Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Potty Training? Is Your Toddler Ready? Part 3 of 3

Is Everyone Ready? Potty Training in 10 Days

If everyone involved is ready for potty training, make sure you have supplies ready. Here is a list of supplies to have:

Potty Training? Is Your Toddler Ready? Part 2 of 3

Indications of When Your Toddler is Ready & Potty Training Expectations

Is your toddler ready? Read the list below to help make that decision:
   he remains dry for longer periods of time
   he tells you he is wet or needs the diaper changed
   he can pull clothes down and up
   he shows strong interest
   he has good language development as he will need to tell you if he needs to go

Indications that you the parent(s) and child care provider are ready:
   You had an opportunity to introduce

Potty Training? Is Your Toddler Ready? Part 1 of 3

In my child care program, I encourage parents to introduce potty training at home when their toddler is around the age of two. To get started, before your toddler’s 2nd birthday, the parents could purchase a port-a-potty to explore. Find one that has an attachment from the potty seat onto a toilet (like pictured).

What do I mean by exploring?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Infant Play Yard or Infant Area Suggestions

You might ask why is it necessary to setup an infant play yard? Your infant could benefit greatly when given an opportunity to explore with “tummy time”. As your little one is exploring, this area could be created as a safe spot for your infant to roam without the risk of injury or harm. This area can be setup in the living room or common area. Of course once your little one grows and is crawling, he/she will need more space like a childproofed playroom.

Why is tummy time so important? What does an infant area look like?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Infant & Toddler Developmental Milestones

Sometimes, parents or grandparents wonder if their infant or toddler is developing at a normal pace.

To find guidelines for your child’s development or milestones on a month to month basis, I suggest

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Valentine’s Day Crafts or Art Projects

Valentine’s Day is coming up real soon, just next month! I know crazy, right? I thought it would be fun to share some Valentine crafts which are easy to do with toddlers, preschoolers and older kids as well.

Handprints on Heart:
Supplies: pink or red or white construction paper, paint for handprint (any color), marker, glue, heart stickers, other textured paper to add like; clear wrapping paper (cellophane), tissue paper, ribbon

Crafts and Art Projects with Toddlers & Preschoolers

Feeling overwhelmed with the idea of putting together crafts or art projects for toddlers or preschool age group? Read below as I share some tips on how to minimize the mess and maximize the fun and creativity with your little one. Crafts and/or art projects can be even more fun with a playmate or sibling.

First of all, the importance of art activities with toddler/preschool age is