Toddler bed time

Most toddlers need about 10 to 13 hours of sleep a night. Is he tired or irritable when he wakes up? If he is, then he needs more sleep. If he wakes up happy and alert, then he is getting the right amount of sleep.

Barrettes in hair

Forget about barrettes unless you have a really forgiving child. They are hard to get in and often hurt to get out. Try butterfly clips to keep hair back, and be prepared to lose approximately 15 per day.

Drinking lots of water.

To help your toddler drink adequate amounts of water, always have water on the table at meal and snack times.

Brushing tip

If your toddler has his own toothbrush to hold while you brush, he won’t be as likely to grab at the one you’re trying to brush with.

Child and their limits

Know your child’s limits. Your child may misbehave because he or she doesn’t understand or can’t do what you’re asking.

Yogurt pops for 4th of July

Celebrate 4th of July with patriotic treats. Make some easy red, white and blue yogurt pops by mixing food coloring with equal mounts of plain yogurt make bands of color and put into freezer.

Introduce fireworks with video

If you have fireworks from the previous years on a video, then you should show them to your toddler. Let them see how the fireworks look and sound in the comfort of their own home.

Preparing baby with small fireworks

If it is possible, prepare your baby with some small fireworks at home.

There are poppers, and some small but noisy firecrackers. Try each one out in front of him/her (but not close). Feel their reaction and remember this is new to him or her so they may and may not like them.

Fireworks and toddlers don’t mix

Young children should not be allowed to play with fireworks under any circumstances.

Sparklers, often mistakenly considered a safe firework for young children, burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing. The sparks that are emitted can easily cause burns to hands and exposed skin. Young children cannot understand the danger involved and often will not act appropriately in case of an emergency.

Sleep rituals

Children need time to calm down and prepare for sleep. Having a consistent bedtime routine can be useful in giving the child cues that sleep time is coming.

Planning for birthday guests

When planning a birthday party the rule of thumb is have as many kid guests as the age of your child.

Tots and the world around them

At 12 to 18 months of age, toddlers begin to become interested in the world around them. Still, they view everything in terms of themselves

Preschooler can do

While 3- and 4-year-olds still need plenty of parental help, our preschool experts agree that kids are typically able to do more than many of us think.

Choosing re-usable toys

Toddlers love to take apart, put back together, pull out, put in, add on, and build up. Choose toys like wooden blocks that can be used to make a road, a zoo, a bridge or a spaceship.

Asthma in Toddlers

Asthma in Toddlers is the leading cause of chronic illness in children. Asthma in Toddlers affects as many as 10%-12% of children in the U.S. and, for unknown reasons, is steadily increasing.

Nurturing young kids

Preschool programs that properly stimulate and nurture a young child’s mind will result in better-prepared children by the time they start school

Play with your toddler

Take the time to play and talk with your toddler frequently – the first step to avoiding tantrums is setting up good communication with your child.

Overweight kids

According to the national Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System, 10.2 percent of children in the United States under the age of five were overweight in 1998.

Baby Talk

Some parents are adamant against baby talk; instead, they want kids to hear adults speak normally. But that’s the wrong approach. Parentese’s exaggerated qualities help children’s brains discern discrete sounds.

Toys in groups and alone

Plastic bats are great for solo play but a disaster in a group. Select age and temperament-appropriate toys.