Have a little one at home? We partnered with Aquafresh to bring you these tips to start them off with a smile.
Raising our kids to be happy and healthy is an important job, and it's never too early to get started on smart habits. These seven tips will have your little one blooming during her toddler years — and beyond!
From washing hands after using the potty to
brushing teeth before bed, being hygienic is a must for little ones. The earlier you start, the greater the daily routines are ingrained in your child — and being a good role model is the easiest way to start. Wash hands alongside your child, and brush teeth together so she can learn by example.
1 / 7
Every time you buckle your little one into his
car seat, you are teaching him how important it is to be safe in the car. Over the years, your child spends lots of time in the car — and might be driving that same vehicle in the future! Show him now how to be safe in cars, creating smart habits that last a lifetime. Always wear your own seatbelt, and put away the phone while driving.
2 / 7
Starting your child with a diet of healthy food options lets her taste-test everything, allowing her to learn what she likes — and doesn't like. But you might find the earlier you start putting fruits and vegetables on her plate, the more willing she'll be to try new foods. Good news — there are lots of clever ways to
introduce healthy foods into your toddler's diet.
3 / 7
Read, Read, Read!
It's never too early to read with your child, which encourages his language development and imagination. So cuddle up and start turning pages! Before you know it, your tot will be exploring books all on his own. Not sure where to start? Check out this list of
toddler-friendly bedtime books.
4 / 7
Interacting with others is so important — and is a great life skill. Having playdates or getting together with a playgroup allows your child to learn from other little ones and get in the habit of socializing. From sharing to being empathetic, being social is essential to your tot's development.
5 / 7
so many wonderful activities you can enjoy together outdoors! From taking nature walks to hitting the park to simply tossing a blanket down for a picnic in your own backyard, taking a break from technology is important for budding brains. Once she discovers the wonders of nature, she'll have a greater understanding of the world around her.
6 / 7
Encouraging your child to learn how to fall asleep on her own sets her up for healthy sleeping habits later in life. Create a calm sanctuary for your child with dim lighting, snuggly stuffed animals, and a regular bedtime that you stick with nightly. It's hard to leave your little one to drift off to dreamland on her own — especially if she's fussy. But mastering the art of falling asleep is a lifelong healthy habit that can lead to
better behavior later in life.
Make Brushing Fun With Aquafresh!
7 / 7
POPSUGAR, the #1
independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for
original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.