Toddler potty training: setting the stage
Learn nine ways to help your toddler get comfortable with the toilet and noticing their body's signals.
Learn nine ways to help your toddler get comfortable with the toilet and noticing their body's signals.
Your child can potty train using a floor potty or a seat that fits on a regular toilet. Learn the pros and cons of each style.
Allowing your toddler to practice each part of a self-care skill with you boosts their confidence and independence.
Some toddlers can pay attention to an activity for several minutes, while others may need more support to stay focused for even a minute.
The average vocabulary at 18 months is about 50 words, but toddlers can say far more or fewer and still be on track.
Studies find that labeling an object as your child handles it can help them connect what they have in their hands to the words you say.
By staying close and being a calm, steady presence, you’re actually helping your toddler learn to become more independent in the future.
Your toddler isn't mature enough to resist their impulses yet, but there are things you can do now to help them develop this skill.
Try these easy tips from language experts to encourage your toddler to say two-word phrases.
Specific verbal feedback can help your toddler tune into their body as they tackle a new physical challenge.
Try these ideas to help your child understand what it means to be a good playmate.
Researchers analyzed how parents taught their 24-month-olds to complete a difficult activity and the children's persistence a year late. This is what they uncovered.
Before the frustration gets to both of you, try this approach to make your toddler feel heard and build their vocabulary in the process.
Destructive play is a powerful learning opportunity for your toddler. Learn how to make it work for both of you.
Acting out simple real-life situations during play gives your toddler a chance to learn about other people’s feelings without their own distress getting in the way.
Tantrums are part of toddler life, but these ideas may help you nip some before they start.
These ideas help your toddler move from a fisted grip to one that uses the strength of their fingers and thumb.
Up to 15% of young children will intentionally bang their head on the wall or floor at some point. Here's what to do when it happens.
Try these six expert tips to make bath time less stressful for your toddler—and you.
Try these four steps to reconnect and teach your toddler how to handle moments that don't go the way we'd hoped.
Learn the timeline of color understanding and 5 fun ways to help your toddler learn colors.
How you respond to mispronunciations can make a difference in your child's language development.
Learn why and how to let your toddler walk instead of ride.
Your toddler may say lots of new words around 18 to 24 months of age—here's why.
Learn which puzzles offer just enough challenge for young toddlers.
Try these 3 simple ways to get more valuable face-to-face time with your toddler.
Many shows and apps targeted at babies and toddlers are marketed as “educational,” but that doesn’t always mean much.
Learn the best phrases to guide your child toward safer choices.
Learn four strategies to help your toddler enjoy—and learn from—parallel play.
Learn six easy ways to add heavy work to your toddler's day.
When hosting a toddler play date, a little planning can go a long way toward minimizing conflict and maximizing opportunities to connect.
Help your toddler explore what it feels and looks like to paint on different surfaces as they build fine motor and language skills.
Research shows that reading can be a powerful way to boost your toddler’s expressive language skills. Try these simple strategies.
Try these ideas to get the wiggles out inside.
Pausing a few seconds can foster your toddler’s communication skills and encourage them to join the conversation.
Help your toddler get better at coordinating the small muscles of their hands and fingers with these activities from a pediatric OT.
As they spin, roll, swing, and slide, your toddler gets feedback from two important sensory systems that are crucial for their developing gross motor skills.
From advance warning to giving your toddler some power over loud noises, discover the best ways to help your child startle less.
A study of 270 toddlers found three key factors that predicted toileting success.
Find tips for planning a successful video chat as well as five activities for better video chats with toddlers.
Help your toddler work through feelings of disappointment, sadness, and frustration when their skills don't quite match their ambitions.
When your toddler looks through their legs or climbs up or down stairs, they're exploring the "orientation" schema. Offer these activities to support their curiosity.
When your toddler crawls into a cardboard box or places a cup inside a bigger container, they’re exploring the “enclosing” schema.
Children learn so much about the physical world by throwing, dropping, rolling, and flinging things—including their own body.
Toddlers love discovering how objects fit together and come apart. Discover 5 ways to support this type of play.
Discover 4 ways to support your toddler’s developing rotation schema, a form of play that involves twirling their body, rolling cars, and more.
Your toddler is slowly learning that their actions have consequences. When you give and explain appropriate consequences, they’ll start to understand what they can and cannot do.
Instilling a love and understanding of language, reading, and writing in toddlers has little to do with memorizing the ABCs. Learn the skills to reinforce instead.
Grabbing at this toddler stage isn’t malicious and doesn’t need a consequence or any form of discipline. Learn what to do instead.
Discover lesser-known tips and facts about teaching your child to use the toilet from Lovevery's senior child development expert.
Learn the signs your child may be ready to potty train and expert tips for introducing the concept.
Research shows a close link between pointing and toddler language development. Learn how to build on this social-communication skill.
Many parents underestimate how many words their young toddler understands. Watch for these non-verbal signals to get a better idea of what your toddler knows.
Learn how to create an effective toddler bedtime routine from our certified sleep consultant, Lauren Lappen.
Studies show that a child’s sleep environment can strongly impact their sleep quality. Try these research-backed strategies tonight.
They way your child plays make-believe changes as they grow. At each stage, pretend play offers cognitive and social-emotional benefits.
Patterns are an important element of math. Learn the stages to learning patterns and 4 ways to help your toddler recognize patterns.
Discover 15 first foods to mash for your baby, according to a pediatric occupational therapist.
It's a good thing when toddlers talk to themselves. Here's why.
Pretend play lets your toddler learn by trying new roles. Discover why pretending along with them matters and tips for playtime.
Understanding how individual sounds make up words—known as phonological awareness—is a key literacy skill. Learn how to encourage it.
Parts of your baby's brain are about to experience a growth spurt. Learn 4 ways to encourage strong neural connections.
Discover expert tips on how to help your toddler connect how they feel to what they do.
Learning that emotional connections can get disrupted and repaired is an important lesson for your child. Try these four steps to reconnect.
Discover creative ways to use black-and-white cards and patterns to help your baby learn.
Help your toddler learn to take others’ perspectives and solve complex problems with these expert tips to encourage creative and divergent thinking.
What’s behind your toddler’s separation anxiety? Here are four things to know about separation anxiety.
Research shows that children as young as 13 months are already creating memories. Talking about shared experiences is one way to support your child's early learning.
Ask yourself these six questions to decide if a limit is worth setting.
Many toddlers are drawn to “destructive play." Read our tips on how to prepare for this behavior and how to react when your toddler tests limits.
Your toddler may be comforted by one (or more) of these six strategies.
Having their nails cut is a little bit scary for your child. Here are some adjustments that might make the process a little easier for both of you.
TV screens have long been known to disrupt sleep in children, and now researchers are learning that handheld devices are an even bigger issue.
Adults use process of elimination to solve problems all the time—and even as early as 14 months, you can help your toddler develop this cognitive skill, too.
Logical consequences are about helping your toddler regulate their emotions and their body. They're meant as a reset—not punishment.
Are there benefits to thumb sucking? Should I try to stop my baby from thumb sucking? Learn if it's okay for your baby to suck their thumb.
Read our three steps to setting toddler limits with empathy and understand what empathetic boundaries teach children.
Giving your child opportunities to focus on a task uninterrupted and get into a “zone of concentration'' is an important part of the Montessori approach.
When your toddler tests boundaries, you may wonder what you’re doing wrong. Remembering these 3 toddler truths can help.
Some toddlers are less soothed by close physical contact than they were as babies. Learn what to do when a hug won't work.
Using specific and even complex words to describe how your child feels gives them a deeper, more nuanced understanding of their emotions.
No matter what feeding method you choose—traditional purees, baby-led weaning, or a mix of both—here are some tips to help you get started.
Separation anxiety doesn't happen only to children—it affects parents, too. Read 4 tips to help you deal with your separation anxiety.
All toddlers have temper tantrums. Learn the dos and don'ts to help you and your child through public and private meltdowns.
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.
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.
To walk later on, your baby needs to practice getting vertical, learning to cruise, and balancing on two feet. Read our tips to support pre-walking skills.
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.’
Between 5 and 10% of fathers can show signs of depression during their partner's pregnancy or the first 6 months of their baby's life. Learn more about new-dad depression.
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.
Read about when your baby may start teething, the signs of teething, and how to soothe your baby.
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.
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.
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.