Listen to music early and often

Think about music like a language: your kids learn their native language by being immersed in it.

Read favorite stories again and again

Read favorite stories again & again. Seek out books about things your toddler likes. These books may extend a toddler’s attention span and build enthusiasm for reading.

Is it necessary for kids to clean their plates?

Trust your child’s appetite if he is growing normally, has energy and is healthy. Never force your child to clean his plate. This can lead to unhealthy eating habits over time.

High pollen-count days

Those with allergies might want to avoid going outdoors on high pollen-count days. Check the pollen count daily on the local weather reports.

Book Suggestion: I Spy Little Book

The original I Spy book has been adapted for younger children. Rhyming riddles with picture clues in a sturdy board book format make this perfect for preschoolers in I Spy Little Book

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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.

Growth and eating

You may notice that your toddler does not eat as much food before. During her first year of life, she grew extremely fast. Now that growth has tapered off, so she doesn’t need to eat as much.

Choosing books

Give child a chance to choose his own books. If toddler chooses a book that is too long to hold attention, read some and skip some, discussing the pictures and how they relate to the story.

Placemat art with rubber cement

Make a painted placemat by dribbling rubber cement on white construction paper. Allow to dry, paint over the rubber cement using tempera paint. Dry, then peel rubber cement off.

Structured and unstructured play time

Toddler needs structured and unstructured play time to develop normally. Choose activities that are loud and quiet, indoors and outdoors, and fine and gross motor skills.

Music with kids

Music is a wonderful medium for play. Even young children love to bounce, sway and wiggle to the music.

Book Suggestion: Big Bird’s Big Book

Big Bird and his pals are featured in this giant (16” x 24”) board book, Big Bird’s Big Book. Six colorful panoramic scenes teach important early learning concepts: counting, naming colors, opposites, and more.

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Identifying food allergies

Symptoms that occur repeatedly after eating a particular food that may include hives, swelling, gagging or wheezing may point to food allergies.

Rules and children

Rather than overloading your child with rules, prioritize rules geared toward safety.

Practicing motor skills with food

Cooked peas, corn, and green beans can help toddlers practice using their pincher grip to develop small motor skills as they enjoy a healthy meal.

Learning to be squeaky clean

Buy alphabet letters for bathtub use and make a new word every time your child is in the bathtub. Your child will begin to make the connection between spoken and written language.

Wax paper art activity

Make wax paper art by mixing glue with tempera paint or food coloring to achieve a bright color. Then using a brush, paint glue onto two pieces of wax paper and stick colorful leaves onto the glue.

Interacting with your toddler

Common daily interactions help toddlers develop thinking skills. Toddlers learn about “deductive reasoning”, such as: if I fall, it might hurt

Book Suggestion: Goose on the Loose

Goose on The Loose is an easy to read book with lots of fun rhyming.

Covering electrical outlets and vents

Toddlers are extremely able to manipulate things around the home like electrical sockets and appliances. Cover electrical outlets and vents throughout the house.