Making sure baby is comfortable.

How can you tell if your sleeping baby is getting overheated? She may feel very warm behind her neck, her hair may be damp from sweat or her cheeks may become quite red.

A tremendous amount of heat is lost when we sweat and your baby is no exception. Monitor your baby’s temperature closely, unzip their bunting and remove their hat when you put them in the car or go into a warm shop, and bring an extra set of cloths just in case they get sweaty.

Tooth tip

When brushing a toddler’s teeth, brush his tongue as well (if he’ll let you) to dislodge the bacteria that can cause bad breath.

Bullying bullies

When bullies are scolded, labeled, and punished, it proves to them that they really are mean people and deserve to suffer. Discouraged and angry, they get revenge on their favorite victim for getting them in trouble. Nonviolent alternatives give them a way out.

Check outdoor playground equipment.

Check outdoor playground equipment. Make sure there are no loose parts or sharp edges.

Start laughing and be silly.

It’s okay to be silly with your child. Just because you are the adult doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun too! After you start the sillies, you won’t have to think of what to do next, the fun will follow.

Table safety tip

Do not place hot fluids on tablecloths in case the child pulls on the tablecloth.

Improving hand-eye coordination

The best thing you can do when trying to improve hand-eye coordination with your child is to let your child play with the toys on her own.

You may feel the urge to show your child how it works. But part of the fun with hand-eye toys is figuring out how they fit together and work.

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. It’s okay to take a break! She’ll let you know when she needs some more attention, interaction, or direction.

Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Children who like themselves make friends easily, tend to be leaders rather than followers, understand that mistakes are a tool for learning, are willing to take risks and generally see the bright side of life.

Food clean up tip

After mealtime while your child is still in the high chair – give them a warm washcloth to play with and you’ll be amazed at how much they will have cleaned themselves up after about 10 minutes of playing with it!

When in doubt, empathize

Your empathy and acceptance helps your child accept her emotions.

Wetting the bed

It’s very common for toilet-trained 2-year-olds to still wet their bed at night. Occasional nighttime wetting — sometimes as often as twice a week — is perfectly normal at least six months to a year after successful daytime toilet training is completed.

Limiting toys

Place only a few toys out on the floor – it is best to limit the amount of toys that you let your toddler play with, make sure to keep other toys out of sight and out of reach to prevent your toddler from pulling them down and throwing them every place.

Giving your child a few toys to play with at a time, gets your toddler used to the concept of neatness, and when it is time to put the toys away, your toddler might be able to do it because of the small amount of toys.

Positive Discipline

Positive Discipline starts by having a good relationship with your child.

Night terrors

During a night terror, a child might suddenly sit upright in bed and shout out or scream in distress.

Airplane seats for toddlers

Buying that extra seat for your child under 2 is a choice that you must carefully consider. If you choose to book a second seat many airlines are now offering children’s fares, which offer a 50% discount on seats for children under 2.

Make your children feel loved and important.

Kids develop a sense of self-worth early in life. Listen to what your children have to say.

Assure them that they are loved and safe. Celebrate their individuality, and tell them what makes them special and what you admire about them.

Eating out with toddlers

When dining out each parent should try to order something out of either their main entree or sides that the child will like.

This way the child will have a variety of food to eat if he decides he doesn’t like something that night that he usually loves.

Plan for problems in public

Teach your children to know and use your first & last name in a public place. If they become separated from you, they’ll be able to tell authorities their Mommy or Daddy’s name. Plus the fastest way to get your attention is to hear your own name.

Family Time

Do fun things together as a family, such as playing games, reading, and going to events in your community.