Toddler activity: Potato Stamps

Make stamp art. Cut a few potatoes in half. Carve a design on the end of each potato. Use the potatoes as stamps. Dip them in finger paints and stamp on paper.

Toddler aggressive behavior

Toddlers often resort to aggressive behavior when they feel insecure. He may hit out at other children because he’s angry and wants to get your attention. Pick him up and cuddle him when visitors arrive or reassure him by sitting near him and making lots of physical contact.

Tired toddlers are not patient

Tired toddlers are not patient and this can make for a very frustrating shopping experience. Be sure that you are not planning your grocery shopping during your toddler’s normal naptime. It is best to go after your toddler has had a nap and had a chance to wake up for a few minutes.From: Suite101.com

Growth slows in year 2

Growth slows down in the second year. This means toddlers often have small appetites and need less food. The amount eaten from day-to-day can change dramatically. Although this sometimes worries parents, this change is normal and doesn’t mean your child is being difficult or is unwell. From: Better Health Channel

Toddler Games

Toddlers are easily entertained, so it is easy to make a game out of practically anything. In fact, sometimes the best games that you can play with your child require no equipment at all. Simple songs and finger plays like “Where is Thumbkin” will delight most toddlers.From: How to Do things.com

Timetable for moving from diapers to toilet training

The average time at which infants change from diapers to toilet training is between 18 and 24 months.From: Epigee Women’s Health

Planned outings and attention spans

Too many parents plan outings without regard for the constrained attention span of a toddler. A trip that lasts under an hour, including travel time, works best.

Flying with toddlers

Toddlers should always fly in their own seat equipped with a travel seat.

Some airlines allow children under two to fly for free on the lap of an adult, but this is not the safest option and escalates the challenge of flying with a toddler.

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Teach discipline early in life

There are many good reasons to begin teaching discipline early in life.

If children do not grow up with definite guidelines of what is right or wrong, they will have no respect for rules or authority. The key to toddler discipline is patience, understanding, and consistency.

With these qualities, you can teach your toddler how to behave in social situations.

Enjoy the earth

Kids have to love the world to want to protect it. So take nature walks and look at the trees, flowers and sky. When you’re away on vacation, don’t forget to enjoy the local natural environment, not just the tourist sites.

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Kids can be green too

There are dozens of small things your kids can do every day to save energy and keep the world cleaner and greener. Your kids can… walk, ride a bike or take the bus instead of traveling by car. Take faster showers or baths in just a small amount of water.

Help hang clothes on the line instead of putting them in the dryer.

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toddlers and painting

A toddler finds it easier to paint on an easel rather than a flat surface.

If you can’t afford to buy an easel, make one by cutting out one side of a cardboard box and tape the other three sides together. Set it on the tabletop and set your toddler free.

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motor control tip

Teach your baby to play with a xylophone or drum-like toy, which helps enable control of his hand, and gauge the strength needed to produce the desired varying sounds.

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toddler sized supplies

Cut down the frustration level of your toddler by seeking out toddler-sized supplies, such as thicker markers, crayons, paintbrushes and pencils. They will be easier to hold and use than the skinny ones meant for older children.

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When toddlers won’t let go of stuff

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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Understand what a time-out is – and isn’t

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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Stopping the thumb sucking

By age three, some toddlers stop sucking on their own, but others need encouragement from Mom and Dad. more info

Iron Rich meals and vitamin C

When serving iron-rich meals, include foods that contain vitamin C (tomatoes, broccoli, oranges, and strawberries), which improve the body’s iron absorption.

From: kidshealth.org

1000-calorie diet for toddlers

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

Building dexterity and strength in toddlers

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.

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