Allow older toddlers to begin exploring writing instruments (pens, markers and crayons).
Provide them with other toys and activities (e.g., pouring water) that develop the hand-eye coordination and fine motor skill necessary for writing.
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Flavored lip balms are too tasty for kids not to lick & can make chapped lips worse!
When traveling consider “labeling” your toddler with an ID bracelet. Include your child’s name, your name, destination & home address/phone
Offer age-appropriate toys and games. Start with something simple before moving on to more challenging tasks.
Make sure your child’s gloves and shoes stay dry. If either becomes wet, change into a dry pair.
Signs of frostbite are a whitening & waxy look to exposed skin. Go indoors immediately, cover exposed skin with warm blanket, & call doctor
Most preschoolers do still need naps during the day. They tend to be very active — running around, playing, going to school, and exploring their surroundings — so it’s a good idea to give them a special opportunity to slow down.
Keep your child well protected from the cold, and stay outside for short periods of time.
A play date once or twice a week means your toddler will have something to look forward to, but if you arrange play dates too often, then they may become too much like hard work. It’s hard for toddlers to learn to share and play harmoniously with their peers, and requiring them to be on their best behaviour every day isn’t really very fair.
To manage diarrhea: BRAT: Banana, Rice, Applesauce, Toast, Yogurt.
Is your child being bullied? Reassure your child there is no weakness in leaving the situation, to keep away from the bully.
Children are natural scientists, and they learn by doing.
Does your toddler show signs of wanting to do more things for themselves such as pulling up their own pants? They may be ready for toilet training.
Many companies offer thick car seat covers that act like a bunting for babies in the winter.
Parents should avoid buying any car seat cover or infant bunting that threads through the harness straps of their child’s car seat. Often the packaging of these covers states that the product meets all federal car seat safety guidelines. However, there are no federal guidelines governing after-market car seat accessories.
Use a snug fitting mattress in a crib. You shouldn’t be able to fit more than 2 fingers between edge of mattress and crib.
Select books that appeal to infants and toddlers. Look for bright colors, sharp contrasts between the picture and the page, rhythmic writing, and plots that are simple but engaging.
Hold your child accountable for her own messes. Do it kindly, do it supportively, but do it, even when it’s easier to do it yourself.
Pick out a few interesting toys and books just for the car: I found that I could defuse the tantrum that inevitably occurred when my toddler realized that he was about to be strapped into a car seat by strategically offering him a toy or book he didn’t get to see all that often.
Rein in your own impatience. That doesn’t mean abandoning him to it. Stand by, smiling, ready to be helpful in whatever way actually helps your toddler.
Plastic Rubbermaid bins with the sealing lid are very spacious and better than toy chests, and hampers because they have a top that closes tightly and goes over the bin, making it hard for the toddler to access the toys and preventing them from throwing toys all over the room.