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When kids pretend they’re pirates or secret agents, or create their own characters using dolls or Lego figures, it seems like they’re playing simple games—literally engaging in child’s play. But what’s going on when kids use their imaginations and pretend when they play is actually very complex, and very good for kids’ development. Here are some key ways imaginative play is beneficial for kids. Continue reading “How do I pretend to play with my toddler?” »

Infants have a variety of reactions to being placed face-down on the floor. Until they develop the muscles necessary to lift their heads from an awkward face-plant position, many babies hate tummy time (and squall indignantly to let you know it!). Others seem to love the view. And still others are indifferent, cooing happily no matter which end is up. Continue reading “What age should you start tummy time?” »

Along with bottles, bodysuits and blankets, bibs are another one of those big B’s that every parent needs. Buying and using these mealtime essentials may seem simple, but the baby bib game has really evolved over the years. If you’ve noticed a variety of different products and styles at the infant supply store or online, you may be wondering why there are so many types. We’ll help you uncover the mystery behind their features and care tips so you’ll feel like a bib master in no time. Continue reading “When should babies start wearing bibs?” »

Does your child love pretending? Find out how pretend play can spur child development while learning new dramatic play ideas, activities and games. In the midst of creating a restaurant together, clomping around in grown-up shoes, or twirling around with friends in a fairytale land, children are learning to solve problems, coordinate, cooperate, and think flexibly. Continue reading “Why do kids like to play pretend?” »

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