Book Friday: The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The Itsy Bitsy Spider is a book for all ages and guaranteed to induce smiles and giggles.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Avoiding conflict with kids

Keep off-limits objects out of sight and out of reach to make struggles less likely to develop.

Entertaining children in the car

For long car trips, sit in the back with the child because it is easier to entertain your child while next to him.

Toddlers and nap time

At 18mos most toddlers take at least 1 nap (usually 1-1 1/2 hours long) during the day and are able to sleep all night (for 11-12 hours)

Chapped lip tip

Flavored lip balms are too tasty for kids not to lick & can make chapped lips worse!

hand-me-down equipment safety tip

Make sure that used or hand-me-down equipment, such as car seats, strollers and cribs haven’t been recalled for safety reasons.

Playdate toy tip

Before friends come over, toddlers should have a chance to put away their most special toys if they don’t want anyone else to play with them

Book Friday: Teeth Are Not for Biting

Teeth Are Not for Biting is both educational and preventive. It offers young children concrete alternatives to their urges to bite others. It’s designed to be read by a parent, guardian, or teacher, and it offers colorful illustrations by Marieka Heinlen.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

How to tell the difference between allergies and colds

Does baby have allergies or a cold? If symptoms persist for more than a few days then nasal allergies may be to blame.

Toddlers and eating fruit

Fruit kebabs are a lot more fun to eat than plain old fruit. Use flavored yogurt or low-fat chocolate pudding for dipping.

Travel tip

When traveling, pack a cooler that sits in the backseat with you, but out of reach of your toddler.

Boosting a toddler’s self-confidence

As your toddler explores, he becomes more aware of his own skills to investigate the world, building confidence and self-esteem.

Safety tip for traveling with toddlers

When traveling consider “labeling” your toddler with an ID bracelet. Include your child’s name, your name, destination & home address/phone

Set the stage for success

Offer age-appropriate toys and games. Start with something simple before moving on to more challenging tasks.

Book Suggestion: My Big Truck Book

My Big Truck Book (My Big Board Books) is ideal for babies and toddlers. Stunning large format brings images to life. Helps to build a child’s vocabulary.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Traveling with youngsters in diapers

When traveling by plane, bring a lot more diapers /pull ups/ snacks than you think you’ll ever need. Pack 3x as much as expected.

Snack food tip

Divvy up boxes of snack foods like crackers, pretzels, and raisins into snack-size zippered bags and keep a picnic basket of bags on the counter so you can grab a few whenever we leave the house.


Mini-foods are a maxi-hit

Mini sized food is always a hit.Look for mini-pitas that you can stuff and sandwich wrap cut into bite-size pieces

Selecting books for toddlers

Select books that appeal to infants & toddlers. Look for bright colors, sharp contrasts between picture and page and rhythmic writing

Developing hand eye coodination in toddlers

Allow toddlers to begin exploring writing instruments (pens, markers), and toys that develop the hand-eye coordination necessary for writing