Child gate safety tip

When safety proofing your house for toddlers, use a screw-mounted gate at the top and the bottom of a stairway. Never use pressure gates at the top of the stairs.

Book Suggestion: The Carrot Seed Board Book

The Carrot Seed Board Book is a timeless classic that has been known and loved by children and parents for years.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Soothing a stuffy nose

Saline nose drops or spray provides immediate relief for a stuffy nose. They moisten membranes making it easier for your child to either blow their nose on their own.

How kids can get organized

Every night before a school day, have your kids put their backpack near the door you will use to exit the house in the morning.

Craft Idea: Paint with apples

Cut apple in half from the top down. Dip in paint and stamp apple shapes. Cut apple in half the other way to create a different shape stamp with a star in the center.

Unique Party Invitations

For unique party invitations buy bag of balloons. On each balloon write out all of the party information, seal them in envelopes with confetti & give out as invitations.

Millions with food allergies

If your child has a food allergy, they’re not alone. It’s estimated that up to 5 million children in the US have a food allergy.

Recharging the parental battery

Being a parent of a toddler takes lots of time and energy. Make sure you have some time for yourself to do something you enjoy to recharge your batteries regularly.

Book Suggestion: Look, Look!

Look, Look! is a sturdy board book, full of high-contrast black-and-white cut-paper art perfect for staring at, is just the thing for the eyes of the youngest babies.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

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Multivitamins

Don’t call multivitamins candy – this will have your toddler begging for more. The multi’s cartoon-character shapes are tempting enough without being told they’re a treat.

Allergies and family history

If one parent has allergies, your child has a 25% chance of having them.

When tantrums occur

Children are more likely to have tantrums when they are bored, tired, hungry, unwell or overwhelmed by events.

Antibiotics and colds

Don’t be tempted to push your doctor for antibiotics to treat the cold. Antibiotics won’t help and the overuse can cause resistance in the future.

Have fun while reading

Not having fun? Reading with a very young child is primarily about building positive experiences with books, not finishing every book you start.

Respect your toddler’s likes and dislikes.

Respect your toddler’s likes and dislikes. Gently encourage your toddler to try at least one bite of a new food. You may have to offer a new food 10-20 times before your child likes it.

Book Suggestion: Blue Hat, Green Hat

Blue Hat, Green Hat provides serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books.

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Play and social situations

Group games offer a chance for kids to be social, though toddlers will more often play alongside their friends rather than with them.

Why toddlers vomit and get diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea are common in toddlers because they tend to put everything (including fingers) in their mouths.

Encourage your child to ask questions.

Encourage your child to repeat what you say or comment on it. Provide models of interesting questions and examples of possible answers like “I wonder what is going to happen next?”

Dust mites

Dust mites congregate where moisture is retained and food for them (human skin scales) is plentiful. They are especially numerous in bedding, upholstered furniture, and rugs.