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.

Holiday Spending Money for kids

Give your kids their own budget. Spending their own money on small, thoughtful gifts helps children to understand buying.

Swapping out DVD’s for the holidays

The holidays are a great time to introduce new DVD’s and CD’s to your toddlers. Yes, Elmo has a decent Christmas DVD. It’s a nice change to the other two Elmo movies they watch every day.

Making Easter eggs tip

When making Easter eggs, rubber bands around the eggs make nice stripes. On plain eggs for a white & colored egg; or dye once, rubber band, and then dye again for the stripes.

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Look at the lights

Creating a routine of an evening walk to watch Christmas lights gives predictability to a season of new experiences. source

Christmas Ornaments

Use non breakable Christmas ornaments within a toddlers reach. This is far safer then glass ornaments which they will bite and eat. source

Decorating with real flora

Avoid decorating with real holly or mistletoe in areas accessible to small children, as both are toxic if eaten. source

Constructing toys

Construct all disassembled toys the night before. Kids don’t want to open up a box. source

Fire rating your tree

Check that artificial trees is fire-rated or your real tree is fresh (easily bendable branches, no dropping needles) to reduce fire danger. source

Age appropriate toys

Make sure the toys you give are appropriate for the child’s age, as babies & toddlers can choke on small parts or swallow components. source

Lighting the tree

Use LED lights that burn cool so your child does not get burnt if they should grab a Christmas light inadvertently. source

Pen in your tree

Put a play yard around the christmas tree to keep little ones from getting into trouble. source

Photographing Christmas lights

Photographing Christmas lights is something that can be tricky to do. Check out how to do it.

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Toddlers and tree trimming

When it comes time to trim the tree, you probably don’t want your toddler involved in hanging lights or handling glass ornaments. Candy canes, however, are definitely something your toddler can keep busy with while being supervised by other decorators.

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Let kids pick gifts

Try and involve your child in the decision making process when it comes to choosing gifts. Remember not to give them too many options as this will confuse them.

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