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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.
Potty Training

Is your toddler ready to be rid of diapers? More importantly, are you ready?

Keeping our children safe is top priority of moms everwhere. Yet, sometimes it is difficult to know what resources are out there to help us accomplish our goals.
Toddler’s Health
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 Health:
Bumps, Bruises, & How to Tell if it’s More Serious

When baby starts movin’, baby starts bruisin’. That’s the general rule anyway, especially when baby starts cruising. When baby is cruising, walking short distances from object to object, he falls often. In fact, the average cruising toddler falls 38 times a day. If you and I fell 38 times a day, imagine the number of bruises we would have.

The good news is, their height and flexibility make short falls relatively harmless. Even a tumble down the stairs is usually less harmful than when an adult takes a fall down the stairs.

Note to new parents: Your child will have bumps and bruises. There is nothing you can do to prevent your baby from falling down. It’s how they learn to walk and jump and run. There are, however, some things you can do to limit injury.

  • Baby proof your home. Light socket protectors, cabinet locks, baby gates on stairs, and floor padding on hard floors where appropriate.
  • Keep long pants or long shorts covering the knees on your cruising toddler when he is outside exploring.
  • Keep close to your baby to keep him out of harm’s way.
  • Teach him how to climb the stairs, but don’t let him access the stairs without you before he is ready.
  • Be sure his crib is in the lowest position when he starts to walk, to ensure he doesn’t climb out and fall. Remove his mobile when he begins to stand.

When can you tell if your child is really hurt after a tumble?

Signs of a Head Injury (if your baby has any of these signs, call your doctor or take your baby to the nearest hospital ER)

  • Altered level of consciousness
  • Bleeding or skull fracture
  • Slowed Breathing
  • Prolonged Crying
  • Convulsion
  • Fluid drainage from mouth, nose, or ears (can be clear or bloody)
  • Headache
  • Increased Drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Stiff or pain in neck
  • Vomiting
  • Swelling at Site of Injury
  • Vision Changes

Signs of Broken Bones

  • Prolonged crying
  • Tenderness in area of injury
  • Child can not be comforted

Most babies get through their toddler years with just bumps and bruises. Just remember, he has to fall to learn to walk.

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