What Are a Baby’s Most Common First Words?
Receptive language—words a child understands but doesn’t yet say—typically precedes language production by several months. At 8 months, a little one begins to understand his or her name along with such common words as “bottle,” “mama,” “dada” and “bye-bye.” “No no” and “all gone” typically are understood at about 11 months. By age 1, a child will understand more than 50 words, and that number will continue to grow dramatically month-to-month, even though that child may barely be talking. Meanwhile, the acquisition of expressive language—words a child understands and says—relates to what a child best knows and is interested in—mom and dad, for example.
Fine-Motor Skills to Watch for the First Six Months
With every advancement in fine-motor skills, a child becomes increasingly independent. What fine-motor skills will your child develop in the first six months?
Tips to Teach Your Child Patience, Remembering, and Problem Solving
A resilient child thrives in the classroom, tending to have fewer or milder behavioral and emotional problems, greater engagement in school, and stronger academic skills.
Social-Emotional Milestones to Watch For: Months 7-12
A child’s social-emotional development creates the context in which they develop and exercise all of their other abilities. Discover four critical social-emotional milestones for you to watch for during baby’s first year.
3 Simple Ways to Foster Persistence in Your Child
Developing perseverance early in childhood leads to later academic success. Read our 3 tips for fostering persistence.
Three Ways to Encourage Gross-Motor Development in Months 4–6
Your little one’s strength and cognitive development have made impressive gains over the first three months. Now, gross-motor milestones are getting more complex, preparing your little one for crawling and getting into a sitting position independently.
Social-Emotional Milestones to Watch For: Months 4-6
A child’s social-emotional development creates the context in which they develop and exercise all of their other abilities. Discover four critical social-emotional milestones for you to watch for during months four to six.
Children and Screen Time: Embracing technology without guilt
How much time is appropriate for your young child to spend looking at screens? Is it developmentally appropriate for your child to even be looking at screens at all? Get the latest information from The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and others.
Toxic Stress and How to Avoid it
What causes toxic stress and can it be overcome? Understand the connections between a caregivers’ stress response and a child’s cognitive development.
Experiencing Diversity: Food, Language, and Music
Expose your child to diverse cultures in fun, memorable ways with these simple parenting approaches.