Toddlers

Whether your child is just starting to walk or deep into the terrible twos, parents of toddlers can all agree that parenting just got a lot more interesting — and fun.

Discuss and share advice on all things toddler like potty training, language development, and dealing with all kinds of new behaviors.

Potty training a boy

My son is one and been thinking of starting to potty train him but im not sure if it’s to soon and where to even start I’m a single mom and his dad is not in his life

  • Devyn
    10m ago

    The book “oh crap! Potty training” was really helpful for me. It only took my son about 2 weeks at 20 months.

  • Ruth
    8m ago

    Thank you I’m going to look into that

2 year old terrified of pooping! Please help!!:(

My daughter has been suffering from constipation issues for about 6 months now. When she finally has a bowel movement it’s hard and it hurts her to come out. She then started to hold her poop in, even when she really has to go! We are now to the point that she has held it in so long it has backed up into her colon and poop leaks into her pull up constantly which has created a terrible butt rash... More

  • Stephanie
    1h ago

    I have tried it all you guys. I’m at my wits end:( this morning she has pooped twice but is still crying saying she’s pooping and doesn’t want me to change her. I still change her and wipe her with water wipes and put aquaphor on the rash. But her mental state about the poop is not changing even with it coming out:/ I’ve done all the juices and miralax once a day as told by doctor. I’ve gotten ... More

  • Stephanie
    1h ago

    Plus she won’t eat ANYTHING. Or drink anything. I’m having to force her to drink water with probiotic drops in it and that’s like pulling teeth to get her to finish it. Nothing is working.

Help please

What r some things u do with ur special needs kids when they r still nappers and how do u get them on a routine my daughter is 3 and I can’t seem to get her to do anything haha I’m a stay at home mom and have all the time in the world but feel like I’m getting no where anyone else feel that way

Potty Training a 2 year old

He used to be interested in trying, now when I sit him on the potty he just cries and screams. I've tried rewarding him, sitting with him, singing potty songs, reading potty books together...fail. He doesn't ha e a problem going in his pullup 🤔 anyone have any tips? I didn't have such a hard time with my oldest.

  • Lindsay
    Yesterday

    I’ve hear of putting dry erase markers and an eraser on the back of the potty and facing baby backward (toward the turned up lid and let them draw with the dry erase on the lid while they’re on the pot!

  • Lisa
    Yesterday

    Have Dad show him how to stand and pee. My son was ok at potty when sitting, but after a couple of months lost some interest until daddy showed him how to stand and pee. From then on, very few accidents... oh yah and get rid of pull ups other than for nights if he needs them then, but my son after 4 months of potty training refused to wear them even to bed... so we started getting him up at n... More

Tooth brushing for toddlers

Hey parents, when did you guys really start forcing the issue of tooth brushing? My 15mo has a good number of teeth and we have been offering her a baby toothbrush am/pm but recently she is disinterested and in fact vehemently opposed. I haven’t been really setting a boundary here yet since I’m not sure when exactly it’s important and didn’t want to make it an issue when it doesn’t need to be i... More

  • Tiffany
    Yesterday

    Mine is 15 months also and sometimes protests. With all 3 of my kids I actually just sing the ABCs for the top then the ABCs again on the bottom. She laughs usually. Sometimes she will take the toothbrush and try to do it herself so I let her and then continue my part and song once she’s finished being independent. I remember with my first having to sometime force it. I felt bad but we don’t ... More

  • Lily
    3h ago

    It is necessary at the first tooth is out. You have to brush them first and let them "play" with it. My daughter love to brush her teeth all day if you let her. Put some brushing song for your kid and sing when you are brushing his and do brush yours in the same time....make it fun Sing

E posted in Sleep Yesterday

Baby wakes up when placed on crib

Recently it’s been hard to put my 14mo in her crib when she’s asleep. It’s a hit and miss sometimes. But man it’s getting really tiring 😰

  • E
    Yesterday

    I think it’ll be really hard to do at the moment since I’m staying with my mom cuz she already kind of tries to take over and she’ll just go to my LO or say something to me like I’m doing things wrong

  • E
    Yesterday

    She’s somewhat overbearing

Anonymous posted in Behavior Yesterday

My 2 yr old agrees on her punishments

For ex: we had a party to go to in the afternoon. My daughter woke up grumpy the morning of & didnt want to brush her teeth or get ready at all. I told her if she didnt get dressed she wasn't going to be able to go to the party. So she agreed. She didnt want to go to the party. She does this even if I take something away. What can i do?

  • Anonymous
    Yesterday

    Thank you to everyone who gave advice. I really appreciate it. I will definitely consider it next time.

  • LisaP
    52m ago

    Read “how to talk so little kids will listen” If she has to go to the party with you you can’t use that as a consequence. You have to give different choices where you are ok with either outcome. “Do you want to brush your teeth or will mommy brush them”. “ do you want the blue dress or the yellow dress? I haven’t been consistent with it but I think their method really will work.

Anonymous posted in Behavior Yesterday

Having 15 months toddler boy. please guide me how to calm down his screaming, aggressive behavior?

Hi Ladies, my boy has started behaving very loud and screaming behavior from last 1 week also he become aggressive and start hitting him self to show his anger if i try to stop him. How you all handle such situation and how to Keep calm ?

  • Amanda
    Yesterday

    My son is 2 and when he tried to bite himself because he was mad I let him. Trying to stop him only made it worse so when he did it I would calmly tell him that looked like it hurt let me know when you want to talk. Once I stopped reacting to it he stopped doing it. The only time I intervene is if I think he might actually hurt himself or he tries to hit someone else. If he tries to hit someone... More

  • Diana
    Yesterday

    Find a better way for him to let his aggression out. Not necessarily during meltdown, but here and there. Pillow fight, crushing the blocks, ripping the paper and so on

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Yesterday

Protein Bc of low thyroid from blood test

For your 15 month what proteins did you give him. He loves peanut butter so that’s good and he drink milk mix with a 4th of chocolate pedicure. What other stuff can I give him to up his protein. He likes chicken but idk what other meat I can give him without spitting it out?

  • PK
    Yesterday

    Tofu

  • Diana
    Yesterday

    Beans and legumes, fish and so on

Ashley posted in Behavior Monday

Help with my Son’s attachment to his sweater.

My son is extremely attached to any sweater he is currently wearing and will not let me take it off of him. He cries for about an hour after I take the sweater from him to change his clothes. It’s just the sweater he is currently wearing, not a particular one. Does anyone have any advice on how to change his attitude on changing his clothes?

  • B
    Yesterday

    Why does he have to change it? Maybe just leave him in it until bathtime and pjs

  • Glückskinder
    2h ago

    Maybe it gives him a feeling of safety. I don't know how old your son is tho but maybe ask if him if you can trade it with something else. Maybe a blanket?

Potty training my 2 year old 😕

So my 2 year old son is refusing to potty train:( any tips on how to get him to start? I’ve already been putting him on training pants but he just doesn’t care lol any tips? How long did it take your kids? Also any tips on how to use public restroom with a toddler who’s potty training?? I’m very scared of him getting a germ or virus from that.

  • Jennifer
    Monday

    Thanks ladies for the tips 💗👍🏼

  • Kait
    Yesterday

    I second Nana. I tried with my son a month after he turned 2 and he just didn’t get it. I waited a month and tried again and he did amazing. We did “Oh Crap” method and he was potty trained in one weekend. We started first with a potty, and then when he wanted to use the toilet we moved to a smaller inner seat on the toilet. He just turned 3 and is completely trained night and day and will now ... More

Kris posted in Behavior Sunday

recommendations on appropriately redirecting a 2 year old girl who is in the terrible two phase.?

  • Tiffany
    Monday

    Also remembering to stay calm and try to understand their perspective. I read somewhere once that to them, having that blue cup or that purple bowl is just as important to them as paying off the mortgage is to us. We’d be pretty upset if we couldn’t do that. :) Gave me some perspective and compassion, and it helps to stay calm and understanding. Not sure if that’s something that helps in your s... More

  • Kait
    Yesterday

    I put my almost 2 year old in the corner for 1-2 minutes.

Emily posted in Safety Sunday

Toddler Bed Transition

Hi - were about to transition our son, 18 months old, to a toddler bed. We were considering two different rail options - the $100 wood rail that goes with the convertible crib and looks nice OR the $30 rail that is compatible with any crib and doesn’t look as nice. How long do toddlers actually use the rail? Do we really need to get the nice looking rail? Also, any tips for transitioning to t... More

  • Erika
    Yesterday

    Im surprised at these answers honestly. We have a convertible crib/toddler bed and when my son was 18 months we took the entire side off. No rail at all. He did amazing and never fell out or anything. He'll be 2 this month and we're about to transfer him to a twin size mattress soon.

  • Emily
    Yesterday

    Thank you mommas! This is so helpful! We are wanting to transition because my son is starting a toddler program at a preschool in January where the kids have to sleep on cots for nap time so I want to get him ready for that. Unless anyone thinks I don’t need to worry about this and just let him continue to sleep in the crib at home?

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Sunday

Time to throw in the towel on breastfeeding?

So my LO is almost 15 months and still breastfeeding. I was in the ER this weekend and diagnosed with Shingles. Since then she won’t nurse from me. She will take a cup or bottle but when I offer her to breastfed morning or night she just sits there and refuses. I don’t want to force it because honestly I’m hurting and exhausted but still heartbroken this might be the end of our journey. I was h... More

  • Sara
    Yesterday

    If you're not ready to stop then it doesn't have to be the end. If you're sick it can reduce supply and also certain antibiotics and medications can change the taste of breastmilk. When you recover so will your supply and your daughter may go back to nursing just fine. Of course if you're ready to stop then you should but don't feel like you have.

  • Anonymous
    Yesterday

    My rash is on my neck and head so it can be covered

Victoria posted in Sleep Sunday

Sleeping problems

My 20 mo. falls asleep in his own bed perfectly fine and with a full belly but likes to wake up 2 to 3 times in the middle of the night for a bottle. We try to just put him back to sleep without it but he will just sit there and cry or want to sleep in our bed.

  • Mikayla
    Sunday

    I’m gaveling the same issue with my 6 month old.. was sleeping through the night and now wakes up every 3 hours for a bottle.

  • Kirstie
    Sunday

    Try water down the bottles slowly until they’re completely replaced with water, then when you put them to bed give them a sippy cup or bottle of water. That’s what I did when my son turned 1 and now at 14 months he will wake up and feel around for his sippy cup then go back to sleep. (Unless he’s woken up for some other reason)

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Sunday

Whole milk

We swapped my one year old to whole milk in a sippy. He still drinks it but he won’t lay down and chug 8 oz at a time like he once did with a bottle. He has a straw sippy and it’s more like 8oz over the entire afternoon of random sips here and there. I’ve also started giving snacks to compensate. He’ll probably drink maybe 16-18 oz in a day. Does this seem ok?

  • Bhavana
    Monday

    Yes totally fine. He is not going to drink the same amount now that he is older. Giving him snack like yogurt and cheese.

  • Madison Mertz
    Yesterday

    My pediatrician said no more than 20 ounces a day... we were giving my son too much & he was having gas 🤦🏻‍♀️

Getting my daughter to poop in potty

My daughter is 2 years old. She tells us when she has to pee in the potty but I am still having difficulties getting her to poop in the potty. I’m tired of washing stinky underwear everyday or every few days. Any advice on how to accomplish this. We have our times when we can catch her before she poops but it’s not consistent.

  • Kimberly
    Sunday

    My son just turned 4 and has been “potty training” for 2 years! I have done rewards, discipline, not care, care too much, blah blah blah... Everyone tells me they will do it when they are ready and no kids go to kindergarten in diapers 🤞🤞 lol

  • Anonymous Mom
    Sunday

    My son will soon be four and he will pee on the potty but he had been diagnosed with “toddler diarrhea” that he has had since 1. Yes I know that’s what I told the specialist but they seem to believe it will pass with time. I refuse to put underwear on him bc his diarrhea is really bad and he absolutely will not even TRY to go near a potty when he has to poop not to mention his tummy hurts and h... More

Pedisure 🤦🏽‍♀️

Dr recommended 2 pedisure per day because my daughter has fallen on her height and weight 😱 yikes! She was always a chubby baby but now has fallen behind. She doesn’t really like the pedisure, it’s a battle to try and get her to drink it. Anybody else have this same problem? And advice to get her to drink it?? 😅

  • Diana
    Yesterday

    I’d reconsider child’s nutrition, rather than forcing that on her

  • Kieli
    Yesterday

    I’m only doing what her pediatrician recommended. He really has her best interest and she eats pretty well. He didn’t want to ignore it, and wants to see if she will gain to make sure it’s not something like her thyroid.

My 15 month old still uses her bottle to go to sleep!!

I dnt want her to have it anymore mainly bc of all the sugar n milk and dnt want her teeth to rot! My husband gives her the bottle bc "it's just easier"! It's got to go tho! And she won't do water Instead!!

  • Carol
    Sunday

    Have you tried just plugging the nipple with something and giving her that instead of a pacifier. It could be just the soothing comfort of the nipple in her mouth. If it takes, after a few days cut the tip off the nipple and unstuff it so it’s “broken” and hopefully she’ll give it up completely.

My toddler doesn't have an appetite.

My child hasn't been wanting to eat the past coupe of weeks. He will eat yogurt and drink milk along with some fruits. But he will not easy an actual meal. Not even his favorite foods. Have any of you experienced this?

  • Kimmy
    Sunday

    Going through the same thing atm

  • Kait
    Yesterday

    Yup. Toddlerdom at its finest! Offer dinner for breakfast and vary what you offer. Still doesn’t work all the time though!

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