If your baby finds it difficult to release an object voluntarily, place your hand directly under his to help him.
You can also help practice this skill by offering another object to divert his attention from the one in his hand.
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A time-out isn’t a punishment. It’s an opportunity for your child to learn how to cope with frustration and modify his behavior.
While your child is in a time-out, he’s on his own, so try to let him sit in solitude for a few moments. Any attention from you, positive or negative, will serve as reinforcement for his behavior.
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By age three, some toddlers stop sucking on their own, but others need encouragement from Mom and Dad. more info
When serving iron-rich meals, include foods that contain vitamin C (tomatoes, broccoli, oranges, and strawberries), which improve the body’s iron absorption.
Your toddler needs about 1,000 calories a day to meet his needs for growth, energy, and good nutrition.
If you’ve ever been on a 1,000-calorie diet, you know it’s not a lot of food. But your child will do just fine with it, divided among three small meals and two snacks a day.
From: American Academy of Pediatrics
Mastering how to use their hands is one of the most important things your baby or toddler will be learning in the next few years of their life. But while they are learning how to hold and manipulate objects other very important brain functions, like language, are also developing.
You can help your child build strength and dexterity in their hands by playing some fun and easy games with them and doing some simple exercises.
Wearing your 2 to 3 year old in a soft cloth carrier, backpack or sling can still be a huge lifesaver.
When your toddler is tired, over stimulated or otherwise out of sorts, wearing them will help them to settle down and maybe even go to sleep!
Bob Books, Set 1 A Beginning Readers book set.
From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games
Begin visiting the library regularly by the time your child is two and she may well prefer reading to any other activity.
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: Zero to three.org
When testing for fever without a thermometer, use the lip test. Touch your lips to the forehead of the baby.
Model emotional intelligence. Your kids are watching very closely. They see how you respond to frustration, they see how resilient you are, and they see whether you’re aware of your own feelings, and the feelings of others.
Your toddlers diet is key to ensuring strong teeth that resist decay. Your child needs to get plenty of calcium, vitamin D and dairy products.
Playdates can be a drag when kids haven’t mastered the art of sharing. When it’s your turn to host, go through your kid’s toys beforehand, asking her to pick a few special things she’d prefer not to share.
From: Parents Connect.com
When going on long car trips, prepare ahead with paper bags of items to be given out every 25, 50 or 75 miles — marked on a map with the location, it takes a little bit of preparation to do this but it REALLY helps young children.
In each bag put a wrapped item — usually a small toy. Then in some of the surprise packages you can add juice or a snack, stickers and a piece of paper, or something pertaining to the trip that you can talk about.
When you arrive at your destination whether it be a hotel, time share, condo or grandma’s you need to immediately start toddler proofing their new environment.
Start by getting down on their level so you can see what temptations are around that they may try to get into.
What if an underweight toddler is a picky eater? This is a typical problem with many toddlers, but is one that can be overcome.
It often takes offering a food 15 times before a picky eater will try the food. Try offering new foods to toddlers along with foods that they like and they will eventually experiment with the food.
As your kid’s mind matures and his imagination starts to amp up, often so will his fears. You may find your totally chill, adventurous toddler is suddenly afraid of everything from loud noises to the bath
When deciding on the milk to give your child follow these guidelines: Give full cream milk to children between 1 and 2 years of age.
Whole milk has 4% fat. Children over 2 years of age do not need full cream milk. Choose low fat (reduced fat) milk. Low fat milk has 1 to 2% fat. Don’t give skim milk (’99.9% fat free’) to children under 5 years old.
Most toddlers will not eat three meals a day but will generally prefer to eat 5 to 6 smaller meals.
If you feed your toddler whole foods then you will find that they will get much more energy and be sustained for longer periods of time than if you use refined high energy foods which have very little nutritional value.