Traveling with a toddler tip

When traveling on an airplane many parents find that bulkhead seating at the front of each section provides more comfort while traveling with a toddler. These seats have no seating in front of them and allow for more leg room, ability to change the baby, and room to stand or play for the toddler.

Co-sleeping safety tip

When co-sleeping make sure your mattress fits snugly in the bed frame so that your baby won’t become trapped in between the frame and the mattress.

Keep trips short and sweet

Staying inside all day is a bad, bad idea with this age group and will make time slow until it more or less screeches to a halt. On the other hand, too many parents plan outings without regard for the constrained attention span of a toddler.

Learning to behave with others

How you treat your child is how she will learn to treat herself. If you’re harsh with her, she’ll be harsh with herself.

Spreading out your activities

Spread your activities and events over several days and weeks. Toddlers learn best in small amounts and through repetition.

Organization in the family

Organization is one dimension of family health. Without enough of it, families suffer the consequences of a chaotic environment.

Acquiring new skills

Toddlers have a greater ability to acquire new skills and information than children who are 5, 6, or 7 years old.

Research indicates that introducing reading, language, and math skills in the toddler years may make school success come more easily to your child for years to come.

Scavenger Hunt for Road Trips

Give each child a list of items to watch for while driving. The list can be made up ahead of time and adjusted for the scenery.

Milk for babies, toddlers and kids

Breast milk has all the appropriate vitamins and minerals for babies. Best choice of milk for children after age 1 is ‘whole milk.’ It is recommended to switch to low-fat milk after age 2 or 3.

Sooting a biter

Tips to consider if your child is a biter include providing teething rings, teething biscuits or cold washcloths for children who are teething and do not, under any circumstances, bite your child back.

Get to the Core of Your Toddler’s Anger

If your toddler bites in anger, ask yourself what might be causing this change of mood in your toddler. Have there been any changes in your toddler’s life lately? Is your toddler reacting in anger?

If your toddler hasn’t been socialized with his children his age, this could be another cause of anger.

Home safety tip

Place safety latches on all doors and cabinets, especially where cleaning products and medicines are located.

Traveling with a toddler

If you have a long wait between flights, check the airport website to see if there is a play area at the airport. You’d be surprised how many have a place for kids to get their ya-yas out.

baby gate safety tip

Exercise caution when accepting hand-me-down baby gates, for they may not be as safe as todays models.

Allergy Prevention

Battle down the allergens. Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels below 50 percent, especially in the basement where mold spores and bacteria tend to thrive.

Toddler seats and airplanes

Toddlers should always fly in their own seat equipped with a travel seat. Some airlines allow children under two to fly for free on the lap of an adult, but this is not the safest option and escalates the challenge of flying with a toddler.

The power of “No”

Learn to say “no” in a firm, peaceful way that carries authority but not anger. This parenting skill will help you to cut short years of power struggles.

Minor burns

For minor burns, run cold water over the affected area for a minimum of 10 minutes or until the pain eases.

Have a special place for reading

Create a quiet, special place in your home for your child to read, write and draw. Keep books and other reading materials where your child can easily reach them.

How to explain to a toddler

Babies and young children won’t understand lengthy explanations. Present one idea to make your point.