Little Reader Learning System

What is it?

Little Reader is a reading program for babies and toddlers and takes just a few minutes twice a day.

Over the course of a year, your child will see 3,000 words in more than 180 subject categories, supported by over 3,000 pictures, 6,600 sounds files, and 460 videos!


Little Reader can also be customized, so you can replace the stock photos used with family photos or pictures of book and cartoon characters your child is familiar with.

Why will it help?

My background is 15 years as a teacher and through that time I have taught hundreds (maybe even thousands!) of kids to read.  I have always believed in using a multisensory approach to teaching – this is vitally important as each individual learns differently and  by using this approach ALL children can experience success and a growing self-esteem through the joy of learning.

I went through the Little Reader Learning System as a friend had been using it with their toddler and was raving about it!  I have to admit to being skeptical at first, but after reviewing the material in each daily lesson there is some really solid learning foundations which Little Reader follows.  A general breakdown of a daily lesson would be:

  • Word flash – the words that will be shown in the lesson are flashed on the screen
  • Multisensory – this section shows each word, then pictures and videos related to that word are shown
  • Picture flash – flashes the pictures shown in the multisensory section
  • Pattern phonics – the patterns consist of rhyming words to teach phonics, such as cat, pat, mat, sat
  • Sentences – stories with simple sentences are introduced about half way through the program

The sessions are quick and easy and all you have to do is sit with your child, repeat the words with them and join in with any actions.

Is it worth it?

Little Reader Contents

After trialling Little Reader, I can say that is has been hugely effective with both my toddler and one of my friends has been using it with her baby and is reporting great success.

You can get a free trial, so you have nothing to lose – I would recommend you give it a go – I love the Little Reader Learning System!




Add comment January 17th, 2013

When Your Baby is Teething

Baby teething is one baby milestone parents always dread.  The constant crying, sleepless nights and the biting.  Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?  The good news is yes, the not so good news is no one knows how long it will last.

Baby teething usually begins somewhere between three months and a year old.  Obvious signs of baby teething include; drooling, crankiness, wakefulness, crying, biting, chewing and tender gums.  And that is just the tip of the iceberg.  Other signs can be less obvious than others.  They may refuse food or may not be drinking milk, they may have a rash around the mouth, and there may be a runny nose.

Soothing Remedies for Your Teething Baby

You can soothe sore gums by letting them chew or suck on chilled teething rings, frozen baby bagels or popsicles.  When teething keeps your child from sleeping, you may need to use baby Motrin, Tylenol or Ibuprofen.  You can get the right dosage of these medicines from your doctor or pharmacist.  You can also massage their gums and mouth to relieve some pain.  Massaging their gums equalizes the pressure on the gums as the tooth pushes up from below.  Keeping a chilled pacifier in the fridge can also help relieve some pain.  Lots of parents say that letting their child suck on a cold, wet washcloth helps.  The bonus of this remedy is that the washcloth absorbs up some of that extra drool that drenches baby from head to toe!

Parents want to do whatever it takes to make their teething baby feel better; stockpiling medicine, oral gels, teething aids and tips from your friends may be able to help you through the worst teething.  Homeopathic pain pills may also be useful: Hylans makes a baby teething remedy that is regarded as safe and effective.

Although it may seem that the teething process is going to last forever, it does come to an end.  Just take some extra time to make sure that your baby is comfortable so that you can be too.

Find more help to get more sleep for you and your baby at Child n’Parent.

By:  EA Walker

1 comment November 23rd, 2009

Starting Your Baby on Solid Foods

It’s nice when the only thing you have to feed your baby is breast milk or formula. But soon they will need more than just breast milk or formula to satisfy their hunger.  You may notice that your baby is starting to reach for everything. When you are eating something while holding them, they will be reaching for your spoon, bowl, plate or glass.  You give her a taste and laugh at the funny face she makes. But is it time to start feeding them solids?

Doctors will usually say not to start your baby on solid foods until they are about 6 months old.  This is because a baby gets all the nutrition they need from their mothers breast milk or the formula. Always ask a medical professional before starting your baby on solid foods.  Your baby should also show sign that he/she is ready for solid foods. Your baby should be able to sit up unsupported and have good control of his neck. He should also show an interest by opening his mouth when a spoon is coming towards him, and being able to keep some food in his  mouth.

Most babies are ready for iron-fortified infant cereal at about 6 months of age.  Pureed fruits and veggies may be offered at 6 to 8 months of age. And meats may be introduced at 8 months of age. Start with infant cereal for the first 1-2 weeks.  Then offer them a bland vegetable such as peas or carrots.  Only introduce a new food about every 5-7 days.  You need to be able to notice if something is giving your baby food allergies. After your baby is enjoying several different vegetables, you can try a fruit.  Avoid citrus fruits and strawberries until about 12 months of age.

Watch for signs of allergies or intolerance like skin rashes, wheezing, diarrhea or vomiting. Foods that most often cause allergic reactions are cow’s milk, citrus fruits and juices, nuts, egg whites, and wheat products. Do not force your baby to eat. Stay positive and keep your sense of humor open.  Remember, your baby is more likely to eat if you are not stressed and uptight about them eating.

Foods with different consistency and texture should be offered as your baby gets older as well.  Offer small portions of a wide variety of foods with different taste, smells and textures. Do not force them to eat it if they do not like it. Just try to give it to them again later.

Do not use honey as a sweetener.  It can cause infant botulism, a type of food poisoning that can lead to death. Avoid foods that may cause choking, such as corn, nuts, raisins, candy, grapes, and hot dogs cut in circles.  Introduce new foods one at a time and watch for signs of a food allergy or intolerance as described above.   Avoid foods that may irritate your baby’s digestive system, such as spicy and greasy foods as well as pastries.

Look to Child n’Parent for more parenting help to keep your baby healthy and happy.

By: EA Walker

Add comment November 4th, 2009

Why is My Baby Crying?

Crying Due to Gas

The Joys of being a new mom are endless; as are the stresses.  Some new mom’s expect a hard baby!  I know I did.  I was sure that my first baby would cry and fuss all the time.  Boy was I wrong.  The most mayhem he causes is the funny noises he makes and all the rolling and getting into things.  But some moms aren’t as lucky as I was.

 When you bring your newborn baby home, it is an exciting time. The first two weeks home are expected to be hard because your baby is getting into a good feeding and sleeping routine.  But what happens when the sleepless nights and non stop crying do not go away?  Your baby could have gas.

 All babies have gas.  It’s a natural byproduct of digesting lactose, proteins and other nutrients contained in breast milk and formula.  Gas in newborns and infants can result in several factors, not just one simple thing.  If you’re breastfeeding your baby these things could be linked to your baby’s gas problem; eating cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, radishes etc.), and having excessive acidity in the maternal diet.  Dairy in the diet can lead to intolerances with dairy, soy, and peanut butter.  If breastfeeding, a mother can test how these culprits may be affecting your child by religiously eliminating all dairy, soy and peanut butter from her own diet for two weeks.  Reintroducing soy first, then a cooked milk product, such as hard cheese or yogurt, should be done very slowly to monitor your baby’s tolerances.

 Air bubbles during feeding can also create gas.  It is important to burp your baby every 3 to 5 minutes if bottle feeding, or between breasts if breastfeeding.  If you have a very abundant milk supply, your foremilk tends to be higher in water content and lactose, which can make baby’s stomach cramp, creating more fussiness.

 Some treatments that can be used are; Simethicone, Sodium Bicarbonate, Essential Oils and Herbal Extracts, and Homeopathic formulas.  Make sure you see a medical professional for a correct diagnosis and treatment for your baby.


By: EA Walker

1 comment October 29th, 2009

Child n’Parent’s Pregnancy Survival 101

Deciding to get pregnant is like enrolling in a major college or university.  You will need to learn a great deal about nutrition, morning sickness, prenatal testing, nursery preparation and, the most interesting fact of all, how to expand your already expanded waist band.  Although pregnancy is full of wondering moments, fortunately, you do not have to wonder for long.  Child n’Parent’s mothers and experts can get you and your baby on the right course with our Pregnancy Survival 101.

Are You Ready to Have a Baby?
Make no mistake; pregnancy will change your whole life.  This article explores issues behind the decision such as infertility, miscarriage and nutrition.  Learn how to evaluate if your current home is an ideal environment for a new baby.

Is my Baby Healthy?
This question weighs heavily on every new mommy’s mind.  Calm your anxiety by learning the facts about prenatal testing.  Find out what the different results could mean for you and your baby.

Getting ready to be a Big Brother or Big Sister
Bringing home a new baby can bring on some jealous feelings from older siblings.  Learn how to help your older child make the necessary mental adjustments.  Bringing baby home will then be a joyful experience for both you and your child.

Hormones, Morning Sickness and Healthy Baby
Okay, throwing up is not the fun part of pregnancy.  Learning about the different hormones behind your morning sickness will help you understand the changes going on within your body.  Also, find out how morning sickness is a good sign that your baby is developing.

Mapping Out a Plan to Handle Morning Sickness
For the first three months, getting out of the bathroom is a major goal for most new mommies.  This article can help you map out a plan to handle the morning sickness monster.

Morning Sickness Relief
Still having trouble?  Let these suggestions and natural home remedies get you out of the bathroom and into your day!

Exercise Can Make You Feel Better During Pregnancy
Now you are out of the throw up stage and into the big and bloated stage.  Find out how exercise during pregnancy can make you feel better!  Pick up valuable tips on how to exercise safely to protect both you and your baby.

All about Pregnancy Massage
The pain running down your leg is excruciating.  Find out how massage therapy can soothe away your aches and pains.  Review our pregnancy massage checklist to find a massage therapist that is right for you.

The Signs and Symptoms of Miscarriage
It is sad, but sometimes, a pregnancy is just not meant to be.  Find out how to tell if you are having a miscarriage or just a regular period.   Learn about the five stages of grief and get some tips on how to recover both physically and emotionally from a miscarriage.

By Debby Hoffer

Add comment July 6th, 2009

Baby’s Sleep and Toddler’s Naptime is better with Help from Child n’Parent

Everyone needs sleep.  Small babies and infants need sleep to grow properly. Toddlers and children need sleep to grow, run, learn, play and explore.  And we lucky parents need sleep so that we can keep up with it all!

If you are struggling with bedtime battles or the naptime naughties, Child n’Parent can   help.  Let our experienced parenting writers give you the lowdown on what works and what does not!  Sleeping and naptime can truly be better with help from Child n’Parent.

Train Your Newborn to Develop a Healthy Sleep Pattern
Learn how to help your newborn develop a healthy sleep pattern that will gradually build into a healthy sleep schedule.  Discover the dos and don’ts of bedtime routines and get brother and sister in on the new baby fun!

Make Your Baby’s Bedtime Routine a Bonding Time
Great suggestions to get the most out of your baby’s bedtime routine.  Learn how to bond with your baby at bedtime.  Read through our fussy baby checklist to put a stop to the fuss and get your baby to bed!

Safely Swaddle Your Fussy Baby to Sleep
Okay, so you have tried almost everything and your fussy baby will still not go to sleep.  Try swaddling.  Read our article about this ancient and effective art.  Learn how to safely swaddle your baby and use this superior technique as a quality baby sleep aid.

Get Your Baby to Sleep with These Proven Techniques
Need more ideas?  Learn how to keep track of baby’s bedtime and naptime habits in a sleepy-time journal.  Get some tips on setting up your baby’s sleeping environment including the idea of co-sleeping.   Get more ideas on how to soothe your baby to sleep and learn more about baby sleep cycles.

Proven Techniques to Train Your Infant to Sleep through the Night
Train your infant to sleep through the night with “Ferberizing” techniques from Dr. Richard Ferber.  Learn where you can find out more about “crying options” from Dr. Marc Weissbluth.

Naptime Help for Parents and Toddlers
Get great tips on making your toddler’s naptime easier from our experts.  Find out what to do when your naptime plan does not work.

You Can Stop Your Child’s Nightmares
You can stop a night fright problem right in its tracks with expert advice from Dr. Kristi.  Learn how to create safe sleep haven for your child.  Find out what might be causing the nightmares and utilize a step by step communication method to get to the bottom of your child’s fears.

Soothe Your Baby to Sleep right here on the Child n’Parent blog.

By: Debby Hoffer

Add comment June 22nd, 2009

You Can Sleep Train Your Baby

Getting a newborn to sleep is really not a difficult job.  Most newborns sleep on average about *sixteen to seventeen hours a day.   The bigger problem is getting them to sleep when you want them to sleep.  Most babies come into the world with their days and nights mixed up.  They are used to feeding and sleeping in the womb on their own personal schedule.  Teaching them how to adjust to their new day and night environment is the beginning of training your baby to sleep through the night.

Sleep training your baby should begin at eight weeks and continue until they are twelve months of age.  Getting your child to develop a healthy sleep pattern will score big benefits in the long run.  The National Sleep Foundation states “children who get enough sleep are more likely to function better and are less prone to behavioral problems and moodiness.”  *Sleep training your baby during their first year of life can help in preventing sleep problems:

Nightmares:  All children have nightmares and it usually caused by a disruption in their normal routine.  Establishing a regular consistent bed time routine early in life will help your child develop healthy sleep habits and cut down on the night terrors.

Separation Anxiety:  This often occurs at four to twelve months of age.  If it is not nipped in the bud, your child could develop an over dependent nature.  Young babies will also require a great deal of time and attention, but by 2-4 years, a healthy consistent sleep pattern should be in place.  Teaching your child at the infant stage how to self-soothe themselves back to sleep is one of the best parenting gifts you can give them.

Sleep Walking and Talking:  *Sleep walking occurs in older children often during times of stress and fatigue.  Sleep training your child at the baby stage will teach them when to sleep (night) and how to get enough sleep.  As your baby grows from toddler to child, teach them how to listen to their body so that they will learn to determine how much sleep they need to maintain a healthy sleep pattern.

When you start sleep training your baby, keep in mind that every baby, toddler and child is different.  The technique that works for one may not work for another.  For great beddie bye suggestions and sleep training techniques, check out our article “Getting a Good Night’s Sleep with Baby.” Soon you and your little one will find the wonderful path to sleepy time land.

*Baby sleep statistics from the American Academy of Pediatrics     *Information on childhood sleep disorders from the National Sleep Foundation

By:  Debby Hoffer

2 comments June 3rd, 2009

Why Do Antibiotics Cause Diarrhea in Children ?

Does your child get diarrhea during or after they take antibiotics?  If so there are some things you can do to help.

What is Diarrhea?

Diarrhea is generally watery or liquid stools.  We have all experienced acute diarrhea which only lasts a couple of days.  Usually a child with diarrhea goes to the bathroom more than three times a day.  Diarrhea can be a side effect of treatments or even long lasting diarrhea can be a sign of a more chronic disease.

Unfortunately diarrhea is an all to common side effect of antibiotics.  But there are some things you can do to proactively avoid this side effect or alleviate some of the symptoms and get back to a healthy state rather quickly.

Why do antibiotics cause diarrhea?

The answer is simple.  Your doctor prescribes antibiotics to kill off bad bacteria.  There is both good and bad bacteria in your body.  The good bacteria in your digestive system helps the enzymes break down the food and also helps to fight off bad bacteria.  The antibiotics do not generally discriminate against which bacteria it fights and kills off.  This usually means both good and bad bacteria are eliminated from your body.

How can I protect my child?

This is a simple answer as well but often times overlooked.  When your child is prescribed an antibiotic ask your doctor to prescribe a probiotic as well.  Make sure your child takes this while taking the antibiotic and a week after he/she finishes taking the antibiotic.  The probiotic will help to replenish the good bacteria your child’s digestive tract has lost during the antibiotics healing process.  As always anytime a side effect occurs from medication the prescribing doctor should be notified.  He/she may have some alternatives as well to help aid in the healing process.

Another good tip is to have your child eat yogurt with live cultures to help replace the good bacteria usually known as lactobacillus, which can also be found in acidolphilus milk.

Diarrhea can dehydrate a person; drink plenty of water, pedialyte, and sports drink.  Your child can also lose important nutrients in the body with diarrhea.  Make sure your child is fed, if solid food is not something the child wants offer broth that is low in sodium.  Fruit juices or the fruit and soda can help replace potassium.

If diarrhea is persistent and home treatments do not help it may be necessary to take your child back for a check up.  One reason is sometimes the antibiotic kills off more good bacteria and not enough bad bacteria.  This bacteria will continue to lay in the digestive tract and is kept down in count by the good flora in your body, but it does not eliminate the bad bacteria.  This can become c-difficile-associated diarrhea, pseudomembranous colitis also known as PMC, or even a life threatening condition known as toxic megacolon.  This is rare and only occurs in 1-2 out of a hundred people.

C-difficile bacteria can be passed on to other family members that may be handling the stool; possibly changing diapers or cleaning soiled clothes.  The bacteria can live outside the human body for months and sometimes years.  If you handled the stool in anyway make sure you notify your doctor so that you also can be tested.

Can you prevent Diarrhea from Antibiotics?

The simple answer is no.  Most of the time diarrhea is caused because the antibiotics are doing the job they are supposed to do.  On rare occasions you might be able to avoid taking a general antibiotic and wait for the test results to come back telling the doctor a specific antibiotic that will most likely take care of the bad bacteria, but even then, the antibiotic might not work and may still kill off the good bacteria.  The best form of prevention is to catch the symptoms as quickly as possible, notify the doctor and start treating the symptoms.

We all want to protect our children from the evils and diseases in the world today.  But we cannot keep them safe from everything.  Fighting off bacterial infections and side effects helps your child to build a healthy immune system.  It is never good to see anyone sick, let alone your child, but knowing this is a normal process of life and will help them to fight off other illnesses in the future is a positive thought to remember.

Child n’Parent offers many resources for your children’s health.

By:  Jami Wright

1 comment May 18th, 2009

Making Discipline Work for Your Child

Discipline is not easy for anyone to grasp.  Sometimes we parents think we are doing it right, when we are breaking a lot of rules. We want our children to love us, so maybe we avoid scolding them as much as we should.

But children thrive on discipline. They act like they hate it (and us), but it makes them who they are. Children need rules and need to learn to obey them.

Here are some tips to help you out:

Do: Be Consistent
Discipline without consistency usually fails.  If you make a rule, it should be a rule all of the time.  Not just when you have time to deal with it or in the privacy of your own home.  You must be ready at all time to enforce the rules you set down. A rule is a rule is a rule.  If you make exceptions more than you stick to the rule, no one will believe it.   Same goes for doling out consequences.

Do not: Give In
Your kids are going to beg. They will cry and scream and say they hate you. Don’t give in. Kids are the best manipulators, but as much as they might hurt your feelings, you cannot give in. They know exactly what they’re doing.  If you give in they will know exactly how to work you the next time and you’ll never win. Giving in shows your child that you are not serious about the rules and consequences that you set down.

Do: Lay Out Consequences
Your children need to know exactly what will happen when they break a rule. Then when they break a rule and lose the privilege, it will not be a surprise (though they will act as if it is). It helps to lay out the rules on paper and post them on the fridge or another common area. Also write out what they will lose if they do break a rule. When a rule is broken, that treat they were so looking forward to gets crossed off. Remember that you don’t need to argue with them about this. You make the rules, they live by them.

Do not: Be Afraid To Discipline In Public
Children act up in public and parents get embarrassed. Remember that children don’t embarrass that easily and will throw temper tantrums from your wildest imaginations. Don’t be too embarrassed to discipline your child in public. Who cares what other people think? Besides, anyone who ever had children will know exactly what you’re going through.

Keep positive parenting in your relationship.  Your child will absorb discipline better with some real, earned praise from you. Going out of our way a little bit, can make a big impression on our children. Sometimes your child may need only a few minutes of undivided attention to be happier, feel more needed, and be much more willing to follow the rules.

For great ideas in parenting see “Teaching Children Joy” and “Fun in the Sun Activities for kids.”

Look for more parenting tips at   Child n’Parent.

By:  Destiny

Add comment May 4th, 2009

Child n’Parent’s Blog Honored for Children’s Health Posts

We are honored to be included in the list of  Top 100 Baby and Children’s Health Blogs published by The Ultrasound Technician Schools organization.  The list and other topics on health and safety can be found at Top Children’s Health Blogs.

Congratulations to our talented writers Debby Hoffer, Megan Wallgren, Vanessa Lee, Dawn Blankenship, Stephanie Moore, Dr. Kristi, Destiny, Brandi Ellis and all the others.  Their research and writing craft has been given generously and they have often invited us into their lives with their own personal experiences.

Child n’Parent  is especially proud of these posts on Children’s Health and Children’s Safety:

Child Proofing Your Home

In today’s economy, every dollar counts. There are many “child proofing” experts out there that would be happy to charge you hundreds and even thousands of dollars to child proof your home.  The big secret is that you can do it yourself for very little cost.

Healthy Meals for Kids When Eating Out

Dining out is challenging enough for adults but when it comes to kids, the challenge is even greater. Even though many sit-down and fast food restaurants are adding healthier adult dining options, the meal choices for the little ones are still surprisingly high in calories and fat. When surveying the kid’s menu at fast food restaurants, the standard seems to be fried chicken nuggets or chicken strips served alongside a serving of greasy French fries. It would almost be a joke to call this meal low fat or nutritionally sound. If you’re looking for a healthy menu for kids at a restaurant or fast food stop, what are your options?

Flu Shot or Not?

Flu season is on its way.  Though getting a flu shot may seem like a no brainer to some, at $20 a shot for my family of six, I want to know if it’s really necessary.

Honey, the Better Treatment for Your Child’s Cough?

Remember the unbearable taste, not to mention aftertaste of the cough syrup your Mother gave you as a child?  Over the years cough syrup has improved and has become more bearable, however most children still put up a fight when they know they have to take a spoonful of the dreaded syrup.  What if there was an alternative?  Something that your child already likes that could help treat their cough?

When Your Baby Has a Fever

Babies have underdeveloped temperature control systems. Mosquito bites, bee stings, allergic reactions, viral infections, bacterial infections- all of these can cause an infant to burn. Usually, a fever occurs when the body detects an unwelcome presence. By raising the heat, the body makes itself inhospitable to germs and wakes up white blood cells.  Fever also activates the body’s immune system.

We are also proud of our writers for the great parenting resources they provide on Child n’Parent with articles on Child Health and Child Safety.

1 comment April 8th, 2009

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