Brushing hair

Brushing hair helps to bring oil up to the surface of the scalp and it can be a great way to help your child’s hair comfort if they have very dry hair.

Social media warning

Parents should start by educating themselves about social media. Sign up for the services your children are on and read up about them. Find out what the dangers are and discuss them with your children.

Bath time is unavoidable

If your toddler bath time has become a big and painful production, let your child know in no uncertain terms that bath time is an unavoidable part of his routine.

Weaning from breastfeeding

When weaning, encourage replacement drinks if your child is looking for a breastfeeding and even allow your child to help pour them in order to show that he/ she is getting bigger and to encourage independence.

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Bedwetting at 5

If bed-wetting is still an issue when your child turns five, try offering an incentive (an extra bedtime story the next night or a trip to the park) if he stays dry through the night.

Biting hurts

When dealing with a biting incident, toddlers need to know that their behavior impacts others and biting hurts. Focus your concern on the victim in the presence of your child. "I’m so sorry! That must hurt.

Choking hazard

When a child gags on a drink or a piece of food, she will often cough forcefully enough to clear her airway. Don’t slap her back or reach into her mouth with your fingers while she’s coughing; it could push the object farther down her windpipe.

Messy car seat covers

Babies and messes go hand in hand. But some manufacturers ignore this universal truth, and a surprising number of car seats come with pad covers that you can’t take off. Be smart: Buy one with a machine-washable detachable cover.

Taking bullying seriously

It’s important to take bullying seriously and not just brush it off as something that kids have to "tough out." The effects can be serious and affect kids’ sense of self-worth and future relationships.

Choosing a toothbrush

When choosing a toothbrush, make sure that it is designed for a toddler and has soft bristles. This is very important for their toddler years. You can purchase these in the infant section of a department store.

Autism and sensory input

Many children on the autism spectrum either crave or over-respond to sensory input. Some alternate between the two extremes. Very often, “bad” behavior is actually a reaction to too much or too little sensory input.

Kids in contact with allergens

When a child with allergies comes into contact with an allergen – either by touching it, breathing it, eating it, or having it injected – her body mistakenly views it as a dangerous invader and releases histamines and other chemicals to fight it off.

You are your child’s advocate

As a parent, you are your child’s advocate. For your child to succeed in the classroom, it is vital that you communicate his or her needs to the adults at school.

Personality traits

As your child grows, he or she will display certain personality traits. Some of these are learned, others genetic. Respect your child’s developing individuality, don’t expect her to be just like you.

Snow globe activity

Make a snow globe with a baby food jar and some glitter.

Quiet before meals

A quiet activity or a rest before meals or snacks is a good idea as a tired or energized toddler may well not be interested in eating.

Toddlers parrot parents

Toddlers will often want to try what their parents are eating and that is a good opportunity to get them to try some new foods, although you may have to offer it several times before they even think of trying it.

New take on cake

Ditch the cake, and opt for cupcakes instead. They are easier for the kids to hold and eat, and you don’t need to cut them up!

Waking from nightmares

As early as 18 months old, your child can wake from nightmares. Researchers found that approximately 40% of children 2-8 experience nightmares.

Outings are learning opportunities

Playgrounds, supermarket, toy shops, parks, zoos, museums and similar locations provide learning experiences for the young. Most toddlers learn quite a lot by observing their surroundings.