Pack the pocket wipes

Carry individually packaged antibacterial wipes in your pocket for quick clean up.

Always use a car safety seat

Be sure your child rides in correctly installed seat. If you have any questions, many local fire and police departments will help you

Hot drink safety tip

Drink hot beverages out of spill-proof and unbreakable travel mugs to avoid burns.

Avoiding sharing issues with todders

If you know that it is going to be an issue to share a special toy then try to leave it at home. Don’t expect other kids not to want to play with it.

Ideals on discipline

If you and your spouse differ on parenting ideas or discipline, talk about it separately from the child. Present a unified front.

choking hazard at age 2+

Many people assume if their 2 year old has teeth, they can’t choke on a grape, but don’t choke due to a lack of chewing ability but rather if they are not securely and can get distracted.

When motor skills develop in kids

Along with climbing, toddler will be developing ability to run & jump. These skills are part of gross motor development, or large muscle functions that control the movements.

Scissors for crafts

For crafts, in addition to adult scissors for you, purchase a pair of safety scissors for your child.

When to begin toilet training.

Toilet train your child from 18 mos to 4 years. Anything earlier is likely a waste of time as tots below that age has no or little control over the bladder and bowel movements

Toddler Milestones Calculator

This toddler, infant, baby Developmental Milestones Calculator lets parents enter the age in months of their child and see what developmental milestones they can look forward to in the near future.

Jewelery craft tip

Make macaroni necklaces, bracelets, anklets by putting straight macaroni in a jar, drop in a few drops of food coloring and shake gently until you get the desired color.

Reading is important

Help your child see that reading is important. Set a good example for your child by reading books, newspapers and magazines.

Bathroom safety tip

Avoid expensive plumber calls, keep the toilet lid down and locked when not in use.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Children will be more compliant on the majors if they feel a sense of power as well on some of the minor issues.

What’s in your bag?

Come in to your home and plop your bag right on the floor? Pick it up immediately! There could be medications, breath mints, coins & other non tot friendly items

Walking up and down stairs

Although your toddler may start climbing up the stairs on all fours as early as 1, the ability to go up and down one foot at a time won’t develop until around 20 months.

Making colored dough

Food coloring is handy for coloring homemade dough and various other craft materials, but note- it does stain.

When is your toddler ready for potty training?

Toddler is ready for potty training by observing: a) Bowel movements are predictable b) Stay dry for at least 2-3 hours c)Ability to understand and perform simple instructions

Keeping the kids happy

Smile. Nothing sends your kids the signal to start wailing in a store like Mom or Dad in a bad mood. 

Going camping with toddlers

When camping with toddlers: Explain the outdoors to your toddler so she isn’t frightened during her first camping trip. Set up the tent in the backyard first, to get used to it.