Bedwetting is an issue that millions of families face every night. It is extremely common among kids who are under the age of 6, and it can last into the preteen years.
On occasion, have grandparents spend time with individual grandchildren. It will give them an opportunity to bond, without competition, with that day’s companion grandchild.
Remember that all relationships take work. Good parent-child connections don’t spring out of nowhere, any more than good marriages do.
When food shopping get the children involved. It may take a little longer but you could get them involved in counting fruit and vegetables into bags.
Focus on play and process, not productivity. When kids do art to solicit positive comments from adults, sometimes they can’t wait to finish another picture.
When kids are learning to speak play word games and say the ABC’s — in fact, singing things like the ABCs is a great way to get them to put the ideas together – kids can often sing songs like their ABCs long before they can use them in any practical sense.
Do not leave children unsupervised around any kind of electrical lighting or open flame.
Keep things consistent – There’s nothing more confusing to baby than being able to do one thing one day and not the other.
Do not offer hard candy, nuts or popcorn to children under age four. Cut grapes, hot dogs, carrots and such into small pieces to avoid choking.
To get milk out of clothes, sprinkle on unflavored meat tenderizer, which breaks down the proteins, and rinse in cold water. Presoak in enzyme product for 30 minutes if stain is new, several hours if stain is old.
Introduce one new food at a time. Add another new food after four or five days. Waiting allows the baby to get used to new flavors and allows you to identify any problem foods easily if allergic reactions occur.
Never drink hot objects while your child is sitting on your lap. Sudden movements can cause a spill.
Winter weather and indoor heating can cause itchy, dry eczema to flare up. Give your child short, lukewarm baths or showers, and wash with a mild soap like Dove.
Frostbite often attacks toes, tip of the nose and ears. Signs include numb, grey-white or yellowish skin with a waxy feel, blisters. If frostbite is mild, give Advil or Tylenol. Then, gradually warm the area: microwave a wet cloth in a zip-top bag (it shouldn’t be hot to touch — affected skin burns easily). Hold the bag against the area. For more extreme cases, see your doctor.
To help develop a writing grasp, have your child color with broken crayons (if your child is still putting inappropriate things in his mouth, adult supervision is required to prevent choking).
Take a blindfolded taste test with you kids and sample some favorite foods. Then the table turn and mom and dad to take the test.
Many mothers find it is helpful is to use a baby sling when your baby needs to nurse in public. These terrific slings, sold under several brand names, are worn over only one shoulder, are easily adjustable.
If you toddler stays dry for at least 2 hours at a time, and has regular bowel movements it may be time to start toilet training.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has one of the most comprehensive buying guides complete with a side by side comparison of the major brands on the market.
Toddler having a tantrum? Many times, your child just needs to be held and needs you to help him control his emotions.
Choose the location of your toddler’s bed with care. Keep away from extremes of temperature such as windows, doors or radiators and strangling hazards such as blind cords. Make sure that your toddler cannot become trapped between the side of the bed and the wall.