Choose an appropriate flavor for medicines

If available, choose a favorite or fun flavor for your toddler’s medicine, such as cherry, grape, or bubble gum.

If appropriate, request the flavor when your doctor writes the prescription.

From 365 Toddler Tips.

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Basic causes of tantrums

Several basic causes of tantrums are familiar to parents everywhere: The child is seeking attention or is tired, hungry, or uncomfortable.

In addition, tantrums are often the result of kids’ frustration with the world

From kidshealth.org.

reducing possible scalding for baths

Put cold water in the bath first, then hot. This will reduce the risk of Tags: , your baby.

From: babycenter.com.

Don’t force toddlers to share

Don’t force toddlers to share; it actually delays development of sharing skills. Kids need to feel secure in ownership before they can share

Toddler food alergies explained

A toddler food allergy is when our immune system wrongly interprets as harmful something we have eaten, and reacts to it.

Book Suggestion: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Who can resist this foul when he pulls every trick out of his feathery bag? In – Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

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Dog breeds and chidren

Be cautious of certain dog breeds (Rottweilers, pit bulls, German Shepards) that account for over fifty percent of fatal dog bites and closely supervise children when in the presence of animals.

From: pediatrics.about.com.

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Talk to children, even babies

Talk to children & babies. While they may not understand initially, they are developing brain structures necessary for language literacy

Save money on electricity

Compact fluorescent bulb uses about 75% less electricity, but the most energy-saving bulb of all is one that’s turned off

Dealing with Tantrums

Tantrums are common during the second year of life, a time when children generally understand more than they can express.

Common Allergies

If you or spouse suffer from allergies, or other kids are allergic, you should avoid most common food allergy foods, such as nuts & eggs.

Informing children about food allergies

Once a food allergy is confirmed, then it’s vital that she is well informed of the food she is allergic to and to avoid it without exception

Book Friday: The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The Itsy Bitsy Spider is a book for all ages and guaranteed to induce smiles and giggles.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Avoiding conflict with kids

Keep off-limits objects out of sight and out of reach to make struggles less likely to develop.

Entertaining children in the car

For long car trips, sit in the back with the child because it is easier to entertain your child while next to him.

Toddlers and nap time

At 18mos most toddlers take at least 1 nap (usually 1-1 1/2 hours long) during the day and are able to sleep all night (for 11-12 hours)

Chapped lip tip

Flavored lip balms are too tasty for kids not to lick & can make chapped lips worse!

hand-me-down equipment safety tip

Make sure that used or hand-me-down equipment, such as car seats, strollers and cribs haven’t been recalled for safety reasons.

Playdate toy tip

Before friends come over, toddlers should have a chance to put away their most special toys if they don’t want anyone else to play with them

Book Friday: Teeth Are Not for Biting

Teeth Are Not for Biting is both educational and preventive. It offers young children concrete alternatives to their urges to bite others. It’s designed to be read by a parent, guardian, or teacher, and it offers colorful illustrations by Marieka Heinlen.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games