Limiting TV time

As much as you treasure the quiet that comes with a Disney DVD, try to limit your child’s TV time to no more than two hours a day.

Organize your own learning experience

Visit farms, go camping or take the kids hiking. While toddlers may not be able to enjoy the outing as much as an older kid would, it can still be a great learning experience if you prepare the trip in advance.

Sugars in drinks

Many foods and drinks have sugar added to them. For a sweet treat, pick foods that are naturally sweet, such as strawberries, honey and pineapple, rather than cakes or biscuits.

Dust and allergies

Dust mites are one of the most common causes of allergies. These microscopic insects live all around us and feed on the millions of dead skin cells that fall off our bodies every day.

Encouraging make-believe

Stock your shelves with goodies like boxes of various shapes, dress up clothes, puppets and kitchen items, to encourage make-believe skills.

Think fresh!

Serve as much fresh food as possible. When our babies are small we tend to stew apples, pears and other fruit, but when they no longer need to have mushy food, transition to fresh fruits.

Play-doh playdate fun

A Play-Doh playdate activity is perfect for children ages 2 and above. You can purchase play-doh of different colors and let their imaginations go wild.

Childhood vaccine chart

Childhood vaccines offer protection from a variety of serious or potentially fatal diseases.

Know which vaccines your child needs now and which vaccines are coming up with the Mayo Clinic Vaccine schedule.

Structure and routine

Children thrive on structure, routine, and ritual. When their world has a consistent rhythm, they feel secure in the predictability.

Fall Carmel Apples

With fall here it’s the perfect time for a fall family activity; pick up a home kit from the grocery store for caramel apples!

Don’t replace food with fluids

Prevent your toddler from filling up on excessive fluids before meals. Offering sips of water or milk to quench thirst is fine.

Fun Activity: Marshmallow Tinkertoys:

Marshmallow Tinkertoys: A bag of marshmallows and some thin pretzel sticks are all you need to build the perfect puffy pal, a 3-D house, or tepee.

Early exposure to languages

Studies show that kids with active exposure to language have social and educational advantages over their peers — and reading is one of the best exposures to language.

Allergy contrbutors

Dust, cats, peanuts, cockroaches all contribute to allergies. Up to 50 million Americans, including millions of kids, have some type of allergy. In fact, allergies account for the loss of an estimated 2 million schooldays per year.

Choking safety tip

Children can choke on small things. If something is small enough to fit in a toilet paper tube, it is not safe for little children.

Fluids and sick toddler

There are a number of ways that you can replace fluids in your sick toddler. Water, juice, popsicles, broth and jell-O are all good choices.

Leaps in vocabulary

Kids make big leaps in vocabulary during in toddlerhood, and learn about letters, shapes, colors, weather, animals, seasons – all of which can be reinforced through books.

Trying new foods

A couple of tablespoons are usually plenty to serve, especially for new foods. Small plates and small portions are just right for small eyes and stomachs.

Playdates for infants

“It’s never too early for a playdate for a child, even an infant”, says Jenn Berman, PhD, author of The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy, Confident Kids.

Reading out loud to kids

Set aside a consistent time each day for reading aloud. Choose a read-aloud time that fits your family’s schedule and stick to it every day.