Education & play
A baby's level of counting ability shown in study to indicate their later proficiency for maths.
Fewer tantrums has to be a good thing, says a first-time mother who has adopted baby sign language to better understand her son's needs.
Parents are bombarded with messages that they must enrol their baby in enrichment classes to ensure future success.
Peacefully napping babies are being transformed into art in Japan by mothers who take pictures of their children with cleverly arranged household objects.
Babies don't yet have the words to teach us anything explicitly, but if we're observant, they can teach us some powerful lessons by example.
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Signing is said to be easier for babies to learn because it relies on gross motor skills, rather than the fine motor skills needed for speech.
Child development experts have warned against the Your Baby Can Read! education program of video, flashcards and pop-up books.
There was a time in your life when you didn't understand the idea of intentions. Babies aren't born with this insight, they have to learn it.
Babies may have memory and consciousness as early as five months old, study finds.
Baby laughs are intoxicating, but how do they know something is funny? How do they even know what funny is?
No one has worse manners than babies. They will not stop with the staring.
Parenthood in early infancy is equal parts tedium and astonishment. The trick is telling the two apart.
Plunket has begun testing new software that will create electronic health records for a quarter of a million babies and toddlers.
Little Vic is happy to occupy himself with pegs, water bottles, washing baskets, plastic containers, wooden spoons, straws, the dog's bed, hairbrushes and shoelaces...
Waking up on Christmas morning with a child in the house is an entirely different experience to what I’m used to.
I've already told you that I love Christmas (read: am completely bonkers about it) so getting a photo of Victor with Santa was a given.
Occupational therapist Lynsey Taylor uses song and dance to help babies hone balance, perception, and minor and gross motor movement skills.
Your baby's first word is a big milestone - along with those first shaky steps, it's a sign that he or she is becoming independent and entering the next phase of life.
Research shows books and educational toys can make a child smarter, but they also influence how the brain grows.
Babies learn about the world and develop vital skills through interaction and play. You want to choose toys that are going to stimulate them mentally, physically, emotionally and socially. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
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