Toddler safe car seats

Keeping toddlers safe in the car means always placing them in a properly installed child car seat. Use a five-point harness as long as possible.

Is your toddler a picky eater?

Even if your toddler is a picky eater, if he is growing normally and is physically active, with a lot of energy, then his diet is probably okay.

Helping toddlers get dressed

Involving toddlers in the dressing process is the first step towards independence. This also helps self-esteem and promotes problem solving.

Toddlerproofing

Anything small enough to fit in your toddler’s tiny hand going into his mouth. That is the way you need to look at surroundings when toddler proofing.

When toddlers learn

Toddlers learn by playing and they learn a lot between ages 1 and 3. At 1, a child may be working on a wobbly walk but by 3, most can balance briefly on one foot.

Take a break

After your toddler starts to play on his/her own, keep a magazine nearby and sneak a peek at a page while she is stacking blocks. She’ll let you know when she needs some more attention.

Toddlers and commercials

Toddlers are influenced by commercials and ads. Commercials have the most uncanny ability to sell anything to children and make it seem like it is the best thing ever.

Planning for safety when toddlers go mobile

When children can run and climb unrestricted child-proofing is essential – including window guards, gates on stairways, cabinet locks.

Decorating a toddler’s bedroom

When decorating a toddler’s bedroom use paint instead of wallpaper because it would be easy for a toddler to rip down.

Toddler attention span tip

Don’t expect your toddler to sit still for a book. They may be moving, but they are listening.

Common items can be bathroom dangers

Keep items like mouthwash, toothpaste and other kid hazard items away. Plungers can make a fun (if not disgusting) play toy to a toddler; don’t leave one by the toilet.

Avoiding sharing issues with todders

If you know that it is going to be an issue to share a special toy then try to leave it at home. Don’t expect other kids not to want to play with it.

Toddlers and paying attention

Though it may be hard to believe, toddlers are not purposefully disobeying to get you mad. They have a very short memory & are highly impulsive.

Travel seats with toddlers

Airline regulations require that large travel seats (past the edge of the airplane seat) must be in the window position. This is to prevent it from blocking easy exit.

Estabishing boundries

The first step to toddler discipline is to establish boundaries. Your child needs to know what is and what is not acceptable.

Getting on all fours for baby

Play crawling ‘tag’. It can be great fun for babies who are learning to locomotive.

Explore with crayons

Toddlers love to explore and learn new things. You can read books to the child, color with crayons, do simple puzzles or play with learning toys.

Bribery and children

There is a reason that little kids get lollypops after a trip to the beauty salon. It’s bribery. The good kind of bribery that gets little boys and girls to behave and do as they are supposed to.

 

Exploring with writing implements

Allow older toddlers to begin exploring writing instruments (pens, markers and crayons).

Provide them with other toys and activities (e.g., pouring water) that develop the hand-eye coordination and fine motor skill necessary for writing.

From zerotothree.org.

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Set the stage for success

Offer age-appropriate toys and games. Start with something simple before moving on to more challenging tasks.