Babies (age 4-14 months)

Your baby is growing up! How did that breath-taking newborn become such an adorable bundle of energy and fun? And you, how did you get to be such a confident parent, knowing -- at least most of the time -- how to comfort your baby, feed her, connect with her?

Your adoration of your baby means she wants to please you, which means a happy child who cooperates even as she heads into her second year. And the intimate connection you've created with your baby lays the foundation for a rewarding parent-child relationship for the rest of her life.

Next on the agenda: sitting up, crawling, and walking, all in short order.

In This Section

Positive Parenting Your Baby: Your Game Plan

Your growing baby's developmental tasks, your priorities, and a simple Parents' Game Plan, all set up to make your life easier when you've got only three minutes to read before he wakes up.

How to Help Your Baby Learn to Put Himself to Sleep

Okay, so he's not an infant anymore, and you think he should sleep when you put him in his crib. Not unreasonable, but you may need to think about it from his point of view if you want him to get the message.

Feeding Your Baby

Think your baby might be ready to start solid foods? Six questions you need to answer before you start your baby on solid food.

19 Ways To Keep Your Baby or Toddler Happy During Diaper Changes

MOST little ones go through stages of hating diaper changes. Sometimes, simply slowing down and connecting changes everything. Sometimes, giving the child control is the key to avoiding a power struggle. Often, not interrupting their play solves the problem by meeting their needs as well as yours. And sometimes you will probably find yourself resorting to distraction. So here's a list of ideas to try, most of which will work sometimes, or for awhile.

What's Best for Baby Brain Development?

A baby's intellectual development is built on the foundation of emotional security.

More on Babies

The Case Against Ferber Sleep Training

Your growing baby's developmental tasks, your priorities, and a simple Parents' Game Plan, all set up to make your life easier when you've got only three minutes to read before he wakes up.

Cherishing Your Baby

We begin, immediately, to orient ourselves to our special humans, we greet them with adoration, and with the expectation that we ourselves will be cherished. Humans are born ready to love, and to be loved.

Best Breastfeeding Books

Our favorite books on how to make feeding your infant the perfect food easy, effortless, and one of the most rewarding things you've ever done.  These reassuring, well-researched books are worth reading towards the end of your pregnancy -- and then keeping around as you embark on nursing your new baby.

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Attachment Parenting: Why It's Best for Your Baby -- and Easiest for You

Attachment Parenting isn't only for newborns. In fact, even adults exhibit attachment seeking behavior when they're ill. If you haven't already read up on how attachment parenting your baby can make your life easier, read more.

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