First Haircut

If the first haircut is a ceremonial occasion in your family, make sure to have someone there to take some video footage or at least snap some cute "Before" and "After" shots. Also, remember to keep a little hair sample for posterity, too.

From: diylife.com.

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Practicing brushing teeth

Be a good role model. Let your toddler watch you brush and floss your teeth regularly and properly.

Brush your teeth side by side while modeling and explaining proper tooth brushing techniques.

From: planningfamily.com.

Cleaning schedule for baby’s teeth

Your toddler will need her teeth cleaned at least twice a day. After breakfast and after her evening meal are ideal times because cavities form when the naturally occurring bacteria in her mouth combine with sugars in the food residues left on her teeth, producing an acid that attacks her tooth enamel.

From: johnsonsbaby.com.

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Tub temperature

Make bath water comfortably warm (90 to 100 degrees F). Babies and toddlers generally prefer a much cooler tub than you probably do.

From: babycenter.com.

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Easing nightmares in children

There’s very little a parent can do to ease nightmares except to try to make every day as peaceful and happy as possible.

Listen and reassure when these scary dreams occur. Consider consulting a doctor for night terrors.

From: xomba.com.

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Book Suggestion: Parenting With Love And Logic

Parenting With Love And Logic. If you’re looking for practical parenting skills, this book is a must. The pages are chock full of tips that you can implement right away.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Understand what a time-out is – and isn’t

A time-out isn’t a punishment. It’s an opportunity for your child to learn how to cope with frustration and modify his behavior.

While your child is in a time-out, he’s on his own, so try to let him sit in solitude for a few moments. Any attention from you, positive or negative, will serve as reinforcement for his behavior.

From: babycenter.com.

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Plan frequent stops

If your journey is longer than 3 hours, plan to stop every two hours: Even if it’s only for a 10-minute potty break.

From balancingmotherhood.

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Allergies are not that common

Allergies are not that common, only around 6% of children are likely to have them. It is more likely to be food intolerance.

If your child is having an allergic reaction, it will be because their immune system, having been alerted a previous time when eating the same food, releases antibodies to fight off what it sees as an attack.

From: parents-in-a-pickle.com.

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Valentine’s Day card tip

If your children will need Valentine’s Day cards for the entire class, pick them up at a dollar store.

From: kidmoney.about.com.

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Hand print valentines craft

Make a hand print valentine by placing a red construction heart on top of a slightly larger pink construction paper heart.

Have your child dip their hands into a plate of white paint and put prints on the pink heart.

From: wholesometoddlerfood.com.

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Valentine’s clothing tip

For Valentine’s Day, let your little one help you in picking out their clothes for today. See how many clothing items your child can find that are red or pink.

From Parenting Toddlers.net.

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Book Suggestion: Screamfree Parenting

Screamfree Parenting is not just about lowering your voice. It’s about learning to calm your emotional reactions and learning to focus on your own behavior more than your kids’ behavior.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Timing manner tips

Time it right. It’s tempting to attempt a crash course in manners right before a birthday or a rush of holiday parties, but you’ll have better success if you choose a time that’s more stable and predictable.

From: babycenter.com.

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Night Terrors

Night terrors happen during deep non-REM sleep. Unlike nightmares (which occur during REM sleep), a night terror is not technically a dream, but more like a sudden reaction of fear that happens during the transition from one sleep phase to another.
From: KidsHealth.org

Practice food safety

Wash fruits and vegetables, do not eat undercooked meats or poultry or drink unpasteurized milk or juices.

 From: pediatrics.about.com.

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Motor skills at 18 months

At 18 months you can expect your child to walk backwards, walk up steps with his hand held, kick a ball, say 10 to 25 words, name 3 body parts, turn pages of a book and stack two blocks together.

Over the next few months your child will learn new words, start to throw a ball overhand, and use two word combinations.

From: pediatrics.about.com.

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Thermometers

Did you know that oral thermometers are usually not used until your child is four to five years old? Try an ear or armpit thermometer instead. The armpit models are easer to use for squirmy upset babies.
From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games.

Swimming Lessons

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you not start lessons to teach your child to swim until after his fourth birthday.
From: American Academy of Pediatrics

Weight Calculation

BMI is a calculation that uses a child’s height and weight to estimate how much body fat he or she has. Use this handy BMI calculator and see for yourself.
From: KidsHealth.org