BNF Healthy Eating Week: feeding your toddler

Many parents worry if they are feeding their toddlers the right things and in the right volume. We are no different in this house, particularly with a two year old who will change his mind about what he likes and doesn’t like at the drop of a hat. Children of this age often don’t eat the same amount every day, and it can be a concern. Are they eating enough today? Are they eating the right things? I think I’m reasonably well informed when it comes to nutrition but even I worry. The British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating Week runs from 11th…

Tips for potty training boys

Potty training is a milestone that all parents seem to dread. Personally, while I look forward to not having to faff about with nappies, it is daunting. We’ve been introducing a potty to Small Boy for the past few weeks. He will happily sit on it and sometimes use it, but we are definitely not “there” yet.  We’re hoping to have the whole potty training thing licked within the next month of two, not rushing it because Small Boy has his very distinct views on things at the best of time. I’ve read a few books, but like all these…

Why do we expect so much from toddlers?

Why do we expect toddlers to deal with their emotions and challenges in the same way adults do? Is it fair to expect them to understand how they feel and concepts that even we as adults struggle with sometimes, like disappointment or anger? It’s easy to dismiss a “tantrum” or to get frustrated by your toddler throwing themselves on the floor because you’ve asked them to do something or you say no to them. I’ve had to go and have a few seconds in another room while I’ve calmed down on more than one occasion. I’ve likewise got annoyed with…

Action Tots – a development and balance bike activity for toddlers

As you know we’ve been a fan of Tots Play from the day we signed up for the local Baby Development Course. We loved the local leader who was incredibly supportive and has nurtured a fantastic local Facebook group for local mothers who have met on her courses. We went from Baby Development classes, to Discovery Tots and then briefly Social Tots before my maternity leave ended. Now that I’ve returned to work it’s been difficult to commit to regular classes so we’ve been experimenting with a few organised activities in our local area, the new offering from Tots Play…

10 Things About Toddler Birthday Parties

1.       You went from not having a first birthday party (“it’s not like he’ll remember it”) to organising something that would rival a Queen’s garden party. 2.       You had forgotten how fun doing the Okey-Cokey is but now you’re one of the first up at a kids’ party. 3.       You will instinctively know the hand movements to kids songs that you’ve never even heard before – and display them enthusiastically 4.       You will carry your small toddler for at least 50% of a party, even if it’s theirs. They will only want to participate until halfway through one of the…

My son is two and he’s being a two year old, back off lady!

(aka unwanted advice in a shopping centre) I’m going to share with you an incident that happened to us in Cribbs Causeway a few weeks ago. I want to share it as I feel I can now – the red mist of anger has dissipated and I’m now comfortable in the air of “really? I mean… really?” which is frankly where I seem to spend much of my time. It’s the place where I look at people from, mildly confused as to why they are offering me unsolicited advice on just about anything. It’s been a while since it happened…