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Most babies have a natural need to suck, and find it calming.  This type of sucking is called "non-nutritive sucking" because the baby is not being fed.  Giving a baby a pacifier can satisfy a baby’s need to suck.  If parents choose to give their baby a pacifier, here are some tips for using it safely.

Being a parent is a wonderful gift, but sometimes that gift can be overwhelming.  Below are 10 parenting tips for parents with children of all ages to help guide you along the way when times seem hard or if you just need a little help in certain areas.  

As parents, we learn about the benefits of regular doctor visits, immunizations, physical activity, and proper nutrition. We understand the need for stimulating toys and activities to promote brain development. However, we may overlook the importance of nurturing our children’s emotional development.

Whining can be like nails on a chalkboard. Here’s why whining happens—and how you can help. 

Pregnancy is an amazing and beautiful thing, but it can be confusing, especially if it's your first time around.  A tool that seems to be helpful for new moms is pregnancy apps on your phone.  They are not just helpful during pregnancy, but if you find the right one, it will help you track your fertility before pregnancy and keep track of baby's milestones once they're born. 

There are so many different types of parenting that it can be hard to keep track—attachment, authoritative, peaceful—but the most important thing is finding out which style (or combination) works best for you and your little one. And now there's talk of another parenting technique worth considering: gentle parenting.

Lessons abound when a new baby arrives, whether they come in the form of unexpected good will or hard-earned victories.  Often times, new moms feel anxious and scared on not knowing what to do when the baby arrives. 

To breastfeed or use formula is one of the first decisions you'll make as a parent (but it definitely won't be your last). No matter which choice you decide to make, it's always worth exploring your options, and the purpose of today's post is to help you explore all the amazing benefits of breastfeeding specifically. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, breastfeeding gives newborns the ideal amount of proteins, vitamins, and antibodies that allow them to grow. Keep reading to see the seven top benefits of breastfeeding that every parent should know about. Some may even surprise you.

Throughout childhood, children face changes at home and at school. These changes can be small and go unnoticed, or they can be life-changing. Beginning preschool or kindergarten is a transition that holds many changes for children. The importance of parents' involvement in their child’s transition from home to school cannot be stressed enough. With the support of a caring parent, this transition can be a positive experience for a child, giving him or her a sense of self-confidence and accomplishment.  Here are a few tips on helping your child make a successful transition from home to school:

June is Potty Training Awareness Month. When it’s time to ditch the diapers, we want to help you make it a smooth transition. Check out some potty training tips below:

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