Putting toys where they belong

Each toy should be categorized and should have a home to make clean up quicker and easier.

Returning to work after baby is born

Should you return to work after the baby is born? Many parents have no choice. Among parents of children under the age of one, more than 25% of mothers & 90% of fathers work.

Children love mirrors

Place safe mirrors at eye level. When the child is first learning to push up on their arms when on their stomach, this is a great way to have children tolerate this position.

Book Suggestion: The Biggest Valentine Ever

 The Biggest Valentine Ever is a nice little story for children about working together, that is set nicely during Valentine’s Day.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

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Getting a suite on vacation

When on vacation get a suite. Suites aren’t just for VIPs; they’re also for parents who want to have a conversation with each other while their children are sleeping in the other room.

Teaching toddlers other languages

Purchase foreign language cassettes and videos. It is much easier for toddlers to pick up other languages at this age than it will be later on.

Energizing the reading experience

When reading to your child read with expression using different voices for different characters.

Winter driving safety

Be prepared for any emergency and keep a winter safety kit in the trunk of your car including jumper cables, ice scraper, snacks and diapers.

Simple toddler activity

Looking for a simple activity? Cut out 6″ squares of tissue paper. Show child how to crumble these squares into balls. and toss into a laundry basket.

Mall play areas are great

If you live in or close to a city with a few malls, chances are that at least one will have a mall play area. This gives your toddler a chance to interact with children they do not know.

Book Suggestion: The Toddlers Busy Book

The Toddlers Busy Book contains 365 activities (one for each day of the year) for one-and-a-half to three-year-olds using things found around the home.

 It shows parents and day-care providers how to prevent boredom during the longest stretches of indoor weather with ideas for indoor play, kitchen activities, and arts and crafts projects.

Thumb sucking and dental problems

One factor that determines whether a child will have dental problems is the intensity with which she sucks her thumb.

Helping toddlers get dressed

Involving toddlers in the dressing process is the first step towards independence. This also helps self-esteem and promotes problem solving.

Vocabulary milestones

1yr olds are busy absorbing and growing their vocabularies. 12mo olds can usually say 1-4 words; 20mo olds know up to 20 words & 24 month olds can often say 2-3 word sentences.

High fiber for toddlers

Offer a high fiber, easy-to-eat cereal as part of tots daily diet. Most will happily eat O’s type cereal that is high in fiber.

co-sleeping

Co-sleeping isn’t for everyone, but for a lot of families, it is the best way for everyone to get a good night’s rest.

Replacing bulbs to save energy

Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFLs) bulbs. These bulbs use 75% less energy and last 10 times longer.

Book Suggestion: Big Dog and Little Dog Going for a Walk

Big Dog and Little Dog Going for a Walk will delight young readers when they go on a walk with their owner and get into some trouble.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

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Hair washing tip

Some babies like the visors that slip over their heads when being bathed to keep water out of their faces.

What to budget

After figuring out how much you have to budget, you need to spend every dollar on paper and give it a purpose before it even makes it into your checking account.