for Appeasing Picky Eaters
wonder how much sleep your kiddo should be getting? Here's an
- 1 Year Old: 13 to 14 hours including 2 naps (1 to 1 ½ hours each)
- 1 ½ Years Old: 10 to 13 hours including 1 to 2 naps (1 ½ to 3 hours each)
- 2 Years Old: 10 to 13 hours including 1 nap (1 ½ to 3 hours)
Need help getting your little one to let go of their paci? There are tons of helpful hints out there, here's one more . . . Try this book! The Paci Pixie is a rhyming book about a fairy who gives kids the courage to let go and pass on their pacis to new babies.
There are a few websites
out there that are actually appropriate for toddlers. They feature your
child's favorite characters and encourage them to learn. And we're pretty
sure computers aren't going anywhere, might as well start them off early.
Here are a couple sites we love:
xPBS Kids xxxxxxxx Sprout xxxxxxxx Disney Junior xxxxxxxxxxx VeggieTales xxxxxxx Star Fall
Your Play Dates
are a few ideas to make play dates even more fun!
- Incorporate a Craft: Check out our Feelin’ Crafty page for some great ideas. This is especially nice around holiday times, make crafts for friends and family.
- Take a Treat: Try hosting a Chocoholic Playdate, a Sneaky Chef Party or do some Cookie Decorating.
- Have a Theme Playdate: Pick a favorite character, such as Elmo, and have an Elmopalooza. Choose a color theme and have everyone wear blue and bring a blue snack. Have a playdate based on a favorite book, generally picked by the hostess and read the book aloud. When the weather gets warm enough, go swimming or have bubble mania in your backyard.
- Fun with Clothes: Host a Match My Mommy playdate where the moms and kids wear matching clothes. Have a Pajama Party! Have some fun with a Clash of the Kids playdate, where everyone dresses mis-matched and tacky.
Learn to Talk (ages
Parents Flash Cards
Bubbles (young toddler)
Toddler Teasers Quizzing
Tozzle – Toddler’s Fav Puzzle
Kidzongs (young toddler)
Wheels on the Bus
Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom
My First Puzzles
Brushing is a Problem!
Get this book about Melvin who will help you drive home the importance of brushing your teeth and taking care of the ones you can't really see.
seems that every toddler goes through a picky phase - some phases are longer
than others. Here are some tips and tricks, from other Moms, for getting
your little one to eat:
- Feed your kid while they are in the bath tub. A lot of times they are having so much fun they forget that you are shoveling applesauce or peas into their mouths.
- It can also work to hand them a toy while they are in the high chair. Distraction feeding works.
- Some books say that you should all sit at the table to eat and that is good when your child is a good eater, but what if your child isn’t? Try leaving the kid in their high chair alone and stepping out of the room. Make sure you can still hear them in case they need you. They may cry or whine for a couple of minutes, but generally if they are hungry they will start to eat. Some kids just need to get rid of all distractions...including us parents.
Here is a quick list
of musts to have on hand during cold and flu season: Boogie Wipes, Vapor
Vath, Nose Aspirator, Thermometer and a whole lotta love.
Tired of the same old boring parenting books? Check out Naptime Is The New Happy Hour for a fresh new look on the subject:
. . . in the Journal
of Child Psychology and Psychiatry has found that some toddlers with autism
can boost their communication skills significantly by participating in a
parent-involved program called More Than Words. Visit hanen.org
to find a More Than Words program near you.
Out This Site
AllergyEats.com – This site locates nearby restaurants that accommodate your kid’s allergy or intolerance. It offers menus, nutrition information and reviews.