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.

When your 2 year old makes you feel like a jerk

My daughter is usually pretty good and has never done anything like this before but I was leaving her daycare with her and I saw another mom walking into pick up get younger child and she had her older school aged child with her. I was saying hello and my daughter skipped up to us and smiled and then threw something at the other moms daughter. It was a pinecone. It didn’t hit the girl but I ask... More

Anonymous posted in Behavior Sunday

Controlling Bad behavior

My 2 year old (only kid) has started being a two year old. Lol. Its not as terrible as i thought (yet!) but we have a family staying over who have 2 kids 6yr and 8 months and my guy is having a hard time. At best he didn't notice the baby was around and is minding his business and happily ran around the older one and they played. But on the other end he constantly grabbed at everything the... More

  • Anonymous
    Yesterday

    Seems typical for a 2 yo. Does he send a lot of time around other kids, like at daycare? It kind of sounds like he doesn't if he is just suddenly doing this, he just hasn't had much experience socializing. Otherwise it may just be he's not used to kids being in HIS house with HIS toys, and that is going to be hard for him to share HIS things. He could also be overstimulated/ over ti... More

Motion Sickness Remedies

My LO is 17 months and seems to have developed motion sickness. In the last few weeks, she has thrown up 3 times in the car. Previous to this, she had thrown up once in the car her whole life. Any remedies that don't include drugs? TIA!!

  • Angel
    Yesterday

    Motion Eaze I got it at Walmart and on amazon! You just put a drop behind the ear

  • Jenn
    Yesterday

    @Angel, thanks I think I ordered that on Amazon

Kels posted in Sleep Thursday

Melatonin for 2yr old?

Have you guys done it before or what’s your opinion

  • Cathy
    Saturday

    Yes we use it on occasion when we travel. If we are in a new environment we will give it to our son the first couple of nights.

  • mama
    Yesterday

    Yes! Zarbee’s Kids brand, specifically. I used it when my first had sleeping regressions, only two days consecutively then every other day, but no more than a week’s time so that he would not develop a dependency. Good luck!

Anonymous posted in Potty Training Thursday

Potty time?

YES I know potty training is a marathon not a race, but I have a few weeks off work and I am thinking it’s a good time for me to focus and buckle down on potty training my almost 2 year old. Do you think my progress from 2/3 weeks will be enough before going back to daycare? (I know his daycare will help of course, but I’d like for it to be more solid before trying to have him potty here and th... More

  • Julie
    Sunday

    Of course! Hope it goes well! We did sleep diapers for about 3 weeks and then his diapers were coming up dry in the morning so we just went to undies. I got a mattress cover that was waterproof in case, but it’s been over a month in undies 24/7 and he so far had only one night pee (the first night diaper-free). The books has a good chapter in this too. The first couple weeks we’d take him to pe... More

  • anonymous mom
    5h ago

    Yeah goooo for it. My daughter didn’t like going bottomless at all so oh crap didn’t work for us. Which is good because I never really had time to read the book anyway and instead paid my niece $30 to read it for me and give me the cliffs notes. What ended up working for us was my mom came and visited and brought my daughter underwear as a gift. Like those thick training kind. She loooved the... More

C posted in Funny Wednesday

Sleeping face down, butt up. Why?

I've got a one year old who has recently taken to sleeping with his butt sticking up in the air. What's this about? I don't find it worrying, but definitely puzzling.

  • Jeremy
    Saturday

    Ours did it too, all good

  • anonymous mom
    5h ago

    My daughter does the same. I have no idea why but I finally understand what “childs pose” was all about from back when I had time to go to yoga😂🤣

Anonymous posted in Behavior Wednesday

Toddler tantrums

My son(2years old) likes to dump all of his toys all over his floor everyday and "play with them". I have him help me clean up and sometimes it goes well and other it goes horribly wrong like today. I will give him 2 toys, legos and blocks, to put away and today he literally threw a major fit. I never know when to give up trying or how long to let him throw a fit. Sometimes I try to m... More

  • Anonymous
    Thursday

    I agree with ^^^ and also we ALWAYS no matter what clean up the living room toys after dinner. After I wash his hands I always say ok let’s go pick up the toys now. It’s part of a routine now. To be honest, some days he’s not too interested (can’t blame a 2 year old) and we put the toys away and ask often can you help? Or where does this one go? But still end up doing most of it. And other days... More

  • Brushme
    Friday

    Another idea that may help is to have less toys out. Or at least things with less pieces to clean up. Maybe rotate the toys every few weeks and see how he does.

Golden birthday

Hi! My daughter is turning two and I was wondering if you guys have any cute golden birthday ideas or traditions. I already know I’m going to get her a gold two birthday balloon and taking her to the zoo but other than that I’m lost

  • anonymous mom
    Wednesday

    I didn’t know that 2 was a golden birthday 🤦‍♀️. My daughter likes fire trucks so I ordered a cake that looked like a fire truck. Red. Not gold. Happy birthday to your little one, I hope you all have an awesome day!!! ❤️❤️

  • anonymous mom
    Wednesday

    Oh ohhhhhh but school busses are kind of golden right!? If she’s school bus obsessed like most kids are maybe something to do with a school bus!! 😍

Toddler carrier

Is it weird that I bought a toddler carrier for my two year old? He can walk but I live in NYC and I don't think he will sit still on the bus and train . I don't think it's really safe especially on the train platform to just hold his hand . Does anyone use a toddler carrier or I'm the only one lol

  • Bethany
    Wednesday

    Nope I use one for hockey games and concerts. My daughter will be two in January

  • Marie
    Thursday

    Man, I lived in NYC for my first pregnancy and a grown man was "bum-rushing" me to get up the steps in the middle of train rush hour in the city. I had to speak up and tell him he is pushing a pregnant lady and several people started pushing him around for me. Some people just dont care about their surroundings. So doing that would probably be the smartest thing ever. In fact, I'm... More

Baby #2...

Just found out I am pregnant with baby #2. My son will be about 2 months shy of being 2.5 when the baby is born. That being said, we've been working on potty training with him since he was a little over 1. He did it all by himself. It's a slow process in the sense that he doesn't always go on the potty, but he willingly goes into the bathroom when we say time to go potty. Plus we ha... More

  • Anonymous
    Oct 08

    I’d say time to buckle down with the potty training before new babe comes! Toss the diapers and deal with accidents accordingly.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 08

    I also agree with ditching the diapers, I think most kids aren't going to willingly give up the diapers if they have the choice and convenience of using them. I potty trained mine at 26 months, and I was 7 months pregnant. If he's going when you tell him then he's proven he knows what to do, and how to do it, and going in the diaper is ONLY happening because he has the option. My m... More

When should I start potty training ?

My daughter will be 2 in january. I'm a little new to potty training any tips on how to start having her pee in the toilet.

  • Jenn
    Thursday

    We wasted no time 😆. My daughter potty trained the weekend after her 2nd birthday. She showed most of the typical signs of readiness and agreed to learn how to use the potty so I went for it. Getting her to actually sit long enough to pee was a pain in the ass but we got there eventually. It only took a few accidents and rushing to the potty for it to click. I read the Oh Crap book but didn'... More

  • A
    Sunday

    I’m an advocate with following their lead. For both my kids we started experimenting with it when they were 2. My girl got it pretty quickly. We gave up on my boy and tried again like 6mths later and he got it quickly. To me it seemed to just “click,” when they were ready. Id much rather change diapers another few months than force it ... and clean pee off the floor. Just my thoughts and experi... More

Anonymous posted in Behavior Oct 06

Angry 14 month old

I am not sure if it’s anger or if he’s just learning to deal with emotions or if he’s frustrated with communication, but my toddler seems very violent. He hits and pinches and especially pulls hair. Should I be concerned or is this just a phase? It’s been going on for about a month.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 07

    I assume he isn’t very verbal? Sounds frustrated. Have you tried teaching some basic sign language? Even signs like hungry, thirsty, tired, help are all easy and really help little ones communicate without getting frustrated

Marilyn posted in Behavior Oct 06

Picky Eater

My soon to be 2 year old son is by far one of the pickiest kids alive. And i say that because my other 2 kids will eat the dirt from outside if they could. He’s a pigeon eater as i like to call it. Kid survives on a meal a day and snacks 🤦🏽‍♀️ I’ve been looking into like pediasure and things of that nature. Any suggestions, recommendations even words of encouragement will work at this point

  • JEaton
    Oct 07

    My 2.5 year old has become very picky and I brought it up to my pediatrician because I was debating starting a multivitamin. He told me my son sounded just like his daughter who lived on goldfish, chicken nuggets, and macaroni and cheese for years (without a multivitamin). Since my son is developing and continuing to gain weight normally, he isn't concerned. So, neither am I. I just do ... More

  • Anonymous
    Oct 07

    What kind of snacks is he eating? If you are leaving food out all the time then he has no reason to be hungry at meal times. If you stick to serving the same meals to him and don't offer new foods here will never try new things because he won't have the chance. For about a month now I've been putting 1 or 2 carrots in my 3 yo lunch box once in a while. It has always been there u... More

Should I be concerned that my 14 month old still isn’t sleeping through the night?

  • cocomac
    Oct 08

    Mine is not! And I nurse her whenever she wakes to the point of crying/close to wide awake. It’s about 1-3x a night now but looking like 2x a night so I think she’s slowly gonna wean at night and hopefully sleeping thru.

Mighty Max (10 mos) doesn’t hold his own bottle yet

... nor does he look like he even wants to. He would cry before he puts his arm out to grab it. Which is why he still isn’t on solid foods yet. Helpppp

  • Anonymous
    Oct 06

    Neither of mine held their own bottles. One was pincer grasp expert by 7 months, the other at 5 months when we started solids. Only criteria for feeding solids is good head and neck control, and their tongue thrust reflex if gone, which is why 6 months is the recommendation for solids. I've never read anything about not giving solids if they won't hold their bottle. You will need to enc... More

  • Marilyn
    Oct 06

    Definitely start solids, especially finger foods. Feeding himself will start encouraging independence. But my son had the same issue and during bottle time i would have him on my lap facing forward and i would help him hold the bottle. So i would hold his grasp around the bottle took a while but he got the hang. But i also have never heard anything about not starting solids if child can’t hold ... More

From formula to milk

My son is about to be a year old in a couple weeks and I’m freaking out about the transition from formula to cows milk. I’ve already tried introducing him to some dairy products like cheese,yogurt and other foods that might have dairy in it. He hasn’t had a problem until recently I gave him American cheese, he pooped 5 times in one day causing him a diaper rash. Is he possibly allergic to cows ... More

  • Marilyn
    Oct 06

    I would make my boys baby cereal with regular cows milk before introducing just straight cows milk.

C posted in Child's Health Oct 05

Foods or treatment for stomach virus in toddler?

Took my 1 year old to the children's ER for unexplained vomiting and diarrhea. The doctor's diagnosis is stomach virus and said nothing can be done except letting it run its course for the next 5 days. Absolutely nothing? Not even to quell the nausea, speed it along, or minimize the diarrhea? Did I just get a disinterested doctor or is chronic misery, vomiting, and watery crap all over... More

  • JEaton
    Oct 07

    My toddler is dealing with a virus as I write this (we're on day 4). There really isn't much you can do except keep your little one hydrated, eating bland foods a little bit at a time, and weathering the storm. *coming from the wife of a physician*

  • Sammie
    Oct 08

    Doctor is pretty much right. Though sometimes they prescribe zofran or something else for the nausea. They did that once for my son when he was a baby and ended up with a stomach bug. Though they gave me disolvable pills to cut in half for him, which was a pain because I also had to make sure he kept it in his mouth.

Jenya posted in Behavior Oct 03

My son is 18 months and he is starting his terrible twos! Help!!!

I am stay at home parent but I try to work from home, it’s becoming impossible as my son is more and more active. His tantrums are more frequent and he wants to be entertained all day long. The only break I get is when he naps for two hours during the day (please god dont let this change) what are your experiences with toddlerhood? where do you get patience? how do you get the energy to handle... More

  • Olivia
    Oct 03

    My daughter is a very active toddler who never sleeps and has given me a horrible makeover. She will be two in a week and no longer naps. When she throws tantrums I ignore her. Over the past two months she has learned what "frustrated" means so 90% of the time she will say "I'm frustrated" and were able to avoid a tantrum. The rest of the time we deal with 5 minutes of ... More

  • Anonymous
    Oct 03

    Have you tried looking in to a YMCA? Where I live in NC they have a nursery that will watch your children for 2 hours a day! Every day! Every. Single. Day. Your son gets experience with other kids, expends MORE energy, and you get 2 or so hours to be by yourself. And lots of men and women who go to my Y bring their computers and work during those 2 hours instead of working out. And if cost is a... More

Anyone try Miralax for toddler? How long did it take? Did it help? 14 month old scared to poop.

  • Ashly
    Oct 03

    I’ve used it for both my girls- usually takes a day to make a movement but it does help!

Anonymous posted in Flying Oct 03

Trip without mom

When was the first time your kiddo took a trip without you? My MIL has been insisting she take our 2 year old to California (1.5 hour flight) to visit my brother in law for a weekend..... I don’t know how I feel about it?? Part of me knows of course he’d have fun at the beach all day, but then that distance is kinda far without momma in a strange place.

  • Aya
    Thursday

    I agree, I think it depends on your son's relationship with the MIL. If your MIL is used to being with him, taking care of him, I say go for it. The first time I left my child with my parents (not MIL) was in Tokyo, when he was 4. He stayed with them for a week. We dropped him off and then we picked him up (he did not miss us much - ha). The first time he flew solo with my parents was... More

  • Angel
    Yesterday

    My dad keeps trying to take my daughter an hour drive away and my answer is still NOOOOOO

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