Growth expectency

After the explosive growth of infancy, the toddler and preschooler grows about 2 to 3 inches and gains about 4 to 5 pounds each year.

Being bilingual

If your toddler is being raised in a bilingual environment, the number of words he can speak will be split between the two languages he’s learning.

Read early and read often

Read early and read often. The early years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. It’s never too early to begin reading to your child.

Food jag

Most children undergo a normal part of development know as a food jag. Food jags occur when children either refuse to eat a previously accepted food, or when they insist on eating one particular food all the time.

The power of play

Toys that give kids a chance to figure something out on their own-or with a little coaching-build their logical thinking skills and help them become persistent problem-solvers.

Kids input in party planning

Involve children in party planning and preparation. Surprises are fun, but the kids like to get involved in planning, and this is a time when the kids are motivated to be especially helpful.

Looking good while flying

People are far more apt to be patient and less likely to presume that your kiddos will be a detriment to their flight if the family looks respectable.

Prevent and treat asthma attacks

It’s important that you work with your toddler’s healthcare provider to prevent and treat asthma attacks. With the right medications, education, an asthma action plan, and regular medical follow-up, most asthmatic children do just fine.

Self-sufficiency

Resist doing for her what she can do herself. While it may be quicker and easier to do it yourself, it won’t help to make your child more self-sufficient.

When baby fat disapears

Around 25 months baby fat will start to go away and your child will start to slim down and get taller with a longer torso. The body proportions are going to resemble an adult instead of a baby.

Balancing Activity

Wrap old phone books in paper and let tots use them as low balance beams. This allows them to utilize their gross motor skills and practice balancing.

Milestones:Speaking

A nine-month-old child is typically developing if he can speak even one word. With the benefit of proper scaffolding, he’ll know fifty to one hundred words within just a few months. By two, he will speak around 320 words; a couple months later – over 570.

Transiton from toddler to big bed

Nobody wants to be kicked out of bed, especially a toddler who craves consistency and familiarity. When you decide it is time to transition your toddler into her very own big girl bed, start slowly.

Daycare costs

Daycare costs run about $1,200 a month, depending on where you live. So sometimes it makes sense for one parent not to work, because when you compare that number versus the after-tax salary of one parent, two kids in daycare equal about $30,000 in annual salary.

Toddler bed time

Most toddlers need about 10 to 13 hours of sleep a night. Is he tired or irritable when he wakes up? If he is, then he needs more sleep. If he wakes up happy and alert, then he is getting the right amount of sleep.

Barrettes in hair

Forget about barrettes unless you have a really forgiving child. They are hard to get in and often hurt to get out. Try butterfly clips to keep hair back, and be prepared to lose approximately 15 per day.

Drinking lots of water.

To help your toddler drink adequate amounts of water, always have water on the table at meal and snack times.

Brushing tip

If your toddler has his own toothbrush to hold while you brush, he won’t be as likely to grab at the one you’re trying to brush with.

Child and their limits

Know your child’s limits. Your child may misbehave because he or she doesn’t understand or can’t do what you’re asking.

Yogurt pops for 4th of July

Celebrate 4th of July with patriotic treats. Make some easy red, white and blue yogurt pops by mixing food coloring with equal mounts of plain yogurt make bands of color and put into freezer.