Fast-food play dates

A play date at a fast food restaurant may not be the healthiest choice, but it’s still a lot fun. Meet at one that has that has an indoor play area.

When tots start eating meat

Meat is started somewhere between 9 and 12 months of age. By age 1, she should be consuming about 2 servings from the meat, poultry, fish, dry beans and eggs group per day.

Positive works better than negative

Studies show that toddler discipline using positive reinforcement works far better than punishment.

Chanukkah Menu

A typical Chanukah menu sounds as though it were planned by the under-twelve crowd: potato pancakes, sweet cream cheese rugelach, strawberry-jam-filled doughnuts covered in powdered sugar, fried apple fritters, cheese-filled doughnuts fried in oil and dipped in honey, and cheese blintzes.

Hanukkah activities

Hanukkah comes with a long list of its own activities, and you can also develop your own. You can lead your toddlers through renditions of the dreidel song and have toddlers practice spinning the dreidel.

Make a Gelt Bank

Help reinforce giving- Put a slit in a can and decorate. Each day put gelt into the can at the end of Hannukkah donate money to charity.

Tea Light Menorah

Use LED tea lights to create a tot-safe menorah just in time for the Festival of Lights.

The make-up of sugar

Sugars supply a large amount of calories, with little nutritional value. They include white sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, honey and molasses and foods like candy, soft drinks, jams, and jellies.

19-24 milestones

At 19-24 months, toddlers can use a spoon, dress themselves with help and use partially understandable speech. They may begin to understand abstract concepts such as “sooner” and “later”.

Air Quality and asthma

If your toddler has asthma, then you may already be familiar with air quality alerts. Poor quality air is fertile ground for asthma attacks, a serious summer health risk for toddlers with asthma.

The history of height/weight tables

Height / weight tables for newborns to 2 year olds used by doctors were developed from a single community of Ohio Caucasian, bottle fed babies between 1929 and 1975 who came from families of similar socioeconomic backgrounds.

Vaccines and side effects

Any vaccine can cause side effects. Usually, these side effects are minor — low-grade fever, and soreness, redness or swelling at the injection site.

Toddlers and meal time

Most toddlers will not eat three meals a day but will generally prefer to eat 5 to 6 smaller meals.

Baby development

Babies do not develop at the same rate. There is a wide range of what is considered “normal”. Your baby may be ahead in some areas and slightly behind in others.

Toddlers don’t keep grudges

Toddlers live in a short time frame. The upside of this is that toddlers don’t bear grudges. The downside is that they won’t remember that they were “out-of-control” earlier when Dad comes home.

Tracking milestones

Moms commonly lament that little children grow up so fast. It is impossible to truly appreciate each milestone as it happens. This is why baby books tracking a baby as he or she grows are so popular.

Teaching street safety

When walking, talk to your child about street safety. Show him/her how to stop at the edge of the street and look for cars.

Enforcing predictable routines

Families function at their best when there are predictable routines in their day to day lives.

Weaning of the bottle

By the end of the first year, your child may be well onto the cup and off the bottle. Introducing a cup should be done slowly. Start by giving water or juice in a cup.

Bubble activity

A wonderful activity to do with toddlers is to blow bubbles. You can purchase bubble mix at any store or you can make your own.