Drinking Liquids with kids around

Never drink hot objects while your child is sitting on your lap. Sudden movements can cause a spill.

Be aware of frostbite in winter

Winter weather and indoor heating can cause itchy, dry eczema to flare up. Give your child short, lukewarm baths or showers, and wash with a mild soap like Dove.

Frostbite often attacks toes, tip of the nose and ears. Signs include numb, grey-white or yellowish skin with a waxy feel, blisters. If frostbite is mild, give Advil or Tylenol. Then, gradually warm the area: microwave a wet cloth in a zip-top bag (it shouldn’t be hot to touch — affected skin burns easily). Hold the bag against the area. For more extreme cases, see your doctor.

Learing to hold a pencil.

To help develop a writing grasp, have your child color with broken crayons (if your child is still putting inappropriate things in his mouth, adult supervision is required to prevent choking).

food tasting game

Take a blindfolded taste test with you kids and sample some favorite foods. Then the table turn and mom and dad to take the test.

Nursing in Public

Many mothers find it is helpful is to use a baby sling when your baby needs to nurse in public. These terrific slings, sold under several brand names, are worn over only one shoulder, are easily adjustable.

Potty Training Tip

If you toddler stays dry for at least 2 hours at a time, and has regular bowel movements it may be time to start toilet training.

Car Seat Buying Guide

The American Academy of Pediatrics has one of the most comprehensive buying guides complete with a side by side comparison of the major brands on the market.

Toddler Tantrums

Toddler having a tantrum? Many times, your child just needs to be held and needs you to help him control his emotions.

Toddler Bed Location

Choose the location of your toddler’s bed with care. Keep away from extremes of temperature such as windows, doors or radiators and strangling hazards such as blind cords. Make sure that your toddler cannot become trapped between the side of the bed and the wall.

Car Seats on Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommends the use of car seats in an aircraft for children less than 40 pounds. Car seats can usually be checked in at the gate as can be strollers. However it is best to check with your airline regarding their policy, including how they regard extra carry on luggage for your child.

Sleep Tip

If your baby seems sensitive to household sounds, try running a white-noise machine or a fan in her room.

Thumb Sucking and Teeth

Despite popular belief, young children who obsessively suck their thumbs will generally not develop dental problems due to the thumb sucking. However, if they continue to suck their thumbs when their second teeth start growing in, there’s a risk for developing dental abnormalities.

Milestones

By 3 months your baby should begin to develop a social smile, smile at the sound of your voice, watch faces intently, coo, and make other noises.

Practice Positive Parenting

Teach your child simple songs like Itsy Bitsy Spider, or other cultural childhood rhymes.

Going to a Resturant

Order food for your kids right when you sit down in a resturant. Ask for it to be brought out first. This keeps the little ones busy, fed and happy.

Art Supply Tip

Establish a place for art supplies early on, that is both easily accessible and neat.

Toddlers love a good story

Your toddler loves listening to the sound of your voice. Engage her in a bedtime story to help her drift off to sleep.

The boon of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding lessens the chances of getting Crohn’s Disease, Diabetes, Ulcerative Colitis, and Celiac Disease.

Experience Winter with your child

Walk outside. Let your toddler experience firsthand the feelings and sights of winter. Explain how it is cold outside. Emphasize the need for coats, hats, mittens and boots when outside.

If there is snow on the ground, touch it and walk in it. Let your toddler feel how snow is different from the ground. Don’t be surprised if your toddler doesn’t like it and wants to go inside.

Experiencing Winter

Look for ice outside. Touch the ice and feel how it is cold. Hold some in your hand so your toddler can see it melt. Talk about how the cold turns water into ice.