Survive potty training with these Do’s and Dont’s


    Ah, potty training. Some parents wish they could hire someone to take care of this stage, while others take it in stride. There are some things that might make the process easier, though, regardless of how you anticipate potty training. Here are some tips on what to avoid and how to be successful.


    1. Go for the elimination of liquid waste first. For little ones, having a bowel movement on the potty is often a much bigger deal than just urinating. So you might try giving them extra liquids on a day when you are going to be hanging around the house, and see about encouraging them to go.

    2. Try using a reward system. Using candy or other food rewards for potty successes is a matter of some debate, so you might want to stick with less controversial reward systems like a sticker chart. Each time your child goes on the potty, let her put a sticker on her chart. You can make a big calendar with the days of the week so she can see how many times she’s used the potty that day or week. Or you may just want to use a chart made up of blank squares.

    Understanding how toddlers communicate


    What is she trying to say? Why is he crying? What does she need? Most parents of toddlers have asked themselves such questions, often frantically, as they try to figure out how their toddler communicates. How can you tell what they’re trying to say? Here are some tips on understanding toddler language, and how you can improve communication with your toddler.

    Big Feelings

    Toddlers experience some significant emotions as they struggle between their emerging sense of independence and their strong attachment to their parents. Understanding this can help parents know what’s going on in their toddler’s mind. It may help you understand why your toddler clings to you one minute and pushes you away the next.

    If he seems frustrated and angry when you’re dressing him, it might be because he wants to do it himself; but if you leave him alone to do it, he will get frustrated because he can’t! Try to find a balance between helping your toddler and letting him do some things on his own.

    Handling toddler “BIG” feelings


    There are all kinds of reasons why toddlers experience such big feelings. For one thing, they don’t have the coping mechanisms and life experience to put feelings into perspective – “It’s just a ball” may make sense to a savvy adult, but to a toddler, that ball could mean absolutely everything at that moment!

    For another thing, toddlers are starting to experience a sense of independence. This can be scary for them. Their urges may be strong to do things on their own, but they are afraid to try or feel insecure about going ahead with something. Toddlers feel the need to have Mom and Dad nearby, but they want to explore everything on their own at the same time.

    Yet another reason why toddlers emote on such a grand scale is that they have trouble communicating effectively. They may have needs and wants that they can’t express, and adults’ puzzlement sends them over the edge in frustration.

    Enjoying the toddler years


    Parents get a lot of warning about the toddler phase as their baby approaches the one-year mark. You may have heard stories about the “terrible twos” or three-year-olds having tantrums in the grocery store, or perhaps you’ve witnessed what looks like an awful struggle between a parent and his or her toddler.

    Like the teen years, the toddler years have a reputation for being difficult. But many believe that it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. In fact, the toddler years can be some of the most joyful, fun, and exciting times in parenting, especially if you take a positive approach. Here are some tips on how you can get past just surviving to actually enjoy some aspects of the toddler years.

    Don’t Dread It

    It may become a self-fulfilling prophecy if you are so sure your baby is going to be a difficult toddler. In other words, you may actually encourage difficult behavior if that is all you expect from the beginning.

    Coping with temper tantrums


    Toddler temper tantrums are dreaded by parents and caregivers alike. What are you supposed to do when they melt down? How do you handle a tantrum? Can you prevent one from happening? Parents often ask these questions and sometimes they don’t get the answers they need. Here are some tips on handling that lovely aspect of toddlers: the tantrum.

    What Causes Toddlers to Have Tantrums?

    There are all kinds of things that can cause toddler tantrums, and what results in a meltdown in one toddler might not even affect another. Sometimes toddlers have tantrums because they are just tired and/or hungry. Other times they may be frustrated that adults don’t understand their limited language. Still other times toddlers may find themselves conflicted over wanting to be independent and needing Mom and/or Dad near.

    It’s quite individualized, so it pays for a parent to watch his or her toddler’s behavior and look for cues as to underlying causes.

    Stay Calm

    Chances are you’ve heard this one. But how do you stay calm? What is a parent to do when a tantrum begins and you want to have a tantrum yourself? If you are prepared ahead of time, that will help. But tantrums often come out of nowhere.

    How to communicate with your toddler


    Many adults wish they could be understood better by those around them. Toddlers feel the same way, but they have much more limited communication skills! Sometimes, toddlers get so frustrated that they “melt down” in a temper tantrum. Learning how to communicate with your toddler can go a long way toward enhancing your relationship and helping your toddler feel loved and understood.

    But how can we communicate with these young children? There are a few exceptions, but most toddlers – children under the age of three – have a pretty limited vocabulary. Learning to understand what your toddler is trying to say is only part of the challenge. You also need to learn how to help your toddler understand you. Here are some tips for helping make this happen.

    Pay Attention

    All of us have unique ways of communicating, and learning another’s language is an important aspect of interpersonal relationships. The same is true for your toddler. Watch your toddler’s gestures and body language. Try to see if he is pointing to or reaching for something. Listen to his sounds – do they have inflections that sound like a question? Maybe it sounds more like a

    How to choose a baby monitor

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    A baby monitor is an essential purchase for expectant parents, as it will give you the peace of mind of being able to check on your sleeping baby wherever you are in your home. Unfortunately, these monitors are the kind of device which you are unlikely to have any experience of until the time comes when you need one, and it can be difficult to know which type to buy.

    There are three basic kinds of monitor: audio, video, and movement or breathing.

    The audio monitor is the most popular kind, and at its most basic consists of a transmitter that you place in your baby’s nursery, and a receiver that lets you ‘listen in’, alerting you if your baby starts to cry or otherwise shows signs of waking. The very cheapest modules will have a fixed receiver that needs to be plugged into a wall socket for power, but most models nowadays have a rechargeable mobile receiver which you can carry from room to room, or even outside so long as you stay in range.

    The range of your monitor system will depend on a number of factors, including the construction of your home – thicker walls will reduce the range – and any sources of interference such as neighboring monitor systems, computer wireless networks, and even

    Laundering your baby clothes correctly to prevent allergies

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    So you’re having a baby. You think you’ve thought of everything, but at the same time you’re terrified that you’ve missed something. Here’s one thing you may or may not have thought of: laundry. Yes, you know that you will have more, but have you considered the basic differences between your baby’s laundering needs and yours? If you regularly use perfumed detergents, bleach, or fabric softener, your laundering habits may need some reform.

    Gone are the days of washing clothes just because they smell. Your baby is going to burp up stuff you’ve never thought of, and your laundry piles are going to skyrocket. This is only one new concern, however, since your baby’s skin is much more sensitive to chemicals than you and your spouses’ grown up skin. Laundering the baby’s clothing in detergents that are free of perfumes and dyes is one quick way to help ensure that your baby does not get unnecessary discomfort from irritating chemicals. There are

    How to make bath time safe and fun

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    As your baby grows larger, that little tiny counter top bathtub will become a thing of the past. But, putting a baby into a big bathtub can be frightening for both of you. Here are some ideas to make bath time fun and safe for you and your little one.

    Take a bath together
    Your baby will love having you play and splash with her, especially if she is a little afraid of the big bathtub. This works best when baby is old enough to sit up on her own, so you don’t have to hold her the entire time.

    Buy a bath ring
    Bath rings are great for babies who can’t sit unsupported just yet, because they keep the baby from slipping down into the water

    Try an inflatable bathtub
    Inflatable tubs fit snugly down inside your bath tub. They are soft, with big puffy sides that help keep baby upright. Plus, these tubs make the large tub seem a little smaller and less overwhelming to the baby.

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