Toddler age and dexterity

Toddlers from 24 to 36 months are beginning to be able to turn paper pages, so this is a good time to expand beyond board books.

Binging toddlers

Toddlers from one to three years need between 1,000 and 1,300 calories a day, yet they may not eat this amount every day. Aim for a nutritionally-balanced week, not a balanced day.

Let children learn from their mistakes

Allow your child to experience the bumps and bruises of learning to walk and relate to others. Let tot overcome obstacles and setbacks

Gardening with kids

Work on gardening with your kids, If you have a garden have them help you pick the plants, water the flowers, pick weeds. 

Working with your teacher

If possible, arrange to observe the teaching in your child’s classroom. Afterward, talk with the teacher about what you saw and how it fits with your hopes for your child and your child’s needs.

Mother’s Day craft

Looking for a mother’s day craft? Use Plaster of Paris and a paper plate and place child’s hand prints or footprints and find a cute saying about mothers.

Mother’s day breakfast in bed

Dads looking to serve mom’s breakfast in bed should gather the children ’round, then pile them into bed with mom in anticipation.

The benefits of sunscreen

Don’t skimp on sunscreen. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most people apply only about half as much sunscreen as they should.

Speech milestones

Most toddler who aren’t talking ‘well’ aren’t really delayed. They may not be talking as much as their parents want or expect them too, but that can still be normal.

Leading by example

Children learn by watching you, so set healthy mealtime habits. Turn off the TV and let your toddler enjoy meals with the family.

Allergic causing foods and diet

It was common to delay giving dairy until 1, eggs until 2 & seafood & nuts till 3, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed its thinking in 2008, suggesting that these foods can be introduced together.

Go for a rainy day walk

Jump into puddles. Find out what mud feels like between bare toes. Let your toddler frolic around and get wet before you head indoors.

Summer reading activities

Check out summer programs at your local public library. Many feature special story times, sing-alongs, and puppet shows during the summer.

Book Suggestion: Doggies

Doggies is another of the Boynton books that is short enough to hold even the littlest guy’s attention, and begs for interaction.

Even children who are not yet speaking may find themselves howling at the moon with the doggies.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Toddler table for 1

Create a toddler-friendly eating area for your child. Toddlers like their own spaces and may eat more at a table sized just for them.

Sunscreen and the outdoors

Apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outdoors. This gives the skin a chance to absorb the lotion.

Run your toddler ragged before flying

When traveling on a plane, wear your toddler out beforehand. Allow time for releasing energy before your flight’s departure

Treat your child with respect.

When your child is trying to express emotions, take the time to try to understand.

Rainy day activity tip

Raining outside? Pretend to go camping. Build a tent in your living room out of blankets and chairs.

Bubbles and toddlers

Toddlers just love bubbles. Give adults different bubble wands and wave. Toddlers will cramble after the bubbles.