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Challenges & Solutions

A young father’s instincts on meeting the challenges of his own babies has bloomed into a brand called Baby’s First. Designed to meet the needs of our youngest children, newborn through preschool, these dolls were created to teach, begin conversations, support, delight and soothe. We’ve asked experts in psychology and child development to share their parenting advice for meeting challenges on everything from toilet training to teaching toddlers to say, “thank you”. That their suggestions include our dolls, pleases us more than you can know.


Young children may create challenges at bedtime that range from separation anxiety, to nightmares or fears of the dark, to a resistance to doing things within a routine. Our child psychologist, Dr. Susan Bartell, will weigh-in on these challenges, and include our dolls as potential solutions.


Potty-Training carries both psychological issues and the challenges of dexterity and motor skills. We have two articles, one from a child psychologist and one from a pediatric physical therapist who will each discuss the challenge.


We all know that manners are important to a civilized life. Our child psychologist, Dr. Susan Bartell, will talk about how to help children understand what is expected of them, when their cognitive and language skills are only just beginning, but also - how to show them that behaving well can make life so much nicer.


Nurturing and empathy are among the most important lessons a child can learn. Our child psychologist, Dr. Susan Bartell, writes about the nature of empathy and how to encourage children in learning that others have feelings, too. Dr. Bartell’s ideas about Creative Play may surprise you.


New babies carry all kinds of wonder and celebration. But there are worries too. Keriann Wlimot knows exactly what infants can appreciate. And Dr. Susan Bartell offers sensitive, smart suggestions to help make a new babies “welcome home” good for all concerned.

There are two big advantages to children learning to dress themselves. Both allow developmental tasks, like toilet training, to move forward

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