Matthew Utley

Clean-Up

How To Get Baby Poop Out Of Carpet, Clothes, And Furniture

A pragmatic, if cringeworthy, guide to cleaning up the worst kind of kid-conceived mess.

Winter Holidays

How To Toddler-Proof A Christmas Tree

One thing you're allowed to be neurotic about this season: low-hanging ornaments.

Parenting

What To Do When Potty Training Doesn’t Catch On

Creating a stress-free atmosphere for potty time helps kids adjust to this new responsibility.

Kids' Health

How To Convince A Sick Kid To Eat

Kids will eat when they feel like it. Hydration is the real goal.

Sad Times

What To Do When Your Child Isn’t Invited To A Kid’s Birthday Party

Kids aren’t going to get an invitation to every birthday party. Since that will be true for the rest of their lives, parents need to model a reasonable response.

Scrub A Dub Dub

How To Clean Bath Toys, Which Have More Mold Than You Think

Bath toys are a pain to clean, but it can be done. However, it’s better to prevent them from getting moldy to begin with.

Friendship

How To Help A Child Make New Friends

Kindergarten friendships aren’t something to be shrugged off. Instead, they’re crucial experiences in a child’s development.

Parenting

The Best Way To Plan And Make Rules For A Little Kid Playdate

The biggest thing parents need to be concerned about with playdates is clear communication and household safety.

Child Development

When Do Babies Start Walking? When They’ve Gotten Plenty Of Practice

Toward the end of their first year, most babies will be looking to start their toddling career.

Parenting

How To Keep Kids From Putting Stuff In Their Mouths

Habits are hard to break, even those learned as babies. Patience and consistency can help redirect a child’s biting and behavior.

Teething

How To Stop A Kid From Chewing On The Crib

Babies have always chomped, it’s just that gums don't leave marks. Parents can help by giving kids an appropriate way to relieve their discomfort.

Parenting

When Do Babies Start Talking? It Depends on Parents.

A baby starts talking after listening to parents talk to them. That may seem simple, but there's science behind it. Learn how to boost your baby's word wonder.

Parenting

How To Teach A Potty Training Kid To Wipe Their Ass Properly

The little-discussed, drawn-out final chapter in the potty training saga.

Feeding

How To Sterilize And Clean Baby Bottles

In many cases, good old soap and water are all you need to clean a bottle.

Parenting

The Effects Of Locking A Child In Their Room

When toddlers start a-roaming, it can be tempting to lock them in their bedroom. It’s a terrible idea.

Parenting

How To Transition A Co-Sleeping Toddler Into Their Own Bed

Transitioning to a toddler bed is a big change for the kid, and frustratingly slow for the parents. Patience is essential.

Parenting

How To Teach ‘Stranger Danger’ With Facts Instead Of Fear

“Stranger danger” prepares kids for exaggerated threats, but consent can help them in any situation.

Parenting

Punishment For Kids Who Don’t Respond To Punishment

If the kid doesn’t care about a punishment, it’s the wrong punishment. But more severe does not necessarily mean more effective.

Back To School

How To Create A Morning Routine for School, Starting In The Summer

School morning routines should start in summer — and parents need to take it as seriously as kids do.

Parenting

Why Your Backyard Needs a Mud Kitchen ASAP

Mud kitchens allow kids to make, squish, and experience mud. More importantly, they help them explore their imaginations and thrive in summer.