Climbing Toddlers

Up & Beyond.

photoHappy Wednesday, y’all!

I’m quite a climber these days; whenever my parents take me to the playground – they let me explore! They do hover over me but they let me climb up a slide, as well without being too scared!

Overall, I’m a boy who loves to be challenged and have fun at the same time! Yet, often times, parents worry a lot and wonder if they can let their children “let loose” at a playground because let’s face it – we don’t want them to get hurt!

But I say: Try not to go overboard protecting your children from every little bump, scratch, and boo-boo. What’s your take on this?

Should you give your kids more freedom to make mistakes and learn from them?

Comment below and share your thoughts!

Toddler Friday

Swings and other things.

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Happy Friday, y’all!

Last Friday we met up with Bubbe and Opa to play at their local park! I loved their toddler bucket swing which is especially designed with a high back for safety and comfort. I giggled all the way with delight as my daddy pushed me in my swing! But I also enjoyed going down the slides (with mommy & Opa!).

This Friday we’ll be visiting my favorite zoo in Lincoln Park again!

What are your plans this weekend?

How To Keep Toddlers Active

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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Toddlers like me don’t like to sit still (as you may already know). We usually wriggle from your grasp and want to be free. It can be tiring for my parents sometimes, but they know the importance of it, and hence encourage me to EXPLORE.

These days a lot of families let their children watch TV – but did you know – that we actually don’t need to watch TV? For instance, in our home there is no TV and I don’t even care. To me educational programs aren’t as enriching as real-life activities, such as figuring out how a toy works, playing games, or singing songs together.

In our household we simply encourage active playing and spending quality time together! So, if you have TV in your home you might want to limit TV watching to keep your child active.

Below are some tips for keeping your toddler(s) active:

  • Listen to music and dance together
  • Explore the backyard or playground together
  • Climb stairs and use climbing equipment, with supervision
  • Play “Follow the Leader”, “Ring Around the Rosy”, and other easy games
  • Play ball
  • Imitate animals
  • Play on a playground, with supervision
  • Enjoy imaginative play
  • Build with blocks
  • Draw with crayons

Now, you tell me…who wants to watch TV if you can do the fun things above?

Playground Safety for Toddlers

Facts and Tips for Parents of Toddlers and Preschoolers.

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If your family is like mine, you are probably spending a lot of time at playgrounds now that summer time is here. I love playgrounds! My favorite activity is going down the slides!

Playgrounds offer us the opportunity to explore, to have fun and to develop our gross motor abilities – yet a lot of accidents happen at playgrounds too. The CDC estimates more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger make a trip to the Emergency Room each year due to playground-related injuries; and an estimated 8,250 of those children are under the age of 2 years old.

This being said – make sure you’re there to supervise your child(ren)!

  • Inspect the equipment and make sure all the hardware is in place
  • Make sure there is protective surfacing underneath the equipment
  • Read signs about which age group the equipment is intended
  • Be aware of any spaces that could entrap children, such as openings in guardrails or in between ladder rungs
  • Look for any tripping hazards, like rocks or tree stumps
  • Inspect your child’s clothing and make sure they don’t have any drawstrings on their clothing that might get tangled on playground equipment
  • Make sure your child is wearing appropriate foot wear (flip-flops aren’t safe for playgrounds!)
  • Teach your child to use the equipment the correct way: “Climb up the ladder and go down the slide.”

Happy Playing!