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

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Should my 13-month-old's tummy be this fat?

My daughter's tummy seems strangely fat. I know babies are chubby and they usually grow out of this, but it seems oddly distended. Looking at her standing up in profile, her tummy sticks out about ...
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When can I stop baby-proofing the house?

I see that my six-month-old is getting to be a dangerous guy and we're going to start baby-proofing. Eight-year-olds typically don't need baby-proofing, though, so there's a light at the end of this ...
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Daughter is whining for every small thing since her brother was born

My daughter is 2.5 years old. When asking for things like "I want more water in the bottle" she used to ask nicely and even with "please" occasionally. All good and dandy. Since her brother was born ...
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My one year old son doesn't want to eat. What happened to my son?

When my son was under 11 months old, he ate a lot, but I don't know what changed when he reached 1 year old. It seems like he doesn't like to eat. When we give our son food, sometimes he tries to ...
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Should I discourage my son from “stealing” toys from Let's Rock Elmo?

My 15 month old son has Let's Rock Elmo, which includes drums, microphone, and tambourine for Elmo to play. However, my son has several times decided that he wanted the instrument Elmo was "using" at ...
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What methods improve creativity at an early age?

I have a 10 months old daughter and I have no experience regarding parenting at all. She seems to be very curious about the details of objects. For example when given a toy she always finds the small ...
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How can I mount a gate at the top post of my stairs?

I am having a very difficult time finding a proper gate that will fit securely at the top of my stairs. I may have a unique situation with the wooden banister where the base of the post has trim work ...
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3 year old won't get out of bed without assistance?

I seem to have the opposite problem to what everyone else has. My kid sleeps well. He stays in bed well.. too well. In the morning he can hear activity and everyone talking yet he will not get out of ...
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Toy Preference of a Toddler

I have a 16 month old daughter. We always joke about how she'll play with anything other than her toys. Lately, I've been noticing that the things she plays with instead are more comparable to ...
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2 year old wont sleep

My 2 year old son, wont fall asleep without having someone in his room with him. He doesnt want to be touched or held. He just wants you to sit in the chair. And after he does go to sleep he wakes up ...
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How can I bathe my baby in the shower?

Our house has no bathtubs, only showers. We have very active 17-month-old twins that love the tubs at the grandparents' and we'd love to be able to have one at home. Unfortunately all the inflatable ...
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How do I handle my toddler's temper tantrums?

I have a 19-month-old daughter. She is a very active child, and usually very well behaved. But in recent times I have noticed that she is constantly whining and also throwing temper tantrums - if she ...
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How do you encourage a toddler that you suspect may be gifted?

Related to this question, what do you do if you think your child may be gifted? My son is very advanced in a number of areas (most notably speaking in 5 and 6 word sentences, and having a tremendous ...
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What safety gate can I use at the top of my stairs?

I have two staircases in my home. On one side is a metal spindle that is square in shape, probably 1.5" on each edge. The other side is the wall (drywall). I've been doing research online only for ...
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What are some good resources for finding quality information about carseats?

It is time for me to start thinking about transitioning my twin boys from their infant car seats to larger ones. I am trying to do research on the different brands of carseats, their safety ...
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Son bites to defend himself. What can I do?

My son is biting to defend himself. I received a call from the daycare today asking what they should do. My son doesn't bite at home at all, he is only biting at school. For some reason the teacher ...
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How disruptive is an occasional exception to a toddler's sleep schedule?

My son's sleep patterns are pretty good. We start our bedtime routine around 20:30 - 21:00, and he's usually in bed by 21:30 (and asleep within minutes). We have been planning our activities and ...
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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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26 month old son keeps hitting us when he is upset.

My 26 month old has begun hitting us when he doesn't get his way. When he realizes we are upset by it, we tell him that he upset us or we give him time out, he cries and tries to hug us and kiss us ...
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Signs a child is “over scheduled”?

I read all over that kids like routine but how can you tell if they are "over scheduled"? But I also read it is good to take your kids out and "explore". I have lately been taking my child to story ...
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How do we ensure that our toddler is getting proper nutrition now that he is eating more solid foods?

My son is 15 months old, and has been eating an increasing variety of solid foods. However, we are having a hard time getting him to eat normal "meals". His favorite foods are more in the category ...
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How does a child develop “handed-ness”?

I've noticed that my son generally experiments fine motor skills initially using his left-hand (stacking, eating with utensils, coloring) and then shifts to using his right more often. I'm honestly ...
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Does anyone recognize where the phrase “Dinosaur on the button” comes from?

Our 3.5 year old son has picked up a catchphrase/joke punchline from somewhere... but we can't figure out where it came from, his teachers can't figure it out, his day care teachers can't figure it ...
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Why do my children ask “Are you happy with me?”

For the past few months, my children, 2 and 3, have been asking me "Are you happy with me?" Of course, I respond with "I am very happy with you! The most happy!" But they still ask on a daily basis! ...
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Learning to propel oneself in a swing

At what age do children generally learn to propel themselves in a swing? Is this something that they generally figure out on their own, or do parents/older siblings teach the skill? How do you teach ...
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How do you apply medicine to an infant's tongue?

My baby is 1.5 years old. She has an ulcer on her tongue and gum. The doctor gave me medicine (similar to mouth wash). I am supposed to apply this medicine to her tongue and gum, without her ...
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How do you respond to a toddler who insists on having you do their activities for them?

We have a 3.5 year old and a 2.5 year old and they're both exhibiting this behavior: They prefer to watch mommy and daddy play rather than do it themselves. I think it started with drawing, we'd show ...
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How do i stop my 2 year old son hitting and biting

My 2 year old son has outbursts of anger when he cannot get his own way, he seems to lose control of himself and will scream, hit and even sometimes bite the person that is stopping him from doing ...
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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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Can I help settle my child and make them enjoy nappy changing

I have a young boy 12 months old and ever since he has been able to move (wiggle, crawl, walk) he has never liked having his nappy changed. He fights and pulls away, arches his back, cries and ...
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Where can we find ideas for activities for our toddler?

I have twin boys who are 15 months old. My mother-in-law does daycare for us and also lives with us. Recently I have noticed a trend where they are spending more and more time watching TV during the ...
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When's the right time to teach a potty-trained toddler how to wipe their bottom? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: At what age can/should a child be able to clean itself after bowel movements? Our first is now more or less completely potty trained -- the last remaining issue is ...
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Are there any effects from lying to your children?

As working parents, sometimes my wife and I resort to lying to our children when we are going to work, going out or leaving them behind in the house. If I have time I normally try to talk to my ...
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How long should a 3 year old be sent to his room?

Our son is almost 3 years old and he's been getting worse about talking back and not obeying our directions (such as "put on your shoes" or "pick up your toys"). We're thinking about implementing ...
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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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What should I do when my toddler climbs out of her crib at night to play?

So at night time, sometimes my 22-month-old daughter is climbing out of her crib and then playing. I was thinking of these options: Letting her play until she gets tired and falls asleep on the ...
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How to deal with my son who always wants to have lights on when we go to bed?

I have a 3 year old son. Whenever we go to sleep, he will start crying when we turn off the lights and insists that lights be turned on when he is trying to sleep. So, we keep it on. When he falls ...
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Is it common for a toddler to cry when things are not in order?

For example, our 3-year-old son would cry when his younger sister was standing when she was supposed to be sitting a door was closed when it was supposed to be open we had not put his socks on ...
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Is my 2 year old's speech on-par?

I am concerned that my 25 month old son's speech may not be on par. Most of his sentences consists of a noun and a verb. For example: Daddy eat or mommy swim. He also mispronounces certain words ...
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What are appropriate methods for disciplining a primary schooler for lying?

When a child lies there a few common reasons why they may be doing this: To see what happens because it is fun to tell stories that they don't really realize are lies to get someone else in trouble ...
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Is the Rosetta software a good tool for teaching a toddler foreign languages?

I have the full version of the Rosetta cd with many languages. I understand that young children absorb information like a sponge - so if I wanted to teach my daughter languages which I do not know, ...
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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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Is confusing red and blue at age 3 a possible indication of color-blindness?

My son knows his colors pretty well, but still frequently seems to say "blue" for red items, and "red" for blue items (although it seems more common for him to call something red blue than the other ...
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How do you prepare a toddler to sleep in a strange place (a hotel room)?

We're preparing for our first overnight vacation since my son has outgrown a crib. He's been in a "big boy bed" for several months now, and still is very proud of this fact (and very proud of his bed ...
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My toddler seems unable to pay attention for longer than 15 minutes; should I worry?

My son is 16 months old now. He is a very energetic boy. When he hears music, he automatically will shake both of his hands as if he is dancing. There is no TV in our house, but sometimes, we watch ...
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Toddler always get close to the TV, might it point on bad eye sight?

My 2 years old daughter love to watch TV so we let her do that sometimes. We always ask her to sit on the couch which is ~2 meters away from the TV and she do that, however after few minutes she will ...
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How many plane flights per year are considered unhealthy for a toddler?

It's all in the question I think. Assume varying flight times, but one long distance flight of more than 12 hours.
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How can we keep my niece's hair out of her eyes?

My niece is 15 months old, and has inherited a combination of the worst traits of her parent's hair: it's very very fine, like her mother's (and mine), and grows at all sorts of odd angles, like her ...
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How to encourage toddler twins to share?

Our twins are just over eighteen months and are having issues sharing. Given their shared age the answers provided to "how do you encourage siblings to share?" is not specifically aplicable. So far ...
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What are the proper precaution for using cow's milk to feed babies?

There's a great guide for using pumped breastmilk...in it, there are tons of guidelines for: How long it can be kept after it has been heated up? If a baby didn't finish a bottle, how long before ...