Talk about Thanksgiving with your child.

Talk about Thanksgiving and how people have been celebrating harvest time with a big feast for a long time. Talk about what you will do for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Craft

Make a thankful chain. Cut out strips in Fall colors and keep them out during the month and guide your kids to think of things they are thankful for (i.e. grandparents, food, sister, etc.) By Thanksgiving, you can have a large chain to reflect on. You can also have your guests help you do this on Thanksgiving.

Being Secure

During times of change and stress children need extra attention, love and security.

Photo Tip

Place a blanket in the snuggly seat or bassinet that is color coordinated with what the baby is wearing. Fill the frame so there’s nothing else in the background. The entire image should be just the baby and the item in which he’s placed.

Night Nursing

By 12 months, many pediatricians recommend no more night nursings, because you risk cavities.

Behavior

Reward cooperative and non-aggressive behavior with a hug.

Breastfeeding Fact

Breastfeeding saves over $1000 a year.

Halloween and Allergies

Remember that treat-size candy may have different ingredients or may be made on different machinery than the same regular-size candy.

Fire Safety

To avoid any contact with fire, don’t dress your little goblin in any costume with billowing material such as baggy sleeves or flowing skirts.

Fabric choices for costumes

When picking a costume choose fabric that is flame resistant. You can even buy pajamas that have a Halloween theme.

From families.com.

Trick or Treating Tip

Go to the bathroom BEFORE leaving the house to trick or treat. And, choosing a costume that is easy to use the bathroom in.
From: About.com: Child Care

Choosing a costume

When picking a halloween costume consider comfort. A toddler will become cranky if they are not comfortable while sporting their costume.

Be visible on Halloween

Make sure your little goblin is visible after dark. Fix reflective striping to costume, or carry a flashlight or illuminated light stick.

Book Suggestion: Jerry Seinfeld’s Halloween

Halloween

Halloween, by Jerry Seinfeld is a great Halloween story. Buy it today, or borrow it from your local library.
From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Pumpkin Carving Tip

Instead of carving pumpkins, consider decorating with markers & paint. Also consider battery-powered lights for insides instead of candles

Eating before Treating

Feed your kids a healthy meal prior to trick or treat. Kids will be happier & reduce temptation to devour candy from the first stop.
From: About.com: Child Care

Watch for Cars on Halloween

Statistically, Halloween is the most dangerous day for kids. In fact, kids are 4X as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween other nights.
From: iVillage.com

Inspecting Halloween Candy

Talk with your children about eating candy before they get home.  You should inspect the candy before they eat it.
From: TheFamilyCorner.com

Cooking Safety

When you are cooking, turn pot handles to the inside so that baby can’t accidentally grab handle & pour hot contents on himself.
From: essortment.com

Common Poisons

The most commmon poisons for small children are Cosmetics, Cleaning Substances, Pain Medicine, Coins, Thermometers, Plants, Diaper Care products, Cough/Cold Medicines, Pesticides and Vitamins.