Keep from getting overwhelmed

Write a ‘to do’ list for the week on a dry-erase board. Having everything written down keeps you from feeling overwhelmed.

Cold weather tip.

Keep your child well protected from the cold, and stay outside for short periods of time.

Replacing breast milk with whole milk

You may like to replace breast milk or formula milk with whole milk, when the child is one year old. Low fat or skim milk is not good for children as they need fat for growth.

Evaluating ADHD

Until the last few years, many school systems were reluctant to evaluate a child with ADHD. But recent laws have made clear the school’s obligation to the child suspected of having ADHD that is affecting adversely his or her performance in school.

Toddlers and play date

A play date once or twice a week means your toddler will have something to look forward to, but if you arrange play dates too often, then they may become too much like hard work. It’s hard for toddlers to learn to share and play harmoniously with their peers, and requiring them to be on their best behaviour every day isn’t really very fair.

Dining schedule for toddlers

Toddlers rarely follow a traditional meal pattern. They tend to need small and regular snacks. This suits small tummy sizes and provides the energy to keep moving all day. The amount eaten at mealtimes, in particular the evening meal, may be smaller than parents would like. However, children can balance the amount of food eaten with exactly how much they need if they are not forced to overeat or finish all the food on the plate.

How to manage diarrhea

To manage diarrhea: BRAT: Banana, Rice, Applesauce, Toast, Yogurt.

Swapping out toys

Toddlers get bored of seeing the same old toys every morning. Stash a group of toys in a closet, attic, or basement so that every eight weeks or so, you can replace the been-there-done-that toys with some “new” toys, toys from your very own store.

Games for outside

Toddlers love to play outside, so look for games that can be played outdoors. A kids-style croquet set is a fun, easy-to-learn game that you can play with your child.

Right age for potty training

Most children are ready to potty train at age two; however the range of readiness for toilet training spans from eighteen months all the way to four years of age.

Making bubbles at home

Make easy homemade bubbles, mix 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of liquid dish soap and blow away.

Learning by experience

Infants and toddlers learn about and experience life through sense and motor explorations. They touch, taste, smell, observe, and move the world about them to make sense out of it.

eye contact tip

Eye contact and calm, soft interactions while feeding aid in digestion as well as in establishing trusting relationships with caregivers.


Is your child being bullied? Reassure your child there is no weakness in leaving the situation, to keep away from the bully.

Encourage experimentation

Children are natural scientists, and they learn by doing.

When it’s right for toilet training

Does your toddler show signs of wanting to do more things for themselves such as pulling up their own pants? They may be ready for toilet training.

Child seat tip

Many companies offer thick car seat covers that act like a bunting for babies in the winter.

Parents should avoid buying any car seat cover or infant bunting that threads through the harness straps of their child’s car seat. Often the packaging of these covers states that the product meets all federal car seat safety guidelines. However, there are no federal guidelines governing after-market car seat accessories.

Mattress warnings

Use a snug fitting mattress in a crib. You shouldn’t be able to fit more than 2 fingers between edge of mattress and crib.

Prepare for eating out

Keep a tupperware container in the car & take it out when waiting in a restaurant with toddler. Load it with crayons, markers, paper & tape

How to organize your home

A good tip for organizing your home is to never stop finding new ways to keep clutter from over running you. Even if you just take ten minutes a day and throw out what you know you wont use it will make a difference.