Feeding and Scheduling Tips for Your Toddler

That first year with your baby really goes by in the blink of an eye. Suddenly, you find yourself with a toddler on your hands, one that’s walking, babbling and ready for more food than you realize. So how do you provide proper nourishment and what time should you feed your child? Well, some of that is up to your own personal schedule and you’ll have to figure out what best meets the needs for your family, but here are some helpful tips on how to transition into feeding a toddler.

There is no one perfect schedule

Every family is different so following the schedule your best friend follows to feed her toddler might not work at all for you and your toddler. Other factors that contribute to what will work best for you is if you are still breast or formula feeding, or if you stay at home or work outside the home.

Starting a solid foundation

By the time your child is 11 months, from there on out he should be eating solid foods three times daily. The time you feed him is up to you, but whenever you sit him in his high chair, make sure you’re serving him all different kinds of foods. This ideally should be the things you serve the rest of the family but cut up into very small pieces and in smaller portions. Your child should also be able to feed himself and drink from his own cup. He will take longer to eat his cubes of chicken and potatoes than the rest of the family, but he will be building a solid foundation for healthy eating.

You can (and should) still give breast milk

If your child still nurses from your breast, don’t worry about weaning right away. He will do so in his own time. At one year of age, you can start introducing cow’s milk to your child but be careful not to give too much. Milk tends to fill up their stomachs and will decrease his appetite for other foods that he should be having.

Sleep plays a part too

Now that you’ve got a toddler, he’ll be sleeping a lot less than he was as a baby. As a result, he’ll be hungrier so watch for his hunger cues and be ready with snacks. But remember, he’s still a little guy. Too many snacks will make him too full at meal times.

Kids aren’t always hungry when we are

For many different reasons, your child might not be hungry when you feel it’s time to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. And that’s very normal. Big snacks, random naps and changes in your schedule can all play a part in when your toddler is ready to eat again.

Let it go

Don’t ever try to force a schedule on your child. The pattern will emerge on its own. If your child isn’t hungry right when he wakes up, don’t force him to eat breakfast. Try 30 minutes to an hour later and you just might be surprised how much he gobbles up then.

Celebrate Toddlerhood: 5 Tips for Parenting Your Toddler

Once a cuddly, sweet baby, when your child enters toddlerhood that can change in an instant. Suddenly that smiley baby is now a shrieking hot mess in the middle of your living room floor because she wants to eat an entire box of cookies before dinner, or even worse, in the produce section of the supermarket. And if this is your first entry into toddlerhood, it can be pretty daunting.

The good news is that this phase doesn’t last forever. And the bad news is also that it won’t last forever. Before you know it, your toddler will be a big kid with a whole different set of challenges so you’ll have to ride the ever-changing toddler tide and enjoy the ride from the ups to the downs and back again. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you stay as sane as possible during this phase.

1. It happens to every parent

Every child throws a tantrum at some point. Don’t worry about what other people think while your kid is screaming away. All the parents around you are sympathizing with you. Try to see the humor in the situation as well and it will be less stressful.

2. Make rules and stick to them

Children need rules and limits in order to be successful and that needs to start in this phase. While the rules need to be kept simple in toddlerhood, they still need to be enforced. So if you’re out somewhere and your child is behaving nicely, simply tell your child that it’s not OK to act like that and warn them if they don’t stop, you’re leaving. Make good on that if they don’t change their behavior. Caving only teaches them they can keep acting like a total jerk.

3. Praise goes a long way

You don’t need to give little junior a new toy every time he does something right. Heaping on the praise for listening or doing what he was asked to do will help reinforce the good behavior. Children love to make their grown-ups happy and when they get positive attention from their good behavior, it makes them more likely to give a repeat performance.

4. Let them try it themselves

It’s so tempting sometimes to help your child with everything but you need to take a step back and let them try things for themselves, particularly with things like eating and drinking, dressing themselves and experimenting with things that could be messy. Messes are all part of life and kids need to know that.

5. Messes can always be cleaned up

And speaking of messes, it can be extremely annoying when your toddler accidentally knocks his plate of food off his high chair and right onto your freshly-scrubbed floor. Accidents happen, as do intentional demolitions of your very best attempts at keeping the house clean. Children are exceptional at making messes of all kinds and while you shouldn’t let them pile up, enlist your toddler’s help in clean up instead. In this way, you’ll begin to lay the foundation to raising a hard-working child who will strive for greatness in adulthood.

How to introduce the newborn to their elder sibling ?

There will be a lot of joy and celebration in a family when the news of welcoming a new baby in the house is announced. However, bringing in a newborn for the second time is a totally different experience as your older toddler is at home and as you guessed right there will be a bag of mixed emotions when you break the news to your little one. You as parents will be equally anxious as during the first delivery there was enough time to focus on recovering from child birth. But this time round there is the job of looking after your elder kid as well as supporting him / her with his /her emotions. You will surely be wondering how to meet the needs of both your kids and how your elder one will react to the new addition to the family. The stark reality is that you were concentrating on your only child earlier . For him / her it was a mom-centric world. But hence forth he / she would have to share his world with a younger sibling who has grabbed the attention of the whole house. Consider a creative way to introduce your child to the family’s newest addition. So here are a few tips to deal with the situation.

Breaking the Big News

Before birth of the child as you can notice the bump try talking to your little one about the new addition to the family. Probably showing pictures about pregnancy can help depending on the understanding and age of the child. Make your little kid touch your bump and feel the baby moving inside. Tell him stories about what the little one will be doing inside and that he / she is waiting you meet her / his little brother / sister.

Include your Child

You should plan to take your little one for all the prenatal check up appointments with you. Your child should be allowed to hear the heartbeats of the unborn sibling and also should be shown the sonography so that excitement builds up in the little ones mind and he eagerly awaits the arrival of his younger sibling. Also you should allow him to touch your belly andask him to introduce himself to the unborn. They say that the unborn child understands everything you speak to him when he is in the womb.

Prepare your kid for your hospital stay

A few days before your admission to the hospital, you as a mother should prepare your child for your absence. You can tell him how much hisgrandparents love him and they are specially coming home to be with him and take care of him . Also you can plan activities with him so that he can doit with them. Schedule hospital visits for your elder one so that he knows where you are and he is also introduced to his little brother / sister as a BIG brother.

Make your Child feel responsible

Give the older child responsibilities and privileges for being the elder brother / sister. Tell him / her that the newborn will not do anything unless helped by his elder bro / sis. Make him feel that he is the first to make his little sibling smile. That will create a beautiful bond between them from the point of the elder one.

Albums Help

Show your kid his old Albums and tell him how cute he was as a baby and still is. Till the age of three children are very egocentric and would love praise from his mother whom he adores. You can also tell him stories about his days as a baby and how he wanted to be carried all the time and alsp prepare him that the newborn is going to do the same and he has to help mom with taking care of baby.

Let your child Express himself

Listen to what your child wants to tell you. Maybe he wants to express his excitement or his fears regarding the arrival of the new baby. Answer all his questions . He will definitely feel that he is being listened to and that you are not neglecting him.

Dad should help

It is very important that when the second baby is on its way Dad should pose as a very important figure in the elder ones life. He should emphasize that he is getting more of dad than the baby. But should also explain that both dad and elder bro will help mom to look after the little baby with diapers and all other little chores.
Further on with proper guidance from parents and grandparents Siblings can become the best of friends and confidants. The saying “ Friends come and go but Family is forever” is so true.

5 Cool ways to stop Toddler Tantrums

Temper Trantrums are very common with Toddlers. One minute they are happy and playing and the next minute you will see that they have not liked something that has happened and are howling and out of control. “Meltdowns are terrible, nasty things, but they’re a fact of childhood,” says Ray Levy, PhD, a Dallas-based clinical psychologist. Temper Tantrums start as early as when the child is a year old. Tantrums are the worst in the second year as by then the child can understand a lot more than he did earlier and knows exactly how to get his way. The reasons for these Tantrums are many. It could be hunger, boredom , wanting independence to do their chores which otherwise the caregiver does for the toddler. Maybe he is not able to communicate his needs to the parent or the care giver is not able to understand the child’s wants. There are many ways in which your toddlers tantrums can be stopped.

Hunger:

See to it that the Toddler is given his / her meals on time. There should not be any delay in their schedule. Chalk out a proper schedule for the day for your toddler. His meal time, bed time, play time are very important. The child easily gets upset when the schedule is not followed. They feel very secure and comforted when he is fed in time and put to bed in time too. If you are taking your toddler to the market with you see that he has a full tummy. Carry water along with you just in case he is thirsty.

Ignore:

There are times when your Toddler will throw temper Tantrums for no reason at all. He also knows very well that the parent will give in to his demands if he is howling away and does not listen to the parent. At this time the best thing that the Parent can do is to ignore the childs tantrums and behave as if nothing has happened as long as he is not harming anybody or himself. Soon the Toddler comes back to normal realizing that the parent is not going to listen to his tantrum and even if he continues howling , it is not making a difference to the Parent. You as a Parent can continue doing what you were doing earlier.

Give a Tight Hug:

When your Toddler is in one of his cranky moods where he has thrown a very frustrating Tantrum, Just hold him close to you. Your touch will cool him down a little for sure and he will feel secure in your hug. Assure him in a very soft voice that everything is alright and you are there for him as and when he wants you.

Listen to your Toddler:

As the child grows up he wants to become independent. Allow him to eat on his own even if you know that he is going to make a mess of the food given to him. He may smear his mouth with food or even mess up the floor. Be Patient. Listen to the child. If he says he wants to eat on his own, then allow him to. He will not only feel that he doing his work independently but also he will be more confident about doing his own work. Toddlers love undressing themselves and then they try wearing their basic clothes on their own. Be there with them when they do it. You can help them if they allow.

Divert Attention:

The moment a child throws Temper Tantrums, The Parent should be sure that he does not show his frustration . Try diverting your toddlers attention by giving him some other activity which he loves doing. The child will stop crying and screaming without realizing the change in activity as he is doing what he loves doing. Behavioral Consultant Kirk Martinsaid that “Motion Changes Emotion. We get kids doing another activity and we put out the emotional fire by remaining calm ourselves,”

So these were some of the best and cool ways to keep your Toddler away from having Temper Tantrums. Keep their Physical, Emotional and Nutritional needs in order and there you will have the best Happy Children.

Why Parents should spend quality time talking to toddlers and how?

Who better than Parents can understand what they mean to their children or vice versa however grown up they are!! There is just one single truth which applies to Parents and that is that they should spend quality time with their children especially Toddlers. This age group needs all the attention you can give them as Parents. They Observe and understand. They need visual understanding as they are yet to learn to speak. But they understand everything you tell them. They are like wet sponges, able to absorb everything you tell them. Remember that Parents are the sole role models of their children. Children imitate by observing. SO by spending time with your children you will help them learn a lot. A Lecturer of Psychology at St Francis College for Women, Hyderabad, Neha Taparia said “ communication, “There are several ways you can create quality time for your toddlers and also later realize that making time is always in your own hands.

Stay away from your Gadgets

In today’s world People have become very addicted to their gadgets like their Mobile, Tab, Laptop etc. Keep them aside when you are with your Toddler. Give him undivided attention. This benefits the child and you.

Dinner Time

Having Dinner together is a very good ritual. Make your Toddler sit with you at Dinner Time. He could sit on the Parents lap or on a High Chair specially assigned for him. He also feels very important. Everybody should talk to him so that he learns how to talk and his social development progresses.

Bed Time

Bed Time Stories is an all time favorite with children. It creates a strong Bond between Parents and children as here you give them absolute undivided attention. You should tell them stories that you know very well and see the expression on your toddlers face as you tell them the story. It is pure excitement and they want to hear more from you. You also enhance their Cognitive or thinking skills and help their brain develop further.

Show your Love

All Children need a lot of Tender Love & Care irrespective of their age. Give them all the alone time that they need from you. Moments that you spend alone with your child giving them all your affection is well cherished and remembered by them. It is really wonderful when both parents together spend time with their Toddler on a one-on-one basis.

Eye Contact

When you talk to your Toddler, maintain eye contact with them. Initially maybe they are distracted but soon you will realize that he has your full attention and he is responding to your talk. This also teaches the child to look into somebody’s eyes when he talks to get undivided attention from that person. This is the best way of communication according to Experts. This will also help them develop their social skills as they grow up.

Smile

A Smile from the Parent lights up the Toddlers face. He knows that the Parent is very happy talking to him and this puts him at ease. There is no better way of showing your warmth and love for your little baby. He will also grow up to be a very happy child.

Uninterrupted talk

When you are with your Toddler, and he is trying to say something, you should encourage him to do so. DO not interrupt him. Learn to be a good listener. Maybe you may not understand his babble. Never the less, listen attentively giving him the satisfaction that you are listening to him. You can see sheer joy on his face and even you as a parent will experience pure ecstasy seeing your child talk to you.

As Parents, We should spend a lot of time with kids. They grow up very fast. Before you know it they are adolescents and soon they will not have time for you. By Spending quality time with your child even if it is 15 minutes a day will help them to become good adults and your love and affection for them will be their foundation of happiness which will last them a life time.

Tips to nurture and grow your childs creativity

Creativity is a word which is highly misunderstood. Creativity is normally thought of in respect to Art or Music or even poetry. But that is not the actual meaning of creativity. It is the ability to make something new. Creativity is Thinking of new things you have never ventured into.  Every person is creative. It is just that there are different fields like science, Art, Space, Painting, Cooking or playing a musical instrument.

What is Childhood? Childhood is a journey from infancy to Toddlerhood to Preschool to Middle       Childhood to Adolecence. Childhood is a time of supposed rapid change. Parents play a vital role in nurturing the creativity of their children. Creativity in a child helps them to fulfill their day to day tasks in the most unstressed way. Parents should be able to identify that special twinkle in the eye of the child when he is doing something interesting and also discover the elements of creativity in the child and nurture them in the right way. Every Child is different . So it is the inherent responsibility of the parents and then the teacher to identify and bring out the special talent of the child so that as adults they become imaginative and creative . A creative thought is the result of the mindset acquired at the very childhood. There are many things that you, as a parent, can do to nurture your child’s creativity.

Instill Confidence

Confidence in children should be instilled in them from their infancy stage.  Unconditional love should be given to them. They should not be scolded at for undeliberate mistakes done. If scolded they will lose confidence in themselves and may not try to do anything new. Try to strenghthen their curiosity and willingness to explore and take creative risks.

Encourage Curiosity

Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” It is the door to many possibilities. Cognitive and Social development fosters Imagination. needfor their future. Social development in a child supports the ability to express Cognitive Development which refers to the thinking abilities of the child. Thinking Out of the Box is the beginning of creativity in the child. Children express themselves verbally and non-verbally. Imagination and creativity are  skills which children should develop to regulate feelings and develop relations with others which boosts their confidence .

Encourage curiosity and exploration in a child. Try to make him find out answers to his own questions. Brainstorming should also be encouraged with kids who are very inquisitive & curious. Stimulate imaginative, independent thought by posing questions. Encourage Humour. Humor helps kids take joy in their creative intelligence. Laugh together often. Play imaginative word games.

Channelize Energy

Children are always very energetic. They should always be engaged in some or the other activity. The best way to deal with this is to channelize their energy in the right path.. Introduction to creative toys or puzzles will give them a way to use up their energy  . They can be taken out to parks to play where their social skills as well as cognitive skills are enhanced.

Spend Quality time

One of the most important aspects of nurturing is when you spare time to be with your child and spend quality time with them. Telling your child bedtime stories will enhance their thinking skills as well as their language skills. This is also a way to make them think creatively.

The children should be taught to be positive. To share their toys & books with their friends and  to care for their loved ones should be taught to the children from the very beginning. A conducive environment should be created for the child to be well nurtured.

Gift Creative Stuffs

Creative toys should be given to children as gifts so that they start thinking . Building Blocks is one such game.  They improve the fine motor skills of the child. They also enhance hand and eye co-ordination. This also helps them to build their cognitive skills. They learn to differenciate between shapes, colours, sizes, etc

Try Preschooling

They say that children learn and are able to absorb till the age of 5. So it is very important that the child is sent to a prechool where the teacher takes over from the parent and teaches the child and develops his Cognitive, language, Physical , Motor, Social  and Emotional skills.

These are some of the ways a child’s creativity  can be nurtured . There is no one “right way” to nurture your child. Comment your thoughts