Taking Care of a Toddler

October 22nd, 2009 by admin

There is more to looking after a child than just playing. There are several main areas to remember when caring for a toddler between the ages of 1 ½ and 4 years old.

Children need routine and structure in every aspect of their lives. Starting a schedule early on eliminates many frustrations and makes the day pass smoothly. Try to put the child down for daily naps and at bedtime at the same time every day. The same applies for meals and snacks. If you feed the child at approximately the same time and offer healthy and nutritious snacks throughout the day, your child is less likely to become excessively hungry throughout the day or to start eating large quantities of food or consuming unhealthy foods.

Children in this age range also need a lot of stimulation.As the babysitter, make sure they always have plenty of fun and interesting things to do. This can range from promoting intellectual activities like puzzles or word games. Daily walks are also a great source of adventure. Children can investigate the neighborhood and bring home things of interest to make crafts. This can also teach children to respect their environment and the property of others at the same time.

This is a very important age range where children learn to talk and emulate those around them. They learn words and actions very quickly.As the babysitter, teach them through songs and word games. Coloring and drawing can help children to develop their motor skills. Reading to them will also help their memory and will get them prepared for entering pre-school and eventually kindergarten.

This is a very inquisitive age as well. While you want to encourage children to learn and experience new things, it’s also important that thebabysitter keep a keen eye on these busy children. They need constant attention and supervision. Through trial and error and guidance, they will quickly pick up on what is safe to touch and what is not.

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