), when you should be concerned, and ways to minimize spits ups.
Read our suggestions on what topics to discuss with your child's pediatrician at the 12-month checkup.
Proprioception helps your baby understand how much force they need to use when performing a task. Learn how to help your baby develop this skill.
A simple and brief bedtime routine for your baby is ideal. Learn the elements to include—and one to reconsider.
Your baby’s eyes and entire face light up when they smile, sometimes with noises and gestures. Learn how to encourage more social smiles.
Babies typically develop the pincer grasp between 10 and 12 months. Learn a few activities to practice this skill with your baby.
Choosing clothes for your baby isn’t solely a matter of comfort and style. Follow these tips to help support your baby's needs.
Read the characteristics of parentese, an exaggerated speaking style, and understand how it benefits your child's vocabulary and conversational skills.
Researchers compared crying and heart rate in babies when they were held and when their mother walked around, carrying them. Learn more about the study results.
Read our breakdown of the daily dietary guidelines for 9-month-olds and 4 factors that can influence appetite.
Between 6 and 18 months, your baby’s growing cognition and awareness may also trigger sudden fears and insecurities. Read our tips for dealing with these new fears.
Research shows that introducing your baby to more flavors now increases the likelihood that they will accept and enjoy them later. Here are 4 ways to help your baby learn to like new foods.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization now say that most babies aren’t truly ready to start solid foods until about 6 months of age. Read more about why 6 months is the sweet spot.
Between 9 and 10 months, many babies start learning how to release, or drop, objects from their grip in a controlled way. Read our tips on supporting voluntary release.
Standing play helps your baby develop the strength and balance they’ll need for walking. Read our standing play ideas and safety tips.
A tongue tie is a condition that limits the movement of a baby’s tongue and can interfere with their feeding. Read more to see if your baby may have a tongue tie.
Child development professionals want babies to mouth different textures in infancy to prevent speech delays and picky eating. Read more about mouthing and the long-term benefits.
Living far away from extended family can be tough. While nothing can compete with a real hug or cuddle, here are 3 meaningful ways for your family and baby to connect.
Stimulation is a tricky balance to strike for your baby. Learn clues that they're overstimulated and signs that they're ready to engage more.
The second stage of babbling is known as reduplicated babbling: simple double-consonant sounds such as 'baba' and 'mama.' Find out more about your baby babbles!
Between the ages of 9 and 12 months, your baby starts to test limits, especially at mealtime. Read our tips on what to do.
Attachment plays an important role in how the structure of an infant’s brain forms, laying the foundation for their development. Read our tips on how to encourage attachment.
Just when you think your baby is sleeping through the night, they may experience a sleep regression around 8 months. Learn why this is happening, how long it might last, and ideas to help.
It’s easy to get into a rut with your baby, playing with them in the same spot with the same toys in the same ways. Read how this goes against neuroscientific research and easy ways to add newness.
Offering more complex baby food with subtle herbs and spices isn’t just okay, it might help your baby become a more open-minded eater. Read which seasonings to try.
Learn when growth spurts usually occur and how to tell if your baby is going through one.
In honor of Black History Month, here are some books we love, written by Black authors and featuring Black characters in happy, present-day storylines.
A yes space is an enclosed area where your baby can play without being told 'no.' Learn how to create a safe and interesting yes space.
Between 9 and 12 months, your baby may begin exhibiting certain expressive language skills. Learn the type of babbles you may notice.
Prepare for your baby's 6-month checkup and learn what to discuss with your pediatrician.
Read our 5 simple things that can make an important difference in your baby's early attempts to talk.
Prepare for your baby's 9-month checkup and learn what to discuss with your pediatrician.
Prepare for your baby's 4-month checkup and understand what to discuss with your pediatrician.
By 9 months, many of your baby’s sensory systems are getting more sophisticated. Learn how to practice those sensory skills with your baby.
Massaging your baby can be a great way for you both to relax, interact, and bond. Read our tips to understand if your baby is being overstimulated.
Once your baby has head control, they're ready to work on more advanced skills involving their core and lower body, like rolling, sitting, standing, and walking. Find out when babies develop head control and how to encourage it.
One of the primary ways your newborn learns about the world in the first few weeks is through their sense of smell. Learn how scents can help soothe your baby.
If you're a new father and find yourself feeling different after the birth of your child, it may be more than lack of sleep. Read about how the brain and body prepare you for fatherhood.
Is it okay to give a pacifier to a breastfeeding baby? We culled through the science and expert recommendations to discover a few do's and don’ts.
Thinking of trying cloth diapers? Consider these important pros and cons before deciding whether to use reusable diapers.
A crying or fussy baby can be really hard, especially if there isn’t a clear explanation. Try these 5 techniques to help calm your baby.
Separation anxiety is a sign of both cognitive and social-emotional growth, and it can look different for every child. Here's how you can make the separation easier on them—and on yourself.
Being on the verge of more mobility is exciting for your baby but can be a little bit daunting for the adults. Here are our 10 tips for babyproofing your home.
Eye contact with your baby isn’t just important for building an emotional connection—learn how it also affects early communication and learning.
Learning and responding to their name is a big cognitive leap for your baby. Read our tips to help encourage name recognition.
After cooing and smiling, laughing comes next. Learn how to encourage your baby's giggles.
Safety is always at the forefront of any new parent’s mind. While the first few weeks can feel like a crash course, you’ll soon master the basics. Here are some tips to help.
Read our list of what’s going on with your child’s cognitive development at 4 months as they learn how to interact with people and objects.
When will my baby start talking? Most children say their first word between 12 and 14 months old. Read about ways to encourage talking.
Read our tips to prepare for your baby's 2-month checkup and learn what to expect during the doctor's visit.
Read what child development experts say is happening in your child’s brain at 6 months and how to help develop those skills.
At 10 months, your baby’s brain development is focused primarily on problem solving. Read through our list of cognitive skills you may notice.
Here’s what child development experts say is happening in your child’s brain at 8 months old.
In the first few days and weeks of your baby’s life, the color, texture, and smell of their bowel movements will change rapidly. Learn about the different variations (and dramatic colors) to understand what's normal.
If your baby cries and cries and cries they may be among the up to 40% of infants with colic. Learn how to help your baby and yourself with these tips.
When it comes to shaping your child’s brain, what matters more—their environment or their genes? Learn how to create an optimal environment for brain growth.
Feet are one of the most sensory-rich parts of the body. Read our tips to help your baby’s rapidly growing brain learn with their feet.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for babies under 18 months, with one exception: live video chats. Read through our tips for a meaningful video call.
A new baby brother or sister can be exciting for a young child, but their perspective can change quickly. Read our tips to help with this big change.
Parents of newborns inevitably wonder when they can get some rest. Read through our 4 tips to help parents cope with newborn sleep habits.
At 6 months, your baby’s expressive language is transitioning from those sweet early coos and squeals to more experimental babbling. Read about what your baby may be working on.
Since 1926, February has been a time to center the Black community. We celebrate Black contributions, commit to taking action against racism, and reflect on Black history and Black futures. Here are 3 ways to observe Black History Month with your family.
Pacifiers not only help soothe your baby, they can also reduce crying significantly. Read through the benefits and drawbacks to help you decide whether to introduce one.
Nothing is more important to a parent or primary caregiver than keeping your baby safe at all times, especially during sleep. Here are some tips and reminders to help.
Understand the facts about flat head syndrome (or positional plagiocephaly), what causes it, tips to avoid it, and what to look out for in your baby.
Once your baby reaches a certain developmental phase, swaddling is no longer safe. Read through our tips to transition out of swaddles.
Trimming your newborn’s nails can be daunting. Learn the best ways to cut your baby's fingernails.
Your newborn's first doctor's visit may be the first time you leave the house with your baby, and it can feel a little stressful. A little preparation can make this first checkup go smoother—for you and your baby.
A baby's umbilical cord stump usually dries up and falls off in a baby's first 5 to 15 days of life. Learn these umbilical cord care do's and don'ts for your newborn.
Your baby is learning to use a pincer grasp to pick up objects. Learn why self-feeding can be your baby's favorite way to practice their new motor skills.
It can be hard for both you and your child when they drop their last nap. Here are some ways to make the transition easier for everyone.
Hearing your child lie can be troubling. Here are some reasons not to worry—and how to encourage a family culture of honesty.
Impulse control is a lifelong skill, and its development begins in early childhood. Giving your child fun and engaging ways of working on it now supports them in a wide variety of ways.
The best toys for 2 year olds support emerging independence and sense of identity. They also give your child opportunities for fine and gross motor practice, problem-solving, practical life skills, and more.
Helping caregivers raise anti-racist and inclusive children is an important part of our mission at Lovevery. Research shows how important it is for children to see examples of positive diversity as they start to understand and categorize their world.
Earth Day is a time to celebrate nature and the environment. Teach your children how to take care of the earth with these fun activities, crafts, and books.
At 12 months old, your toddler is more mobile and curious than ever. The best toys support mobility, fine motor skills, language, and independence. See our best Montessori toys for 1-year-olds.
Incorporating color into these fun DIY activities stimulates your toddler's senses and deepens their learning.
The transition to preschool can be equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking for both you and your child. Here's how to support them before their first day.
We compiled this expert guide to help you know what to expect for your baby's growth and month-by-month development.
The Organic Cotton Baby Doll comes in three skin tones and is gender-neutral. Read more about our Baby Doll for everyone.
We are constantly working to improve our products, which may result in periodic Play Kit updates. See how we continue to provide stage-appropriate play essentials that your child will love.
Children of all races are never too young to take part in Black History Month. Here are ideas on how celebrate with your child, along with a list of books that center Black people and culture.
Some toys have characteristics that are aligned with Montessori principles. Learn what they are, why they can benefit your child, and how to introduce them.
Children as young as 18 months can start taking on regular household responsibilities. These will be simple and straightforward, like wiping up spills or helping set the table, and will require modeling and patience from you.
A Montessori-inspired nursery is simple and soothing. We've collected 7 of our favorite items here to help you design one that's right for your baby.
Spending time outside is not only enjoyable for babies, it also supports their cognitive and motor development—and may even help them sleep better.
"Serve and return" is a child development term used to describe back and forth interactions with your baby. Learn how to do it, and why it's so important.
Your baby’s unintentional twitches, jerks, and sudden movements actually help them figure out the world. These are newborn reflexes.
First birthdays are a big deal and worth celebrating. Gifts are one way to mark the occasion. Here are our 15 favorites for your one-year-old.
Some small tweaks to your bathroom can help set up your toddler for success, with toileting, handwashing, bathtime, and more.
Lovevery Playthings take on new meaning as your child grows. Reintroduce a beloved toy from a past Kit, and your two-year-old will find new ways to play.
Young children have a natural interest in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Here are 6 ways to bring STEM into your home.
Wooden toys are a staple of Montessori learning. They're durable, beautiful, and inspire wonder for a child's budding imagination.
As we continue to adjust to new normals, some things have stayed the same: working while caring for young children during a pandemic is really hard. Here are a few ways to ease the burden.
Color brings fresh interest to STEM and art projects for your toddler. Here are 4 easy ones that use food coloring.
Conservation is a logical thinking ability children develop between 4 and 11 years old. Being able to conserve means knowing that a quantity doesn’t change if it’s been altered.
The root cause of a tantrum is often your child wanting independence but not being quite ready for it. Here's how to handle one when it comes up.
We’ve collected 6 classic outdoor activity you can bring inside to enhance sensory development and gross and fine motor skills—even when the weather’s bad.
When you're short on time, try these 15 simple play ideas for spending time at home with your toddler.
We talked to real parents about their must-have diaper bag essentials and on-the-go hacks. The list is extensive but ensures you won't be caught unprepared.
Loveys, also known as "transitional objects," help babies and toddlers through transitions. Learn why these blankies, stuffies, and more are important and what to do if one goes missing.
Halloween will be different this year—but that doesn't mean we can't still celebrate it with our young children.
Running out of new activities for your baby during quarantine? Don't worry! Here are 14 of our favorite simple play ideas for spending time at home.
We compiled this guide to different early childhood philosophies to help you make informed decisions about childcare.
After play studies, weeks of in-home testing, and thousands of customer surveys, we are excited to announce our updated Play Kits for one-year-olds.
The idea of setting up a toddler-friendly Montessori kitchen might seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Go at your own pace with these simple tips.
If your toddler is showing signs of anxiety like sleep issues and moodiness, try talking to them, creating calming routines, and these other tips to help.
The Montessori floor bed may be the first thing that comes to mind when you visualize a Montessori bedroom, but there’s a lot more to it than just the bed.
With less clutter and more intention, your child's play space can be inviting and beautiful.
Using glue to stick items together may not sound like cognitive development, but it is. Try these activities with your toddler to practice.
Research shows that children benefit from playing outside, regardless of the season. Learn how to keep playing outdoors even when the weather is cold or rainy.
A toddler's budding sense of humor is a sign of their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Learn five ways to help nurture your child's funny bone.
Ultimately the decision is up to you, but here are some ways to notice and support your child's readiness to transition a crib to a bed.
Somewhere around 30 months, your child may be able to match identical or similar pictures of objects. Practice matching with these activity ideas.
Pom poms are a fun way to help develop fine motor skills and dexterity, and a great addition to sensory play. Try these quick and easy activities with your child.
Three years old comes with new social-emotional and logic skills, language, independence, curiosity, and a sense of right and wrong. Learn more in our post.
At two, it seems to happen all of a sudden: your baby is a champ eater then picky eating begins. Our friends at Happy Family have tips to help you handle It.
Many sensory activities focus on texture, temperature and other tactile properties. Try these ways to incorporate smell into your two-year-old’s sensory play.
For your child, each step of getting dressed is a new skill to learn. Here’s how you can teach your child how to put on pants, shirts, dresses, and coats.
A study conducted at UNC Chapel Hill concluded that gratitude has four separate parts. Learn them all and how to help your child put them in practice.
Supporting your child’s ability to focus and concentrate helps them get deeper into play and lays a foundation for the mental stamina they’ll need later on.
Your two-year-old is likely starting to demonstrate more awareness of environmental sounds. Here's how you can help them tune into sound.
When children only hear stories of people that look like them, they're more prone to stereotypes. Sharing diverse stories gives them both windows and mirrors.
Your entryway is usually busy, so it's a great place to create a prepared environment. Learn how to do this so your child knows where to find what they need.
A lot of exciting language development happens between your child's second and third birthdays. Here's what you can expect now in terms of language development.
Here are some ways to practice color-matching, using The Lovevery Drop and Match Dot Catcher and household craft supplies.
Between 28 and 32 months, children often have enough strength and coordination to pull on clothes. Here's how you can support them.
Playdates are a great time to develop social skills like building friendships and taking turns. Here's how to support your child before and during a playdate.
When you can't get to the park, these activities involve minimal materials and prep, and support large body movements to help your child get their energy out.
The average age children begin to identify as a boy or girl is between 26 and 33 months old. Here are ways to support gender identity development.
As children approach age 3, they engage more in symbolic play: using objects to stand in for others. Here are 6 ideas for dramatic play with your two-year-old.
Support your two-year-old's emerging sorting skills, using the Lovevery Reach for the Stars Matching Cards.
In a two-parent home, almost every child will favor one parent over the other at some point. Here's how to handle it when it happens in your family.
A critical piece of teaching kindness is empathy. Here are some ways to help your two-year-old understand, share, and connect with someone else's feelings.
The fine-motor skills involved in putting on (and taking off) shoes and socks are complex. Here's how to help your child learn to put on their shoes and socks.
Routines, sequences, and using time-related words all lay the groundwork for your child’s developing understanding of time.
Sensory activities engage the body and mind in a way that builds critical neural pathways. Here are some sensory activities with varying levels of messiness.
Between the ages of 24 and 30 months, many children can suddenly start to develop more pronounced fears. Here's how to respond.
When we talk about sharing with two-year-olds, what we’re really talking about is turn-taking. Here are some tips for helping your child learn to take turns.
Taking turns comes before sharing, and your child is ready to practice that now with some adult guidance.
As early as 2, your child is starting to understand how books work. Here are some strategies to encourage your budding reader by encouraging "print motivation."
Psychologists recommend giving your child only 2 choices at a time when they want to make decisions. Here are some everyday decision-making activities for kids.
Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph discusses how empowering children to choose how they show affection can help them establish healthy boundaries later on.
Independent play is beneficial to your toddler's development, but they need your help to build this skill.
Mirror play builds self-awareness, empathy, and social-emotional learning. Here are 4 ways to teach your child using their reflection and yours.
Cardboard is inexpensive, plentiful, and just right for a two-year-old getting into new kinds of pretend play. Here are 4 cardboard activities for your two-year-old.
Keeping toddlers engaged while doing chores can be a challenge. Here are some fun and fresh ways you can get your toddler involved with laundry.
When you just can't face another major clean-up for the sake of sensory exploration, these bags are a great way to let you little one explore without any mess.
Watch Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph discuss developmental milestones for your 9-month old with licensed occupational therapist and founder of CanDo Kiddo, Rachel Coley.
Your toddler already understands the basics of advanced mathematical concepts. Here are some ways to bring math into everyday life with your toddler.
Try these expert tips to swaddle your baby in a way that supports safe and healthy development.
Traveling with children can be challenging. Here are some ideas for the car that require no materials or tech and can be played by both driver and passengers.
Introducing a game of stop and go can help your 2-year-old learn body control. Build on the skills as they master them in these fun new ways.
An obstacle course, indoors or out, is a great way for your child to develop gross motor skills like walking on tiptoes and jumping with both feet.
Problem solving and fine motor work are key to releasing the trapped toys in this fun DIY play for your baby.
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Sensory bottles excite your baby’s senses and help make connections in their brain and we’ve collected 7 here that are easy to make and mess-free.
Watch Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph discuss developmental milestones for your 6-month old with licensed occupational therapist and founder of CanDo Kiddo, Rachel Coley.
Watch Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph discuss developmental milestones for your newborn with licensed occupational therapist and founder of CanDo Kiddo, Rachel Coley.
Watch Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph discuss developmental milestones for your 3- and 4-month old with licensed occupational therapist and founder of CanDo Kiddo, Rachel Coley.
Studies have shown adults are hardwired to react to whining more than any other sound a child makes. What does the whining mean and how should you respond?
Everyday noises are new to your baby. Use these 5 play ideas to introduce them to natural sounds and help them develop lasting neural networks.
Your baby listens to the intonation, rhythm, and patterns of your voice. Learn 8 ways to talk with your baby that support their speech development.
Back-and-forth conversations with your baby have a significant impact on language development and are important for social, emotional, and cognitive growth.
Learn how common household objects build stronger, more relevant neural pathways for your baby than toys with loud sounds and flashing lights.
A study showed that babies' brains synch with their parents’ when they learn about their social environment. Read about how eye contact plays a crucial role in developing emotional connections.
Washing their hands is an important and practical skill for your child. Here's how to break it down into manageable steps.
Here are the lyrics to classic lullabies to sing to your newborn, including Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, You are My Sunshine, and others.
Experts have found that singing lowers your baby's heart rate, descreases anxiety, and releases endorphins.
Learn the differences between turn-taking and sharing, and when children are ready for each.
Puzzles build fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving strategies. Here is the progression of puzzle solving for babies and toddlers.
Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph and Montessori Expert Jody Malterre demonstrate how the Montessori Animal Match game helps toddlers link 2D images with 3D figurines.
Our Montessori Ball Drop Box can help your baby develop coordination, balance, and other motor skills. Here's how you can help your baby get the most from it.
Sometimes an everyday object can delight and engage your baby just as much as a toy. Learn how to introduce your baby to the playthings already in your home.
Watch Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph and Montessori expert Jody Malterre as they show some of the many ways your toddler can use the Wooden Stacking Pegboard.
Your toddler is growing every day—physically, mentally, and emotionally. We gathered together five key facts to help you better understand your toddler and what's happening with their development right now.
Your baby is starting to understand that objects fall through a tube, but stay put in a container. Learn how the Lovevery Clear Tube reinforces this real-world concept.
The most meaningful learning happens when your baby is exposed to everyday objects and events. Here are some ways to help your baby build their intelligence.
Blocks unlock powerful learning for babies, but child development experts recommend limiting the number of blocks you give yours. Learn why in our post.
The Lovevery Wood Cup and Egg teach your baby how to use both sides of the body at the same time, essential for learning future tasks like getting dressed.
Babies' interests evolve, but you don't always need to buy new toys in order to keep up. Lovevery shares new ways to play with familiar favorites.
Here are some thoughts to consider if you find yourself battling worries over your toddler’s milestones or suffering the effects of child comparisons.
Research confirms what kids, parents, and teachers have known for centuries: playing with blocks is fun for your toddler and promotes many kinds of learning.
With a few simple supplies, you can create fun DIY activities that help your toddler safely enjoy the benefits of playing with small objects.
Stacking, nesting, and matching are three foundational toddler skills. Learn when to expect your toddler to begin doing each.
You can help your toddler understand natural sequences related to airflow by fanning them, blowing across the top of a bottle, blowing bubbles, and more.
On average, toddlers start walking between 9 and 17 months. Here are some tips to support your child's walking development.
Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph recaptures the strides both you and your baby have made in the first year. Celebrate how far you've come as a parent.
Keeping your baby clean matters to most parents, but getting messy can teach important skills. Here are some fun ideas for messy sensory play.
Letting your baby struggle may go against your instincts, but it can help build independence and resilience. Watch Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph demonstrate why.
Clapping and singing to music provides early lessons in pattern recognition and language. Try our list of songs and lyrics to incorporate into playtime.
Learn about how predictable sequences in your baby's everyday life help them begin thinking in more advanced ways.
There is an art to narrating, explaining, and including your baby in everyday tasks. Watch Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph model how.
Will time spent on a phone or tablet actually harm your baby? We sorted out the information to help you make informed decisions.
We love Montessori for its focus on fewer, high-quality playthings and real-world, sensory experience. Learn more about it and where and when we look beyond it.
Understanding math concepts at a young age can be a predictor of school success later on. Introduce your baby to math with these simple ideas.
Water and ice teach your baby that some things stay the same, while others transform. Here are some fun ideas for water and ice play.
Consider these fun and safe ways to include your toddler in your real kitchen before you buy a new toy kitchen.
Giving your toddler opportunities to help with household tasks makes them feel independent and valuable. Try these ways to encourage your child to participate.
This DIY project captures your child's first words and builds their vocabulary as their language develops.
Kicking, biting, and hitting are common all with toddlers, and knowing what to do can be hard—especially if you’re in public. Here's what you should know.
Introducing who, what, where, why, and how in little lessons empowers your toddler to begin explaining what interests them the most.
We asked some of our favorite early childhood, Montessori, and resilience experts to share some advice with us. Here are their top 10 tips.
Learn how to build your child's language skills and comprehension with plenty of rich vocabulary, back-and-forth conversations, narration, and repetition.
Heavy and light, loud and quiet, big and small—developing brains love to grapple with opposites. Here are some fun ways to explore opposites with your toddler.
A growth mindset leads to resilience, grit, and stamina, and teaches your child that their intelligence, capabilities, and talents can grow the more they learn.
For toddlers, routines provide comfort, structure, and a way to predict what’s going to happen next. Learn how to establish and maintain toddler routines.
Here are 8 ways your toddler is learning language right now, even if they're not saying much yet.
Neuroscientist Gillian Starkey shares tips for introducing your toddler to math and why it's beneficial to start now.
Pom poms are a fun way for your toddler to develop their fine motor skills. Try these ideas for at home or on the go.
Develop your toddler's fine-motor skills and concentration in a fun new way with items you probably already have at home.
Sensory exploration of colors, shapes, and textures with your child doesn't have to be complicated. Here are a few simple science activities for toddlers.
Music is a great way for toddlers to express creativity. Lovevery provides 4 fresh ways to make music a part of your child's life.
Children react in various ways when they encounter bugs, but what should they do? Here are 5 environmental lessons your toddler can learn now.
Matching images, objects, colors, and sound builds a toddler's pattern recognition and visual and short-term memory. Learn how matching skills progress.
Lovevery shares the techniques discovered by Stanford University that pinpoint a new, effective way to teach young children about colors.
Learn how to support your todder's pretend play, which is based on their own lived experiences. Imagination play will come later.
Learn why practicing the pincer grasp can help your child succeed in school and beyond by developing their fine motor skills and hand strength.
Dr. Dan Siegel "name it to tame it" philosophy helps children calm down by acknowleding and labeling their strong emotions.
Dedicating a drawer or cabinet for your baby to play in can become their new favorite activity. Fill your baby's new space with these safe household objects.
What is a Montessori Treasure Basket and what do I put in it? Lovevery provides a list of household and outdoor items that your baby can play with.
Open cups help babies build the muscles in their mouths used to form sounds (and lessen drooling). Learn how to introduce an open cup to your baby.
Pediatric occupational therapist Rachel Coley explains why crawling is vital to babies, and what can happen if they skip this stage.
Blankets can help your baby learn about object permanence, shape, and balance. Here are some fun and simple ways to incorporate blankets into playtime.
Reading with your toddler probably doesn't feel much like "reading." Don't give up—here's why even a minute of reading is still worth it.
Learn how the minimalist Montessori approach to toy rotation—just a few objects at a time, rotated every few weeks—benefits your toddler.
Pull toys may seem old-fashioned, but they promote many aspects of toddler development: problem-solving, whole-body coordination, and fine motor strength.
It’s a fact of life: babies and toddlers cry. Here are some ways to help your toddler work through big feelings.
Describing for your child the behavior you do want to see avoids reinforcing what you don't want them to do. Here's how to say "no" less frequently.
They drop it, you pick it up, they drop it again. There is nothing toddlers love more than playing with gravity. Here are four experiments to try.
Walking while carrying or pushing an object requires significant coordination and motor skills. Learn how pushing and transporting benefit your toddler.
Throwing, rolling, and flinging are all a natural part of how toddlers play and are early lessons in cause and effect. Here are 6 safe ways to practice.
If you dread toddler travel, the first step toward a less stressful experience might be to reframe how you think about it. Here are 16 ideas to get you started.
Sorting is the beginning of pattern recognition, a foundational math skill. Here are some ways to practice sorting with your toddler.
The key to cutting down on frustration for both you and your toddler is to redefine what it means to get things done. These five mantras will help you do that.
Around 5 to 6 months, your baby is tasting, mouthing, and feeling every single thing they can get their hands on to discover and utilize all their senses. Here are seven fun activities to try with your 5- to 6-month old.
Lovevery's experts share 10 techniques you can use to protect and grow your infant's developing brain.
High-contrast images are important for your baby’s cognitive development. Learn why babies love black and white images and download high-contrast images here.
Watch Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph and Montessori expert Jody Malterre introduce the Flexible Wooden Stacker and show the developmental concepts it supports.