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Why are newborn babies fussy at night?

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Over the past eleven years in the business, I’ve mainly given advice about baby gear: what stroller to buy? How do you tie your baby wrap? How do you create the perfect registry? But besides being a baby gear aficionado, I am also a father of three, so I have parenting advice to give, too. For instance: how do you ... Read More »

How to keep kids busy if they’re not going to summer camp

Ok, so some kids just aren’t made for camp: as Koa Beck wrote at Mommyish, “As a quiet, self-regulating child who preferred to read, being yanked from my air-conditioned home and placed outdoors with a bunch of sweaty perpetual noise-makers was definitely not my idea of a fun summer. I endured the experience only once, but I begged my family ... Read More »

Making mom friends: tips & links

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Let’s face it: making friends as an adult can be HARD. When you were a child, it was simple, since you spent your days in a classroom with a bunch of little people just like you, who were interested in roughly the same things, and were all equally eager to find someone to play with. But when you get older, ... Read More »

Boredom at 30,000 Feet: How to keep kids entertained on a plane!

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It takes about 8 hours to fly from Boston to San Diego. This doesn’t include showing up to the terminal at 5am with all your stuff in tow, getting through security, waiting patiently through the twenty minute delay to board the plane, and sitting through the layover in Newark or Houston. That’s a long time, and it’s trying on even the most ... Read More »

What to do when your kid won’t stay in bed

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Sleep expert Amy Lage calls it “Jack-in-the-Box Syndrome”: the phenomenon wherein your little angel, who has had his bath, heard his favorite story, and tucked in beside his favorite nightlight, emerges again and again and again. He needs another glass of water, he needs to go potty again, there is definitely a monster under the bed, and oooh, what are ... Read More »

Potty Training Part 3: Leaving the House!

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By Cecilia Matson, MA, Child Development Expert and Stacey Jackson Flammia, MLA, Adult Learning and Development Specialist Galoop – Child Development Classes for Babies and Toddlers and Expert Advice for Caregivers Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA www.galoopclasses.com facebook.com/GaloopClasses   In our first two blogs about potty training we talked about how to recognize the signs of readiness and the basics of helping ... Read More »

Potty Training Part 2: How To Potty-Train Your Child

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By Cecilia Matson, MA, Child Development Expert and Stacey Jackson Flammia, MLA, Adult Learning and Development Specialist. Galoop – Child Development Classes for Babies and Toddlers and Expert Advice for Caregivers Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA www.galoopclasses.com facebook.com/GaloopClasses   In our last blog on this topic, we talked about the signs of readiness for potty training. These signs are important, so ... Read More »

10 Ways to Pass the Time When Baby Keeps You Up At Night

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By about 6 months of age, my daughter Reese was a champion sleeper, giving my husband and I up to 11 hours per night to relax and recharge. Sadly, sleep regressions are a thing, and when those pesky molars decided to make an appearance when Reese hit her 15th month, everything changed. That got me thinking back to how I ... Read More »

Practical tips for reading readiness, based in science!

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The benefits of reading to kids from infancy onwards are obvious: they learn vocabulary, they enjoy the pictures, and they love spending the time bonding with you! But Professor Daniel T. Willingham of the University of Virginia warns parents not to fret too much about teaching kids the alphabet, or starting very early with reading instruction. In an interview with ... Read More »

Is your child ready for potty training? Look out for these signs!

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By Cecilia Matson, MA, Child Development Expert and Stacey Jackson Flammia, MLA, Adult Learning and Development Specialist.  Galoop – Child Development Classes for Babies and Toddlers and Expert Advice for Caregivers Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA www.galoopclasses.com facebook.com/GaloopClasses     The million-dollar question: how do I know when my child is ready to use the potty? Do I go by her ... Read More »