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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&...

?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...

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...

Being a New Parent
Being a new parent can be the scariest, hardest, most overwhelming, rewarding and exciting experience of your life. You are not expected to know...

Reading Tips - Newborn to 6 Months
Reading, and the love of reading, begins at home. Below you’ll find tips for reading to your child at any stage during their first five years...

Reading Tips - 6 to 12 Months
Reading, and the love of reading, begins at home. Below you’ll find tips for reading to your child at any stage during their first five years...

Reading Tips - 12 to 24 Months
Reading, and the love of reading, begins at home. Below you’ll find tips for reading to your child at any stage during their first five years...

Reading Tips - 24 to 36 Months
Reading, and the love of reading, begins at home. Below you’ll find tips for reading to your child at any stage during their first five years...

Reading Tips - Preschool and Up
Reading, and the love of reading, begins at home. Below you’ll find tips for reading to your child at any stage during their first five years...

Read Early Read Aloud Book Suggestions
If you are looking for guidance or ideas on what books to read to your child, look no further! Here you will find suggested books that are kid...

Kit for New Parents Available in Four Asian Languages
To start off the New Year, First 5 California has a gift for all new California parents who speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean or Vietnamese — the...
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