Night terrors

During a night terror, a child might suddenly sit upright in bed and shout out or scream in distress.

Airplane seats for toddlers

Buying that extra seat for your child under 2 is a choice that you must carefully consider. If you choose to book a second seat many airlines are now offering children’s fares, which offer a 50% discount on seats for children under 2.

Make your children feel loved and important.

Kids develop a sense of self-worth early in life. Listen to what your children have to say.

Assure them that they are loved and safe. Celebrate their individuality, and tell them what makes them special and what you admire about them.

Eating out with toddlers

When dining out each parent should try to order something out of either their main entree or sides that the child will like.

This way the child will have a variety of food to eat if he decides he doesn’t like something that night that he usually loves.

Plan for problems in public

Teach your children to know and use your first & last name in a public place. If they become separated from you, they’ll be able to tell authorities their Mommy or Daddy’s name. Plus the fastest way to get your attention is to hear your own name.

Learning patience

Help your child learn patience by letting others go first or by finishing a task before going out to play. Encourage him to think about possible consequences before acting.

Family Time

Do fun things together as a family, such as playing games, reading, and going to events in your community.

Traveling with a toddler tip

When traveling on an airplane many parents find that bulkhead seating at the front of each section provides more comfort while traveling with a toddler. These seats have no seating in front of them and allow for more leg room, ability to change the baby, and room to stand or play for the toddler.

Co-sleeping safety tip

When co-sleeping make sure your mattress fits snugly in the bed frame so that your baby won’t become trapped in between the frame and the mattress.

Keep trips short and sweet

Staying inside all day is a bad, bad idea with this age group and will make time slow until it more or less screeches to a halt. On the other hand, too many parents plan outings without regard for the constrained attention span of a toddler.

Learning to behave with others

How you treat your child is how she will learn to treat herself. If you’re harsh with her, she’ll be harsh with herself.

Spreading out your activities

Spread your activities and events over several days and weeks. Toddlers learn best in small amounts and through repetition.

Organization in the family

Organization is one dimension of family health. Without enough of it, families suffer the consequences of a chaotic environment.

Acquiring new skills

Toddlers have a greater ability to acquire new skills and information than children who are 5, 6, or 7 years old.

Research indicates that introducing reading, language, and math skills in the toddler years may make school success come more easily to your child for years to come.

Scavenger Hunt for Road Trips

Give each child a list of items to watch for while driving. The list can be made up ahead of time and adjusted for the scenery.

Milk for babies, toddlers and kids

Breast milk has all the appropriate vitamins and minerals for babies. Best choice of milk for children after age 1 is ‘whole milk.’ It is recommended to switch to low-fat milk after age 2 or 3.

Sooting a biter

Tips to consider if your child is a biter include providing teething rings, teething biscuits or cold washcloths for children who are teething and do not, under any circumstances, bite your child back.

Get to the Core of Your Toddler’s Anger

If your toddler bites in anger, ask yourself what might be causing this change of mood in your toddler. Have there been any changes in your toddler’s life lately? Is your toddler reacting in anger?

If your toddler hasn’t been socialized with his children his age, this could be another cause of anger.

Home safety tip

Place safety latches on all doors and cabinets, especially where cleaning products and medicines are located.

Traveling with a toddler

If you have a long wait between flights, check the airport website to see if there is a play area at the airport. You’d be surprised how many have a place for kids to get their ya-yas out.