Parenting is an extremely difficult thing for most people. Babies don’t come with instruction manuals when they’re born, so many people are stuck fumbling around in the dark as they try to raise their children to be respectable adults. The following tips should give you direction when it comes to raising your children.
If you take your child on a trip, keep routines as similar as possible by eating and sleeping in the same way, at around the same times as normal. Small children and infants are often stressed out by traveling. Familiar bedtime routines can help him or her feel a little more comforted and secure in a new place. This will also aid in restful sleep for everyone!
When training your child to use the potty, buy them underwear with their favorite cartoon character on it. Children always do better with encouragement. By letting them wear these kind of underwear, they will feel better about using the potty because they do not want to have an accident in their “special” underwear.
If your child becomes upset while traveling in the car, try giving them a magnetic toy to play with. Use a cookie sheet or cake pan and put a variety of magnetic toys on it. This should keep your child entertained even if you have to stop at a light or slow down for traffic.
Use your smart phone to help you keep track of your child’s diaper changes and feedings. You can download an application that will keep a record of what you do with your child. This is particularly useful during visits with your pediatrician; they may need to know specific details regarding your child’s routine.
Invest in one of the customized music CDs that have your child’s name included in the songs. This will keep their attention as you sit through a long line of traffic. This can be used in long car rides, flights, or even train rides. It will be well worth the investment.
Playing outside with your child will benefit the both of you. Spending time together drawing with chalk on the driveway, will strengthen the bond between you both; many times opening doors to insightful conversation. Playing together outside will also help keep you both physically fit and help you to live happier, healthier lives.
If your baby is breastfeeding, make sure that your child’s pediatrician or family doctor uses the World Health Organization growth charts intended for breastfed babies. Your baby may grow differently from formula-fed babies and these charts, better reflect the standard growth patterns for infants and toddlers that are nursing.
Talk to the school about those heavy text books your child is expected to carry back and forth between school and home. Despite efforts by the medical community to alert them, many schools remain apparently oblivious to the potential dangers of children carrying loads that are too much for them physically.
Parenting may be a difficult and confusing, but it’s well worth it. These tips should help give you a starting point for raising your children. While it may not have covered everything, you should at least come out with more knowledge and a better plan than you came in with.