The best baby and toddler tips aren't new or trendy, but instead have stood the test of time. Here are classic guidelines that continue to hold up:
Feeding: Go for a variety of healthy food choices in small servings, and trust your toddler to know when he's full. Don't give up on new foods too soon or label your toddler as a certain type of eater. Pickiness typically sets in soon after a child's first birthday, but it's important not to resort to feeding your toddler lots of milk and empty-calorie snacks just to get him to eat.
Sleep: Establish good habits by putting baby to bed when she's drowsy but not yet asleep. When a child is not getting enough sleep, it actually becomes harder for him to relax and fall asleep. If your toddler's sleep habits change, consider what's new in his life or his routine that might have caused the shift.
Stay in tune: Learn to anticipate when your toddler is getting hungry, thirsty, bored or overly tired, and be prepared to meet his needs. Tantrums will follow if the basics go unmet. Remember not to expect too much, too soon of your little one: Learning to walk, talk, handle emotions and interact with the world is a lot to master.
Separation: A toddler's anxiety about separating from his parents is common. Toddlers tend to act out after a morning or a day away from mom or dad. They save up intense feelings for the end of the day, when they feel safe enough to fall apart. At your departure, show your confidence that your child will be fine with a hug and smile. When you're back together, remind him or her that you're together again, as promised. This builds trust and confidence for future separations.
Play and learning: Play is important because every glance, smile and touch builds your baby's sense of who she is. Using her senses, she will develop preferences about textures, noises, rhythms and more. Find enjoyable ways to involve your child's senses and interact with her. Don't expect a toddler to play alone for more than a few minutes, but don't worry: You cannot spoil your children by spending too much time with them. Instead, you'll build their brains and the foundations for learning.
Sensory concerns: For babies and toddlers, here is a list from the Sensory Processing Disorder Network of "red flag" behaviors. These might signal an inability to process information that comes in through the senses; discuss any concerns with your pediatrician. Red flag behaviors include problems eating or sleeping, refusal to go to anyone but mom or dad, irritable when being dressed, uncomfortable in clothes, resistance to cuddling, arching away from caregivers and gross-motor skill delays.