Toddler Seat

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.

Sleeping

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.

Santa and kids

Most young children are afraid of Santa at first. How you react is the key to her overcoming her fears.

Including toddlers in Holiday activities

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.

Holiday Hazards

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.

Christmas Tree Safety

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.

Shopping Tip

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.

Holiday Spending Money for kids

Give your kids their own budget. Spending their own money on small, thoughtful gifts helps children to understand buying.

Swapping out DVD’s for the holidays

The holidays are a great time to introduce new DVD’s and CD’s to your toddlers. Yes, Elmo has a decent Christmas DVD. It’s a nice change to the other two Elmo movies they watch every day.

Advocating for ADHD

For kids with ADHD, you are your child’s best advocate. To be a good advocate for your child, learn as much as you can about ADHD and how it affects your child at home, in school, and in social situations.

Getting gum out of clothes

To get gum out of clothes, put clothing in the freezer or freeze the spot with an ice cube. Then scrape off the gum once it’s hard.

Hanukkah Safety Tip

Make sure to keep your Hanukkah menorah on a high surface, and not too close to the edge of a table. Never leave a child alone in a room with lit candles.

Hanukkah Tip

Frying latkes on the stove? Turn pan handles in, and don’t let your toddler get too close — hot oil can spatter.

The Hanukah Tradition

Traditionally the Hanukkiah (menorah for Hanukkah) was lit with oil, not candles, and the tradition of eating fried foods like latkes and sufganiyot comes from this celebration of oil. Lead your toddlers into their study of Hanukkah by talking about these familiar foods and the symbol of the Hanukkah.

Hanukkah Safety Tip

Don’t leave dreidles where children under age three can find them and choke on them. And make sure that any “gelt” you offer is safe for your children to eat.

Sleeping

From ages 1 to 3, most toddlers sleep about 10 to 13 hours.

Healthy Snack Tip

Make a variety of healthy foods available. Keep plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grain snacks and healthful beverages around and easily accessible so kids become used to reaching for them when they’re hungry.

Removing Band-Aids

Heating a band-aid a little with a hair dryer will soften the adhesive so the bandage comes off painlessly.

Building hand/eye coordination

Build hand/eye coordinations and have fun in the tub. Fill a small tub with water and give your toddler several containers of different sizes.

Feeding Tip

When baby begins using spoon, offer sticky foods such as thick rice cereal, mashed potatoes, which will not slide off spoon.