Walk outside. Let your toddler experience firsthand the feelings and sights of winter. Explain how it is cold outside. Emphasize the need for coats, hats, mittens and boots when outside.
If there is snow on the ground, touch it and walk in it. Let your toddler feel how snow is different from the ground. Don’t be surprised if your toddler doesn’t like it and wants to go inside.
Look for ice outside. Touch the ice and feel how it is cold. Hold some in your hand so your toddler can see it melt. Talk about how the cold turns water into ice.
Play in the snow if your toddler likes it. Make snowballs and see how far you can throw them. Make a snowman and dress him. Make snow angels.
Parents everywhere bring out their babies’ winter coats or snowsuits to keep baby warm during travel. However, thick winter coats or snowsuits can compromise your child’s car seat safety.
In order for a baby car seat or toddler booster seat to function properly, the straps need to remain tight against the child’s chest.
When planning a toddler party, invite family and the kids your toddler plays with regularly (four or five is plenty). An hour and a half is enough time to play, have a snack, sing, and eat cake.
By the time your child reaches two or three years of age, she’ll be ready to start throwing things and wanting to catch them. This is a great way to improve hand-eye coordination.
When planning a play group it’s a good idea to have fewer children to keep keep things calmer.
Make sure closets can be opened from the inside, so that your toddler doesn’t get locked in.
For younger siblings potty training may be quicker, as they watch big brother or sister use the potty and want to immitate this wonderful role model.
Encourage your children to join in while you read. Pause to let them fill in a rhyming word or repeating line: “I’ll huff and I’ll puff . . .”
Perhaps the only thing worse than seeing another child hit your toddler is seeing your toddler hit another child. Parents know that children won’t always get along, but it can be painful for parents to watch their children fighting-sometimes violently-with their peers.
Take a deep breath… and another. Then remember you are the adult.
Have fun today, play a “color game” by asking your child to find something in the room that is a certain color.
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Pick out a few interesting toys and books just for the car. Defuse tantrums by strategically offering a toy or book.
Visit your local pet store. Most have impressive collections of dogs, cats, fish, birds, reptiles & hamsters to delight the little ones.
When child gets frustrated or bored do a project. Anything from coloring & cutting paper occupies his mind & changes attitude and actions.
Toddlers, who are being introduced to table food & utensils, will make a mess; prepare for it & consider what you use as a floor covering.
Playgroup activities should be something that will involve all the children and should be kept age-appropriate.
Kids with good teeth grow up to be adults with good teeth. If you teach your children how to brush and floss and take them to the dentist twice a year, they’ll have strong, healthy teeth.
Start applying sunscreen BEFORE you even leave the house. This is extremely important as toddler skin is very sensitive and burns easily. Taking the time to apply sunscreen beforehand ensures that you can get their whole body covered and not miss any spots.