Save decorations for when they are older

Resolve that some decorations may have to wait until next year. Depending on your child’s age you may have to keep your favorite decorations boxed this year.

Christmas family cooking party

Having a family cooking making party is a great way to prepare cookie platters for your neighbors and friends to give as a token of affection during the season.

Special toddler trees

Save the family tree by having a special toddler tree just for your son or daughter. This small tree can be kid-sized and decorated in baby-friendly Christmas ornaments such as plush ornaments and other safe decorations.

Tree safety tip

Decorate your Christmas tree appropriately for your child’s age. Put glass bulbs, lights, tinsel and ornaments that are delicate or have removable parts out of reach.

Book Suggestion: The Sweet Smell of Christmas

The air is filled with the aroma of gingerbread cookies, minty candy canes, the piney Christmas tree, and yummy hot apple pie.

Celebrate the holiday season with this classic Golden storybook which includes six scratch-and-sniff scents in The Sweet Smell of Christmas

Christmas activities engage young minds

Keep kids in the spirit with kid Christmas activities that engage their minds.

Christmas crafts for instance, can keep them busy by turning the home into a winter wonderland. Seeing their efforts on display is always a bonus.

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Holiday tree safety tip

Prevent tree accidents, screw a hook into a wall stud and secure the hook with fishing line or sturdy string to your Christmas tree

Making a reindeer snack

Make a snack for reindeer. Take 1 cup of oatmeal, 1 tbsp brown sugar & 1 tbs cinnamon, add colored sugar just before spreading on front lawn

Holiday decoration tip

Lollipops can line the edge of your sidewalk! Place 8 inch white Styrofoam circles onto 36in wooden slats. Cover lollipops w/red cellophane

Camping out for Christmas

Children love to ‘camp out’ so consider sleeping in sleeping bags in front of the Christmas tree one night.

Paper Christmas tree

Let the kids make their own Christmas tree. Find some wall space, get a nice sized roll of paper and paint, color or draw a tree.

Presents that will help with development

Develop small motor skills with toys like stacking toys, wooden puzzles, shape sorters & pop up toys that little fingers can manipulate

Holiday ornament tip

Put aside fragile ornaments from exploring tots. The bottom half of the tree should be decorated in paper, plastic, cloth or yarn ornaments

Toddler gift tip

Looking for a good gift for your toddler? Develop their musical skills with instruments like maracas, drums and xylophones

Electricity and kids

Do not leave children unsupervised around any kind of electrical lighting or open flame.

Santa and kids

Most young children are afraid of Santa at first. How you react is the key to her overcoming her fears.

Including toddlers in Holiday activities

Try as much as possible to include your toddlers in holiday activities. At this age they like to “help”, and if you include them in what you are doing it often reduces the possibility of temper tantrums.

Holiday Hazards

Take an inventory of potential hazards you have in your home after decorating and pay special attention to electrical decorations. Christmas lights hung or strung across a wall or window are no exception. These may be low enough for a small child to grab before you can notice.

Christmas Tree Safety

To keep your child from getting to the Christmas tree, place it inside of a large play yard and scoot the tree toward the wall out of reach.

Shopping Tip

Play scavenger hunt when shopping. Kids loves stickers, so when she finds an item on the list she gets a sticker. She has fun, and you get your shopping done.