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The Contented Toddler Years

The Toddler YearsOver a million parents already enjoy contented little babies thanks to Gina’s expert advice. Now you can enjoy a contented toddler too, as Gina guides you through the developmental stages and the demands and needs of your growing toddler.

In THE CONTENTED TODDLER YEARS Gina addresses the many changes in sleeping and feeding habits that arise during the second and third year. Gina offers, down-to-earth advice and insight into the crucial stages of a child’s development. From walking to talking, to how to deal with tantrums, sibling rivalry, and potty training she covers all the potential pitfalls that parents can encounter during the first three years.

A wealth of new material addresses the concerns of modern parents and includes building a child’s self-esteem and confidence, teaching good manners and helping parents to anticipate the changing needs of their contented baby as he becomes a toddler.

Gina's advice is derived from hands-on experience for dealing with children. Parents can be confident that her techniques, which have been tried and tested many times and have proved successful with many different children, can also work for them. She has listened to the concerns of thousands of parents via her consultations and website. In addition to practical tips and advice, Gina uses case histories of babies and young children with which she has worked to illustrate her methods solved problems in specific situations, and helped to get parent and child back on the right track. At the end of certain chapters she also includes a useful section of the most commonly asked questions and their answers.

Reassuring and down-to-earth, parents will find Gina's advice can help make the passage from contented baby to confident child, a happy and stress-free experience for the whole family.

What You'll Find Inside

THE CONTENTED TODDLER YEARS covers eight key areas of concern for parents

The Second Year (12 to 24 months)
A child’s second year is filled with challenges. He is learning to be more physically independent, to make himself understood, to make choices about what to eat, to feed and undress himself and to play and share with other toddlers. Gina offers very specific advice on helping your toddler to manage these changes. She also addresses common sleeping problems that can develop at this age, including the change to the big bed.

The Third Year (24 to 36 months)
The challenges faced by this age group include forming friendships with other children, starting nursery or pre-school, learning to share and take more responsibility for their actions, bladder and bowel control and potty training. Gina guides parents through all of this and includes advice on teaching new skills, tackling the most common fears, approaching pre-school education, dealing with bad behaviour and encouraging good behaviour and manners. Detailed advice on potty training can be found here.

The Power of Play
Gina puts great emphasis on your child’s enjoyment of learning in a relaxed and stimulating environment. She advises on how to encourage a variety of fun activities including physical play, reading, creative play, problem-solving play and social play. She explains why she does not recommend vast amounts of toys, excessive television watching or scheduling too many activities for young children.

Mother Care, Other Care
Gina tackles what is for many mothers, a major dilemma regarding the balance of childcare and work in their lives. She offers support and reassurance as she examines the three main options: nanny, childminder or nursery and includes invaluable checklists to help you in your choices.

Routines for Toddlers (12 to 36 months)
As your toddler develops he needs less daytime sleep, but also needs to avoid becoming overtired. This chapter provides four routines in the CLB-style to help parents spot the signs their child is ready to cut back on sleep and get the balance right. Gina advises on what a typical day’s menu should look like at each stage of development and makes practical suggestions about toys, activities and games appropriate to each age group.

The New Baby
A crucial chapter in the book includes Gina’s supportive and realistic advice about planning a new baby, what to expect from the age gap and getting help in the early days. She shows how to adapt her famous routines to accommodate a baby and toddler and gives great advice on how to breastfeed and manages a toddler. Her tips for avoiding sibling rivalry are essential reading.

Habits – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Gina suggests ways to encourage good habits such as hand-washing and teeth-cleaning and tidiness from an early age, thus avoiding problems in the future She also advises parents on how to tackle nail biting, whingeing, nose-picking and excessive dependency on dummies or thumb-sucking.

Playing it Safe
It is essential to provide your child with a safe place in which to grow up and master the many challenges that will occupy him during the toddler years. Gina offers practical advice about childproofing your home. She draws attention to the high-risk areas in a house and advises on toys and plays equipment, fire-prevention and car safety.

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