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

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How to handle a toddler does not want to fall asleep?

My 2½ year old son does not want to sleep, regardless how tired he is. He will do anything and everything he can think of, just to avoid falling asleep. It usually takes 1-1½ hours (sometimes even ...
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Basic guidelines for supporting psycological health of a sick 3 y.o.?

My 3 year old son has become ill over the last few days - his white blood cell count is low and the diagnosis is ITP. The prognosis is good - he should get better in a few weeks or months. He also ...
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How much time is too much time playing educational computer games?

I recently bought an iPad primarily for my 3-year-old daughter. I put nothing on it but educational apps and children's books. No YouTube, no Internet, no (non-educational) games. I've decided to let ...
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Is it traumatic for a toddler to be left in their bedroom with the door shut?

I've posted here before asking for advice for getting our toddler (2 yrs 5 mths) to sleep, as he's going through a very difficult phase. Once put to bed, he constantly gets out of bed and/or screams. ...
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Is giving my toddler a mobile phone to chew on bad for his health

As one of the methods I use to distract my wee fella when we are changing him etc is that I give him my mobile (cell) phone. He immediately puts it in his mouth and it keeps him entertained for the ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of the Rapley method?

Lately I've been hearing some of my friends talking about the Rapley method of introducing solid food to your child, skipping the "mashed food" phase almost completely. They claim mashed food is ...
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Tummy ache in 3 year old after eating [closed]

Last week my 3 year old son had too many varieties of snacks and puked 3 to 4 times in the night. He started complaining of tummy ache. It became worse, anything he drinks, he was throwing it up, ...
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How do I get a young toddler to walk holding my hand?

Baby boy is just 12 months, but walks really well and prefers to walk. When we are at the grocery store or somewhere we need to go from Point A to Point B, sometimes he doesn't want to go where I ...
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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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Do toddlers need every size of shoe?

When we find shoes we like on a big discount, is it a good idea to buy a few sizes up at a time (like sizes 7, 8, and 9 all at once)? Or is there enough overlap in sizing that our toddler might move ...
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Is it recommended to use warm water for bathing my baby?

I don't know whether this is a good habit or not for my baby. But my wife is always taking our baby a bath using warm water.So when the time we would to take our baby to swim in the pool, our baby ...
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Stopping a toddler playing with his belly button

Our toddler has recently, since moving into T-shirts rather than romper suits, discovered his belly button. He now spends quite a lot of time with his hands up his shirt, or when settling for bed, ...
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Will a 12-18 month old understand a baby is on the way?

My first son is 12 months old and I'm expecting another child who will be born when my son is 18 months old. My son is fairly verbal for his age. He understands phrases like, "Put the ball in the ...
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Advice for carrying out the “Stay in Bed” technique with our 2-year-old

My two-year old has always had trouble settling and sleeping through the night, but recently the problem seems to have become an awful lot worse. It all came to a head one night a few weeks ago after ...
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Are baby walkers harmful? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are ExerSaucers/walkers/jumpers bad for children or is that simply a misconception? I have been deliberating whether I should buy a walker for my 11 month old baby. I ...
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Explaining to a toddler when masturbation is appropriate

Our toddler has discovered the joys of having her hand down the front of her panties. Frequently. Now, we don't want to tell her that doing so is wrong, but we want to explain to her that there's an ...
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What is the best way to teach my toddler to ride a tricycle?

We got a radio flyer tricycle for our daughter during Christmas, but she has had a hard time grasping the basics (steering and pedaling). Does anyone have suggestions for the best way to teach her ...
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Are “Potty Parties” generally effective?

A couple I know recently threw a "potty party" for their three-year-old son. The general idea is outlined here, and is that you dedicate a day to intensive potty training. Some of the main ideas ...
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Does being the oldest in a day care class harm a child's social development?

I am considering putting my daughter in a day care which takes children 2 to 3 years old as of their start date for the year, August 30. My daughter will turn 3 on September 5, so technically she ...
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How to promote individual play for a toddler?

Does anyone have any tips on how to promote independent play, so our son will learn to (or get used to) play by himself? Our son is quite a demanding child who is constantly asking us to play with ...
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My toddler is waking up with crust on the inside of her eyes, should I be concerned?

Recently my 3 year old daughter is waking up with crust on the inside of her eyes and a little on her lashes as well. This isn't pink eye (as she has had that already and her eyes are not pink at all ...
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What do we do when timeouts are not effective?

We have a three year old toddler, and he has just seemed to realize that timeouts are nothing more than him sitting in a corner for a few minutes. He has recently started doing a whole suite of bad ...
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How do I encourage my toddler to work on his spoken language?

Our 15 month old has yet to speak any words. He seems to hear well enough, and will, when it suits him, listen to us when we ask things of him ("go get your ball!", etc). He's engaged with the world ...
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Getting a 2-year-old back to sleep in the middle of the night

We have always had trouble with our little boy not sleeping through the night. He will do it in spells (every night for a week, then not at all for a fortnight). But he has recently developed a ...
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Attention-promoting activities for a toddler

ADD runs in our family ("in fact, it practically stampedes"), and I'm starting to see my toddler's attention become more and more difficult for him to control; he's beginning to have difficulty ...
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How do you prepare for the “terrible twos”?

I keep hearing about how bad things get once a child enters the "terrible twos". I know quite a few parents who claim that the age is just a natural time for frequent temper tantrums, and non-stop ...
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Should I use a child harness?

My wife and I are currently debating whether or not we should use a child harness (aka leash). It'd be great to take our son to the park and let him walk around on his own without having to chase him ...
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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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What types of developmental milestones should we be concerned about? [closed]

A lot of the developmental questions on this site are about Language, but I'm less anxious about missing language milestones than I am about other potential developmental milestones that I may be ...
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What are some outdoor activities that a toddler can be engaged in while I'm working outside in the garden/yard?

My son, 2-3 years old, enjoys being outside with me but can sometimes get in the way of the work I am trying to do. If I am patient enough we both enjoy it, if not it turns sour for both of us. I ...
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How to teach a toddler how to treat a book?

My son is nearing 2½ years, and he's got a big stack of picture books. He loves to turn the pages but doesn't take any care in doing so. That means the books are often torn and the spine bent so far ...
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What milestones should we be aware of when planning for our child? [closed]

I want to get an idea of the big picture timeline that we should be prepared for, especially over the early, pre-nursery years. For example, when should we expect teething, when should we arrange ...
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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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Should toddlers have learning goals?

My two (almost 2-year old children) have started going to a day care centre a couple of days a week - they seem quite happy there and it's all going well. The centre has a learning framework for the ...
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Handling a toddler at a hotel/hostel

My parents asked if we'd like to go on a vacation with some of my extended family. The vacation will be spent almost entirely at a nice hostel; we mostly want to relax and spend quality family time ...
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How can I stop repeating myself?

How can I get my child to listen to me the first time I ask for something? He pretends he didnt hear after the 4th time I ask, but it is obvious he did hear me the first time. He is two years old by ...
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How do you get a child to eat?

My son is two years old and has never been a good eater. He just refuses to eat anything. He'll usually have one bite of whatever we eat, but that's about as far as his interest goes. How can we get ...
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Ideas for dealing with a 16 month old toddler who likes to climb things?

My wife and I are frazzled with a little boy who has not only mastered the walk and the run, he has now started into climbing every available vertical surface. We thought we had the house ...
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Moving with our bilingual child

We are two German parents and we are living in an English speaking country. With our child - who just turned three - we speak German, whereas all other people (our friends, his friends, the kids in ...
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How can I get my toddler to exit discreetly when threatening-looking people are around?

I was having lunch with my 3 y.o. daughter today, and some threatening-looking types start having lunch there also (one looked like he was on drugs). This is solely based on their appearance; they ...
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Online resources of quality cartoons for toddler

while watching TV may not be the ideal activity for our children sometimes it is acceptable trade off. Please help me find some legal online resources of quality cartoons for toddler. In my case: ...
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Teaching a (almost) 3 year old she can fall asleep on her own

Our toddler (almost 3) at some point a few months ago stopped falling asleep by herself - now one of us needs to sit with her in her room, hold hands, etc. until she fully falls asleep. What is ...
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My 3 1/2 year old son often changes his clothes

I have a son who is 3 and half years old. After every two three hours he keep on crying for changing his clothes. He only wears the dress clothes which he likes, and doesn't listen if we tell him to ...
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4 year old is wetting the bed a year after finishing potty training

My daughter just turned 4 year old has been wetting the bed several nights a week for the last month. She's been potty trained for almost a year and previously hadn't had a night accident in at least ...
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How do we choose when to start kindergarten?

Each school has its own cut off for kindergarten. When a child falls on or very close to that cut off what criteria should you use to determine which kindergarten class he should go in. I know both ...
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Can a toddler spend too much time with books?

Back when we were still expecting our son to be born, we were told all about how important it was to read to our son, even before he was born. Being avid readers ourselves, my wife and I felt this ...
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Recommended method for checking a baby is not too cold

At our antenatal classes we were told that it can be misleading to feel a baby's hands to check if they are too cold, because the extremities can get cold even when the baby is ok. A better method is ...
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How can we avoid tantrums over sweets and cakes?

From the moment he wakes to the moment he falls asleep my toddler barely ever stops asking for "chocolate", "sweeties" or "cakes". He frequently doesn't eat his meals well, but we are fairly strict ...
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At what age can children understand and respond well to discipline?

When my daughter was 6 months old, she liked to crawl over to our floor lamp and play with it (which is dangerous). Instead of trying to correct her behavior, we simply moved the lamp behind a child ...
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Using a visual device to indicate good/bad behavior status for toddlers

My 3 year old has a habit of not eating her dinner. It's been our policy to tell her if she's not going to eat, she can just go to bed. Sometimes she's happy to do that, so we wanted to further ...