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.
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.
Teach your child simple songs like Itsy Bitsy Spider, or other cultural childhood rhymes.
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.
Establish a place for art supplies early on, that is both easily accessible and neat.
Your toddler loves listening to the sound of your voice. Engage her in a bedtime story to help her drift off to sleep.
Breastfeeding lessens the chances of getting Crohn’s Disease, Diabetes, Ulcerative Colitis, and Celiac Disease.
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.
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.
Play in the snow if your toddler likes it. Make snowballs and see how far you can throw them. Make a snowman and dress him. Make snow angels.
Parents everywhere bring out their babies’ winter coats or snowsuits to keep baby warm during travel. However, thick winter coats or snowsuits can compromise your child’s car seat safety.
In order for a baby car seat or toddler booster seat to function properly, the straps need to remain tight against the child’s chest.
Most babies like to be wrapped securely. It reminds them of their snug womb. And of course they love slings.
Ensure that the toddler will enjoy a more comfortable ride. Buy a well-padded seat with plenty of head and back support. Also, make sure he can move his arms freely.
Preschoolers sleep about 10 to 12 hours per night, but there’s no reason to be completely rigid about which 10 to 12 hours they are. A 5-year-old who gets adequate rest at night no longer needs a daytime nap.
Most young children are afraid of Santa at first. How you react is the key to her overcoming her fears.
Try as much as possible to include your toddlers in holiday activities. At this age they like to “help”, and if you include them in what you are doing it often reduces the possibility of temper tantrums.
Take an inventory of potential hazards you have in your home after decorating and pay special attention to electrical decorations. Christmas lights hung or strung across a wall or window are no exception. These may be low enough for a small child to grab before you can notice.
To keep your child from getting to the Christmas tree, place it inside of a large play yard and scoot the tree toward the wall out of reach.
Play scavenger hunt when shopping. Kids loves stickers, so when she finds an item on the list she gets a sticker. She has fun, and you get your shopping done.
Give your kids their own budget. Spending their own money on small, thoughtful gifts helps children to understand buying.