Book Suggestion: Blue Hat, Green Hat

Blue Hat, Green Hat provides serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books.

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Play and social situations

Group games offer a chance for kids to be social, though toddlers will more often play alongside their friends rather than with them.

Why toddlers vomit and get diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea are common in toddlers because they tend to put everything (including fingers) in their mouths.

Encourage your child to ask questions.

Encourage your child to repeat what you say or comment on it. Provide models of interesting questions and examples of possible answers like “I wonder what is going to happen next?”

Dust mites

Dust mites congregate where moisture is retained and food for them (human skin scales) is plentiful. They are especially numerous in bedding, upholstered furniture, and rugs.

Positive attention and kids

Positive attention tops the list of parenting tips for toddlers. Make sure your displays of affection for your child outnumber any consequences or punishments.

Tots and stairways

Keep your wobbly walking tot from stairways by installing sturdy safety gates at the top of the stairs and at the bottom.

Book Suggestion: Pooh Library original 4-volume set

The Pooh Library original 4-volume set deserves a prominent place on your bookshelf.

Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends–blustery old Owl, bouncy Tigger, clever Christopher Robin, glum Eeyore, and the rest – have been a staple of children’s literature for over 70 years.

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Getting girls to wear things in their hair

If you want to put something in her hair, put it in yours first, she’ll howl for you to share and then proudly wear it the rest of the day.

Fun and fine motor control

Finger painting is just one of the ways your toddler begins to gain fine motor control.

Listen to music early and often

Think about music like a language: your kids learn their native language by being immersed in it.

Read favorite stories again and again

Read favorite stories again & again. Seek out books about things your toddler likes. These books may extend a toddler’s attention span and build enthusiasm for reading.

Is it necessary for kids to clean their plates?

Trust your child’s appetite if he is growing normally, has energy and is healthy. Never force your child to clean his plate. This can lead to unhealthy eating habits over time.

High pollen-count days

Those with allergies might want to avoid going outdoors on high pollen-count days. Check the pollen count daily on the local weather reports.

Book Suggestion: I Spy Little Book

The original I Spy book has been adapted for younger children. Rhyming riddles with picture clues in a sturdy board book format make this perfect for preschoolers in I Spy Little Book

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Personality traits

As your child grows, he or she will display certain personality traits. Some of these are learned, others genetic. Respect your child’s developing individuality.

Growth and eating

You may notice that your toddler does not eat as much food before. During her first year of life, she grew extremely fast. Now that growth has tapered off, so she doesn’t need to eat as much.

Choosing books

Give child a chance to choose his own books. If toddler chooses a book that is too long to hold attention, read some and skip some, discussing the pictures and how they relate to the story.

Placemat art with rubber cement

Make a painted placemat by dribbling rubber cement on white construction paper. Allow to dry, paint over the rubber cement using tempera paint. Dry, then peel rubber cement off.

Structured and unstructured play time

Toddler needs structured and unstructured play time to develop normally. Choose activities that are loud and quiet, indoors and outdoors, and fine and gross motor skills.