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Exploring With The Hands And Mouth

Has your baby left you at wits’ end, what with the shoes, toys and sweaters—and everything in between—making their way into her mouth? Rest assured that every baby does this, and it’s totally normal. In fact, it’s a prerequisite to being a healthy infant.

When should my baby be off the bottle?


I believe each family should choose the best time for themselves and their baby. That said, bottles do begin to cause “bucking” of the permanent teeth at age 3 years or so, and using a bottle beyond age 1 can lead to cavities in some babies.

Whenever you do it, consider transitioning to a spill-proof sippy cup, as they’re far less messy than a traditional cup.

Are You Talkin' To Me?

Chatting face-to-face with your baby as well as following her gaze and discussing what can be found are ways parents can help encourage their babies’ language development, suggests recent research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Babies lip-read

It’s true that your newborn loves to look you in the eye—it’s the part of the face that has the most contrast—but when it’s time to figure out how to coo and babble, at around 6 months old, chances are he’ll find your mouth much more interesting.

Smarty Pants

What’s the best way to boost your baby’s brain power? Here’s what the latest research says:

Stranger Anxiety

It may cause you some embarrassment, but when your child screams and clings to you at the mere approach of Aunt Marge (or nearly any other unfamiliar person), he’s actually responding in a very normal way.

A Sneaky Culprit: Tongue-Tie

Are you having a hard time getting your newborn to latch on? Is nursing becoming bite-your-lip painful? If so, your baby may have a condition called ankyloglossia, or tongue-tie.

Your Baby at 12 Months

Your baby is now 1 year old.  Congratulations!  Here are some tips for planning your baby's first birthday party. Your baby will continue to grow and achieve new milestones.  You can read more about them here.  And for more information about your baby's milestones, check out these Baby Steps.

Your Baby at 11 Months

Your baby now babbles with intonation; this sounds like talking, but there are no real words.  By 10 or 11 months, he may start “cruising” (walking sideways while holding onto furniture), and by 12 months, many babies walk unassisted.

Your Baby at 10 Months

At 10 months, he babbles with intonation; this sounds like talking, Roth says, but there are no real words. At about 12 months, he begins to say things like “baba” for bottle or “wawa” for water.

Your Baby at 9 Months

At 9 months, your baby will say consonant-vowel strings (“ba ba” or “da da”) or vowel-consonant strings (“ab ab”); these also are known as babbling. He follows simple verbal direction, such as “Get the toy” or “Press the button” when it’s accompanied by a gesture.