Exploring Cause and Effect at the Playground
Developing an understanding of cause and effect can help children build their ability to solve problems, to make predictions, and to understand the impact of their behavior on others.
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.
Parten’s 6 Stages of Play
Researcher Mildred Parten identified six stages of play that children progress through in their first 5 years of development.
The Importance of Serve and Return: Promoting healthy attachment with your child
Serve-and-return interactions help infants and toddlers encourage neural connections, and improve parent-child bonding. Learn more.
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.
Purposeful Reading Strategies for Infants, Toddlers & 2s
Use ParentPal’s Purposeful Reading Strategies to begin developing your child’s language and pre-reading skills from birth.
Your Baby’s Development: Month 12
Understand your 12-month-old's development with ParentPal's Milestone Guide. Learn which milestones to look for and how you can support your child's healthy development.
Your Baby’s Development: Month 10
Understand your 10-month-old's development with ParentPal's Milestone Guide. Learn which milestones to look for and how you can support your child's healthy development.
Your Baby’s Development: Month 11
Understand your 11-month-old's development with ParentPal's Milestone Guide. Learn which milestones to look for and how you can support your child's healthy development.
Your Baby’s Development: Month 9
Understand your 9-month-old's development with ParentPal's Milestone Guide. Learn which milestones to look for and how you can support your child's healthy development.
Your Child’s Day: The importance of routines and experiences
Consistent routines and engaging learning experiences are essential for healthy child development. See how the quality of routines and experience impact your child’s development.
Your Baby’s Development: Month 8
Understand your 8-month-old's development with ParentPal's Milestone Guide. Learn which milestones to look for and how you can support your child's healthy development.