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.

Protect toys (and kids)

Secure (with strong tape) the battery compartment of not only every single remote control in the home, but desk clocks, toys, battery-operated toothbrushes, monitors and anything else that requires batteries.

Don’t force toddlers to share

Don’t force toddlers to share; it actually delays development of sharing skills. Kids need to feel secure in ownership before they can share

Presents that will help with development

Develop small motor skills with toys like stacking toys, wooden puzzles, shape sorters & pop up toys that little fingers can manipulate

Toddler gift tip

Looking for a good gift for your toddler? Develop their musical skills with instruments like maracas, drums and xylophones

Swapping out toys

Toddlers get bored of seeing the same old toys every morning. Stash a group of toys in a closet, attic, or basement so that every eight weeks or so, you can replace the been-there-done-that toys with some “new” toys, toys from your very own store.

Making bubbles at home

Make easy homemade bubbles, mix 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of liquid dish soap and blow away.

Toys for the car only.

Pick out a few interesting toys and books just for the car: I found that I could defuse the tantrum that inevitably occurred when my toddler realized that he was about to be strapped into a car seat by strategically offering him a toy or book he didn’t get to see all that often.

Toy tip.

Plastic Rubbermaid bins with the sealing lid are very spacious and better than toy chests, and hampers because they have a top that closes tightly and goes over the bin, making it hard for the toddler to access the toys and preventing them from throwing toys all over the room.

Limiting toys

Place only a few toys out on the floor – it is best to limit the amount of toys that you let your toddler play with, make sure to keep other toys out of sight and out of reach to prevent your toddler from pulling them down and throwing them every place.

Giving your child a few toys to play with at a time, gets your toddler used to the concept of neatness, and when it is time to put the toys away, your toddler might be able to do it because of the small amount of toys.

Swapping out toys

Toddlers get bored of seeing the same old toys every morning. Stash a group of toys in a closet, attic, or basement so that every eight weeks or so, you can replace the been-there-done-that toys with some “new” toys, toys from your very own store.

Loose Toys

Child Safety First, check toys often for loose or broken parts.

Toddler Fun Activity

For a fun activity, make a plate of bubbles. Take a small plate, plastic drinking straw, dish washing liquid and tap water. Two drops dish soap is all you need.
From: Mommyscape.com

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.

From: tinylove.com.

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Active toys

Seek toys that encourage child to be active. Toddlers are doing physical tricks as they are stronger & more confident.

Choosing Toys

Choose toys that can be used a variety of ways. Toddlers love to take apart, put back together, pull out, add on, and build up.

Taking a Bath

Having a problem getting your toddler to take a bath? Try adding coloring to the water with bath toys.
From: KeepKidsHealthy.com

Read the labels

Read the labels of all toys before you let your child play with them. Make sure your child is old enough to use that toy. The label will tell you the safe age.

From: homesafetycouncil.org Opens in new window

Chalenge your child

Build on your child’s strength by encouraging him or her to play with a challenging toy.

From: mayoclinic.com Opens in new window

Playing with toys

Your little one may still enjoy many of her older toys, but don’t be surprised if she starts using them in more sophisticated ways, i.e., stacking blocks into a tower instead of just banging them together.

From: whattoexpect.com Opens in new window