Mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, cousins and best friends has an idea about how you should be a parent. While advice from other parents can be useful, it’s a lot easier to digest when you’re not being commanded to act! Read below for some advice from parents who’ve been there, but are not telling you what to do.

When buying a car seat for your child, it is important that you do your research first. This is because so many car seats have been recalled for safety reasons and you want to make sure your child is not put in one of these. You can look online for car seat recalls.

Are you frustrated by a messy playroom day after day? Make cleaning up a game and ask your children to join in. Sing a song or dance around as you clean. Challenge everyone to pick up at least five toys. Doing this will motivate your children to help and make cleaning up a little more fun for all.

Let the baby nurse as long as he is still actively sucking with deep drawn motions. If the baby starts to slow down, hold down on your breast for a few seconds to release more milk. If he is still hungry, this will get him going again. If he does not respond then try switching sides as he may have emptied that breast.

It is important that you properly discipline your toddler when they bite you or someone else. Letting them get away with biting will just make them think it is okay. To show your toddler that you mean business, firmly tell them they cannot bite or take away their favorite toy.

Even if your sick child begins to show signs of feeling better after a few days of antibiotics, you should follow the doctor’s orders exactly and finish the course of therapy. If your child does not finish the entire dosing plan, weakened bacteria may remain in his or system and become resistant to the antibiotics.

If you have trouble getting your child to not do something, it is generally best to specifically instruct them to do something else. For example, if you do not want your child to run down the stairs, instead of stating “don’t run,” it is better to state “please walk down the stairs.” When told not to do something, a child is more likely to instinctively ignore the instruction. Also, it avoids situations where the child might decide to be clever and jump down the stairs instead.

Take good care of your relationship with your spouse. If you and your partner are on the same page and communicating well with each other, your children will grow up in a positive environment. In addition, your children need to understand that there are times they can’t be your sole focus.

A great parenting tip is to hire a babysitter to look after your child when you’re at work. You don’t want to leave your child home alone, especially if they’re very young. Hiring a babysitter can be a good way to keep your child safe and looked after.

If your baby is breastfeeding, make sure that your child’s pediatrician or family doctor uses the World Health Organization growth charts intended for breastfed babies. Your baby may grow differently from formula-fed babies and these charts, better reflect the standard growth patterns for infants and toddlers that are nursing.

Developing a calming bedtime routine is one of the most important parenting skills you need to make sure that your children get the sleep they need to be their best every day. Routines can include a warm bath, a healthy light snack and a soothing bedtime story. Gentle hugs and kisses will send them off to dreamland.

Keeping children with ADHD occupied and busy can really have a positive outcome. These children have tons of energy and they can misbehave if they are not kept busy. By taking your child out to the park, going on bike rides, engaging in active sports or performing other energy burning tasks you will lessen unwanted behaviors.

Droning noises can help you calm your baby or toddler. Run a faucet or a fan for a few minutes in a room with other kind of noises. The droning noises should remind your baby of hearing your heartbeat in the utero. You can also rock gently your baby at the same time.

For mothers who have daughters, get some quality time in with mother-daughter tea time. Set aside some time for just the two of you. Make some tea and share a yummy treat. Watch a movie. Read a book together. You’ll be creating memories that will last a lifetime, and forming a bond that you will cherish forever.

Make sure your child always wears a protective helmet whenever he rides his bike. A great way to ensure proper fit as well as a good helmet is a visit to the local fire station. Your child will be fitted with a free, fitted helmet and given advice on the importance of helmet-wearing. This can be fun as well as informative for the child and parent. Check with your local fire station to see if this service is available in your area. If not, go to a reputable bike shop.

You should take the advice above and merge it all into a parenting encyclopedia in your mind. It’s great to look at situations others have dealt with to see what you can learn from them. It will make you a much better parent just for caring enough to want to learn!