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During these months, your baby will learn to crawl on her hands and knees, and she may even start to walk. It's her first taste of independence, but it's also a time when she can be upset by being separated from you. It all adds up to opportunities to build her confidence and sense of security as she learns new things every day.

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dsc07660Books make great gifts for kids, but it's not always easy to find reading material that fits a child's interests, maturity, or reading level. Before you set off to the bookstore or library, here are some guidelines.

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During the third year of life, most toddlers gain about 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms) and grow about 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 centimeters).

Read more: Growth & Your 2 to 3 Year Old Baby

It's the ultimate do-as-I-say-and-not-as-I-do parenting moment: your preschooler throws a fit because there are blueberries in her pancake—and she didn't want blueberries in her pancake!—and, in an effort to control her tantrum, you counter with your own: "Stop yelling now!"

Read more: Seven Tips for Practicing Positive Discipline

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