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.

13 February 2012

Valentine craft for toddlers: Oil and paper "stained glass" window decoration

Why should school-aged kids have all the Valentine's Day fun? Katie's simple heart window decoration leaves plenty of room for free-form toddler play.

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08 February 2012

Best way to heal a thumb-sucker's dry, cracked thumb? Talk amongst yourselves.

Dry winter air + constantly-damp thumbs = cracked, painful skin. Adam's wondering what other parents have done to speed healing. Got any tips?

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06 February 2012

How to "semi-childproof" the toilet while potty training? Talk amongst yourselves.

Christina asks: how do you make the toilet accessible for a toddler to use while potty training but not for water play?

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01 February 2012

How to childproof the dishwasher? Talk amongst yourselves.

Nicole needs our help to keep her son out of the dishwasher! Ideas?

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04 January 2012

Create a "toy zone" with painter's tape

Darienne's husband deserves a big, fat kiss from every parent of children who likes to play with small toys.

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13 December 2011

How to quickly cool down hot chocolate

Lukewarm hot chocolate! Oxymoron? Maybe. But definitely a good hack.

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12 December 2011

Make paper snowflakes out of coffee filters

Any way you can get kids involved in holiday decorating...do it. Here's an easy paper snowflake hack from Kirsten.

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07 December 2011

Little kids, public restrooms, and handwashing? Talk amongst yourselves.

Abigail's kid's too short to reach the sink in a public restroom, but she's pregnant, so picking him up and propping him against a germy countertop isn't ideal. Any ideas?

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08 November 2011

Bandana as toddler fashion-accessory-slash-snot-neckerchief

This adorable child could have come straight out of a high-end kids' catalog, but, no, this is a picture of A SNOT WIPER.

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07 November 2011

Piddle Pad protects car seat from diaper blowouts

In response to a hack suggesting disposable changing pads as car seat poop-protectors, @Heatherikki pointed out a smart non-disposable solution.

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07 November 2011

28 October 2011

Advent calendar as potty training reward chart

"The prospect of opening an advent calendar door for each potty success worked amazingly well to motivate my 3-year old son after chocolate buttons, jellybeans, temporary tattoos and a sticker chart had all failed. It was like magic!"

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10 October 2011

Childproof a switch cover with recycled plastic

"The kitchen sink in our new house is on the island, which means that the disposal switch is at a height of three feet, begging my son to play with it. What could be a worse idea?" Here's one way to babyproof it.

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07 October 2011

Coping with a younger sibling's "homework jealousy"

Ah, that adorable, inexorable toddler desire to "be a big kid." Here's how Dr. Efrat Schorr handled it with respect to an older sibling going to school.

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28 September 2011

Sippy cup stand-in: lidded paper coffee cup

Angela's almost-spillproof hack comes in handy on vacation, or on a quick errand run.

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