Haircutting tips

To get a nice, straight cut each time, invest in a pair of hair-cutting scissors, and use them only for this purpose. Using household scissors – which are usually inconsistently dulled due to multiple uses – will tear hair and create uneven cuts.

vernal equinox

March 20th is the first day of spring, celebrate with your toddler by balancing an egg and explain the start of the season.

Vaccination update

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization has added a yearly dose of H1N1 flu vaccine to the schedule for children 6 months and older.

Food hazards for toddlers

Toddler’s have one-third the jaw strength of an adult. Softer meats are good alternatives, such as fish, hamburger and high quality lunchmeats.

Calming hyperactive autistic children

Some hyperactive autistic children who fidget all the time will often be calmer if they are given a padded weighted vest to wear. Pressure from the garment helps to calm the nervous system.

Establishing naptime patterns in tots

As soon as a child has established a biological rhythm of waking and sleeping – usually by 3 months of age – parents and caregivers can start encouraging a naptime pattern.

Fun in the bath

At bath time, a pair of goggles in the bath can be their first introduction to swimming with their face in the water. They are great for practicing bubble blowing.

Breastfeeding toddlers

Breastfeeding a toddler is not the same as breastfeeding a newborn. Toddlers are masters of the art of breastfeeding, and may take as much milk in 2 minutes as they did in an hour a year before.

Quick reaction when tots bite

If your child is biting intervene the second he bites. Name the behavior so he learns the term: “That’s biting” quickly remove him from the situation.

Bed wetting in boys vs girls

Bed-wetting is much more common in boys (7-10 kids who wet beds are male). By about age 5-6, 85% to 90% of youngsters stop bed-wetting on their own.

Mercury and ADHD

Nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury, which can zap kids’ ability to think and concentrate. For children, these potential side effects occur with much lower levels of exposure than for adults. Kids with ADHD to avoid high mercury fish including shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish.

Random acts of kindness

Teach random acts of kindness, and encourage your kids to find three ways that they can be loving and caring.

Potty Training in the media

Despite all the articles on toilet training in the popular media, very few scientific studies have addressed the issue of how best to potty train a child, and isn’t backed up by scientific evidence.

Curb treats for good behavior

Curb the tendency of rewarding your toddler with a treat whenever he/she does well, as this will make him/her develop an unhealthy emotional relationship with food.

The trick to get kids eating healthy

The best way to get kids to eat healthy is to give them a choice between two or more healthy foods.

Watch out for small objects

Anything that’s small or sharp is dangerous, as kids love exploring with their mouths. Make sure these objects are out of reach.

Teaching to tidy up

An important part of teaching a child how to tidy up is to have a tidy set up in the first place. Have containers and bins that are designated for certain toys.

Weanng tots

Gradually cutting back the number of times you breastfeed during the day is a good weaning method. Not only did a slow approach help stave off the breast engorgement and depression that can accompany early or abrupt weaning, but it made the transition to a bottle or cup an easy one.

Fighting bed wetting?

Instead of sending your child off to sleep with a bladder full of water or juice, just cut off the fluids a couple of hours ahead of bedtime.  And make sure she potties right before she snuggles in for the night.  This way you’re increasing her chances for a dry night.

Bathing baby

When bathing, use a mild soap on her hands and diaper area. You can just use water on the rest of her body most days, unless she’s really dirty. Working from the top down, focus on the cleanest areas first, and move toward the grimiest (or poopiest).