The complete guide to baby development milestones
We compiled this expert guide to help you know what to expect for your baby's growth and month-by-month development.
We compiled this expert guide to help you know what to expect for your baby's growth and month-by-month development.
The Organic Cotton Baby Doll comes in three skin tones and is gender-neutral. Read more about our Baby Doll for everyone.
We are constantly working to improve our products, which may result in periodic Play Kit updates. See how we continue to provide stage-appropriate play essentials that your child will love.
Children of all races are never too young to take part in Black History Month. Here are ideas on how celebrate with your child, along with a list of books that center Black people and culture.
Some toys have characteristics that are aligned with Montessori principles. Learn what they are, why they can benefit your child, and how to introduce them.
Children as young as 18 months can start taking on regular household responsibilities. These will be simple and straightforward, like wiping up spills or helping set the table, and will require modeling and patience from you.
A Montessori-inspired nursery is simple and soothing. We've collected 7 of our favorite items here to help you design one that's right for your baby.
Spending time outside is not only enjoyable for babies, it also supports their cognitive and motor development—and may even help them sleep better.
"Serve and return" is a child development term used to describe back and forth interactions with your baby. Learn how to do it, and why it's so important.
Your baby’s unintentional twitches, jerks, and sudden movements actually help them figure out the world. These are newborn reflexes.
First birthdays are a big deal and worth celebrating. Gifts are one way to mark the occasion. Here are our 15 favorites for your one-year-old.
Some small tweaks to your bathroom can help set up your toddler for success, with toileting, handwashing, bathtime, and more.
Lovevery Playthings take on new meaning as your child grows. Reintroduce a beloved toy from a past Kit, and your two-year-old will find new ways to play.
Young children have a natural interest in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Here are 6 ways to bring STEM into your home.
Wooden toys are a staple of Montessori learning. They're durable, beautiful, and inspire wonder for a child's budding imagination.
As we continue to adjust to new normals, some things have stayed the same: working while caring for young children during a pandemic is really hard. Here are a few ways to ease the burden.
Color brings fresh interest to STEM and art projects for your toddler. Here are 4 easy ones that use food coloring.
Conservation is a logical thinking ability children develop between 4 and 11 years old. Being able to conserve means knowing that a quantity doesn’t change if it’s been altered.
The root cause of a tantrum is often your child wanting independence but not being quite ready for it. Here's how to handle one when it comes up.
We’ve collected 6 classic outdoor activity you can bring inside to enhance sensory development and gross and fine motor skills—even when the weather’s bad.
When you're short on time, try these 15 simple play ideas for spending time at home with your toddler.
We talked to real parents about their must-have diaper bag essentials and on-the-go hacks. The list is extensive but ensures you won't be caught unprepared.
Loveys, also known as "transitional objects," help babies and toddlers through transitions. Learn why these blankies, stuffies, and more are important and what to do if one goes missing.
Halloween will be different this year—but that doesn't mean we can't still celebrate it with our young children.
Running out of new activities for your baby during quarantine? Don't worry! Here are 14 of our favorite simple play ideas for spending time at home.
We compiled this guide to different early childhood philosophies to help you make informed decisions about childcare.
After play studies, weeks of in-home testing, and thousands of customer surveys, we are excited to announce our updated Play Kits for one-year-olds.
The idea of setting up a toddler-friendly Montessori kitchen might seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Go at your own pace with these simple tips.
If your toddler is showing signs of anxiety like sleep issues and moodiness, try talking to them, creating calming routines, and these other tips to help.
The Montessori floor bed may be the first thing that comes to mind when you visualize a Montessori bedroom, but there’s a lot more to it than just the bed.
Discussing issues of race and racism with young children may seem overwhelming, but there are many ways to engage in these discussions.
With less clutter and more intention, your child's play space can be inviting and beautiful.
Using glue to stick items together may not sound like cognitive development, but it is. Try these activities with your toddler to practice.
Your baby needs lots of tummy time to build core muscle strength for crawling. Here are the different stages of tummy time and ideas to make the most of them.
Skin-to-skin time can reduce crying, improve sleep, and boost immunity. Lovevery shares tips on how to make the most of skin-to-skin time with your newborn.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends tummy time starting in the first week. Here are some tips for newborn tummy time.
The most meaningful learning happens when your baby is exposed to everyday objects and events. Here are some ways to help your baby build their intelligence.
Blocks unlock powerful learning for babies, but child development experts recommend limiting the number of blocks you give yours. Learn why in our post.
Your baby is starting to understand that objects fall through a tube, but stay put in a container. Learn how the Lovevery Clear Tube reinforces this real-world concept.
Puzzles build fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving strategies. Here is the progression of puzzle solving for babies and toddlers.
Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph and Montessori Expert Jody Malterre demonstrate how the Montessori Animal Match game helps toddlers link 2D images with 3D figurines.
Ultimately the decision is up to you, but here are some ways to notice and support your child's readiness to transition a crib to a bed.
Somewhere around 30 months, your child may be able to match identical or similar pictures of objects. Practice matching with these activity ideas.
Pom poms are a fun way to help develop fine motor skills and dexterity, and a great addition to sensory play. Try these quick and easy activities with your child.
Three years old comes with new social-emotional and logic skills, language, independence, curiosity, and a sense of right and wrong. Learn more in our post.
At two, it seems to happen all of a sudden: your baby is a champ eater then picky eating begins. Our friends at Happy Family have tips to help you handle It.
Many sensory activities focus on texture, temperature and other tactile properties. Try these ways to incorporate smell into your two-year-old’s sensory play.
For your child, each step of getting dressed is a new skill to learn. Here’s how you can teach your child how to put on pants, shirts, dresses, and coats.
A study conducted at UNC Chapel Hill concluded that gratitude has four separate parts. Learn them all and how to help your child put them in practice.
Supporting your child’s ability to focus and concentrate helps them get deeper into play and lays a foundation for the mental stamina they’ll need later on.
Your two-year-old is likely starting to demonstrate more awareness of environmental sounds. Here's how you can help them tune into sound.
When children only hear stories of people that look like them, they're more prone to stereotypes. Sharing diverse stories helps them see beauty in difference.
Your entryway is usually busy, so it's a great place to create a prepared environment. Learn how to do this so your child knows where to find what they need.
A lot of exciting language development happens between your child's second and third birthdays. Here's what you can expect now in terms of language development.
Here are some ways to practice color-matching, using The Lovevery Drop and Match Dot Catcher and household craft supplies.
Between 28 and 32 months, children often have enough strength and coordination to pull on clothes. Here's how you can support them.
Playdates are a great time to develop social skills like building friendships and taking turns. Here's how to support your child before and during a playdate.
When you can't get to the park, these activities involve minimal materials and prep, and support large body movements to help your child get their energy out.
The average age children begin to identify as a boy or girl is between 26 and 33 months old. Here are ways to support gender identity development.
As children approach age 3, they engage more in symbolic play: using objects to stand in for others. Here are 6 ideas for dramatic play with your two-year-old.
Support your two-year-old's emerging sorting skills, using the Lovevery Reach for the Stars Matching Cards.
In a two-parent home, almost every child will favor one parent over the other at some point. Here's how to handle it when it happens in your family.
A critical piece of teaching kindness is empathy. Here are some ways to help your two-year-old understand, share, and connect with someone else's feelings.
The fine-motor skills involved in putting on (and taking off) shoes and socks are complex. Here's how to help your child learn to put on their shoes and socks.
Routines, sequences, and using time-related words all lay the groundwork for your child’s developing understanding of time.
Sensory activities engage the body and mind in a way that builds critical neural pathways. Here are some sensory activities with varying levels of messiness.
Between the ages of 24 and 30 months, many children can suddenly start to develop more pronounced fears. Here's how to respond.
When we talk about sharing with two-year-olds, what we’re really talking about is turn-taking. Here are some tips for helping your child learn to take turns.
Taking turns comes before sharing, and your child is ready to practice that now with some adult guidance.
As early as 2, your child is starting to understand how books work. Here are some strategies to encourage your budding reader by encouraging "print motivation."
Psychologists recommend giving your child only 2 choices at a time when they want to make decisions. Here are some everyday decision-making activities for kids.
Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph discusses how empowering children to choose how they show affection can help them establish healthy boundaries later on.
Independent play is beneficial to your toddler's development, but they need your help to build this skill.
Mirror play builds self-awareness, empathy, and social-emotional learning. Here are 4 ways to teach your child using their reflection and yours.
Cardboard is inexpensive, plentiful, and just right for a two-year-old getting into new kinds of pretend play. Here are 4 cardboard activities for your two-year-old.
Keeping toddlers engaged while doing chores can be a challenge. Here are some fun and fresh ways you can get your toddler involved with laundry.
When you just can't face another major clean-up for the sake of sensory exploration, these bags are a great way to let you little one explore without any mess.
Watch Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph discuss developmental milestones for your 9-month old with licensed occupational therapist and founder of CanDo Kiddo, Rachel Coley.
Your toddler already understands the basics of advanced mathematical concepts. Here are some ways to bring math into everyday life with your toddler.
Try these expert tips to swaddle your baby in a way that supports safe and healthy development.
Traveling with children can be challenging. Here are some ideas for the car that require no materials or tech and can be played by both driver and passengers.
Introducing a game of stop and go can help your 2-year-old learn body control. Build on the skills as they master them in these fun new ways.
An obstacle course, indoors or out, is a great way for your child to develop gross motor skills like walking on tiptoes and jumping with both feet.
Problem solving and fine motor work are key to releasing the trapped toys in this fun DIY play for your baby.
Balls and muffin tin activity | Lovevery
Sensory bottles excite your baby’s senses and help make connections in their brain and we’ve collected 7 here that are easy to make and mess-free.
Watch Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph discuss developmental milestones for your 6-month old with licensed occupational therapist and founder of CanDo Kiddo, Rachel Coley.
Watch Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph discuss developmental milestones for your newborn with licensed occupational therapist and founder of CanDo Kiddo, Rachel Coley.
Watch Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph discuss developmental milestones for your 3- and 4-month old with licensed occupational therapist and founder of CanDo Kiddo, Rachel Coley.
Studies have shown adults are hardwired to react to whining more than any other sound a child makes. What does the whining mean and how should you respond?
Everyday noises are new to your baby. Use these 5 play ideas to introduce them to natural sounds and help them develop lasting neural networks.
Your baby listens to the intonation, rhythm, and patterns of your voice. Learn 8 ways to talk with your baby that support their speech development.
From the moment they're born, children need reassurances that a range of feelings is normal, and that emotions come and go.
Back-and-forth conversations with your baby have a significant impact on language development and are important for social, emotional, and cognitive growth.
Learn how common household objects build stronger, more relevant neural pathways for your baby than toys with loud sounds and flashing lights.
A study showed that babies' brains synch with their parents’ when they learn about their social environment. Read about how eye contact plays a crucial role in developing emotional connections.
Washing their hands is an important and practical skill for your child. Here's how to break it down into manageable steps.
Here are the lyrics to classic lullabies to sing to your newborn, including Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, You are My Sunshine, and others.
Experts have found that singing lowers your baby's heart rate, descreases anxiety, and releases endorphins.
Learn the differences between turn-taking and sharing, and when children are ready for each.
Our Montessori Ball Drop Box can help your baby develop coordination, balance, and other motor skills. Here's how you can help your baby get the most from it.
Sometimes an everyday object can delight and engage your baby just as much as a toy. Learn how to introduce your baby to the playthings already in your home.
Watch Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph and Montessori expert Jody Malterre as they show some of the many ways your toddler can use the Wooden Stacking Pegboard.
The Lovevery Wood Cup and Egg teach your baby how to use both sides of the body at the same time, essential for learning future tasks like getting dressed.
Your toddler is growing every day—physically, mentally, and emotionally. We gathered together five key facts to help you better understand your toddler and what's happening with their development right now.
Babies' interests evolve, but you don't always need to buy new toys in order to keep up. Lovevery shares new ways to play with familiar favorites.
Here are some thoughts to consider if you find yourself battling worries over your toddler’s milestones or suffering the effects of child comparisons.
Research confirms what kids, parents, and teachers have known for centuries: playing with blocks is fun for your toddler and promotes many kinds of learning.
With a few simple supplies, you can create fun DIY activities that help your toddler safely enjoy the benefits of playing with small objects.
A toddler's budding sense of humor is a sign of their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Learn five ways to help nurture your child's funny bone.
Research shows that children benefit from playing outside, regardless of the season. Learn how to keep playing outdoors even when the weather is cold or rainy.
Stacking, nesting, and matching are three foundational toddler skills. Learn when to expect your toddler to begin doing each.
You can help your toddler understand natural sequences related to airflow by fanning them, blowing across the top of a bottle, blowing bubbles, and more.
On average, toddlers start walking between 9 and 17 months. Here are some tips to support your child's walking development.
Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph recaptures the strides both you and your baby have made in the first year. Celebrate how far you've come as a parent.
Keeping your baby clean matters to most parents, but getting messy can teach important skills. Here are some fun ideas for messy sensory play.
Letting your baby struggle may go against your instincts, but it can help build independence and resilience. Watch Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph demonstrate why.
Clapping and singing to music provides early lessons in pattern recognition and language. Try our list of songs and lyrics to incorporate into playtime.
Learn about how predictable sequences in your baby's everyday life help them begin thinking in more advanced ways.
There is an art to narrating, explaining, and including your baby in everyday tasts. Watch Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph model how.
Will time spent on a phone or tablet actually harm your baby? Lovevery sorts out the information sorts out the information to help you make informed decisions.
We love Montessori for its focus on fewer, high-quality playthings and real-world, sensory experience. Learn more about it and where and when we look beyond it.
Understanding math concepts at a young age can be a predictor of school success later on. Introduce your baby to math with these simple ideas from Lovevery.
Water and ice teach your baby that some things stay the same, while others transform. Here are some fun ideas for water and ice play.
Giving your toddler opportunities to help with household tasks makes them feel independent and valuable. Try these ways to encourage your child to participate.
This DIY project captures your child's first words and builds their vocabulary as their language develops.
Kicking, biting, and hitting are common all with toddlers, and knowing what to do can be hard—especially if you’re in public. Here's what you should know.
Introducing who, what, where, why, and how in little lessons empowers your toddler to begin explaining what interests them the most.
We asked some of our favorite early childhood, Montessori, and resilience experts to share some advice with us. Here are their top ten tips.
Learn how to build your child's language skills and comprehension with plenty of rich vocabulary, back-and-forth conversations, narration, and repetition.
Heavy and light, loud and quiet, big and small—developing brains love to grapple with opposites. Here are some fun ways to explore opposites with your toddler.
A growth mindset leads to resilience, grit, and stamina, and teaches your child that their intelligence, capabilities, and talents can grow the more they learn.
For toddlers, routines provide comfort, structure, and a way to predict what’s going to happen next. Learn how to establish and maintain toddler routines.
Here are 8 ways your toddler is learning language right now, even if they're not saying much yet.
Neuroscientist Gillian Starkey shares tips for introducing your toddler to math and why it's beneficial to start now.
Pom poms are a fun way for your toddler to develop their fine motor skills. Here are some ideas for playin with pom poms at home or on the go.
Develop your toddler's fine-motor skills and concentration in a fun new way with items you probably already have at home.
Consider these fun and safe ways to include your toddler in your real kitchen before you buy a new toy kitchen.
Sensory exploration of colors, shapes, and textures with your child doesn't have to be complicated. Here are a few simple science activities for toddlers.
Music is a great way for toddlers to express creativity. Lovevery provides 4 fresh ways to make music a part of your child's life.
Children react in various ways when they encounter bugs, but what should they do? Here are 5 environmental lessons your toddler can learn now.
Matching images, objects, colors, and sound builds a toddler's pattern recognition and visual and short-term memory. Learn how matching skills progress.
Lovevery shares the techniques discovered by Stanford University that pinpoint a new, effective way to teach young children about colors.
Learn how to support your todder's pretend play, which is based on their own lived experiences. Imagination play will come later.
Learn why practicing the pincer grasp can help your child succeed in school and beyond by developing their fine motor skills and hand strength.
Dr. Dan Siegel "name it to tame it" philosophy helps children calm down by acknowleding and labeling their strong emotions.
What is a Montessori Treasure Basket and what do I put in it? Lovevery provides a list of household and outdoor items that your baby can play with.
Dedicating a drawer or cabinet for your baby to play in can become their new favorite activity. Fill your baby's new space with these safe household objects.
Open cups help babies build the muscles in their mouths used to form sounds (and lessen drooling). Learn how to introduce an open cup to your baby.
Pediatric occupational therapist Rachel Coley explains why crawling is vital to babies, and what can happen if they skip this stage.
Your baby is learning to use a pincer grasp to pick up objects. Learn why puff snacks can be your baby's favorite (safe) way to practice their new motor skills.
Blankets can help your baby learn about object permanence, shape, and balance. Here are some fun and simple ways to incorporate blankets into playtime.
Reading with your toddler probably doesn't feel much like "reading." Don't give up—here's why even a minute of reading is still worth it.
Learn how the minimalist Montessori approach to toy rotation—just a few objects at a time, rotated every few weeks—benefits your toddler.
Pull toys may seem old-fashioned, but they promote many aspects of toddler development: problem-solving, whole-body coordination, and fine motor strength.
It’s a fact of life: babies and toddlers cry. Here are some ways to help your toddler work through big feelings.
Describing for your child the behavior you do want to see avoids reinforcing what you don't want them to do. Here's how to say "no" less frequently.
They drop it, you pick it up, they drop it again. There is nothing toddlers love more than playing with gravity. Here are four experiments to try.
Walking while carrying or pushing an object requires significant coordination and motor skills. Learn how pushing and transporting benefit your toddler.
Throwing, rolling, and flinging are all a natural part of how toddlers play and are early lessons in cause and effect. Here are 6 safe ways to practice.
If you dread toddler travel, the first step toward a less stressful experience might be to reframe how you think about it. Here are 17 ideas to get you started.
Sorting is the beginning of pattern recognition, a foundational math skill. Here are some ways to practice sorting with your toddler.
The key to cutting down on frustration for both you and your toddler is to redefine what it means to get things done. These five mantras will help you do that.
Around 5-6 months, your baby is tasting, mouthing, and feeling every single thing they can get their hands on to discover and utilize all their senses.
Lovevery's experts share 10 techniques you can use to protect and grow your infant's developing brain.
High-contrast images are important for your baby’s cognitive development. Learn why babies love black and white images and download high-contrast images here.
Watch Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph and Montessori expert Jody Malterre introduce the Flexible Wooden Stacker and show the developmental concepts it supports.
More than anything, toddler art is a sensory exploration involving fine and gross motor movement. Here are the stages of toddler drawing development.
Your toddler likely understands more than they can say. Here are 4 ways your toddler is communicating without words.
Your baby's eyesight changes rapidly in the first weeks of life. Here are four ways to help develop their vision.
In order for any of your child's individal senses to give them meaningful information about the world, they need to be linked in the brain—this is the case for getting messy.
Your toddler's self-awareness is growing, and they may soon recognize their own face in the mirror. Here's how to help them begin to learn the parts of their body.
Do you speak to your toddler in the third person? "Illeism" may help your toddler develop their language skills until they understand pronouns.
Water play helps toddlers create art, learn science, and develop fine motor skills. Here are 10 water play activities you can do with your toddler.
As your baby starts to babble, you can play an important role in their speech development. Learn how to have "conversations" with your baby.
Whether your baby is ready to crawl yet or not, here are the stages of crawling and ideas for getting your baby moving forward.
Babies can understand language before they can speak. Here are ways to communicate with your baby before they say their first recognizable words.
By mouthing objects, your baby builds a solid foundation for speech and sensory development. Find out what is safe for your baby to mouth.
The Magic Tissue Box is a great way for your baby to learn about emptying—and later filling—containers.
Your baby will likely roll from belly to back much sooner than rolling from back to belly. Here are the average ranges for when babies start rolling.
Books expose your baby to new vocabulary, rhyming and rhythm, and new language structures. Here's what to expect from reading at this age.
Baby seats are convenient, but don't allow your baby to experience how their weight shifts when they tip over. Here's how to help your baby practice sitting up.
Husband of Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph demonstrates how to talk slowly during a house tour, a baby's favorite activity in their first year.
Kicking play develops crucial motor skills. Learn why your baby kicks and some fun ways to encourage them to practice.
Passing an object between two hands is a skill your baby will work toward for months, and it's a stepping stone for dressing, eating with utensils, and more.
Combining tummy time with sensory play introduces your baby to different sights, sounds, and textures. Here are 4 great sensory play ideas for right now.
Your baby doesn't recognize their own face in a mirror yet, but mirror-gazing is a favorite activity for babies. Here's how to get the most out of it.
Experts recommend your baby spend more time playing on the floor and less time in seats, swings, and strollers. Floor time builds core muscle and neck strength.
Learn when your baby should start reaching, grasping, and mouthing objects—practices that build fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
There is art to house tours. Learn from Esther as she introduces baby Freya to the different elements of her home environment by narrating and demonstrating.
At 11 weeks, your baby may start responding to your voice and inspecting their own hands. Discover what else is developing right now.
Tummy time builds the muscles and coordination needed for rolling over, crawling, reaching, and playing. Here are some ideas for taking tummy time off the floor.
Your baby builds leg muscles by pushing objects with their feet. Here is how to help them begin to practice kicking.
Talking with your baby can feel awkward, but it's so beneficial. Lovevery shares 6 tips for how to talk to someone who doesn't talk back yet.
Images of varying complexity help strengthen your baby's eyesight. Here are some high-contrast images to download.
Is swaddling necessary for babies? Lovevery provides an expert's opinion on when and how to swaddle your baby, along with safety tips.
Your newborn baby explores the world by tracking sights and sounds. Here are Lovevery's play ideas to support your baby's tracking skills.
An occupational therapist shares how to gently turn your baby's head from side to side to avoid flat spots and tight neck muscles.
High-contrast images build rich neural networks in your baby’s brain. Learn how their vision is developing right now.
Here are some early childhood math activities for your two-year-old that make the most of playtime and their normal routine.
Even though our newborn babies rely on us for so much, they come into the world with a surprisingly wide variety of skills and abilities.
Spinning around and the resulting dizziness are significant tools children use to learn about their bodies. Learn more in our blog post.
Have you ever glanced at your baby monitor's screen and watched your baby appear to crawl...while they were sleeping?
This is not about engaging with your kids 24/7. It’s about knowing what matters most to your child’s development right now.
Your baby’s eyes are naturally drawn to things like dark hair against a light shirt, ceiling fans, windows and blinds, or frames on a white wall. Entertain your baby with brain-healthy high contrast images during tummy time.