Helping toddlers get dressed

Involving toddlers in the dressing process is the first step towards independence. This also helps self-esteem and promotes problem solving.

Toddlerproofing

Anything small enough to fit in your toddler’s tiny hand going into his mouth. That is the way you need to look at surroundings when toddler proofing.

When toddlers learn

Toddlers learn by playing and they learn a lot between ages 1 and 3. At 1, a child may be working on a wobbly walk but by 3, most can balance briefly on one foot.

Take a break

After your toddler starts to play on his/her own, keep a magazine nearby and sneak a peek at a page while she is stacking blocks. She’ll let you know when she needs some more attention.

Toddlers and commercials

Toddlers are influenced by commercials and ads. Commercials have the most uncanny ability to sell anything to children and make it seem like it is the best thing ever.

Planning for safety when toddlers go mobile

When children can run and climb unrestricted child-proofing is essential – including window guards, gates on stairways, cabinet locks.

Decorating a toddler’s bedroom

When decorating a toddler’s bedroom use paint instead of wallpaper because it would be easy for a toddler to rip down.

Toddler attention span tip

Don’t expect your toddler to sit still for a book. They may be moving, but they are listening.

Common items can be bathroom dangers

Keep items like mouthwash, toothpaste and other kid hazard items away. Plungers can make a fun (if not disgusting) play toy to a toddler; don’t leave one by the toilet.

Avoiding sharing issues with todders

If you know that it is going to be an issue to share a special toy then try to leave it at home. Don’t expect other kids not to want to play with it.

Toddlers and paying attention

Though it may be hard to believe, toddlers are not purposefully disobeying to get you mad. They have a very short memory & are highly impulsive.

Travel seats with toddlers

Airline regulations require that large travel seats (past the edge of the airplane seat) must be in the window position. This is to prevent it from blocking easy exit.

Estabishing boundries

The first step to toddler discipline is to establish boundaries. Your child needs to know what is and what is not acceptable.

The origins easter bunny.

The Easter bunny is an American tradition which originated with German settlers. The arrival of the Easter bunny and his colored eggs was a treat second only to Christmas.

Easter tip

Nothing says Easter and spring like a basket brimming with colorful eggs, chocolate bunnies and jewel-toned jelly beans.

Paint a bunny face

Children love to have their faces painted. Draw upside-down triangle on the nose with brown/black eyeliner & fill in. Rub circle of rouge on each cheek. Paint 3 whiskers on each side of face, starting from nose to cheek.

Make paper plate bunnies.

Easy Paper Bunnies: Take white paper plate and cut 2 ear shapes & staple/glue to the top of another white paper plate & draw a face on it. Glue cotton balls around the edges.

Getting on all fours for baby

Play crawling ‘tag’. It can be great fun for babies who are learning to locomotive.

Explore with crayons

Toddlers love to explore and learn new things. You can read books to the child, color with crayons, do simple puzzles or play with learning toys.

Toddler airport safety tip.

Carry a current photo of each child you are traveling with. If separated you can immediately hand the photo to airport security (or theme park or mall) and they will photocopy it and circulate it very quickly.