Choosing a toothbrush

When choosing a toothbrush, make sure that it is designed for a toddler and has soft bristles. This is very important for their toddler years. You can purchase these in the infant section of a department store.

Autism and sensory input

Many children on the autism spectrum either crave or over-respond to sensory input. Some alternate between the two extremes. Very often, “bad” behavior is actually a reaction to too much or too little sensory input.

Kids in contact with allergens

When a child with allergies comes into contact with an allergen – either by touching it, breathing it, eating it, or having it injected – her body mistakenly views it as a dangerous invader and releases histamines and other chemicals to fight it off.

You are your child’s advocate

As a parent, you are your child’s advocate. For your child to succeed in the classroom, it is vital that you communicate his or her needs to the adults at school.

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, don’t expect her to be just like you.

Snow globe activity

Make a snow globe with a baby food jar and some glitter.

Quiet before meals

A quiet activity or a rest before meals or snacks is a good idea as a tired or energized toddler may well not be interested in eating.

Toddlers parrot parents

Toddlers will often want to try what their parents are eating and that is a good opportunity to get them to try some new foods, although you may have to offer it several times before they even think of trying it.

New take on cake

Ditch the cake, and opt for cupcakes instead. They are easier for the kids to hold and eat, and you don’t need to cut them up!

Waking from nightmares

As early as 18 months old, your child can wake from nightmares. Researchers found that approximately 40% of children 2-8 experience nightmares.

Outings are learning opportunities

Playgrounds, supermarket, toy shops, parks, zoos, museums and similar locations provide learning experiences for the young. Most toddlers learn quite a lot by observing their surroundings.

Bruising after shots

Your child may develop bruises at the site of a shot. Ice helps reduce the bruising and ease the discomfort.

Visors for the bath tears

Some babies like the visors that slip over their heads to keep water out of their faces. You can find them at most discount stores like Walmart.

Averages for potty training

In the 1940s, the average age for potty training was 18 months. Averages today, according to a 2001 study, show baby boys in the United States give up diapers at 39 months and girls at 35 months.

bully proof your child

The best thing a parent can do is learn how to bully proof their child. Starting when your child is a toddler, instilling a sense of self-confidence as well as coping and social skills can be all it takes to ensure that your child is not a target.

Baby teeth are important

If you think that baby teeth aren’t important, you are wrong. These teeth reserve the space for permanent teeth. In addition, they also ensure that your baby speaks properly. Take care of an infant’s teeth, right from the time the first tooth comes out.

Rise in autism

For many years autism was rare – occurring in just five children per 10,000 live births. However, since the early 1990’s, the rate of autism has increased exponentially around the world with figures as high as 60 per 10,000.

Car seat fact

Did you know 98% of car seats are installed incorrectly?

Cleaning toy boxes regularly

Cleaning toy boxes or containers on a monthly basis is advisable. It will get rid of all the scrap pieces like paper, broken crayons and other such pieces that are usually found in the bottom.

Toddler injuries

The toddler years could be called the first-aid years. Your baby’s rapidly increasing mobility will give her many more chances to injure herself, so watch out.