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Expert panel: Toddler

Introducing discipline and bringing home a new baby are areas of concern for many parents of toddlers. If you need advice in helping your child navigate the toddler years you can ask your question here and have it answered by one of our childhood experts. Or, take a look at our previously answered questions, you might just find the answer you were looking for.

Please note questions are not answered live. If you are at all concerned about your health or your bubs contact your doctor immediately.

Questions about Toddler

Avatar Janin...
Jane ...
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She won’t change her behaviour and reliance on the breast to settle unless you change first. If you want her to improve her settling then you...

Answered: 22 Apr 2012
Avatar shubbard
Jane ...
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From an orthodontic perspective, thumb or finger sucking is not a problem unless the child is still doing it when their permanent teeth have erupte...

Answered: 31 Mar 2012
Avatar Angel...
Jane ...
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You could cease her bottles altogether and only offer her milk from a sippy cup. Alternatively you could offer her a sippy cup with her meals, with...

Answered: 25 Mar 2012
Avatar finer...
Jane ...
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Generally at around the age of one year, it’s reasonable to offer honey to a toddler. There are no nutritional benefits to it though so just ...

Answered: 25 Mar 2012
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Jane ...
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To be honest, if this is your problem rather than hers it’s going to be very difficult to get her to stop. Toddlers and babies do all sorts o...

Answered: 17 Mar 2012
Avatar Kerrih2
Jane ...
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This is a two question problem and you’ll need to address both separately. The co-sleeping is one issue and the breastfeeding another, but yo...

Answered: 17 Mar 2012
Avatar kare
Jane ...
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This varies, though generally they still need a sleep until around 3 years of age. But it really depends on the child. You cannot control if she go...

Answered: 17 Mar 2012
Avatar Hwing
Jane ...
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At 18 months, alot of behaviour is due to cause and effect. He’s also learning about control, independence and power and how he can wield it....

Answered: 11 Mar 2012
Avatar bindy...
Jane ...
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The answer may be in praise, more when he’s used the toilet and is going there, rather than using the floor. Has there been any change in the...

Answered: 04 Mar 2012
Avatar Skwha...
Jane ...
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It’s hard to imagine a 15 month old has an anxiety related behaviour. If in all other respects he’s developing normally and meeting his...

Answered: 04 Mar 2012
Avatar *~Zim...
Jane ...
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Hi, At the age of one babies need to be babbling like they sound they’re talking. She also needs to be able to respond to familiar words that...

Answered: 04 Mar 2012
Avatar paa1979
Jane ...
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You could try putting two nappies on him. Alternately using a sanitary pad adhered to the inside of his nappy. An incontinence pad may also be usef...

Answered: 11 Mar 2012
Avatar hills115
Jane ...
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If she can hear you and you’re satisfied that she can, then this is important. By the age of two we look for toddlers to have at least 50 wo...

Answered: 11 Mar 2012
Avatar a84ch...
Jane ...
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If you’re keen to stop his bottles then a gradual or sudden cessation of all of them could work. He is probably just associating the bottle w...

Answered: 26 Feb 2012
Avatar Louis...
Jane ...
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This isn’t an uncommon situation, but honestly, it’s just one of those nastier sides of parenting a two year old. You may need to put t...

Answered: 04 Mar 2012
Avatar paulski
Jane ...
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It could be that she’s doing this to gain your attention, so it’s a cause and effect issue. In which case ignoring her will be useful. ...

Answered: 26 Feb 2012
Avatar Member
Jane ...
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Hi Jenna, Yes there has been some problems but they’ve been addressed by the team this week and all seems to be back on track now. Let us kno...

Answered: 26 Feb 2012
Avatar Debbi...
Jane ...
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Without knowing the age of your toddler I cannot give you specific advice. But this is not an uncommon problem, some kids feel an added sense of se...

Answered: 26 Feb 2012
Avatar sarah...
Jane ...
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At 18 months of age, it’s reasonable to stop all bottles and just offer fluids from a sipper or normal cup. For the sake of his teeth, his sp...

Answered: 17 Mar 2012
Avatar Ginah...
Jane ...
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You have a choice of whether to stop his bottles gradually, by phasing them out over a week or so or just throwing them all away. Offering Matthew ...

Answered: 11 Feb 2012
Avatar amber...
Jane ...
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I’d say you could try sitting him on the toilet before his bath, taking him out of the bath and sit him on the toilet as soon as he’s s...

Answered: 11 Feb 2012
Avatar karin...
Jane ...
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I would say not. It sounds like the swollen glands/fevers etc may be viral related and separate from the issues with his foreskin. Occasionally, th...

Answered: 11 Feb 2012
Avatar gapp
Jane ...
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Hi, Whatever working arrangements parents have the same pre-bed settling routine needs to apply. This way, both parents and the child are clear tha...

Answered: 11 Feb 2012
Avatar natal...
Jane ...
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Hi, When you say you are on a wait list, do you mean to see a paediatrician? This sounds like a good plan, sometimes it’s possible to be shor...

Answered: 06 Feb 2012
Avatar dedge...
Jane ...
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Sometimes toddlers have what we call impaction with overflow and what seems to be diarrhoea or normal, soft motions is not. They can have an impact...

Answered: 26 Jan 2012
Avatar maltez1
Jane ...
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This depends on the child’s gender, their birth weight and environment. If your toddler is a girl then an average (50th percentile) weight is...

Answered: 26 Jan 2012
Avatar coz_t
Jane ...
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If you can see them though they still haven’t erupted in her gums then a wait and see approach is generally all that’s required. Teeth ...

Answered: 26 Jan 2012
Avatar Dkmcc...
Jane ...
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The major marker for speech therapy assessment is if parents are concerned. You mention her hearing seems to be fine so that’s reassuring. At...

Answered: 26 Jan 2012
Avatar *~Zim...
Jane ...
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It sounds like she’s exhibiting what is pretty normal, age appropriate independence with eating and decision making. After the first birthday...

Answered: 26 Jan 2012
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