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Formulas for Success for Toddlers

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    Give your toddler quiet time every day. Let him learn to be by himself with books, crayons, or blocks.

  • Need an extra hour of sleep in the a.m.? Lay out a bowl of cereal the night before and some quiet play-time activities for your toddler so she can entertain herself while you catch a few extra Zs.

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  • Put your toddler in diapers one size up at night to reduce 2 a.m. leaks.

  • If you've got a sick toddler who refuses to take icky-flavored OTC medication, try refrigerating it or mixing it with chocolate syrup.

  • If your toddler is throwing a tantrum, offer a quiet sanctuary for him to go and calm down. A pop-up kiddie tent stocked with a pillow and lovey, or even a blanket draped over a table, works.

  • When potty-training, offer to take your toddler to the toilet frequently; sometimes they'll forget to go, and constantly reminding them will help them remember.

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  • Instead of giving toddlers a yes-or-no choice to a question, give them options. Rather than, "Ready to brush your teeth?", say, "Which toothbrush do you want to use today -- red or blue?"

  • Make a note of when your toddler has tantrums. If your toddler always has meltdowns during errands in the afternoon, try doing them in the morning.

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  • If your potty-training toddler will only use the toilet at home, buy a travel potty seat and let her decorate it with stickers. She'll be more likely to sit on that than a strange public toilet.

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  • Let your toddler watch or help you prepare meals (for example, let him pour a pre-measured dressing on a salad). If he participates, he's more likely to take interest in trying things.

  • When transitioning your toddler from a crib to her own bed, try not to get worked up by your toddler's attempts to wake you in the middle of the night. Simply take your child by the hand and say, in monotone, "You must stay in your bed." Soon getting up in the middle of the night will become uninteresting for her.

  • If your toddler has dropped the afternoon nap but still needs some quiet time, don't try to force him to stay in bed. Instead, let him stay in his room drawing, coloring, "reading" or doing a relaxing activity.

  • Curb your toddler's bossiness by consistently reminding her to say "please" and "thank you". Constant reminding helps her understand she needs to be polite all the time.

  • Be patient when trying new foods with your toddler; sometimes they need to be exposed to it 10-20 times before they can decide if they like it or not.

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  • If your toddler is experiencing separation anxiety, give him a task to distract him while you're gone, like drawing a picture or coloring.

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