Parenting a toddler can be challenging, to say the least. From the depths of separation anxiety to the joys of learning new words, this can be an anxious and exciting time. Finding the perfect balance of showing love and enforcing boundaries will result in your toddler's ability to thrive.
Every age is a great age, but the time your child is a toddler is special. This is the age he learns to walk, he learns to talk, and he begins to explore the world around him. You're all sure to have a great time watching him interact with the world around him. Enjoy!
Notably, many toddlers take a dive in the quality of their nutrition after introduced to finger foods. Many toddlers today are consuming high sugar juices and high fat, low nutrition foods. Find out how to get your toddler the vitamins and minerals he needs to thrive.
Toddlers love to play, especially with their mommies! You're their favorite playmate, because you're their favorite person. So go outside, or get down on the floor and play with your toddler. The memories you create will last forever.
Now that your toddler is mobile, it is sometimes harder to gauge his colds, viruses, and the seriousness of injuries. He is often too busy to notice. Luckily by now, you know your child well enough to determine when he's ready for a time out.
Toddler Safety: Toy Safety
The key to toy safety for your baby or child is buying age appropriate toys. In 1997, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) received reports of 13 toy-related deaths and over 141,000 trips to the Emergency Room for children treated with toy-related injuries. The tragedy is that most of these injuries or deaths are entirely preventable. Here are some tips to keep your children safe from their toys.
The CPSC requires labels on toys marketed to children age 3 and over if the toy is a choking hazard to babies and children under 3. Read the labels. If the toy is for age 3 and over, and you have a toddler, do not buy it.
If you have an older child, be sure that he is taught to always pick up after himself. Have him play with any toys with numerous small parts in his room, rather than the common areas.
If your child is under age 8, avoid any toys with sharp edges and points.
Get rid of any toy or jewelry in your home that may contain lead paint. Be wary of any old toys, such as toys you or your partner might have passed on, as they may have lead paint. If you are concerned, you can get a lead testing kit at your local hardware store.
Do not buy electric toys with heating elements if your child is under 8.
Check toys for sturdy construction. Be sure there are no loose parts that could come off.
If you have a baby or toddler, be sure that his stuffed animals have no parts that could be chewed off, like the eyes or nose of a teddy bear.
Be sure to throw away any packaging or plastic materials that the toy was packaged in, as this is a suffocation hazard.
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