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.

Anonymous posted in Milestones & Development Today

2year old not talking

So my son is 2 years old he doesn’t talk he says a few words but he just babbles all day long I take him to speech therapy but all they do is play with him idk what to do at this point

  • Cathy
    3h ago

    My son had a delay since he was never pulling up and walked late. Most children with a gross motor delay typically have a speech delay and we have been going to speech for about a month. It might seem that “all they do is play” but that’s what they are supposed to be doing. They are emphasizing on words and sounds and modeling for your child.

  • Sara
    3m ago

    My son didn’t talk until he turned 3. He is 3 years and 2 months now and is starting to use 3 word sentences. It was like a switch flipped. Your little one will talk when they are ready!

Picky Stage

I have a 15 month old who has decided too go through a picky phase. And he refuses too eat almost everything we put in front of him. What are somethings you give your L.O. That they love too eat??

Potty training

Look for some tips on potty training my daughter who’s almost two. She tells you she did pee pee but hasn’t gotten it down for the potty yet

  • Lisa
    Yesterday

    Yep, I agree, pay attention to the queues she is giving you. If you really watch her I bet you notice a pee pee dance of sorts she does when she is peeing, then the next time you see her start to pee wisk her off to the potty, or at least every 2 hours set an alarm

  • Giovanna
    Yesterday

    Sit her on the potty and turn on the water bath or sink every time before a shower or bath. The 1st time I tried it she peed on the potty nd has been doing it every time before taking a bath nd shower she is 15 months so I think that's a good start

Anonymous posted in Starting Solids Yesterday

Baby Led Weaning

She’s 6.5 months old and since she’s had a few bites of more solid food she’s no longer that interested in purees. She has 2 teeth. Is it too early to consider BLW? What was your experience like?

  • Diana
    Yesterday

    You dint have to give babies any purée at all actually

  • Anonymous
    Yesterday

    Thank you everyone

My daughter Haizley is 12 month old and she doesn’t have the two teeth on top. Is that normal?

  • Diana
    Yesterday

    Yes, absolutely. It’s a very individual thing and no way to force the teeth out any sooner

  • Rachel
    5h ago

    Yes very. My son didn’t have any teeth till after his first birthday. He was walking and talking but no teeth.

Anonymous posted in Child Care Thursday

Does a 2 year old need preschool?

Does my 2 year old need preschool? We love our nanny and the hours work better with my work hours but I feel like not sending her could put her behind? I can’t afford to do both

  • Anonymous
    Yesterday

    I never went to preschool and was above average all throughout school (and have my master's degree). My brother started preschool at age 3 and barely graduated high school. It really depends on the person.

  • Diana
    Yesterday

    No. Kids don’t need preschool till about age of 3. It’s better for proper emotional development and mental health for child to have one caregiver till about that age, any qualified psychiatrist would say the same

My 14 week old is just crying all day

He doesn’t want his pacifier and he’s not sleeping and he seems just to hate me today He’s arching his back when he screams like he’s trying to get away for me HELP!!!

  • Stormy
    Yesterday

    Look like he feeling better today

  • Anonymous
    Yesterday

    my twins both had reflux, and did the same thing. When you put reflux babies down, it makes it worse. We were on ranitidine, and doc always said to keep them elevated, not to lay flat... we elevated them during sleep til they were 6 months.

Anonymous posted in Child's Health Thursday

My toddler is not getting enough nutrients

He only wants to eat mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, milk, scrambles eggs and yogurts! Thats all he eat every day. I feel like he doesnt eat what he should. But when i introduce him to other foods he refuses them! Anyone else on this? What should i do? Thanks :)

  • Cristina
    Friday

    My son (almost 3), is the same way, so I take advantage of what he does like and try to make them as healthy as possible. My son loves yogurt (regular and Greek), instead of buying the kids yogurts, I buy big the big tubs of organic whole milk yogurts. I usually stick to Greek since he likes it and it has more protein. I buy plain Greek and just mix it with honey and cinnamon, and he eats it up... More

  • Kathie
    Yesterday

    My son is picky too, and that pretty much sounds like his daily diet. To get him to eat some veggies, we usually season them very heavily. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt. We also give him broccoli or sweet potato tots. You can buy them frozen at the grocery store and they taste pretty good. Its not the best thing in the world, but it’s a start! Also, if you have Facebook I would sugges... More

Caroline posted in Sleep Thursday

Bedtime 16 mo

What time do your LIttle ones go to bed? Mine is 16mo. Thanks!

  • Amanda
    Yesterday

    My daughter is 7 months old and she is asleep for good by 6pm

  • Jessica
    Yesterday

    My 23 month old goes down anywhere from 7:30-8pm and he’ll wake up around 7:30-9am and he’ll take a nap around 11:30am and depending on him it could be an hour and a half or 2 hours later that he wakes up.

How old should I start potty train my son? He's only 12 months 4 days old

  • Ilansnice
    Friday

    3 was magic for my son with pee. Truthfully he just mastered poop at 4. And I need to wake him up at night to pee bc he sleeps like the dead. Read Oh crap potty training.

  • Bro
    Yesterday

    My son been telling me right before he poops and then five mins later poops and he isn’t even potty trained yet should I start him with it now because he will try me right before or he will do and come and tell me

Anonymous posted in Starting Solids Thursday

Suggestions for a 14 month old baby food

And also how much is ok to feed a baby of that age in breakfast, lunch, dinner? Sometimes I feel like I feed my baby too much but he never let me know when is full, generally I give him 4 oz of fruits or veggies (or 2 and 2 oz of beans) and a 2 oz of protein, with bread, crackers or chesse, even after that he can ask for his bottle of milk. I'm scared of offering more food beacause I feel t... More

  • Christina
    Thursday

    He will stop eating when full. Depending on his size, he may eat more or less than typical. My daughter eats a lot but she’s big. 100% height and 80% weight. Toddler serving size is 1/2 of adult one.

  • Jenn
    Yesterday

    Unless pediatrician is concerned about being overweight, give him as much food as he wants! My (13m.o.) daughter goes through a whole rotisserie chicken plus fruits, eggs, dairy, etc. in less than a week and she is still hovering at the 4th percentile for weight. There's no such thing as too much food :P

Anonymous posted in Behavior Thursday

Toddler Behavior!

HELP Mommas!! Ok my son is 2 1.2 yrs old. He is throwing tantrums, not listening and whining all the time.. he hits my husband and I in the face, pinches us and throws toys at us. We've tried literally EVERYTHING! we're SO desperate to break this behavior... but nothing worked!!! We tried doing the whole time out thing and it didn't phase him. He'd get right out and start back ... More

  • Amber
    Yesterday

    Look up Janet Lansbury online. She’s got some great articles on how to deal with stuff like this. Good luck!

  • Dorothy
    Yesterday

    Currently reading this book and it has a chapter on decoding regular tantrums, meltdowns and defiance which I think is quite insightful. The premise is that too much of these behaviors in this age group often points towards an underlying need that the child is expressing. She has some really good techniques on how to figure it out.

Anonymous posted in Behavior Thursday

Daycare

My 2 year old daughter has been in daycare for over 6 months and still cries when i drop her off. She doesn't go to the teachers either but when I leave and I check the cameras she isn't crying anymore. I see her playing normally with other kids. Any suggestions on what I can do to make it easier on her and me when she is being dropped off? Thank you!

  • Anonymous
    Friday

    I feel like I do try to do that, she holds me leg if I put her down. I kneel down and tell her it's ok I'll be back soon, I love you and hug her. When I get up and try to leave she grabs my leg again. So it takes about 5 mins for me to leave .

  • Marie
    Friday

    I tried to make the drop-off as quick as possible. Telling her I love her, giving her a kiss and saying i’ll come back tonight. Being ferm not letting her see how guilty I felt. She get used to it after a couple of days. It got even better when she changes classroom, she run out of the car in excitement! made me think that she might found the other 2 yo boring... compare to preschooler...idk

How do parents do full day activities with toddlers? Mine is mess if he just has a stroller nap.

  • Lindsay
    Yesterday

    He is down to 1 nap. Sleeps around noon for an hour and a half & goes to bed about 6:30pm. Seems like I'm on the same page with what everyone is saying. Just need to figure out how to swing next weekend out of town. A bit anxiety provoking. Where do toddlers even sleep when out of town. I'd be surprised if he used a pack n play.

  • Christina
    Today

    My 3 yo still uses pack n play when we travel. We got the peapod and she screamed when we put her into it. Also have tried intex inflatable toddler bed and she won’t sleep in it either. Side note-she outgrew pnp at 18 months due to height.

Getting 2 year old to talk

I have a two year old who does not speak yet he doesn’t say mama or dada he literally just grunts and does baby talk. He listens fine so I know he doesn’t have a hearing problem. He doesn’t have a tongue tie either. The doctors say he could be autistic and I don’t care if he is I just want him to speak. So my question is does anyone have any suggestions on how to get him to talk? Thank you in a... More

  • Jada
    Thursday

    Thank you so much for the advice his doctor set him up to get evaluated and to see a speech therapist and audiologist

  • Mandy
    Today

    My 2 yr 2 month old doesn’t either. I started him in Early Learning Head Start Home base 2 months ago. He’s done wonders since. The teacher is not concerned about this. However he did fail his vision and hearing test. Waiting to get him in for further testing just to be sure. Your son may talk when he’s ready. Wouldn’t be too concerned yet. It’s ok and Natural For some children to talk later th... More

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Wednesday

Bottles

Hi everyone! Well I have 21 month old twin boys who are still on the bottle. They get it in the morning, before nap and before bed. They also drink from their sippy cups when they eat. Any tips or tricks to start getting them off the bottles completely? TIA!

  • MrsTurner3
    Thursday

    My kids are 3.5 and almost 2. We haven’t broken the needing milk cup for bed or nap yet with either. Although my 3.5yr old typically doesn’t drink more than 3 sips, it’s a comfort thing for him, I’m sure of. I say that to say don’t feel awful about still doing milk in general. Bottles on the other hand, is really not good for there mouth development. I recommend try either a special cup for b... More

  • Cylvia
    Friday

    Agree with just get rid of them cold turkey. My daughter is 15 months and I was still letting her have a nighttime bottle (the only time she’d cry for one) at the start of this month I threw them all away and her first night she cried for 20 minuets whined for another 10 min then drank her sippy cup and went to bed. She hasn’t wanted a bottle since that first night. I should have just taken the... More

Toddler got MRSA infection. Swollen and red spots have been drained at hospital. Very worried

Anyone else going through this or had experienced this before? What is the outcome from this? Does it have a cure? I dont want to see my child suffer like this any longer :(

  • Becky
    Wednesday

    My son had a MRSA cyst on his butt, it was awful!! They had to lance it and drain it at the doctor's office, poor thing screamed bloody murder, I felt so bad. They ended up putting him on an antibiotic for 10 days and he's had no problems since then.

  • Bro
    Thursday

    I’m going through this right now it’s my son in his fingers and it’s been almost two months ! They need to drain it so going today or tomorrow for them to look at it I’m so scared he already had two sets of ear tubes and I don’t want something else

Donated breast milk for a one year old? Could it help him stay healthy?

Is it weird to consider seeking out donated breast milk for a one year old? For some unknown reason my body produced less than two oz of milk a day so I combo fed my LO for a few months before he gave up on nursing altogether, after which I couldn’t maintain any supply. I considered donated milk for a while but the forums always seemed to be full of mothers who’s babies needed it more (formula... More

  • Anonymous
    Thursday

    Diana, none of what you wrote is true in every case. Donated milk isn’t pasteurized usually, unless you get it from a company. Breast milk isn’t much healthier than formula at this age. Studies haven’t shown immune differences after the first six months, and formulas should have the same nutrients. And depending on if the kid is in daycare or has other exposure, lots of kids get sick.

  • Amber
    Yesterday

    I wonder if a probiotic might help. Also, elderberry syrup or gummies. It’s a great immune booster.

Anonymous posted in Education Wednesday

When is it ideal to start preschool

So my kid is 2yrs old and will turn 3 this Sept. Starting preschool this year would mean he goes to the 2's class. So I'm stuck between sending him this year or the next. (He goes to a homedaycare /play group ). With kids who are fall born, what's ideal to do? Do you get them in school as they are almost 3, or do you wait as strting now would mean 3 yrs of preschool before Kindergarten.

  • Jennifer
    Thursday

    I’m starting my October baby in a 2 year old class. He is ready to be around other kids in a more structured way. I think that the harder decision will be when he is kindergarten ready: will 3 years of preschool be too much? Will we change preschools because after 2 years he needs something different? find a transitional kindergarten class? Early kindergarten? I think it is really based on the... More

  • Lenora
    Thursday

    My son is two but his birthday is September 3rd. I enrolled him in preschool. They said they won't be able to do anything until he turns 3 but when he does he could start. But school doesn't start until the end of August here anyway. He loves being around kids and is very social. He was in daycare before. So if you think your child is ready for something like that go for it

Lindsay posted in Sleep Wednesday

18 month sleep regression early? My son is 16 months. Survival tips please!

  • Cambric
    Thursday

    We're going through the same thing, but it's finally getting better. However- IT SUCKS. I found it most helpful to be consistent with our schedule. Letting her cry it out for 15 minutes, comfort her, repeat. If it's nap time and she won't go down after like 3 times of doing that, I drop the nap. But if it's bedtime, I just have to let her tire herself out. I've also been... More

  • Lindsay
    Yesterday

    Thanks for the advice. Very helpful! He cut two teeth this week (one canine) & now has a respiratory infection. Wondering if that's been part of it. We're all exhausted. I can barely sleep with the anxiety of being woken up 5 minutes later.... ugh. Thanks for the support!

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