First 8 Signs to Teach Your Baby

Why teach your baby sign language?  Babies can understand verbal communication before they develop the skills required to verbally communicate themselves.  Teaching your baby how to sign can provide them with a valuable communication skill that will enhance, rather than delay, their overall language development.  Signing may also help you gain a better understanding of how your child views the world around them and in turn lead to less fussiness and fewer meltdowns due to communication misunderstandings.

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House Hunting With Kids

You’ve snagged the best realtor in the area. You’ve made a list of everything you’re looking for in your dream home. You’ve scoured every realty site for countless hours and mapped out the perfect route for a weekend jam packed full of showings.  You are ready to jump head first into the daunting task of house hunting. There’s just one little problem: you couldn’t find a babysitter. While the thought of hours upon hours of viewing homes with your little ones in tow makes you want to throw in the towel before you even begin, fear not. While it’s not the ideal situation, with careful thought and planning, you can successfully house hunt with your kids. If you follow these helpful tips, finding your dream home can be a memorable and enjoyable family task.

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The Importance of Pretend Play

In this day of technology where young children are continually spending more and more hours each week in front of the TV, smart phone, or tablet, the amount of time actually playing is being jeopardized.  As parents, it is crucial that we encourage our children to engage in imaginative play. Read on to learn about the benefits of pretend play and how you can incorporate more of it into your child’s life.

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Flaps, Textures, and Animals: 12 Books Your 12 Month Old Will Love

Selecting books for little readers can be difficult, overwhelming, and frustrating. This holiday season, whether you’re shopping for your own children or for gifts, check out Daily Mom’s favorite books for children ages 12-24 months. Our list features books with textures, flaps, and other surprises – along with a few classics – and trust us: you can’t go wrong with these great reads.

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How to encourage an attitude of gratitude

Thanksgiving will be celebrated and gone, but how do you encourage an “attitude of gratitude” all year long in your child? Saying “thank you” is certainly part of having excellent manners, but instilling a spirit of thankfulness in your daughter or son is a character trait a step beyond courtesy, and a definite challenge in a consumer world. Daily Mom shares tips on how to foster an everyday appreciation for both tangible and intangible blessings.

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Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas

Years ago, interfaith families faced what was called the “December Dilemma”: whether to celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah. With the increase in Christian-Jewish marriages, however, it has become much more commonplace to celebrate both, but many interfaith families still choose to focus on only one. If you’re faced with this choice for your family, or perhaps seeking to understand these choices, read on for some reasons families give for celebrating, or not celebrating, both Hanukkah and Christmas.

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Babies In Helmets: What’s It All About?

Have you ever seen a baby wearing a funny looking helmet and wondered what it was for? Or maybe you’ve noticed a substantial flat spot developing on the back of your own baby’s head and you’re worried about it. Plagiocephaly, also known as flat head syndrome, is a growing concern among many parents. Read on to learn more about what’s causing it and your prevention and treatment options.

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Ten At Home Dates for After Bedtime

The kids are finally asleep, the dinner dishes are cleaned up, and the nightly chores are complete.  You are exhausted and find yourself slumping backwards into the soft envelope of your couch cushions where you likely spend the next few hours zoned out in front of the television.  Sound familiar?  If you and your partner have slipped into a rut after the kids have gone to bed, read on for ten date night ideas that you can do without having to call the babysitter.

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Why your child needs music education

educationIt’s not just about a recital, an adorable, proud bow to the audience, or roses thrown at his or her feet during an encore. Music education has a proven link to improving certain brain functions and skills. Want to increase your child’s abstract reasoning skills, verbal memory and math abilities all while listening to him or her learn to play “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star?” Daily Mom has news that will be music to your ears!

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Halloween Safety

“Trick or treat!?” You’ll hear that again and again as you parade your little goblin or ladybug around the block. Don’t be tricked! Daily Mom has advice that will keep your Halloween as sweet as the candy your kiddo just collected. From helpful safety tips that you may not have thought of to fantastic Halloween-friendly products that we love, we have some “treats” for you!

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DIY Mom Survival Kit

Nothing is worse than when you are running errands with your kids and disaster strikes. The baby has a diaper blowout and you don’t have any diapers with you. Your toddler trips on the sidewalk, skinning their knee, but you can’t find a bandaid. You’re stuck waiting for car repairs with no good distraction for your antsy child. These are situations you can avoid with a few dollars and a few minutes of planning and prep-work to create the ultimate Mom Survival Kit.

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One & Done: Busting Myths about Only Children

How many children to have is a very personal decision. Some couples immediately know they want a few kids, while others know they’re done after just one. In recent years, having an only child is becoming more and more common. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, families with just one child have nearly doubled since the 1960s. In fact, 1 in 5 American families have just one child. But, only children often get a bad rap. These myths about only children — and their parents — are completely untrue.

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