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  • One-year-old girl experiments with cause and effect by pouring sand out of a plastic container.

    Experiment with Cause & Effect with These Simple Activities!

    Your 1-year-old is learning a lot this year, and one of the things they will be solidifying is their understanding of cause and effect. You may notice your little one throwing items from their high chair or dumping out the contents of a box. This is because they're experimenting! Some of your child's seemingly impulsive behaviors are actually them learning about what happens through certain actions.

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  • 1-year-old boy plays with a Storypod and Carfties at the coffee table with his father. It is important to engage with your child at this age in order to encourage social development.

    4 Games to Play with Your 1-Year-Old to Encourage Social Development

    Playing games with your 1-year-old can be a fun way to bond and help them develop socially. At this age, children are learning about the world around them and how to interact with others, so it's a good idea to create fruitful interactions that will allow them to learn about and practice these skills. Think any activity that encourages sharing, turn-taking, talking, or stretching the imagination.

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  • 1-year-old girl wears a happy but quizzical expression in front of a red background.

    Do Nursery Rhymes Benefit My Child?

    From Baa Baa Black Sheep to I'm a Little Teapot, nursery rhymes have been used for ages as a way for adults to engage their children. It turns out, these simple poems and songs actually pack quite a punch in helping your child develop and learn! Read on to discover the benefits of practicing rhymes with your little one.

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  • 1-Year-Old girl lifts a foot up to crawl out of a sand box. A 1-year-old's motor skills are rapidly developing and can be strengthened with simple activities.

    5 Simple Activities to Help Your 1-Year-Old Strengthen Motor Skills

    At 1-years-old, you'll notice your little one's motor skills ramping up quite a bit and soon you'll have a toddler on the move! Motor skills refer to the ability to control one's movements and perform physical tasks, such as crawling, walking, and playing with toys. Strong motor skills are essential for a child's overall development, as they lay the foundation for more advanced physical abilities and coordination later in life.

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  • An array of colorful toys are arranged carefully on a white background. Keeping toys organized through toy rotation is an easy way to combat overwhelm and avoid overstimulating your child.

    The Magic of Toy Rotation - An Easy Practice to Combat Toy Overwhelm

    Birthdays, holidays, doting grandparents, and everything in between — it's likely your child has a wealth of toys at their disposal given to them with the hopes of enrichment and engagement. And while playing with toys is certainly a great way for a young child to learn, too many toys can lead to overwhelm, overstimulation and, believe it or not, boredom. Fortunately, there's a simple solution!

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  • Baby lays on back wearing eyeglasses. He is developing important cognitive skills in his first year of life.

    What Cognitive Skills Is My Child Developing in the 1st Year?

    Cognitive skills refer to the way one thinks, communicates, and solves problems. During the first year of life, children undergo incredible cognitive development as they begin to explore and make sense of the world around them. Below are some key cognitive skills that children develop from 0-12 months of age.

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  • One-year-old child sits in front of a simple mural while holding a bright, red, birthday balloon. A parent can look forward to many strides in their child's development at one-year-old.

    The Big 1! Here’s What to Look Forward To

    From toothless smiles to sweet, baby babbles, there’s no doubt your little one has brought you endless joy in the past 12 months. Fortunately, the fun’s just getting started as there’s still plenty of exciting milestones to look forward to in the upcoming year!

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  • A baby with their mouth wide open in awe.

    Is Baby Talk a Bad Thing?

    Baby talk is the one language we all have in common when confronted with a small child. Despite how naturally it comes, an adult’s inclination to melt into a series of coos and sing-songy speech when in the presence of a baby has often been the topic of debate. Wouldn’t it be much better to speak properly to children so that they learn what’s “correct”? As it turns out, our instinctive tendency to use baby talk has three major benefits to language development and is completely appropriate up to a certain age.

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  • 1-year-old in flannel jacket has mouth open as if to say something. You can support your 1-year-old's language development with the use of intentional phrases.

    How to Support Your 1 Year Old's Language Development With These Easy Phrases

    Is your 12 month old starting to copy your speech sounds, say simple words they’ve heard like, “uh-oh” or “dada”, understand easy instructions like, “let’s go”, register words for everyday items like “shirt”, or turn to look at sounds they hear? That’s wonderful! Those are language development milestones that occur at around 12 months.

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  • 1-year-old child sits with toys and board books scattered about him. Children as young as 1 can begin developing print awareness by being exposed to books during playtime.

    What is Print Awareness and How Can I Strengthen It in My 1-Year-Old Child?

    Does your 1-year-old like to play with books as if they’re toys? Great news! Your little one is beginning their important journey on the road to “print awareness”! Print awareness refers to an understanding of how books word and that printed words and images hold meaning.

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