Monthly Archives: January 2013

I-Pads and Potty Training: Have We Taken the Digital World Too Far?

Potty training and technology meet as CTA Digital has designed an I-Pad Potty. The potty chair has a stand for the I-Pad. And when your child advances to an adult-sized toilet there is an I-Pad stand.

My question is: are we taking the use of electronics too far? The American Pediatric Association has recommended no screen time for children less than two years old and limited time as a preschooler. So, you have to ask yourself is the technology that important and will it be used in the right way (I assume without parent interaction) to be included in the process of learning to use the toilet? I would suggest the answer is “no”—and the availability of the I-Pad is another way to keep the child occupied while on the potty. I see I-Pads used consistently to keep a toddler quiet in restaurants as the family waits to be seated and served.

When Does an Infant Become a Toddler?

When do I start calling a child a toddler? Professional groups and book publishers identify the toddler age in varying ways. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) uses these classifications: young infants (0 to 9 months), mobile infants (8 to 18 months), and toddlers (16 to 36 months) (www.naeyc.org/dap/intants-and-toddlers).

Child development books may refer to toddlers as beginning at 18 to 24 months (Santrock, 2009, Child Development) and other specialists offer the range as 12 to 36 months, (Raikes & Pope Edwards, 2009, Extending the Dance in Infant and Toddler Caregiving) or 16 to 36 months (Copple, 2012, Growing Minds). So, since there is no consensus on the age, we might consider a child a toddler by development.

Strong Attachment Relationships Have Large Benefits

Attachment develops throughout the infant and toddler years between children and primarily parents, but also grandparents, siblings, caregivers and others. This invisible bond develops as you touch and cuddle the newborn, and then progresses from comforting physical closeness to the baby’s emotional reliance. Attachment relationships are essential to providing the security needed for the child to later take risks in exploration as well as in motor development—crawling and then walking. For the child, security is her knowing that someone cares for her and will take care of her—she will be safe. These concepts are conveyed through our day-to-day interactions.
Secure attachment relationships influence their emotional and social development.

Supportng Young Children’s Reading Skills

 Children learn to write by writing and they learn to read by reading.  What is often ignored is the activity needs to be enjoyable, meaningful and interesting to your child.  What topic is a favorite of your child –dinosaurs, trains, dogs, horses, mysteries?  Then, you need to find books within that topic and are readable by your child.  Your child’s teacher or the children’s librarian at the public library should be able to help you with the books’ reading level.  Or you might try a range of books in that topic and determine which seems easiest for your child to read.