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Moving to a Toddler Bed: Strategies for an Easy Transition

Transition to Toddler BedThe transition from crib to toddler bed is a momentous occasion. Your child isn’t a baby anymore. He has entered into toddlerhood and is ready to be a big kid. There’s no set time for making the move to a toddler bed, but most children do make the transition sometime between 18 months and three and a half years old. It’s often best to wait until your child is closer to three, since many younger kids just aren’t ready for a bed – just yet.

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How to Stop Thumb Sucking

how to stop thumb suckingThumb sucking is a natural reflex that begins in the womb. Babies in utero begin sucking their thumb in the second trimester – even as early as 15 weeks of gestation. Sucking is a reflex that babies use to soothe and calm themselves. It makes them feel happy and secure. Babies use sucking to learn about the world around them. Infants suck on pacifiers, thumbs, fingers, and other objects.

Toddlers and young children may suck their thumbs to soothe and comfort themselves. Because thumb sucking is relaxing, it helps babies and young children fall asleep. That’s why you may notice that your toddler or young child starts thumb sucking when they’re getting tired. Thumb sucking allows children to fall asleep more easily, and it helps them sleep through the night at an earlier age than children who don’t thumb suck.

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Potty Training Your Toddler: Helpful Tips and Advice

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Potty training is a huge milestone for many parents. After all, for at least two years – sometimes three -you’ve  been cleaning up the messes your little one has made in his or her diapers.

Many parents excitedly buy the training pants and potty chair, and they enthusiastically explain the whole process to their toddler, hoping that their children catch on to the idea of being a “big kid.” Yet all too often, many children are clueless as to what this all means. Some are downright combative and resistant when mom and dad take them to the toilet.

However, if you follow some of these simple tips, it is likely your child will quickly catch on to potty training, and diapers will become a thing of the past.

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Smarter Kids (Higher IQs) More Likely to Use Drugs

smarter kids, illegal drugsParents beware! If you have a brainy kid, especially a girl, you better watch her carefully. According to a new research study, children with higher IQs are more likely to use illegal drugs when they grow up.

The new study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, examined over 8,000 people and followed them over three decades. They found that people with higher IQs when they were 5 and 10 years old were more likely to experiment with illicit drugs (such as marijuana, amphetamines, and cocaine) at age 16 and 30.

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