Preparing baby with small fireworks

If it is possible, prepare your baby with some small fireworks at home.

There are poppers, and some small but noisy firecrackers. Try each one out in front of him/her (but not close). Feel their reaction and remember this is new to him or her so they may and may not like them.

Fireworks and toddlers don’t mix

Young children should not be allowed to play with fireworks under any circumstances.

Sparklers, often mistakenly considered a safe firework for young children, burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing. The sparks that are emitted can easily cause burns to hands and exposed skin. Young children cannot understand the danger involved and often will not act appropriately in case of an emergency.

Emotional attachment to food

Toddlers develop an emotional attachment to food. Do not overfeed your toddler with snackfoods and other unhealthy foods. This will help develop good eating habits for life.

Carry on baggage for toddlers

Baby formula and breast milk are allowed in carry-on baggage, but must also be declared. Passengers can take these items through the security check-points and aboard the plane as long as they are traveling with a baby or toddler.

Childproofing survey

Do a “childproofing” survey of your home. A child’s-eye view home survey should systematically go from room to room, removing all the “booby traps” that await the curious toddler or preschooler. Think of poisons, small objects, electrical outlets, sharp edges, knives and firearms, and places to fall.

Swapping out toys

Toddlers get bored of seeing the same old toys every morning. Stash a group of toys in a closet, attic, or basement so that every eight weeks or so, you can replace the been-there-done-that toys with some “new” toys, toys from your very own store.

Drinking milk

For children, who don’t care for milk, add a few drops of food coloring and serve with straws.

Tantrums and dessert

When dining out, if you want a dessert but you know your child is on the edge of throwing a temper tantrum because they have been seated for too long, try ordering your dessert to go.

Limiting choices

Give your toddler limited choices. Make them as palatable as possible to the child, but eliminate any options that are unacceptable to you.

Washing hands

Wash your hands frequently, and make sure your children do the same.

Bedwetting Tip

Reduce those late-night sheet changes during potty training by layering the bed with a regular sheet, a plastic sheet, and a regular sheet. This way all you have to do is remove a layer of the regular and plastic sheets, allowing everyone can get back to sleep quickly.

Learning with your toddler

Bring your child to places where he or she can learn- The zoo, museums, parks and child classes.

Hand-eye coordination

To improve hand eye coordination get some blocks or tower toys. Let your child build things with blocks that encourage playing and coordination. These toys help your child learn what items can fit on top of each other and stack easily.

Choosing clothes for Valentines Day

For Valentines’ day, let your little one help you in picking out their clothes for today. See how many clothing items your child can find that are red or pink.

Make plans to spend time together.

For Valentine’s Day, make plans to spend time alone with your toddler doing something he/she enjoys.

Read a Valentine’s Story.

Lots of libraries will be doing Valentine’s day specials for Valentines.

Scrapbooking for Valentines

Valentine’s Day brings the traditional hearts and flowers. If you will be scrapbooking your Valentine’s Day, plan ahead, keep in the back of your mind all the scrapbooking possibilities that come with the gifts you receive.

Focusing on frugal activities for Valentine’s Day

Teach your children to enjoy Valentine’s Day by focusing on frugal activities instead of getting caught up in consumerism.

Activities such as baking instead of buying, and focusing on free entertainment can make the day fun and unique.

Making Valentine’s mailboxes

Instead of using the standard shoe box for your kids Valentine’s mailbox, decorate an empty cereal box instead. It fits better in their backpacks.

Car Seat Tip

Ensure that the car seats does not move more than an inch in any direction. See your car seat’s owners manual to determine what can be done about it, if they move more than that.