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Looking at Milestones and Development

Development is an ongoing process from conception until maturity. The sequence in all children with few exceptions is approximately the same. Still, it’s important to realise that every child is different and development varies from one child to another. Let’s find out what developmental milestones are and when approximately children should be hitting them.  What […]

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When Should I Stop Dressing My Child?

As therapists, one of the things that we hear so often from parents is ‘I know I shouldn’t have done all this for them, but now he/she just won’t do it’. Sadly, often they’re quite right. If children have been dressed by their parent/carer until they are aged 6, 7 or even 8 and have […]

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Equipment for Weaning

Weaning is about introducing your child to solid foods at around 6 months old. At first this is alongside your normal feeding routine of breast milk or formula milk, but in time the food will slowly take more of a priority. A lot of parents worry about this stage but rarely think about the type […]

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Using Two Hands Together

Using two hands together might seem to you as something that just happens automatically with children but this is an important area of development that often needs help to make it automatic. Using two hands together starts when the child brings their hands in to midline (An imaginary line that runs vertically down the centre […]

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The Benefits of Toy Rotation

Toys are educational and help children to improve imagination, creativity and focus. They help to develop large and small movements, such as dexterity, eye hand co-ordinations and precision. As our parents have often told us, there was a time when children had only one or two toys and just a few favourite games and that […]

Play and Development: Toys to Consider

Children from a very early age enjoy play, even without toys. There are a few basic things to think about before buying children’s toys. Is your child actually going to play with the toy, how are they going to play with it and can it help to develop their skills? Below are a few ideas […]

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The Benefits of Sand Play

If you live near the coast, then you and your child can look forward to spending sunny (and cloudy days too!) on the beach, building sandcastles together or taking a paddle in the sea. But, not everyone is lucky enough to live near the coast or has easy access to the beach. If that’s the […]

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Different Crawling Styles

Your baby is growing up. They’ve moved on from rolling to sitting unaided and now they’re getting ready to crawl. Not all babies crawl in the same way and babies use many different crawling techniques to move around. The technique we’re used to seeing and what we expect our babies to do is where their […]

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Hello and Welcome to The Practical Child

Watch the video to find out more about The Practical Child and how they help parents, or you can read the transcript of the video here: Video transcript Hi there, welcome to the practical child. My name is Sally and I’m a children’s occupational therapist. And my name is Kirsty and I’m a children’s physiotherapist. […]

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Baby Walkers – The pros and cons

This video by The Practical Child discusses some of the positives and negatives of the two main types of baby walkers available to purchase. If you can’t watch the video, here is a transcript of what’s discussed: Hello, and welcome to the practical child. My name is Kirsty and I’m a children’s physiotherapist. Today we’re […]

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eBook: Read, Do, Develop Dinosaurs

Did you know that crawling like a dinosaur builds shoulder stability, that in turn helps children with things like fine motor skills (drawing, hand writing, using scissors, using cutlery to name just a few!) Shoulder stability is also important for ball skills and sports! Or did you know that stomping like a dinosaur helps develop […]

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leannebrocklehurst
October 14, 2021
Fantastic content great advice that I use with my 17 month! Glad they are honest and give helpful advice for milestones but as a rough guide! Thank you
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pets_uk
October 4, 2021
Really great content!
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Kristy roberts
October 4, 2021
So much helpful interesting information! Thank you
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aimsey.lou
September 22, 2021
Such great advice to follow with my 5 and 1 year old. Thank you!
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megdyos1
September 22, 2021
I’m so happy that I found you. You give out such helpful advice and your tips are easy to work into our daily routine. Thank you!
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