Costume safety

Look for flame-resistant labels when buying costumes, masks, beards, and wigs.

Book Suggestion: Philadelphia Chickens

Sandra Boynton, long heralded for her menagerie of animal characters (Moo, Baa, La La La; Rhinoceros Tap), puts a fresh cast of singing, dancing critters center stage-from the titular boogying chickens to a tail-wagging “snuggle puppy”-in Philadelphia Chickens, a book-and-CD package billed as an “imaginary musical revue in Philadelphia Chickens

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

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Jack-o-lanterns and kid costumes

If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch don’t use candles, use a batter operated alternative.

Decorating a toddler’s bedroom

When decorating a toddler’s bedroom use paint instead of wallpaper because it would be easy for a toddler to rip down.

No is the word

When a toddlers favorite word is “NO” it is important for parents not to fall into a pattern of negative behavior with yelling, spanking, and threatening of their own.

time-outs as punishment

Time out is one of the most common toddler discipline method. Keep the time brief around one minute per year of age.

“Narrating” a child’s activity

‘Narrate’ your child’s activities so that they will know that they have your focused attention. This will support them in language and thinking development.

Finger painting activity

Finger painting with edible materials is super fun for a toddler. Peanut butter, pudding, yogurt and colored applesauce (like blueberry or strawberry) can be used.

Kids and cavities

A cavity is caused when holes are formed in a tooth’s enamel and dentin (outer 2 layers). Baby teeth are more porous than adult teeth, leaving tots vulnerable to cavities

When tots learn to words

Some toddlers learn new words and phrases rapidly. Others still use gestures and sounds to tell their families what they want and need.

Nutrient-dense foods

Nutrient-dense foods that most children are willing to eat include: Pasta, Peanut butter, Brown rice, Potatoes, Cheese, Poultry and Eggs.

Learn by making mistakes

Recite rhymes, sing songs, and make mistakes! Once your toddler is familiar with the rhyme or pattern, make mistakes on purpose and get caught

Refrigerator safety

Practice safety in the kitchen. Move all glassed items in the refrigerator to the higher shelves

Every day is one big play date

Every day is one big play date: Young children are like sponges. Play is learning and learning is play in the first few years of their lives.

Party activities

A sure fire party tip is to plan plenty of activities to keep them busy. One sure hit was a wacky relay – Teams compete in relays including dress up clothing and hats

Limiting snack time

Toddlers should not be allowed to eat multiple snacks throughout the day, it will suppress appetite for regular meals which tend to be more balanced

The benefits of onesies

You can never have too many onesies. Choose good quality ones that will get softer every time they’re washed and baby will always be comfortable.

Healthy dinners when things get hectic

Freeze a few easy dinners. It will be much easier on you if you have dinner prepared so that meal preparation will not add to household tensions during the first weeks of school.

Cooking as family time

Cooking is both fun and educational and even children as young as two can get involved.

Send your child’s teacher a birthday card

Sending a birthday greeting shows that you and your child appreciate the little things teacher does to make school enjoyable