Saturday March 1, 2014
What do toddlers need? Not much beyond the essentials. However, if you're shopping for toys and outdoor gear or health and wellness products, you want to be sure you buy the best of the best. Check our list of product reviews
that include everything from train play sets
to summer backyard fun
Friday January 31, 2014
Toddlers play in many different ways
. Whatever they do, is a learning experience to them (even if it looks just like throwing things and chewing on stuff to us). The fact is, your little one doesn't need iPads or high-tech toys to build skills. Blocks and even a cardboard box
can be among the most dynamic tools a child has. There are some playthings, though, that do offer special opportunities to boost early learning skills such as shape and color recognition.
If you're looking for something powerful to add to the toy box, consider these five fun learning toys and books.
Thursday January 30, 2014
It's amazing what little ones pick up just by watching you and interacting with people and things around them. However, sometimes it's necessary to give them a (slightly) more formal lesson to help toddlers build essential skills.
From being able to tell someone her full name when she's lost to identifying shapes, there are key skills and bits of information
that you can start teaching your tot now. Of course, toddlers learn through play, so you can integrate all of these "lessons" into games and fun. Not many specialized learning tools are really worth the investment. However, I (and my toddlers) always love LeapFrog Fridge Words
-- a great tool for building phonemic awareness Otherwise, though, toddlers don't need much to help them grow cognitively and emotionally. I recommend blocks, water toys, and other things that allow for open-ended play.
Wednesday January 22, 2014
Toddlers are really amazing people. Almost daily, they are forced to adapt and alter their way of doing things in order to accommodate changing bodies, advancing skills, and new rules from mom and dad. For instance, just when they've gotten used to sucking themselves to sleep, we come along and take away the paci.
There are some good health and safety reasons to begin helping your toddler give up the pacifier -- but that doesn't make it easy. Feel free to take it slow, but, according to the experts, try to ween your little one off the suckie pal as soon after her first birthday as possble.