Hot Parenting How-Tos

How To: Use sign language to communicate with your baby

Sign language for infants helps accelerate language development and is also a great way to spend time and bond with your baby. Learn how signing can help you and your child and then learn some easy to do signs that you can practice with your baby at home. Just watch this parenting how-to video.

How To: Increase your body's breast milk production

Breastfeeding is the best way to keep most babies healthy. This requires a steady supply of breast milk. If your body doesn't produce enough breast milk to breastfeed your baby, watch this video for tips on increasing your breast milk production and keeping your baby healthy and happy.

How To: Breastfeed a baby

Breastfeeding is growing in popularity with new mothers. Research is touting breastfeeding for the benefits to the baby as well as the mother. Breastfeeding advisor Vicki Scott offers breastfeeding tips. Watch this video child care tutorial and learn how to breastfeed a baby.

How To: Teach children to tie their shoes

There comes a time, in every young child's life, in which they need to have "the talk" with their parents... about how to tie their shoes! Learn how to teach your children how to tie their shoes with guidance from this free tutorial! Make your son or daughter an independent shoe tying expert in no time at all!

How To: Sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"

All of us remember "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" for a reason. As a fond part of our childhood, it was a song that taught us about the wonders of the sky while also connecting us with our parents, who learned the song from their parents before them. Continue the tradition by teaching your kids how to sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."

How To: Learn a song about washing hands for preschoolers

This lesson tune teaches the importance of clean hands and how to wash your hands. The length of the tune is designed to match the time a child should spend washing their hands. If you child just want to sing the tune with out the introductory teachings watch the preschool video titled: We Are Washing Our Hands Lesson Tune.” Lesson tunes are short songs or chants to a familiar tune with an educational message. Music is used as tool to teach or communicate a message. Repetition is also used in...

How To: Make rock salt animals with your kids

In this video, we learn how to make rock salt animals with your kids. You can use any kind of animal including a snake or alligator. To start, cut out the shape on a piece of white construction paper. After this, you will need to mix up some water color in a shallow dish. You can make this by mixing up water with some food coloring. Now, dissolve the rock salt into it and then let the child brush the mixture onto the top of the piece of paper. Let this dry overnight, then when finished it wil...

How To: Bathe your baby gently

Baby's first tub bath can be daunting, but you'll learn all about gentle bathing in this simple, step-by-step how to video. From getting the water just right to washing your baby's hair, you'll find tips and techniques to make bathing a soothing time for both of you. Make sure your baby's bath is relaxing and safe with this tutorial.

How To: Teach shapes with a song for preschoolers

This lesson tune works on shape recognition. Lesson tunes are short songs or chants to a familiar tune with an educational message. Music is used as tool to teach or communicate a message. Repetition is also used in these lesson tunes to reinforce learning, and children love repetition. Hand and body movements are used to help preschoolers learn to control their bodies Lesson tunes are even great for using increasing vocabulary, English, and pronunciation.

How To: Use a shirt as an emergency baby carrier

Need to carry your baby, but don't have your sling or baby kangaroo handy? Then watch this how to video to learn how to use a just about anything as a baby carrier in an emergency. You can use a towel, t-shirt, or a pair of stretch sweat pants. This particular demonstrations shows how to use your shirt to carry your tiny baby during an emergency.

How To: Change a baby's diaper the right way

This video shows you the proper way to change a baby's diaper. First you will want to gather all of the supplies you will need before you begin. You will need a diaper, some baby wipes and some ointment. Next remove the babies clothes, raise their legs and place the clean diaper underneath your baby before you remove the old one. This is to ensure if your baby urinates or defecates it will go into the new diaper rather than all over your table. Now take the old diaper off, hold the legs up so...

How To: Teach children to be gentle

In this tutorial, we learn how to teach children to be gentle. If children are in a setting with other kids, arguments will arise. If a child happens to try to harm another, you will need to tell that child that it hurts the other one if you harm them. Tell them that it's not nice and that they need to say they are sorry for not being gentle. Tell them that it is a nice thing to be gentle with other people and they will make friends by doing this. This will help your child be gentle and make ...

How To: Choose the healthiest cheese puffs for your kids

Kids love Cheetos. There's nothing better than those crispy sticks and the joy of licking your orange fingertips when you finish. Or is there? Watch this Food Facts tutorial and learn why you should keep your family far away from Cheese doodles and other types of puffs. This clip will give you a basic rundown of all the mysterious ingredients inside these snacks and offer advice on finding much healthier alternatives for your family.

How To: Make children listen with their "listening ears"

In this video from CullensAbcs we learn a tip for how to children should listen with their "listening ears." This is taught by a girl and a gator puppet. She says to ask children to put on their listening ears so they can hear a story you are going to read to them or if you have something that you are going to say. Children like doing these types of things. It's a great tip to use to get your child to hear what you have to say. They can also make a sound when putting on their listening ears t...

How To: Take your baby's rectal temperature

In this tutorial, we learn how to use a rectal thermometer with a baby. This is the best to use for an infant six months or younger. Any fever could be serious, especially in the first 3 months. First, apply petroleum jelly to the baby's rectum and lift its legs in the air. Gently slide the thermometer into the rectum and wait until the temperature reads out. This will often stimulate the bowel movements of the baby, so make sure you keep wipes or paper towels near by for when you're finished...

How To: Comfort a baby with a mother's scent

Research says babies are comforted by scents associated with their mothers. Fragrances baby experiences with you regularly will remind her of you even when you're not right by her side, providing a feeling of comfort and "home." You can comfort your baby with just your scent with the tips in this how to video.

How To: Teach a baby sign language

Wouldn’t it be great if your baby could just tell you when he was hungry, thirsty, or getting tired? He can, if you teach him to sign. You will need a sign language dictionary, time, and patience. Research shows that a six month or older baby has the ability to use and understand language, although it will be months after that before a baby can learn to speak. Sign language will allow mothers and fathers to communicate with their young baby. Watch this video parenting tutorial and learn how t...

How To: Get rid of head lice with Dr. Su Laurent

Head lice can be a nasty, unwelcome visitor in your life. And if you have children, you're likely to be confronted with an infestation sooner or later. Dr. Su Laurent explains that getting rid of head lice can be a tricky undertaking, but the most important thing is to be persistent. You'll need to wash the hair with the latest lice treatment available, as the lice may adapt to chemicals from year to year. It's very important to follow up this treatment at least one more time, seven days late...

How To: Change a diaper

Attention first time mothers and fathers! One thing you will need to know when your baby comes to town, is how to change a diaper. A lot of them. This instructional how-to video takes you step by step through the process of changing a diaper and reminds us, that diapering your baby is a great time to spend with your baby.

How To: Bathe a newborn baby

This parenting tutorial teaches you how to bathe your newborn baby. Learn how to get the bath ready, how to hold your baby in the bath, how to safely wash your newborn's hair and safe products to wash your baby with. With the tips from this how to video you can get your baby clean and safe in the tub.

How To: Get infants and toddlers to sleep

Dr. Jodi Mindell teaches us how to get infants and toddlers to sleep. Night wakings are normal, all infants and toddlers will wake between 6-10 times at night. Self soothers will put themselves right back to sleeps and the others will wake someone up to put them to bed. To have a child more likely to become a self soother, then have them go to bed by themselves instead of rocking themselves to sleep. Refusal for children to go to bed is normal, but the child needs to learn how to fall asleep ...

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