22 Aug · Linda Searles · No Comments

Can Toddlers Get Depressed?

Many experts maintain that toddlers are too psychologically immature to experience depression, a growing number of child psychologists believe it can hit children as young as 2 or 3. They believe that treating the condition immediately can rewire the brain in a way that diminishes the problem later on. According to the American Academy of …


5 Aug · Linda Searles · No Comments

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

For some parents, vaccines represent a threat to their child’s health and safety but, for the vast majority of parents, vaccinating their child is a given. “Seventy years ago, we didn’t have to sell vaccines to people because those diseases were a real threat,” Brian Zikmund-Fisher, an associate professor of health behavior and health education …


21 Jul · Linda Searles · No Comments

Diapers: Disposable or Cloth?

Cloth Diapers Pros: While cloth diapers come with a larger initial investment, they are much cheaper over the long run than disposable diapers. Since cloth diapers are less absorbent than disposables (con) you will need to change diaper more often-hence less diaper rash. (pro) It may be easier to start potty training because kids will …


7 Jul · Linda Searles · No Comments

Taking Toddlers to the Beach

First, find a beach that fits your style. Meaning, does the area have a boardwalk just in case your toddler tires of the sand and water and needs to take a walk in the stroller. Also, the beach should not be more than an hour drive from your home. Everyone is tired on the way …


30 Jun · Linda Searles · No Comments

Camping with a Toddler

A first camping trip, with your toddler, will depend on where you choose to go. You may want to choose a site that is more local to you so your trip is not too long. Check your state’s Department of Natural Resources website for a full list of available campgrounds. Many site will let you …


17 Feb · Linda Searles · No Comments

ATTENTION (positive and negative)

When you think your child’s behavior might be a problem, you have 3 choices: Decide that the behavior is not a problem because it’s appropriate to the child’s age and stage of development. Attempt to stop the behavior, either by ignoring it or by punishing it. Introduce a new behavior that you prefer and reinforce …


17 Feb · Linda Searles · No Comments

Do Toddlers Have Friends?

1 – 2 year olds Research conducted in the past five years has changed the way experts view child-to-child interaction. It was believed, in the past, that very you children play only side-by side with very little interaction. Social interaction for kids 1 – 2 years is fun time to socially interact as well as …


27 Jan · Linda Searles · No Comments

Language Milestones

Language milestones mark various stages of language development. They are small constant successes.  In addition to being able to make sounds and words, your baby also needs to be able to hear and understand. Most children speak their first work between 10 to 14 months of age. They may say “ma ma” or “da da” …


1 Dec · Linda Searles · No Comments

Vitamins for Toddlers? Good or Bad?

A varied diet is the key to a healthy toddler!   The diet includes three meals a day, one to three snacks of healthy whole foods. Offer four servings a day of fruits and vegetables, especially dark green  and orange ones. Three servings of grain products, one serving of meat or a meat alternative day …


10 Nov · Linda Searles · No Comments

How to Enjoy the Holidays with Your Toddler

Accept and understand your child’s temperament. Some children are born with easy temperaments while others are born with not so easy temperaments and show stress right from the start. Some of their challenging behaviors may include—increased crying, tantrums, clinging and even excessive energy. Being turned on to your children’s temperament helps you organize your children’s …