Age specific questions from about 1 year to about 3 years. Younger: infant. Older: pre-schooler.

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5-yr-old tantrums and misbehavior - what am I doing wrong?

I need the two-cents of some experienced parents with multiple children. My two boys are 4-years-old and 11 months; they will be 5 and 1 next month. My oldest is exceedingly stubborn, and he's ...
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At what age we should tell our toddler to not kiss everyone who asks her to?

Our 18 month old kisses us when we ask her to. My question is, at what age we should tell her not to kiss everyone who asks her to?
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Is excessive crying in front of your child bad for them?

I have a partner who is suffering from severe depression. When we have the slightest disagreement she breaks down into tears and goes upstairs with our 1-year-old son. She will cry for hours while he ...
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When should I teach my toddler the ABCs?

My child (3 yr old) will soon begin his reading journey, and I'm wondering if now (or at least within a few months) is a good time to get him to start learning the ABCs? I recently found a ...
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Why does my toddler cry when I go out of the room for a short time?

My nearly 16 month old gets very upset when I leave the room, even if it's just for a 2 minute trip to the bathroom. I'm not leaving him on his own but with another adult that he knows well (eg his ...
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2 year old not responding to simple commands

My son is 25 months old. He is very active, and he plays with his brother. If he feels hungry or thirsty he just points and sometimes he brings .. I just wanted to ask: he is 25 month old, but still ...
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Getting a kid to tell you Before they go to the bathroom

we have a 2 year old and we've been trying to do some potty training. She is very interested in using the potty and likes underwear. She also is very aware of when she goes. She'll tell us right after ...
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How to encourage toddler to not throw food?

My wife and I are blessed with fifteen month old twins. They are generally well-behaved, but have recently started to throw food from their highchair trays. We have two dogs who are very pleased with ...
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Does using antibiotics increase the risk of a child getting recurrent ear infections?

My son, thankfully, went about 18-20 months without getting an ear infection. His first one cleared up naturally. The second one didn't seem so bad, but he was given antibiotics for it. I wasn't keen ...
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Are there other foods to avoid giving infants/toddlers besides honey?

I've often heard to avoid giving honey to babies, due the rare risk of botulism. That's backed up in the answer to this question: When can we start giving chocolate, honey and eggs to babies? But, ...
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Plane activities for little ones

I am taking four children ages 2,3,4, and 8 on a 4+ hour plane ride. Ideas for entertaining them WITHOUT plugging them in for the entire time would be much appreciated. We have the basics, crayons, ...
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How do you discourage a toddler from hitting people?

From talking to other parents, it seems like most boys (children?) go through an early stage of hitting at around 1. I have a 14-month old (2nd) son who occasionally hits me in the face, and ...
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How to help a child overcome their fear of mascots?

My son loves Sesame Street characters, and "costume" characters... When they're on TV. However, he's very afraid of them in person. He gets clingy, must be picked up, and holds us in a Death grip. ...
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Baby boy, preterm birth weight 1.5 kg, needs development help at 18 months

My baby boy was preterm (8.5 months) and low birth weight (1.5 kg). Currently, at 18 months, he is able to stand alone but still not started walking. He is not able to speak more than 3-4 words like ...
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My 3 year old is not sleeping through the night

He will go to bed around 9:30-10:00, and usually he will sleep through the night. But suddenly he only sleeps for couple of hours, and is up by 2:30-3:00. I've tried melatonin, it's all natural, but ...
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Discipline hyperactive 3 year old

I have a three year old son who is just awesome. He is advanced intellectually, loving, and he seems very empathetic. He does extremely well in daycare (it is at least an above average daycare), ...
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Two year old indecisiveness

My younger son, who just turned two a month ago, is going through one of those common stages in toddlerhood (that I remember the older one going through - but less roughly - at the same time). His ...
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What are the risks of ventilation holes in mattresses for newborn babies, if any?

My girlfriend and I are expecting our first child in the next couple of weeks. We still need to buy a mattress for the Baby's cot. I read online that some mattresses have ventilation holes to help ...
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14 mo old cries everyday at night even when being held

My son has always had difficulty falling asleep. He sleeps with us and we usually pat or rock him to sleep. Every night he cries for atleast 5 mins before he stops fighting and drifts off to sleep. We ...
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My 2 year old wont sleep throught he night.

From the time he was born, my son has never been a good sleeper, but he's never been as bad as he is now and I am really losing my patience with him. I've tried everything and nothing seems to work. ...
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One Year Old Son, Cries with Mum but not me (Dad). Is it Separation Anxiety?

For a while my 1 Year old son has been a bit of a "Daddys Boy" and we have had a similar experience to this question: However its gotten worse lately: He cries with his mum (for long periods) while ...
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Is the “cry it out” approach harmful?

We have several questions on this site that deal with infants and toddlers who cry a lot, for various reasons. Here is an example question and example answer, another answer. The topic was raised on ...
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Can a toddler tell if their mother is pregnant?

My wife is in the early stages of pregnancy with our second baby. Our daughter, who is 1 year and 5 months old, has been acting unusually cranky. Some family members have mentioned that she's ...
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Which things should I watch out for when buying sunglasses for a 1year old?

I was looking for kids sunglasses to buy for my 1 year old. The only thing I knew is that they really had to be 100% UV protection. I was also wondering how to make them stay on the kid's face (this ...
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How to mitigate the impact of other people comparing my children to each other?

My husband and I have tried very hard to show both of our children that they are loved and cared for, and to encourage their own unique interests and to be proud of the individuals they are growing ...
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Why does my toddler cry when I try to put her down for bed, but not when my wife does it?

So my 2 year old is undeniably a Daddy's girl. She's always clingy when I'm home and only wants Daddy when Daddy is around. At bed time we have a routine that we follow before putting her down, but ...
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Myopia in my 2 year old toddler

My son is two years old. Before we went to an ophthalmologist just for a general check up we did not observe any symptoms of myopia. But doctor advised him to wear glasses all the time. This was very ...
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How do you teach young kids to defend themselves?

How do you teach kids to defend themselves, without becoming bullies? I'm talking about younger kids (1.5 to 3yo) who are not mature enough (or old enough) to take self-defense classes. My son is two ...
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How can I tell if my child is truly gifted or just bright?

I'm the father of a 2 year old and I can't understand if she's gifted or just very bright. First of all we live in Italy, here giftedness is not recognized by law and there are no special programs ...
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Are boys naturally drawn to balls more than girls?

Having boy/girl twins, I find it interesting to compare their development over time. Recently my son started standing on his own and has learned to throw things. His favorite toys are balls that he ...
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Keeping toddler within the rules when an adult member of the household doesn't wish to enforce them?

All the adults in the household help to enforce the rules enacted upon the toddler except one; That adult often removes the child from discipline when the others are enacting it. We were told by ...
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How to nurture my child to be fearless

I feel that my two-year-old kid is fearful since birth, or it is my own fear. This question arose when I compared him with other numerous children. As a father, I don't want him to fear anything. I ...
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Toddler has a strong preference for one parent

Our almost 2 year old toddler has developed a strong preference for me. In mild doses, this was acceptable but it is getting pretty out of hand. She cries when my husband, her father, tries to hug ...
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How should I handle a little boy who likes girls' toys?

I have a 5-year-old boy who likes to play with girl stuff. He doesn't like to dress up or anything like that, he just loves to dress up the Barbies, and he will even help me with my clothes by telling ...
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How to get a toddler to let you know when he needs to go to the toilet [duplicate]

my son turned 3 on january 28th. We have started to toilet train for the last 5 days. I dont use the potty and placed him straight onto the toilet. He had a small toilet seat to fit on top but as he ...
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How do I teach my child to speak in sentences?

My son is 2.3yrs. Right now we keep reading books for him. He pays attention only for some time. We also keep teaching letters and numbers during his bed time or during his bath. When asked he repeats ...
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Teaching a third language to a bilingual toddler

I have a 2,5yo who talks English and Hebrew. He is meeting the milestones for his age in both languages as far as I can tell, but I'd guess he is in the bottom quarter as far as language development ...
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1 yr old boy prefers dad

I am the proud father of a little 1 yr old boy. My wife and I love him to pieces! A few months after his birth I suffered through a terrible bout of anxiety attacks. Turns out it was just my way of ...
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When should I start to be concerned about stammering or stuttering?

My 27 month old son started talking fairly early, and is very enthusiastic about it. He talks constantly. However, he does stammer a lot, and stutters on some words. Most commonly, he'll have ...
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How to nurture my child to be cautious of her actions?

Well, I saw this question but I have exact opposite problem with my 2 year old daughter, she doesn't fear from her actions that will hurt her. She is not afraid to do anything that is dangerous or ...
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How to deal with rat and mouse, and fox, wolf, and jackal in story books?

I don't know the difference between rat and mouse, and fox, wolf, and jackal in real life. Means that I know they are different but I can't make out who's who on seeing them. The story books have ...
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Our babygirl doesn't say mommy

I am from Turkey and in Turkish the word for father is baba and dede for grandpa. Our 17 month old baby girl follows me all day with repeated baba but rarely says anne for mommy. As much as this ...
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Potty training 20 months old, doesn't know when she needs to go

We've started potty-training our 20 months old girl, during a 10 day vacation (from work and daycare). At first she would not sit on the potty, but that improved after the first few hours and now she ...
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how can i convince my 28 mth old it ok to poop? [duplicate]

My little girl absolutely refuses to poop. We started potty train a week ago and she's does perfect with pee. But she went poop and freaked out. Crying and gagging is all I got.. That was one a ...
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How to prepare a toddler's sleep habits for the disruption of a newborn?

In the near future, there will be a new baby in the home. From previous experience, sleep is highly disrupted. I'm wondering what effect this will have on my son and his sleep quality, and how it may ...
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My son bites inside of cheeks purposely and asks for Teething Ring, how do I stop this?

I am really frustrated the past few weeks about my son's cheek biting habit. He is turning 3 this June. He started daycare last July, changed to another daycare in Sep last year. Baby brother was born ...
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How to keep a toddler occupied at the hospital or doctor's office?

For short hospital visits or doctor's appointments, a tablet game or book can be sufficient to hold my sons interest while things are getting done. However, most hospital rooms and doctor's offices ...
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How do we get an eight month old back to sleeping in his crib?

Our son's crib is in our bedroom, and he was mostly sleeping the whole night in his crib with no issues. Do to a series of events (power outage, spending the night at relatives with no crib, needing ...
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3 year old resisting bedtime very aggressively

Me and my husband have a 3 year old son who always had a little bit of trouble going to sleep but in the last 3 or 4 months have become nightmarish. I do not like who I am when I get to the point of ...
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At What age does a child generally recognize their shadow is their shadow and will do what they do?

This question was inspired by At What age does a baby recognize themself in a mirror? and the memory it brought up for me of the day we were on a family "hike" at a local botanical garden and my ...