Tagged With toddlers

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, my husband went through the childproofing checklists, making sure our home wouldn’t be a danger zone for a tot who believes the entire world is just waiting to be touched, climbed and licked. We crawled on the floor in a quest for potential hazards. We bid farewell to our sharp-edged glass coffee table. We bolted our chests of drawers to the wall, locked up our cleaning supply cabinet, and put safety covers on our electrical outlets. My daughter is five now, and still alive.

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When it’s time for your toddler to let go of something big, the struggle is real. These tiny tyrants are routine fiends, and giving up longtime objects of comfort (or any old thing picked up in the sandpit, for that matter) often doesn’t go down easy.

I have learned, however, that if you create a ceremony that celebrates your little one’s budding independence, one that gives them a sense of purpose, pride and goodwill, the drama will be dropped. Really.

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When my daughter was very young, we would read the toddler classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? In the story, the title character spots a red bird, a yellow duck, a blue horse, a green frog, a purple cat, a white dog, a black sheep and a goldfish.

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Toddler footwear: Adorable, yet problematic. The tiny shoes are just so... tiny. When my daughter was younger, I’d find lone miniature sneakers everywhere — under the couch, in toy baskets, at the bottom my handbag.

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Before my daughter learned to speak she learned to sign, and the first sign she mastered was “more”. More meant more — as in, “Give me more milk before I scream-cry in 5-4-3-2-1...” — but for her, it also meant “again”. Sing that song again. Push the toy cash register button again. Make that funny sound with your armpit again, again, again.

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Little kids are notoriously difficult to dress. Any parent who’s experienced a closet standoff with a naked child six minutes before they’re supposed to be at the bus stop can confirm. It could be that the kid is extremely picky or acting out of defiance, but what if it’s more than that? What if the issue is seriously impacting your family?

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You need to throw together something for dinner, but your impatient toddler won’t let you. I’ve been there. If only you could give her a project, something that’ll occupy her a good 12-16 minutes. Hey, what’s that you see in your pantry? A box of cereal? Oh, yes. This will do.

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Kids and parents know the routine. Heck, it's even ingrained in Daniel Tiger's "Morning Song", a catchy tune that my husband and I used to sing to help my five-year-old get ready for her day: "Clothes on. Eat breakfast. Brush teeth. Put on shoes. And off to school!"

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When preparing a meal for a toddler, you cannot be bogged down by the inefficiency of the knife, a tool that requires you to use two hands to carve food into safe, manageable bites. No. There is a better life out there, and you can unlock it by opening your kitchen drawer and grabbing a pizza cutter.

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"Please help me find a replacement for a lost 'best friend'," a person who goes by piper2010cameron wrote in an online post. "I have searched everywhere." The description of the missing companion: A tiny stuffed tiger with orange and black stripes, a small triangular nose, and a fuzzy white belly. And then there came this heartbreaking line: "My poor kiddo has been asking why 'Itsy Bitsy' hasn't come home and it kills me."

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You know you've earned a Parent Badge of Courage when you've experienced the sweaty, heart-stopping ordeal that is trimming the bangs of a squirmy toddler. Now that my daughter is four, she sits relatively still through the process, thanks to Beat Bugs playing on an iPad perched in the bathroom, but she sometimes likes to rotate her head without warning to look in the mirror and give me a small heart-attack. Does she not see that I'm holding a sharp object just millimetres from her eyeballs? Apparently, she does not.

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Kids are messy, so shelling out for expensive clothes or replacement items can add up. If you make your kid's clothes from old adult clothing, you can save money and not worry as much about them ruining their outfits when playing. Here's how to turn an adult jumper into pants for a toddler.

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Fever is one of the oft-cited symptoms of teething -- not always by doctors, more often by parents sharing advice. But a new analysis of the actual symptoms of teething shows that fever probably isn't one of them. In other words: If your kid is teething and has a fever, chances are they're also sick.