My TOP Recommended Montessori and Non-Montessori Toddler


Hands are Not for Hitting board book by Martine Agassi, Ph.D

"This is such a great book and perfect to reinforce to your child what hands are for. It walks you through all the ways hand are used for i.e. hugging, holding mommy's hand, helping clean, building, etc., while gently reinforcing that hands are not for hitting. The back of the book gives parents ideas on phrases to say to your child when he/she hits. Super cute. This is addition to time out has made a huge difference in my toddler's behavior!"--Amazon review.

Ready, Set, Sleep (Kindle only) by Malia Jacobson
"Malia has written the MOST AMAZING sleep guide. It is a quick read (and I am no avid reader), is logical, empathetic, and most of all... SUPER effective! After changing only three things in my 11-month-old's nighttime routine, I was able to get my son to sleep for TEN hours straight! He had previously been waking up every hour to two hours all night, every night. I never realized that the lack of sleep could be caused by my son being overtired and not getting enough sleep. Low and behold... that was the trick! Not only does Malia explain what to do about sleep problems, but she explains WHY to do them, making them make perfect sense. I believe this can work with any age child, and WILL WORK for any mommy or daddy who is sleep deprived, exhausted, and out of options. No need to cry it out, be the mean parent, or deal with exhaustion. This is HANDS DOWN the BEST $10.00 I've spent as a parent! Thanks Malia for an amazing resource!"--Amazon review.

First Art for Toddlers and Twos: Open-Ended Art Experiences (2012 edition) by MaryAnn F. Kohl, Renee F. Ramsey, Dana Bowman, Katheryn Davis. Read my review--of the 2002 edition--on my Confessions of a Montessori Mom blog!"I love this book. I checked book after book of toddler crafts and toddler play out of the library, but most of them made me think, "hmm, anyone could have thought of that." This is not one of those books. "I know this sounds ridiculous, but this book is helping me be a better parent. There is nothing like the total absorption of an art project to help me be fully present with my daughter. Other times I might physically be with her, but my mind is at least partly elsewhere, thinking adult thoughts, worrying mostly, I suppose, but while doing these art projects, I truly am with her in the moment, and smiling and laughing more than I have in ages." ( customer review.)

The Toddler's Busy Book: 365 Creative Games and Activities to Keep Your 1 1/2- to 3-Year-Old Busy "Most popular!" by Trish Kuffner
"This book contains 365 activities (one for each day of the year) for one-and-a-half to three-year-olds using things found around the home. It shows parents and day-care providers how to: "Prevent boredom during the longest stretches of indoor weather with ideas for indoor play, kitchen activities, and arts and crafts projects.

Stimulate a child's natural curiosity with entertaining math, language, and motor-skills activities. Encourage a child's physical, mental, and emotional growth with ideas for fun music, food, water, and outdoor activities. Keep toddlers occupied during long car trips or cross-town errands.

"The Toddler's Busy Book is written with warmth and sprinkled with humor and insight. It should be required reading for anyone raising or teaching toddlers."--Product Description


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