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...

What’s some tips and clues to get a little girl potty trained. My daughter will be three next month. Is that too early?

How to keep daughter hydrated?

My 16 month old daughter won’t ask for water; even if I leave a cup of water around. She’s not a big milk drinker either. Now that it’s getting 🥵; how do I help her to keep hydrated? How do you keep your kiddos hydrated?

  • Liza M.
    Yesterday

    Wondering the same thing regarding my 17mo old...I try to offer it as often as I can but she doesn't seem to be interested. I admit I am also not great at remembering for myself so this could be a factor. In the meantime we push foods with high water content and always make sure to drink drink drink at meals...

  • Alexandra
    37m ago

    I use water enhancers. I will use koolaid sugar free envelopes to make 1 gallon of drink and sweeten it with stevia. No cavities or sticky messes and my kids drink a lot more water that way. Blue lemonade stains less than red colored ones if there is a spill. Also for on the go they have koolaid squirt flavors that are sugar free. I just give my 2 year old a sippy cup and she drinks it up.

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Saturday

Does anyone still spoonfeed/forkfeed their 2 year old?

My 2 year old will literally eat nothing. Not a single bite. He will ask me to feed him certain things. But I had enough of that and so I’m refusing to feed him (he has a plate of his usual foods in front of him) but he will just sit there and wait for me to put the food directly in his mouth. Then eventually he will say he’s done and that’s the end of it. My husband is home by his afternoon sn... More

  • Anonymous
    Yesterday

    Having the conversation with my husband again and he’s saying it’s child abuse to offer food then take the plate away after a certain amount of time (I said let’s give it an hr). Just sent an email to the pediatrician. 😪

  • Anonymous
    Yesterday

    I’d ditch the silverware for a bit and encourage him to eat with his hands. Maybe that will start the habit.

Looking for ways to use breast milk

Hi everyone, I have a 21-months-old toddler, still breastfeeding but does not take breast milk in a bottle or cup (I hear this is common for toddlers) nor as a popsicle. I have some frozen breast milk from pumping on a trip, and would like to use it for her. Before I go through the trouble of baking with breast milk or making other things, I'd love to hear if there's a reasonable chanc... More

  • Sara
    1h ago

    What does he/she take? If they like regular milk you could try mixing some breastmilk in. Or in a smoothie or milkshake if they’ll take that.

Myrtle posted in Toddlers Friday

Getting rid of the pacifier

What age did you get rid of the pacifier completely? My 18 month old only uses hers for naptime and bedtime, but I can’t imagine her falling asleep without it. I’ve heard if you get rid of it before two it’s much easier. What has your experience been? Did you do it cold turkey or just slowly wean off?

Teyen posted in Behavior Friday

19 month old toddler tantrums

He hits me and throws things now when hes upset. Just started these past few days. He hits me once and waits for a response. I would tell him stop and walks away. If he throw things, I walk away and tell him to stop too. But it doesn't seem like it works. We are thinking of a time out chair. Any other advice on how to deal with this?

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Thursday

Swim floaties for toddler less than 30 lbs

I’ve been researching and can’t find swim floats for toddlers that weigh less than 30 lbs. I was able to find life jackets for as young as infant but my son (15 months) is terrified of wearing the life jacket as it’s hard to move his neck and see with it on. While I intend on holding my son in the pool this summer and he’s signed up for swim lessons, he’s a very independent child, he’s quite st... More

2.5 yr old with Sleep & Dinner issues

My 2.5yr old daughter is currently having issues staying asleep at night and refusing naps or only taking a short one. Also she will ask to eat dinner, I'll let her pick what she wants to eat, then she only takes 3 bites and says shes done. She will then ask for a snack later. She eats all of her breakfast and lunch. Has anyone else encountered this? Was wondering if it's just a sle... More

  • A
    Friday

    My twins stopped napping around 2.5, or stopped napping regularly. We do quiet time in their room and if they fall asleep they fall asleep - they usually don’t. But I found that when they nap I have a much much harder time getting them down in the evening.

  • Sara
    Friday

    My daughter is just under 2.5 and she started this a couple weeks ago. The naps cause bedtime troubles (when she takes one). We've started just playing by ear day-by-day if she needs a little nap, but I think I will try this quiet time in the afternoon instead. That's basically what she's been doing for her naps anyhow. The eating thing, I read that they start growing slower around... More

PK posted in Sleep Thursday

Moving toddler to toddler bed..

We haven’t done it yet but it is in the near future. My son has started moving his toys from the living room to his bedroom. I’m not sure why... should I put a halt to that and move his toys back in the living room to prevent issues when we transition him into his toddler bed? He’s always had toys in his room, but mainly quiet toys and books. He recently moved his big bag of blocks and variety... More

  • Nelly
    Thursday

    I just assumed it was a comfort thing. She asked us to read her the book while she was in bed. Maybe it helped her fall asleep?

  • PK
    Friday

    I’m ok with having something in bed for comfort reasons.. he already has stuffed animals and security blankets in his crib with him for that. I was just worried that once we take off the crib wall that confines him and replace it with the toddler rail, he will get up and just play all night and scream at us through the door to come play with him. I figured the less toys in his room, the more ... More

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Thursday

16 month old not eating

My almost 16 month old daughter is not eating very much...maybe like 3-4 bites on her own, and then I have to feed her and most times it's such a struggle, she is so distracted!!! on a good day it takes about atleast 30 minutes to feed her, this has been so frustrating for me but I need her to eat so I've been feeding her. I spoke to her pediatrician about it and he suggested that I jus... More

  • Anonymous
    Thursday

    Thank you for your advice, I really appreciate it. According to her pediatrician she should be drinking about 24 ounces of milk at her age.. she drinks around 15-20 ounces.

  • PK
    Friday

    We were told 24 oz is the maximum and aim for 16 oz of milk after 1 yrs old. I think you are doing great!! We are struggling with meals too. Some times when he’s really hungry he will feed himself. Most times though, we have to play music and I have to feed him. If I don’t feed him, he doesn’t eat at all. He actually asks me to feed him 🙄. But.. if he says he’s full, he is full and I take the... More

Anonymous posted in Sleep Thursday

Sleeping alone

My daughter just turned one on Monday. She was doing great going to sleep on her own and staying in her own crib. Lately she wakes up crying and sits up. She won’t go back down until I pick her up and take her to bed with me. She is getting her first tooth. I don’t know if it’s just a new thing and is teething related or some stage. Any advice would be welcome

  • Kate
    Thursday

    Sounds like it’s more of a teething phase. It may last a couple more days before it gets better. You could consider giving her something soft in her crib, like a small stuffed animal or lovey. Those can often provide a little extra comfort during the rough nights. And Tylenol and/or Motrin will help her stay comfortable, too.

  • Kendall
    Thursday

    Sounds teething related! Should be back to normal soon. Try Motrin before bed

What age should I start brushing my little ones teeth?

My mom thinks I’m silly for wanting to get my LO a tooth brush at 12 months, but she has 9 teeth already and is eating a lot of different food. I don’t normally give her too much processed sugar, but for her first birthday party this past Saturday she did manage to get her hands on quite a bit throughout the day from multiple family members and her smash cake. aI know some of my babysitters fee... More

  • Nelly
    Thursday

    We started once she had about 8 teeth or 1 year-ish. Took a lot a lot of practice. Get a teeth brushing storybook. That helps a lot if they are resistant. Or you can show them by brushing yours too.

  • Chelly
    Saturday

    I really liked this article on Lucie’s List: https://www.lucieslist.com/baby-tooth-care/ There is also one about toddler teeth. I started with a rubber tooth brush around 6 months. Just to get him used to the idea. It was helpful now that he is older to make brushing easier, so my advice is the sooner the better!

Toddler Talks

So I’m new to this but I’m kind of hoping someone will have some advice. My daughter will be three may 31st but she doesn’t talk. Mostly just grunts and whines. But I also lost a daughter 7.7.17 and being a year old I didn’t think it’d affect her. Am I just stressing for no reason?

  • Ozie
    Thursday

    My daughter was the same she’ll be 3 in November however the only thing that saved me was placing her in what we call an educare it’s a school for toddlers. She doesn’t say anything in school just yet (they think she doesn’t speak) but when she comes home she says everything they have gone over in school. From colors, to counting, she can now count to thirty as opposed to three months ago when ... More

  • Maxine
    Thursday

    So sorry about your loss, Sarahh. 💔 Your local school board will usually evaluate your child for free. If your child qualifies for one, she will receive an IEP (Individual Education Plan) and be referred to a preschool that offers therapy for free. You can take that referral and get a full diagnosis from a neurologist if there’s a diagnosis to be had.

Anonymous posted in Bathing Wednesday

1 year old suddenly hates the bath

Any tips for a baby that used to do fine and now hates the bath?

  • Raji
    Thursday

    My daughter also went through a similar phase; she would scream bloody murder throughout the whole bath. Then, she was fine after a few weeks. During this time, water over her head and face was the worst. See if that is the case n try to get through it fast.

  • Kristen
    Thursday

    My daughter did the same thing. She loves water, except for a couple of weeks when she was a year old. It was like torture. Grew out of it quickly.

Tj posted in Behavior Wednesday

Going to daycare meltdowns?

My two year old manages his tantrums fairly well, but recently he’s been struggling to accept he has to go to daycare. He’s been going since 7 months so it’s nothing new and he used to enjoy leaving in the morning. But he was sick a few weeks ago and got to stay home with me, and since then he’s been difficult with his morning routine. I should also mention we have a 3 month old who is stays ho... More

  • Anonymous
    Saturday

    Aw. I wish I could offer advice but we will be in a similar situation. My daughter will be 2.5 when we have our second and have considered putting her in daycare at least part time, but I imagine it will be difficult specially when the new baby gets to stay home; but my daughter who literally never ever cried or through tantrums seems to be on a roll lately. Anything that doesn’t go her way set... More

  • Anonymous
    Saturday

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Bedtime routines

Hi! I have a 15 month old girl and she has been given a bottle in her crib to help her fall asleep. I’m trying to get away from that. I’m thinking of trying a new routine like a bath then a bottle and read to her then brush her teeth and put her down but I’m curious as to what everyone else does. I really want to incorporate books because she won’t let me read to her unless she has a bottle

  • Sanam
    Thursday

    My son is 20 months and has refused any other type of sippy cup. Our routine is read two books, bath, bottle during bath, then brush his teeth and then he goes to bed. He used to get a bottle during his nap also, but we cut that one out. I prefer he gets a solid serving of milk at least once a day. My doctor said it was fine as long as we brushed after. Good luck!

  • J
    Thursday

    we had to switch up the order of things so he wouldn’t fall asleep while feeding. it took a few days but he adapted.

CJN posted in Behavior Wednesday

Picky eater!

My son is being extremely difficult! The think thats most shocking is that he now wont eat some food that he once loved! Any advice?! Please help! Lol

  • Julie
    Wednesday

    Ps, my daughter is 20 months.

  • Kristen
    Thursday

    Try the Tiny Tastes program. I believe they even have an app now. It is an incentive-based program to get kids to try new things in a structured way, instead of just offering over and over.

Feeding question

My daughter is 9 months, she don't have any teeth yet but has been eating Gerber baby food for about 4 months now. I want to start giving her more solid type of food and not just puree but I am nervous. Can anyone give me some recommendations on how to start giving her more solid foods? Thank you in advance for any advice.

  • Sara
    Wednesday

    Look into baby led weaning, people often think babies need teeth to eat solids, avocados, grapes, zucchini, cheese, peanut butter on bread, even steamed carrots are great..... my son has been eating solid since 6.5 months and does great, educate yourself on the difference between choking and gagging because it can really help ease your mind

  • Jenn
    Thursday

    Some foods we did: bananas cut in half, blueberries cut in half, rotisserie chicken torn into small pieces, scrambled eggs, avocado cut into bite sized pieces or long skinny "fries", ground beef

Bathroom issues

So my daughter is almost 3 and is very stubborn and strong willed. It had taken her a very long time to get potty trained and has been doing really good the past 3 weeks. But when it comes to going number 2 she has a hard time. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that she’s scared to go in the potty even though she had before or if it’s the fact that she’s holding it in but she has not gone in now 3 ... More

  • Amanda
    Thursday

    I’m in the same boat my daughter turned 3 Monday and refuses to poop in the potty. She goes out of her way to not poop at all. She lays on her belly crosses her legs and flexes her butt cheeks! She still goes a little bit a day but it’s forced. Trying my best to not make such a huge deal to the point of everyone being miserable.

2.5 yr old isn't asleep.

So my 2.5 yr old has always gone to sleep like clockwork. Even tonight right on cue he declares bedtime and we went through his ritual and said goodnight. But tonight he keeps getting up. He's not fussing or making noise. He is just sitting quietly in his room reading with the light on. If I go in he turns the light off and gets in bed. Then he is up again 5 minutes later. I am just really ... More

  • Cathy
    Tuesday

    I think he might be going to bed too early? He just might not be tired. My son is two months younger than yours. We have a bath at 7. In bed by 8. Asleep by 9. Remember, the older they get, the less sleep they need. Also try to keep him active in the afternoon to help him crash. He could also be awake since it’s still light out.

  • Amanda
    Tuesday

    @ Cathy I was going to push his bed time back but he stopped napping altogether. Does your son still nap? We have an hour of quiet time in the afternoon instead now. I don't think it's because it's summer. He has blackout curtains in his room because it kept him up when he was younger. Update: he did it again. Did not nap today either.

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