Book Suggestion: My Big Train Book

My Big Train Book (My Big Board Books) is Ideal for babies and toddlers. Stuffing large format brings images to life. Essential for all tiny train enthusiasts.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

hot liquid safety tip

Never carry hot liquids or food near your baby or while holding him.

From: cdc.gov.

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reading activity

If you think your child may be ready for a real reading activity, try this: choose a word which appears several times (such as a name) show it to your child and tell him what it says: can your child find the same word again?

From: childliteracy.com.

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Newborns and vision

Newborns can see only very sharp images in bright colors that are within 6 to 8 inches of their head. They cannot look around and their heads are wobbly as the muscles of their necks are still not strong enough to hold their head properly.

From: iloveindia.com.

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toddlers and painting

A toddler finds it easier to paint on an easel rather than a flat surface.

If you can’t afford to buy an easel, make one by cutting out one side of a cardboard box and tape the other three sides together. Set it on the tabletop and set your toddler free.

From: suite101.com.

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kid cleanup tip

Daycares use plastic smocks to cover kids when they’re doing arts and crafts.

Invest in one of your own so you don’t have to scrub paint out of your child’s favorite overalls.

From: ehow.com.

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Reducing allergens

To reduce allergens vacuum your home at least once a week and consider purchasing a HEPA vacuum.

From: parenting.org.

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Book Suggestion: Bats at the Library

Get lost in the continuing adventure of your bat friends written and illustrated by Brian Lies in Bats at the Library

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Assigning consequences for young children

Keep consequences short. Don’t "pile it on" when providing negative consequences, especially when a child’s inappropriate behavior continues.

From: parenting.org.

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preventing choking in babies

To prevent your baby from choking, cut her food into small bites. Don’t allow your baby to play with anything that may cover her face or is easy for her to swallow.

From: cdc.gov.

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repetitive reading tip

Read favorite stories and sing favorite songs over and over again.

Repeated fun with books will strengthen language development and positive feelings about reading.

From: readingrockets.org.

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motor control tip

Teach your baby to play with a xylophone or drum-like toy, which helps enable control of his hand, and gauge the strength needed to produce the desired varying sounds.

From: tinylove.com.

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toddler sized supplies

Cut down the frustration level of your toddler by seeking out toddler-sized supplies, such as thicker markers, crayons, paintbrushes and pencils. They will be easier to hold and use than the skinny ones meant for older children.

From: suite101.com.

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Rainy day activities

Toddlers as young as 15 months bring home craft projects from daycare.

If you’re looking for something to do on a rainy afternoon, don’t rule out coloring, gluing, and finger painting just because your little one is still in diapers.

From: ehow.com.

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Book Suggestion: Bad Kitty Gets a Bath

In Bad Kitty  Gets a Bath, Kitty has to, well . . . take a bath. But she absolutely, positively doesn’t want to! Young readers will be cracking up at the antics that ensue, and at the lively line art of frantic, bad Bad Kitty as she desperately, at times crazily, tries NOT to take a bath.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Determining allergies in children

If parents cannot determine the source of the allergy, an allergist can perform a battery of skin tests to determine the offending allergens.

From: parenting.org.

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Being direct with children

Be direct. Direct requests are more likely to be followed. Avoid asking questions, especially when you are not offering a choice.

For example, don’t say, “Can you pick up your toys” (the answer is obviously no) when you mean "please pick up your toys".

From: parenting.org.

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Immunizations and your child’s health

Immunizations are important to protect your child’s health and safety. Because children are susceptible to many potentially serious diseases, it is important that your child receive the proper immunizations.

Consult your local health care provider to ensure that your child is up-to-date on her childhood immunizations and visit the CDC immunization website to obtain a copy of the recommended immunization schedule.

From: cdc.gov.

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Tip for playing in the snow

Does your son love to build? Use sand toys out in the snow for some toddler forts and castles.

From: parenthacks.com.

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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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