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: Child Proof Your Home
Once your little one starts crawling around, it is time to baby proof. What should you do to baby proof your home?
Install child locks on kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets, and toilet seat covers. To encourage creative play, make one of your kitchen cabinets full of plastic containers accessible for play to him. Make the rest of the cabinets off limits by locking them. Be sure chemicals and medications are locked up in your cabinets out of access to the baby. Toilet seat locks should be installed to prevent drowning, in case the toddler falls in.
If you are passionate about your breakables, put them out of reach of the child. If you are saying “No” to your child constantly to get him away from your breakables, it discourages curiosity and exploration. It is better to put breakables out of his reach.
Electric socket covers. It is important to cover every electric socket that is not being used with these covers.
Child safety gates. If you have stairs or a room that is off limits to your baby, install a child safety gate to seal off access.
Cover any sharp corners on tables with a soft material or foam and duct tape. Better yet, temporarily relocate your coffee table when he starts crawling. This gives him more room to roam and limits injuries from his head hitting the table when he crawls, cruises, and eventually falls. You can put the coffee table back once he gets the hang of walking.
Bath safety. You can purchase some faucet covers and non-slip mats when you start bathing your toddler in the family bathtub.
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