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.
Give your toddler limited choices. Make them as palatable as possible to the child, but eliminate any options that are unacceptable to you.
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.
Help your child’s language skills by speaking to her in complete sentences and in ‘adult’ language. Help her to use the correct words and phrases.
Toddlers need to test their limits. A toddler who is being denied something may choose bullying as a way of getting what he wants.
Winter weather and indoor heating can cause itchy, dry eczema to flare up. Give your child short, lukewarm baths or showers, and wash with a mild soap like Dove.
Frostbite often attacks toes, tip of the nose and ears. Signs include numb, grey-white or yellowish skin with a waxy feel, blisters. If frostbite is mild, give Advil or Tylenol. Then, gradually warm the area: microwave a wet cloth in a zip-top bag (it shouldn’t be hot to touch — affected skin burns easily). Hold the bag against the area. For more extreme cases, see your doctor.
To help develop a writing grasp, have your child color with broken crayons (if your child is still putting inappropriate things in his mouth, adult supervision is required to prevent choking).
Toddler having a tantrum? Many times, your child just needs to be held and needs you to help him control his emotions.
Your toddler loves listening to the sound of your voice. Engage her in a bedtime story to help her drift off to sleep.
Walk outside. Let your toddler experience firsthand the feelings and sights of winter. Explain how it is cold outside. Emphasize the need for coats, hats, mittens and boots when outside.
If there is snow on the ground, touch it and walk in it. Let your toddler feel how snow is different from the ground. Don’t be surprised if your toddler doesn’t like it and wants to go inside.
Parents everywhere bring out their babies’ winter coats or snowsuits to keep baby warm during travel. However, thick winter coats or snowsuits can compromise your child’s car seat safety.
In order for a baby car seat or toddler booster seat to function properly, the straps need to remain tight against the child’s chest.
When planning a toddler party, invite family and the kids your toddler plays with regularly (four or five is plenty). An hour and a half is enough time to play, have a snack, sing, and eat cake.
When planning a play group it’s a good idea to have fewer children to keep keep things calmer.
Have fun today, play a “color game” by asking your child to find something in the room that is a certain color.
Visit your local pet store. Most have impressive collections of dogs, cats, fish, birds, reptiles & hamsters to delight the little ones.
When child gets frustrated or bored do a project. Anything from coloring & cutting paper occupies his mind & changes attitude and actions.
Toddlers, who are being introduced to table food & utensils, will make a mess; prepare for it & consider what you use as a floor covering.
Playgroup activities should be something that will involve all the children and should be kept age-appropriate.
Kids with good teeth grow up to be adults with good teeth. If you teach your children how to brush and floss and take them to the dentist twice a year, they’ll have strong, healthy teeth.
Start applying sunscreen BEFORE you even leave the house. This is extremely important as toddler skin is very sensitive and burns easily. Taking the time to apply sunscreen beforehand ensures that you can get their whole body covered and not miss any spots.
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