Consistency

Keep things consistent – There’s nothing more confusing to baby than being able to do one thing one day and not the other.

Hard Candy Hazard

Do not offer hard candy, nuts or popcorn to children under age four.  Cut grapes, hot dogs, carrots and such into small pieces to avoid choking.

Getting milk out of clothes

To get milk out of clothes, sprinkle on unflavored meat tenderizer, which breaks down the proteins, and rinse in cold water. Presoak in enzyme product for 30 minutes if stain is new, several hours if stain is old.

Introducing new foods

Introduce one new food at a time. Add another new food after four or five days. Waiting allows the baby to get used to new flavors and allows you to identify any problem foods easily if allergic reactions occur.

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.