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Readers Share Their Best Parenting Tips

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I love to hear from other parents and I am especially appreciative when I get parenting tips here on the Toddlers site. Below, you'll find advice and parenting tips submitted by readers and you can submit your own advice for fellow parents in the trenches.

1. Weaning a Toddler from the Bottle

If you've weaned your child from the bottle, please share your story -- good times as well as bad times -- and let other parents know what worked for you and what didn't.

2. Weaning a Toddler from the Breast

If you're facing the sometimes difficult task of weaning your child from the breast, know that you're not alone. Here, parents share their best tips on how to make it an easier process and share their experiences both good and bad.

3. Breastfeeding Stories

Parents have a lot to say when it comes to breastfeeding. Each nursing relationship is as unique as the people involved. There are hardships, trials, joys and triumphs and you can read all about them here or share your own unique story. We welcome stories from everyone involved including moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers.

4. How to Handle a Temper Tantrum

Do you have an effective method for handling your toddler's temper tantrums? Share it with other parents or pick up a new trick or two to put an end to your toddler's fit.

5. DIY Toddler Toys

Ever spent a ton of money on a toy to find that your toddler is way more impressed by the box it came in? Would your toddler rather bang a spoon on a pot than play with a fancy toy drum? Most toddlers don't need the most expensive, new thing to be entertained or educated and parents are coming up with fresh, DIY ideas for homemade toys all the time. You can share yours here.

6. Your Favorite Large Motor Activities

Activities like playing with a ball and dancing are so much fun for toddlers but they're tools for learning as well. They increase gross motor skills and get toddlers ready for a life of healthy physical activity and self-help tasks like getting dressed. Do you have favorite gross motor activities that you do with your toddler or class? Share them with others here.

7. Collage Ideas

Have you come up with a great idea for a collage or did your toddler just bring home an awesome collage from child care? Share a picture, we'd love to see it! Consider this your virtual refrigerator.

8. How Do You Bond with Your Child?

Some parents love to spend extra time at the end of the day, reading a book before bedtime. Others enjoy working outside in the garden or playing ball with their children and some just like to give hugs all day long. I'd love to hear about the ways you manage to stay connected to your child. Share how you bond together.

9. Soothing Your Sick Toddler

Toddlers can be a fussy bunch anyway, but combine when you've got a sick toddler on your hands it's so much worse. And who can blame them? Being sick is no fun, especially when you're dependent on those around you for everything. So, moms, dads and other caregivers, what do you do to make sure your sick toddlers are soothed and comfortable?

10. Playdough Tools

Playdough is fun to use all by itself, but it's even more fun when you add playdough tools. Is there a favorite set of tools you've purchased or do you just use household objects like forks and rolling pins? Which playdough tools make the best designs and which are your child's favorites?

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