Questions tagged [toddler]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
16
votes
6answers
14k views

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 ...
16
votes
5answers
6k views

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 ...
15
votes
6answers
11k views

What do we do if our children don't like the nanny?

So I just came back to work after a long discussion with our 4-year-old. He complains (more to the effect, he had a meltdown) that he doesn't like our nanny, and would prefer to have our neighbour ...
15
votes
4answers
8k views

How do I teach my toddler not to abuse animals?

We have two dogs and two cats, and our son loves to interact with them, but his form of interacting is not particularly enjoyable to the animals... Some of the things he does are just annoying, like ...
15
votes
3answers
3k views

What schedule works for working parents and their kids to have dinner together as a family?

Each day during the week, I pick up my 1.5-year-old daughter at daycare on my way home from work, and we are home between around 5:30 or 5:45. By then, she is quite hungry, since they eat at 2 pm at ...
14
votes
8answers
2k views

How do you stop a toddler from trying to get into bed with her parents in the middle of the night?

For a few weeks now my 2 year old daughter has woken up in the middle of the night crying for mom or dad. This started out when we took off her diaper and she would cry to go to the potty. She picked ...
14
votes
4answers
14k views

3 year old has a fit when arriving at daycare

My 36 month old boy will happily walk or ride on my bike to the creche (daycare), will lead me right up to the door of his room, as if he is looking forward to the day's activities. Then just as we ...
12
votes
3answers
3k views

How can you teach a toddler about pain without actually inflicting any in return?

My daughter is entering those 'terrible twos', and as a father I want to find the method of teaching her discipline and self control that really gets the point across. For most behaviors, my wife and ...
12
votes
2answers
9k views

Is my 15-month old drinking too much fluids?

My 15-month old is Mr. Thirst. He is weened (about 2 months now), but he has ravenous thirst and drinks about 50-60 ounces (ca. 1,6 liters) a day of fluids. We give him soy milk (he might be lactose-...
11
votes
3answers
3k views

How do we make our toddler less afraid of robots?

I'm sure the headline made you curious? :-) But I'm serious, and I am not referring to toys but actual household machines. We have a Roomba floor vacuum cleaner and a lawn mower. My 20-month son is ...
11
votes
1answer
557 views

My son is getting presents from people he's never met; how do we teach him to appreciate the sentiment behind the gifts?

My two-year-old son is getting a lot of presents this Christmas. Quite a few of these presents are from friends of my wife, who've never actually met my son, or from relatives of mine that live out ...
11
votes
12answers
71k views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
3k views

Should a 18 month old be allowed to watch any videos online?

My wife and I know the dangers of too much exposure to television and videos for young children, that is why we restrict the amount of time our kids spend watching them. But these days my wife is ...
10
votes
5answers
2k views

How do you respond to minor injuries?

I have a 21-month-old daughter. Sometimes (not always), if she bumps her head, or stubs her toe, or whatever, this results in crying and asking to be held (and not wanting to be put down once the ...
10
votes
3answers
454 views

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 ...
9
votes
5answers
76k views

What is the best way to stop breast feeding a 3 year old?

My child is 3 years old. I want to know which is the best way to stop breastfeeding? She cries and fights with her mother if her mother refuses to breastfeed her. We also found that it also helps ...
9
votes
5answers
1k views

At what age can a child be responsible for deciding whether to wear warm clothes?

My son is about to turn 2 and is getting to the stage where he has strong feelings over what he does and doesn't want to do. One of the issues we have is with clothing. I'm happy to give him some ...
9
votes
6answers
2k views

How do you keep up with a toddler?

My son is 2, and is seemingly a perpetual motion machine. He constantly wants me to "play cars" (we stand at a window sill and smash matchbox cars into each other), play "tag" or "chase me" around ...
9
votes
1answer
571 views

How to handle a biting toddler in the crèche?

My daughter is in a child caring facility (a Montessori children's house, for what it's worth) in a crèche group of children from about 1 year to 3 years old. For some months now, one child from the ...
7
votes
4answers
628 views

What's the best way to deal with a toddler who cries/paddies when she doesn't get her own way?

I have non-identical twin girls, 22 months old. One of them will cry when she doesn't get her own way and she'll do it fairly quickly even if she is in a good mood. For example, if she wants a ...
7
votes
4answers
1k views

Toddler does not like to drink milk

My daughter was big on drinking milk, but now she only drinks juice and water. Is this normal? She eats cheese and plenty of veggies and she is only one year old. I don't have any problems with her ...
7
votes
2answers
689 views

Toddler, almost 2 years timeout not working

My son is nearly 2 years old and a bit hyper. Sometimes he is openly defiant and when we correct him he sometimes hits. I have been reading that with timeout you want it to be 1 minute for each year ...
7
votes
3answers
727 views

Is being left-handed going to be more difficult for my son?

My boy is 16 months and I have noticed he is left-handed. He can scribble well using a pen and some crayon with his left hand. I also noticed whenever I gave him a spoon to feed himself he would move ...
6
votes
2answers
962 views

At what age does the child start understanding the difference between the spoken words which have different meanings but sound same?

At what age does the child start understanding the difference between the spoken words like C, See, Eight, Ate, and Eat? When I speak English, I find that my pronunciation is same for all the similar ...
6
votes
3answers
5k views

What to do about my toddler who suddenly started screaming when I mention bathing or give her a bath?

I have an 18-month-old daughter. She loved having a bath from birth, and now all of a sudden she screams her head off when I mention bath or give her a bath. It's really stressing me out. I don't know ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
327 views

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 ...
5
votes
6answers
291 views

How can I motivate my almost-3 year old son to put away his toys?

My son is almost 3 and doesn't like putting toys away. I'm struggling with how to develop good habits without being overbearing or punishing. Things I've tried: incentivizing. Offering a treat (...
5
votes
5answers
10k views

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 before ...
5
votes
3answers
449 views

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 ...
5
votes
9answers
12k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
3k views

At what age do trilingual toddlers develop consistent speech?

My husband and I speak 3 languages fluently, our native, swahili and English. My biggest concern is we speak both of the languages in the house and as a parent I'm now concerned that we might confuse ...
4
votes
2answers
225 views

Toys for a 1 year old [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to better engage myself with my 15 month old This is my first child, and she is getting now 1 year old. What type of type of toys can a father or mother to play to help ...
3
votes
3answers
6k views

How to deal with the toddler who is not least interested in listening to the stories I read or listening to my talks?

Considering: In what way does reading story books to babies help them (besides falling sleep), and at what age should it be started? and How to motivate yourself to read stories to a kid whom you ...
3
votes
2answers
788 views

What are the advantages and disadvantages of time-outs?

What are the downsides and the advantages to using time-outs to discipline a toddler? (My daughter is 21 months old.) Are there reasons to use them? Reasons to avoid them? What are the pros and cons ...
3
votes
3answers
15k views

How to deal with potty trained 3 year old who now won't go to the potty?

My daughter has been potty trained for about 8 months and going well. Currently, we still put her in a diaper for her nap and when she sleeps at night. Suddenly, she doesn't want to go to the potty ...
3
votes
2answers
6k views

Do babies who watch TV start speaking late?

Our baby girl just less than two years old but she can't speak like other babies of the same age. We are not worried about this, but we have a question. My baby girl understand everything, but when ...
3
votes
3answers
7k views

How do you identify/relieve/prevent constipation in toddlers?

My son has had a couple of bouts of constipation, and they're pretty unpleasant for the whole family. The first time he was up all night, every hour, crying inconsolably. We had no idea what the ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

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 are:...
3
votes
3answers
4k views

Our toddler boy likes to arrange his toy cars in a line. Is this normal?

Our 3-year-old son likes cars, and he likes to arrange his toy cars in a line. Is this normal for toddler boys?
2
votes
1answer
342 views

Should we chase our 13-month-old girl and feed her?

My baby girl is 1 year and 1 month old. She no longer wants to sit in a high chair and when we feed her, she always runs off. Is it ok to chase after her and feed her?
2
votes
1answer
454 views

How to help a toddler go to sleep on their own?

Our toddler is 2 and half, and has just started to become difficult at bedtimes. We have always given her milk and held her until she goes to sleep. Once she goes off, she usually sleeps very well. ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

How to keep our toddler in bed

Our toddler (2 yr) just got a bed instead of a cot. The cot had high sides and she wasn't able to get out of it by herself. We bought her a bed recently, because she grew out of the cot. While we ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

What activities stimulate the same areas of the brain as jigsaw puzzles?

My 2 year old absolutely loves jigsaw puzzles. He is now doing 200 piece puzzles alone. What part of the brain this is related to, and what other children's activities stimulate the same areas of ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

Should I allow my child's in-and-out father to be a part of his life?

My son will be 3 years old in a couple of months and his father lives out of state. He did live here when my son was born but was not there and would not sign the birth certificate. It took a long ...
1
vote
3answers
632 views

How to remove mobile addiction in my toddler

Our son is 3 years old and addicted to mobile, he need to play games, or he will cry and make fuss. My wife give her phone and he is always starring down at it. To make him quiet coz he make a lot of ...
1
vote
1answer
3k views

Should I be concerned about my 2.5-year-old daughter nearly always picking the colour black?

She draws nearly always with a black crayon or pen or uses very dark colours. When she has to pick a pipe for drinking, it is the same - the pipe is always black or dark, though we have nearly a ...
21
votes
5answers
3k views

How to help children cope with a parent's suicide?

I've asked another question here: How to handle disclosing a parent's suicide to friends and their parents I've noticed that this question here: What are some strategies for helping children ...
20
votes
5answers
5k views

Does good cop/bad cop work with children?

My wife and I have descended into the toddler years with our first. Along with that, she is getting that classic toddler attitude. We understand it's a growing phase and tantrums and outbursts are ...