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Parenting Tips by Age

Are the 2s really so terrible? When should my baby move to solid food? Should I be concerned if my child isn’t walking yet?

Every child is unique, so it doesn’t matter if you are a new parent or a veteran -- sometimes you just need some tips and pointers to help you along the way. From the experiences of our First 5 LA bloggers to results of academic studies, check out our parenting tips by age, or click here to view tips by topic.

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News and Notes
Two Babies Safely Surrendered In One WeekLos Angeles County’s Safe Surrender program celebrated success for the tenth time this year when a...

Get Ready for School Success
You are your child’s first and most valuable teacher. From birth, you can help her develop language, problem-solving, motor, social and...

You and your preschooler can make easy “play-dough” at home!
What you’ll need:Flour (approx. 2 cups)Oil (approx. ½ cup)Bowl & something to mix withEssential oil (optional)Directions:Put 1½...

The Five Senses
The five senses are key to brain growth and development, and vital to learning throughout life. How well does a newborn see? When does the sense of...

Catch - Get Out & Play!
Ages 0–1: Grasping balls, stuffed animals or other objects helps your baby develop hand-eye coordination, and crawling develops muscles in...

Throw - Get Out & Play!
Ages 0–1: Activities such as crawling, scooting across the floor or walking while holding onto furniture all build strength in your baby&...

Premature Birth Leads to Increased Risk of Breathing Problems
Newly published findings strongly suggest that preterm birth (prior to 37 weeks gestation) increases the risk of asthma and wheezing disorders during...

The Big 3
A University of Illinois study has identified the three most significant risk factors for child obesity among preschoolers: (1) inadequate sleep, (2...

Preschoolers Who Stutter Do Just Fine Emotionally and Socially, Study Finds
Stuttering may be more common than previously thought, but preschool stutterers fair better than first understood, a study by The University of...

?Kangaroo Care? Offers Developmental Benefits for Premature Newborns
New research concludes that so-called "kangaroo care," the skin-to-skin and chest-to-chest touching between baby and mother, offers...

Five-Year-Olds Who Watch TV for 3+ Hours a Day More Likely to be Antisocial
Five-year-olds who watch TV for three or more hours a day are increasingly likely to develop antisocial behaviors, such as fighting or stealing, by...

Toxic Stress Among Young Children Can Lead to Serious Implications
Brain development in early childhood is critical and - if influenced negatively by toxic stress - can result in lifelong implications. Toxic stress...

Less is More
How much information is too much when it comes to a child's likelihood of contracting certain diseases? According to new guidelines released in the...

Swimming Tips by Age
Splish, splash! Find out why water is FUN! Ages 0-1: Sprinklers - During bathtime, use a toy watering can or cup to gently pour water over your...

Tips for Parents
Here are some fun ways to use everyday items to help support your child for a lifetime of learning. These tips and tools can be used in different ways...

Ready for School
Kindergarten teachers expect (and hope!) that, come fall, new students arrive with some basic skills like knowing their ABCs and 123s. But...

Health Experts Caution Against Overfeeding Toddlers
It's a common mistake among parents to overfeed their toddlers, thinking it's a necessary way of making sure they grow up healthy.What they may not...

Sign Language Beneficial to Young Children
In the 1970s and 1980s, researchers began to notice that hearing children of deaf parents had advanced reading skills compared to other children. They...

Flat Head Syndrome: How to Prevent and Treat It
Placing healthy babies on their backs to sleep is considered an effective way to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). However...

Home Learning Experiences Improve School Readiness
Past research has shown that children living in poverty are less prepared to start school than children from middle-income homes. But a new study...
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