Toddler

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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miso porridge

Switch up your idea of “traditional”

The dish: Porridge

The details: “For a very long time, feeding my son breakfast was a challenge,” says Shino. The breakthrough: She discovered he wanted salty, savory dishes in the morning. “He preferred to have fish and rice, or even some pasta, rather than French toast or pancakes.” She now makes porridge -- a rice soup -- with bits of fish, chicken or veggies instead. (Get her miso porridge recipe here.) An Asian tradition, it may seem strange because it’s not a part of our culture, but it is easy. You can make the brown rice porridge the night before and add leftovers, like small pieces of chicken or meat, in the morning and reheat.

Photo by Smart Bites for Baby / The Bump

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