Clingy Toddler

Growing up can be a hard task. Many toddlers go through the “I want up” phase, in which the child feels insecure, and may want to be babied more than usual. Zerotothree.org says that when children begin to grow up, start sleeping in a big bed or go to preschool, they experience some regression. To reassure your toddler, make opportunities to spend one-on-one time with them. Tell them that you can’t carry them right now, but you can hold their hand and tell them you are proud of them using their “walking feet.” Let them cuddle with you while you read a story together. Giving your toddler a chance to feel like a big kid can help ease them into growing up, and many times children decide on their own when they outgrow certain toys or activities.

Nighttime Ritual

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, sleep is vital for children’s health and development. Here are five tips for a healthy sleep.

  • Place your baby on their back
  • Make sure the crib meets current safety standards
  • Do not place baby in the same bed as you
  • Keep room at comfortable temperature between 60 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Establish a routine to combat sleeping troubles

Poison Protection

Most of the time, poisoning happens at home — the American Association of Poison Control Centers says children under 6 account for over half of all reported cases of poisoning in the U.S. each year. Some common household poisons include medicines, vitamins, eye drops, cosmetics and cleaning products. Keep these types of products locked away and out of reach from tiny hands. Contact Poison Control at 1.800.222.1222 if you think your child has consumed any of these products.

Banish Stretch Marks

The American Pregnancy Association reports that stretch marks are caused by two things: the physical stretch of the skin as baby grows and release of hormones that make skin tear easily. There are specific lotions containing cocoa butter and body oils containing vitamins A and E. Applying a topical oil-based ointment to maximize skin elasticity twice daily from the time of pregnancy to birth can help your body withstand the stretching of pregnancy.