Ever wondered what’s going on in your toddler’s head? A lot, is the simple answer. According to infant-development experts the first years of a child’s life is when they are primed to learn. From colours, sounds, smells, movements and touch, they are literally soaking up the richness of their environment like little sponges. As parents it’s our job to enhance their experience and knowledge. Don’t worry, we’re not talking about square-root lullabies or the three Rs. Instead, it’s much more important for bub to learn through play. Here are five fun brain-boosting activities for toddlers.
Getting a bed-resistant toddler to go to sleep can be extremely frustrating. From endless wailing to constantly getting out of bed, those little munchkins really know how to play the game when it comes to nighttime struggles. Fortunately there are some techniques you can use to avoid toddler bedtime wars. We’ve put together a list of suggestions for mastering a smooth, hassle-free bedtime routine for toddlers.
Most toddlers start to say their first words by the time they’re 14 months old. But while speech is the single most powerful way for small children to interact, it’s a long road from those first few babbles to verbal communication. Consequently, parents still have their work cut out as they try to figure out what their toddler is trying to say. With this in mind we thought it might be fun to put together a list of things your toddler wants you to know, but can’t yet say. If nothing else, we hope it gives you a giggle.
When Baby Boo first started crawling I was beside myself with excitement. However, that euphoria was quickly replaced by dread when I realised that pretty much every area of our house posed some kind of threat to her. In the months since I’ve gradually turned what was a hazardous home into a safe haven. Read on for my top tips for basic babyproofing.
A first Christmas is an exciting time for the whole family. While your little one is probably too tiny to partake in many of the family traditions, such as putting milk and cookies out for Santa or decorating the tree, there is something heartening about introducing them to the warmth and goodwill of the festive season. With this in mind, I’ve put together 10 great ideas for making your tot’s first Yuletide season as special as possible. Merry Christmas everybody!
While I’m a firm believer that babies don’t need much – quite frankly they’re happy with a bottle and a tummy rub – try explaining that to new grandparents and aunts and uncles who are just itching to race down the aisles of their nearest baby store this Christmas. My little one isn’t even born yet, but I’ve already been inundated with requests from well-meaning family members who’d like to pop a little something under the tree, in anticipation of her arrival.