Age appropriate playgroup activities

Playgroup activities should be something that will involve all the children and should be kept age-appropriate.
From: ToddlersToday.com

The truth about brushing and flossing for kids

Kids with good teeth grow up to be adults with good teeth. If you teach your children how to brush and floss and take them to the dentist twice a year, they’ll have strong, healthy teeth.

Sunscreen safety for toddlers

Start applying sunscreen BEFORE you even leave the house. This is extremely important as toddler skin is very sensitive and burns easily. Taking the time to apply sunscreen beforehand ensures that you can get their whole body covered and not miss any spots.

Shopping Cart safety for toddlers

Diaper padding only goes so far. Those hard shopping cart seats can be irritating to some toddlers. Consider making or buying a shopping cart cover to keep your toddler comfortable while shopping. This will have the added benefit of preventing your toddler from being exposed to the myriad of germs that can be found on the shopping cart.
From: Suite101.com

Stay away from hungry toddlers

Hungry moms cause problems in the grocery store but hungry toddlers are even worse. They are not content to quietly sit in the shopping cart when they are surrounded by so many things they want to eat. Make sure your toddler has a good meal before going to the grocery store. It may help to have a store of crackers in your diaper bag that you can feed to you toddler in the event that they decide that they are still hungry while you are shopping.From: Suite101.com

Mobile infants are changing each day.

Mobile infants are changing each day. As their rapidly increasing motor skills lead them into new areas, adults must anticipate new hazards, being alert to the fact that they can move faster, climb higher, and reach things they could not reach only a few days before.From: Early Childhood Resource Institute

Inflatables at the beach

At the beach, if your child is using inflatables, make sure they are being supervised. The inflatable should also be secured to the shoreline, ideally held by an adult. Remember, an inflatable can be easily blown away from the shore even with a slight breeze.

Book Suggestion: Ten Little Monkeys

Ten Little Monkeys: Jumping on the Bed  All children love this traditional rhyme and singing along will help to develop number skills. Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Eating a health balanced diet

Be a food role model by eating a healthy, balanced and varied diet. From: Better Health Channel

Homework helper?

Help your child manage his homework, don’t do it for him.

Hazards of fluoride

A little fluoride is a good thing for your child’s teeth, but swallowing too much of it over time can lead to a condition called fluorosis that can cause white spots to show up on his adult teeth. From: BabyCenter.com

Toddler activity: Potato Stamps

Make stamp art. Cut a few potatoes in half. Carve a design on the end of each potato. Use the potatoes as stamps. Dip them in finger paints and stamp on paper.

Glider safety tip

Gliders with fabric skirts avoid the problem of tiny fingers being pinched under rocking chairs or in the glider spring mechanism.From: Wisconsin Child Care Improvement Project

Read to your child from the earliest age

Read to your child from the earliest age, and not just at bedtime.  Buy board books and cloth books as some of your child’s first toys. Carry them around with snacks in the diaper bag.From: YourParentingsSolutions.com

Book Suggestion: The Going to Bed Book

No child likes going to bed and as every parent knows, their little treasures will try and delay it for as long as possible! The Going to Bed Book a Sandra Boynton chunky book.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Combatting Alergies

Mold grows quickly in the refrigerator, so be sure to clean it frequently with bleach, and throw away old food.
From: Mommy Tips.com

Avoid play group meltdowns

Avoid play group meltdowns by keeping the visits short; no more than two hours at once.From: ToddlersToday.com

Toddler bath hazard

Never leave your toddler in the bathtub alone, even for a short time. Toddlers can drown in as little as two inches of water. From: ParentingToddlers.com

Toddler aggressive behavior

Toddlers often resort to aggressive behavior when they feel insecure. He may hit out at other children because he’s angry and wants to get your attention. Pick him up and cuddle him when visitors arrive or reassure him by sitting near him and making lots of physical contact.

Tired toddlers are not patient

Tired toddlers are not patient and this can make for a very frustrating shopping experience. Be sure that you are not planning your grocery shopping during your toddler’s normal naptime. It is best to go after your toddler has had a nap and had a chance to wake up for a few minutes.From: Suite101.com