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

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My 22mo son stuck a pinto bean up his nose. How should it be extracted?

We tried plugging the un-entered nostril and blowing in to his mouth and got nothing but boogers coming out. We went to urgent care and they had us repeat the same "trick" and nothing came out. They ...
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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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How do I teach my child to express his frustration?

My son is two and testing his boundaries. In general, I'm comfortable with that and have no problem with him getting frustrated when he's not allowed to do something. Unfortunately, his normal mode ...
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Which music is suited infants and toddlers?

I wonder which kind of music is well suited for infants and toddlers. I'd assume those criteria are important: the change of loudness is not too big (so that the child does not get shocked by a ...
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Worried sick about 3YO and aspergers

My daughter turned 3 in March. My wife has been her primary carer since birth. She attended daycare very briefly for 2 days/week shortly after she turned 2, but this only lasted a month or two as we ...
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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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What is the best strategy for adjusting an toddler's sleep cycle during Daylight Savings?

With Daylight Savings coming up, we are worried about getting our son transitioned to the new time. How do we get him to sleep an hour later, when we're struggling with keeping him from waking up ...
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For toothbrushing a one year old (who eats the toothpaste) should we be using fluoride paste or not?

We recently read about how important it is to start toothbrushing once teeth break, both to establish the habit/routine and to prevent early decay. But the kid's paste we bought (which is ...
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What material is available to teach a toddler how to read?

My 3yr old has been asking us to teach her how to read. She can recognize a decent amount of the alphabet, and picks stuff up pretty quickly (when she wants to.) We have thought about picking some ...
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What are some techniques for toddlers to develop and practice good listening skills?

Like most toddlers, my 3 year old has to be told to do this or not do that over and over again. Rather than hoping she learns over time through the inevitable trouble she gets in for not listening, I ...
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How should I deal with my toddler's difficult behavior towards food?

My daughter is almost 15 months old and has always been a small eater. She was breastfed for the first 5 months then solids were gradually introduced. It went okay for the first few weeks but soon it ...
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What are general causes of clumsiness in toddlers?

My 20 month old daughter is particularly clumsy. She is constantly falling, walking into things, stumbling, and even having a hard time getting up after she falls. I would almost describe her walking ...
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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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Should I let my toddler sleep late when he is ill?

My two-year-old is a great sleeper. It can take him a while to get to sleep after we put him to bed (what with all the singing and bear conversations that go on after we've left the room), but he will ...
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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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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 ...
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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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What is the best way to deal with a 16 month old who started hitting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you discourage a toddler from hitting people? Out of the blue my 16 month old son has started hitting his sister (4 year old) and other kids when he is frustrated ...
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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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Encouraging older brother to play with younger brother

I have two children, 33 months and 14 months old. They're both tall for their age, very physical types; climbing, running, etc. They both like to play with vehicles of all sorts, balls, ride on ...
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my daughter learned how to open doors-now refuses to nap/stay in her room-ideas?

My daughter used to go to sleep nicely. Sometimes, such as when she is overtired, she cries herself to sleep. But this week she learned how to open doors. It is wonderful in terms of development - but ...
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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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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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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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Why do toddlers hide while having a bowel movement?

I have noticed that at a certain point (some) children seek solitude to poop. It seems to happen overnight- one day the child is perfectly content filling his diaper in the living room, surrounded by ...
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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 ...