Home safety tip

Place safety latches on all doors and cabinets, especially where cleaning products and medicines are located.

Traveling with a toddler

If you have a long wait between flights, check the airport website to see if there is a play area at the airport. You’d be surprised how many have a place for kids to get their ya-yas out.

baby gate safety tip

Exercise caution when accepting hand-me-down baby gates, for they may not be as safe as todays models.

Allergy Prevention

Battle down the allergens. Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels below 50 percent, especially in the basement where mold spores and bacteria tend to thrive.

Toddler seats and airplanes

Toddlers should always fly in their own seat equipped with a travel seat. Some airlines allow children under two to fly for free on the lap of an adult, but this is not the safest option and escalates the challenge of flying with a toddler.

The power of “No”

Learn to say “no” in a firm, peaceful way that carries authority but not anger. This parenting skill will help you to cut short years of power struggles.

Minor burns

For minor burns, run cold water over the affected area for a minimum of 10 minutes or until the pain eases.

Have a special place for reading

Create a quiet, special place in your home for your child to read, write and draw. Keep books and other reading materials where your child can easily reach them.

How to explain to a toddler

Babies and young children won’t understand lengthy explanations. Present one idea to make your point.

Water and toddlers don’t mix

Never leave your toddler near or around water (that is, bathtubs, pools, ponds, lakes, whirlpools, or the ocean) without someone watching her.

Discipline and toddlers

Kids raised with authoritarian discipline have tendencies toward anger and depression.

Conflict resolution

Conflict resolution at home actually lays the groundwork for tougher situations later in life such as dating, drinking, drugs, or smoking. Practicing conflict resolution at home also helps kids develop strategies to solve tougher problems when not at home.

Family Time

For maximizing family time, remember that it is not the amount of time you spend with your family but what you do with the time you do have. Set aside special times each week just for your family.

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.

Emotional attachment to food

Toddlers develop an emotional attachment to food. Do not overfeed your toddler with snackfoods and other unhealthy foods. This will help develop good eating habits for life.

Carry on baggage for toddlers

Baby formula and breast milk are allowed in carry-on baggage, but must also be declared. Passengers can take these items through the security check-points and aboard the plane as long as they are traveling with a baby or toddler.

Childproofing survey

Do a “childproofing” survey of your home. A child’s-eye view home survey should systematically go from room to room, removing all the “booby traps” that await the curious toddler or preschooler. Think of poisons, small objects, electrical outlets, sharp edges, knives and firearms, and places to fall.

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.