Toddlers and technology

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In today’s world, it is difficult to escape technology — even for young children. In fact, according to Common Sense Media, 38% of babies under 2 use tablets or smartphones, up from 10% in 2011. Yet, a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics states that children with self-soothing, sleep, emotional regulation, and attention issues … Continued

Kids and germs: What you need to clean


Children love discovering new things. It’s their awesome imaginations that has them building sandcastles, splashing in mud puddles and sharing an ice cream cone with the family dog. Unfortunately, all that discovery leads to one common thing: germs. Here are some household tips on where bacteria seem to lurk the most. Bathroom Every month, give bath … Continued

How reading helps children be BRAVE


Some of my favorite memories as a mom to young children involves our time snuggled together reading a favorite book. While it can be hard as a busy parent to find time for reading to your children, the benefits of it are countless. I’ve compiled some of my favorites into an easy-to-remember acronym. B is … Continued

Getting ready for school… 5 years in advance


As summer winds down and kids start filling desks and lining hallways at school, it’s a good time to talk about child development. Not all children arrive to school ready to learn. In fact, getting a healthy start begins long before kids step onto a school bus. As a mom and pediatrician, I know that … Continued

Eye contact helps babies learn to talk


As you adjust to life with a newborn, eventually a new normal sets in. You post pictures on social media. You commiserate with other new parents about survival on minutes of sleep and strong coffee. You wonder why you can’t remember the social life you had just a few weeks ago before this arrival. You … Continued