Matthew Utley

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.

Use Your Words

How To Trick A Kid Into Talking About Their Day

When children won’t talk, parents’ best tools are patience and gentleness.

Parenting

Pneumonia Symptoms: How to Know the Difference Between Colds, the Flu and Something Worse

Pnuemonia symptoms are subtle which makes recognizing if a child has caught the illness particularly tricky. Luckily there are some good signs a parent can watch for.

Parenting

How to Teach Kids to Listen, Change Their Minds

Listening is more than paying attention. It is about understanding the story being told.

Parenting

How to Prepare a Baby for Daycare and Stop the Crying Before It Starts

The daycare handoff shouldn't come as a surprise.

Entertainment

How Parents Can Save Money on a Disney Trip

Parents can find discounts for Disney properties with a little thoughtful shopping, but they need to be wary of trip-killing scams.

Clean Up

Chores For Kindergartners: What Can Kids Really Handle?

Kindergartners clean up at school, so they can do the same at home. Parents need to set firm boundaries about expectations and follow through.

Parenting

How to Burp a Burpless Baby

Since all babies swallow air, all babies burp to some degree. How to make it happen is a matter of what works best.

Parenting

How to Prepare a Bottle for Feeding

Breastmilk or formula, by hand or bottle prep machine – the most important part of this process is that the baby gets enough nutrition.

Health

Amniocentesis Risks: How to Decide if the Amnio Test Is Worth It

Amniocentesis is a prenatal procedure that can offer a much more comprehensive diagnosis than ultrasounds — but not without raising other risks.