The average baby uses nearly 3,000 diapers in the first 2 years of life. That comes to quite a bit of money, effort and smell for parents, so it's no wonder they want to get their children potty trained as soon as possible. However, the will to rid a household of diapers isn't enough of a reason to start potty training. First you must understand what age you should start potty training.
In its "Guide to Toilet Training," the American Academy of Pediatrics states that by age 2½ or 3, children begin becoming more aware of gender concepts. What parents need to understand, though, is that the child decides when the time to potty train is right. So how do you know when to start potty training your toddler boy? According to the Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), once a child begins showing signs that he is physically able and developmentally ready, it's time to give it a try.
They say that one man's music is another man's noise, and there is nothing that young children like better than making noise. According to Doug Hewitt, author of "The Practical Guide to Weekend Parenting," music activities for kids is a great time to talk to them about noise, music, their favorite instruments and what they hear each day. Construct some instruments today, and watch your children have a blast.
An infant goes through astounding changes during the first 12 months of life. From basic reflexes at birth to spontaneous smiling to calling for Mama and Dada, a baby learns to identify, remember and assign meaning to the objects and people in her world. As she learns meaning and gains memory ability, she learns to communicate and interact with her world.
Once toddlers start to walk and talk, many parents want to provide quality educational toys for them. While there are many toys on the market designed to teach the alphabet and numbers, many of these toys are geared towards preschoolers instead of toddlers. Toddlers can learn a lot about their world and language through a variety of educational toys, such as blocks and books. By selecting the right type of educational toys for your toddler, you can help your child to learn and grow.
Learning times tables is an important math skill that creates the foundation for higher math. Your child will probably begin working on multiplication tables in third or fourth grade. Since learning times tables requires a lot of memorization, you will probably need to work with your child on this skill at home. With some thought and planning, you can help your child learn her times tables and have fun together at the same time.
Baby wearing can be a beautiful experience for both baby and parent. Not only does it provide the opportunity for bonding, but it also allows the parent to have one or both hands free to do other tasks. If you are considering baby wearing, you have no doubt discovered that there are several styles of slings and carriers available to you. The most popular styles are discussed here, as well as their biggest strengths and weaknesses.
With the holidays approaching and travel looming, packing is a time consuming task for anyone. Adding a toddler to the packing checklist makes the task more challenging. Toddlers do not require as much special equipment as babies, but there are still considerations when packing for a toddler. Start packing early and carefully to ensure all of the essential items for your toddler make it into the suitcase.
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