1-3 Years

Welcome to the toddler years. Your kid is gaining mobility, vocabulary, and independence. And is most likely letting you know about it. Loudly.

We've got hacks that are relevant during these action-packed years, including:

...and more! Scroll down for our most recent tips.

Don't forget to check the All Ages archive for more great hacks.

16 October 2013

Calm out of control tantrums with the "cross-body pat"

The word "tantrum" is misleading, because it brings up images of a foot-stamping Veruca Salt when she doesn't get her way. But we're talking about when something triggers a kid's fight-or-flight response. At these times, there literally is no thinking, just reaction, and it's intense.

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17 September 2013

Hack broken restaurant high chairs by carrying your own quick release buckle

Kerry's got a great tip for those of you who bring your older babies and toddlers to restaurants.

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16 September 2013

How to open gifts at a birthday party without making guests feel awkward

Ellen's simple, thoughtful solution for opening birthday gifts at a party is mindful of everyone involved: the honoree, the guests, and their parents.

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13 September 2013

Free email workshop "Beyond Baby" launches this weekend

Meagan Francis, creator of one of my favorite sites, The Happiest Home, is launching a free 20-week email workshop this weekend, and now's your chance to be a part of the inaugural group. Beyond Baby is for moms who are moving out of the baby phase and are looking for...

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12 July 2013

Potty train at 17 months? Talk amongst yourselves.

Jennifer's 17 month-old son appears to be potty training himself. In fact, there isn't much "training" going on which is causing Jennifer some confusion as to how to proceed. Any advice for her?

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02 July 2013

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29 May 2013

Add water flavoring to medicine to make it more palatable for kids

Meagan's found a way to make the medicine go down a little easier for her kids.

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06 May 2013

Potty training tip: Use an empty baby wipe container as a dirty underwear "transporter"

Can there ever be enough potty training tips? I don't think so, especially because the process goes so differently for different kids. Erin shared this eminently practical hack for handling the, uh, fallout.

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02 April 2013

Neatly dispense baby ointment and diaper cream with an empty syringe

Creams and ointments come with the job, and this brilliant hack from Kerry puts an old syringe to work as an applicator.

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11 March 2013

Cut sandwiches and toast into strips to reduce "jelly mouth"

What is it about "bite-sized" food that makes it so irresistible?

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06 March 2013

Vacuum seal emergency diapers to save bag space

If this isn't a quintisessential parent hack I don't know what is.

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01 March 2013

What to do when your toddler won't go to sleep? Talk amongst yourselves.

It's SO hard when a formerly-sleeping baby turns into a fitfully-sleeping toddler. That's Jessie's situation, and she needs our help.

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26 February 2013

Labels for pre-readers? Use photo stickers!

Isa's two-line hack is an organizing revelation for parents whose kids can't yet read labels.

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13 February 2013

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