Tired toddlers are not patient

Tired toddlers are not patient and this can make for a very frustrating shopping experience. Be sure that you are not planning your grocery shopping during your toddler’s normal naptime. It is best to go after your toddler has had a nap and had a chance to wake up for a few minutes.From: Suite101.com

Growth slows in year 2

Growth slows down in the second year. This means toddlers often have small appetites and need less food. The amount eaten from day-to-day can change dramatically. Although this sometimes worries parents, this change is normal and doesn’t mean your child is being difficult or is unwell. From: Better Health Channel

Book Suggestion: Hands Are Not for Hitting

Hands Are Not for Hitting, offers youngsters an alternative to hitting and other forms of hurtful behavior, guiding them to a more peaceful and positive outcome in their dealings with other children.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

First year food

Food for the first year is not important nutritionally because they are drinking breastmilk and/or formula. The first year is really just an introduction to food, and letting them get acclimated to eating solids.

Keep trips short and sweet

Staying inside all day is a bad, bad idea with this age group and will make time slow until it more or less screeches to a halt.

Rainy day activity

The local library can be a great place on rainy days, some even have special play areas for kids.

Toddler Games

Toddlers are easily entertained, so it is easy to make a game out of practically anything. In fact, sometimes the best games that you can play with your child require no equipment at all. Simple songs and finger plays like “Where is Thumbkin” will delight most toddlers.From: How to Do things.com

Timetable for moving from diapers to toilet training

The average time at which infants change from diapers to toilet training is between 18 and 24 months.From: Epigee Women’s Health

Building spacial ability

Infants and toddlers build concepts based on their sense and motor explorations. For example, they learn the difference between wet and dry, soft and hard, rough and smooth, cold and hot, movable and stationary. From: Early Childhood Resource Institute

Book Suggestion: Where Is Baby’s Belly Button?

Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? Karen Katz’s adorable babies play peekaboo in this delightful interactive book. The sturdy format and easy-to-lift flaps are perfect for parents and children to share.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Feeding infants

Space for infant feeding should be away from the main activity, protected from interruptions and comfortable for adults as well as babies.

Improving hand-eye coordination

Toys that involve fitting things together (like stackable bowls) help hand-eye coordination. From: essortment.com

Limiting play sessions

Most toddlers, particularly those under two, can’t manage lengthy play sessions. While your toddler’s still getting the hang of it, set a time limit of an hour or an hour and a half.

Rainy day activity

Zoos can be fun on rainy days. Most zoos have enough indoor exhibits to have a great day seeing and learning about animals while staying dry.

First Toothbrushes

Once your child’s teeth begin erupting, you can begin cleaning them by wiping them with a moist washcloth. As your child gets more teeth, you can begin to use a soft child’s toothbrush.

Planned outings and attention spans

Too many parents plan outings without regard for the constrained attention span of a toddler. A trip that lasts under an hour, including travel time, works best.

Book Suggestion: Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy a toddler book. Meet Nancy, who believes that more is ALWAYS better when it comes to being fancy. From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly studded shoes.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Non-toxic tip

Make a point to only buy non-toxic materials. Although your toddler may be at the point where they won’t eat those crayons or drink the paint, it is inevitable that it will get on their hands and end up in their mouths.

From: suite101.com.

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Potty Training

3 years of age is not a magic number for potty training (no matter what your pre-school says). A poll on keepkidshealthy.com showed that almost 25% of kids weren’t potty trained until they were 3 1/2 or 4 years old.
From: About.com: Pediatrics

Flying with toddlers

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.

From: kids.lovetoknow.com Opens in new window

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