Learning to brush gums early

It may be too late for your already 2 year old, but a good tip is to start very early. You can brush your baby’s gums with a soft brush even before there are any teeth in there.

Differences between night terrors and nightmares

Understand night terrors are not the same thing as nightmares. Toddlers who wake in the middle of the night crying but consolable are having nightmares. Night terrors are periods of hysterical crying, screaming and non-responsiveness. The child will eventually calm down but not remember the event at all.

Soaps and dry skin

Soaps, shampoos, and bubble baths can dry your child’s skin and may cause rashes, so use them sparingly. They may also be irritating to the urethra, which in turn might increase the risk of urinary tract infections.

Toddler serving size

The typical serving size for a toddler is about 1/4 of what an adult size serving would be, so you would only expect a toddler to eat 1/4 of a slice of bread, 1-2 tablespoons of vegetables, or 1 ounce of meat.

40% of kids have allergies

As many as 40 percent of kids are bothered by common indoor allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, and mold.

Biting is bad

Biting is among the most bothersome and embarrassing kid behaviors. Take comfort in knowing this child behavior problem is usually temporary, and much more typical than you may think.

Getting past the “picky-eater” stage

If your child is going through a picky-eater stage, invite over a friend who is the same age or slightly older whom you know “likes to eat”. Your child will catch on. Group feeding lets the other kids set the example.


Empathizing with a child, as opposed to minimizing her feelings, helps her recover more quickly from disappointment and teaches her how to regulate her emotions within a situation.

Choosing a proper car seat

Avoid car seats that require you to adjust the buckle from the back of the seat. The better car seats allow you to make adjustments from the front and have raised belt slots for buckling ease.

Socializing your toddler

Around the time he turns 2, your toddler will start to actively reach out to other children. But as with any other skill, he learns how to socialize with others by trial and error.

Scheduling naps

To make the most of toddler naps, try to settle down at the same time and in the same place each day; try not to let him sleep in the car or stroller, which could disrupt his nap schedule.

limiting meal times

Limit mealtimes to about 20 – 30 minutes. Research shows that most toddlers eat whatever they are going to in the first 20 minutes.

Make plans to spend time together.

For Valentine’s Day, make plans to spend time alone with your toddler doing something he/she enjoys.

Choosing clothes for Valentines Day

For Valentines’ day, let your little one help you in picking out their clothes for today. See how many clothing items your child can find that are red or pink.

Read a Valentine’s Story.

Lots of libraries will be doing Valentine’s day specials for Valentines.

Focusing on frugal activities for Valentine’s Day

Teach your children to enjoy Valentine’s Day by focusing on frugal activities instead of getting caught up in consumerism, like baking instead of buying, and focusing on free entertainment can make the day fun and unique.

Making Valentine’s mailboxes

Instead of using the standard shoe box for your kids Valentine’s mailbox, decorate an empty cereal box instead. It fits better in their backpacks.

School and ADHD

School creates multiple challenges for kids with attention deficit disorder, but with patience and an effective plan to overcome these obstacles, your child with ADD/ADHD can thrive in the classroom.

Visiting day care

One of the best ways to put your child at ease prior to starting day care is to have him or her visit the facility or family day care home, preferably more than once, for short visits.

Weight milestones

During the first year of life, your baby will grow and develop at an amazing speed. Her weight will double by 5 to 6 months, and triple by her first birthday.