Walking, talking, exploring new foods, and taking steps towards greater independence are just a few of the wonderful new things that you will witness as your infant becomes a toddler. Picky eating, raging tantrums, and separation anxiety are some of the less wondrous developments that you will experience. But don’t stress! We have answers to the most pressing questions that moms raising toddlers have. How much sleep does my toddler really need? How much television should I let my toddler watch? How do I potty-train my toddler? How can I keep my toddler’s tantrums under control? A toddler may test your limits but having (and consistently utilizing!) strategies that work can make a big difference. From 0-3 years old is a time of dramatic development for a child’s brain development – this is when he learns how to think, speak, learn, and reason. This early development needs to be nurtured and parents are critical to helping their toddlers get on track for developing healthy patterns that will lead to a lifetime of learning. What can you do with your toddler to foster his intellectual, social, and emotional development? What you can do to help lay down the foundation of success later in school? We have expert tips and advice that will equip you with the know-how to nurture your child’s development. No matter what your parenting style, challenges, or concerns, we can help you develop an approach that works for you and enables you to lay the groundwork for raising a healthy, happy tot.

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Healthy Foods Your Toddler Will Love

Feels like just yesterday, when it seemed that all baby did was chow down, but now that he’s a toddler, getting him to eat -- and eat healthily -- might be more than just a challenge. Try these smart strategies.

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bento boxes

Go bento

The dish: Bento box meal

The details: A bento serving style appeals to toddlers because the portions are small and varied enough to stay interesting.Mika Shino, author of Smart Bites for Baby: 300 Easy-to-Make, Easy-to-Love Meals That Boost Your Baby and Toddler’s Brain (DeCapo Lifelong Books/August 2012) arranges small meatballs, rice balls, chicken or pork cutlets, and finger foods with fresh fruits and vegetables. “The hope is that every time my son opens up his lunch box, he’s surprised, intrigued, and talks about his food with his friends.”

Another portable idea

The dish: Yummy yam balls

The details: Roast yams and apples for about 45 minutes (or until they are real mushy). Then mix with cottage cheese and shape into mini balls that kids can hold with their hands. These sweet snacking spheres pack a lot of nutrients (beta-carotene, fiber, calcium), says Shino, and don’t contain any artificial sweeteners or added sugar. Make a whole batch and store some in the freezer to bring with you to parks and other outings.

Photo by Smart Bites for Baby / The Bump

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