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.

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Questions about Toddler

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Hi, What's important is that both at home and at day care she's managed in the same way. At 2.5 yoa she's still little and there's real benefits in...

Answered: 22 Apr 2017
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Jane ...
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Hi, It may be better just to forget about toilet training for a while and take a very relaxed approach to it all. The risk with a toddler being fea...

Answered: 01 Feb 2017
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Jane ...
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This is a great question. It can help for toddlers to "link" wetting/pooing with the toilet, even if it's after the event. But ideally, try to sit ...

Answered: 08 Oct 2016
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Jane ...
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Hi, It does sound as if you're doing everything that you can. Often, in cases where toilet training is taking a long time and the child isn't reall...

Answered: 15 Sep 2016
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Jane ...
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Hi, At five years of age it's reasonable that he's toilet trained for wees and poos. There are a few reasons why kids of this age "hold on". They'r...

Answered: 17 May 2016
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Jane ...
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Hi, 2+ year olds generally have some forms of behaviour issues. This is age appropriate and completely normal. The trick is to decide how you're go...

Answered: 31 Mar 2016
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Jane ...
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Hi, It would be worthwhile (if you haven't already done this) to chat with his day care providers. Toddlers respond to changes in different ways a...

Answered: 14 Mar 2016
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Jane ...
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Hi, The first thing to remember is that at 19 months of age, he's still a work in progress. His brain is still so immature that to link action with...

Answered: 24 Jan 2016
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Jane ...
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Hi, This is probably just due to the changes she's going through and a transition from what she knows to what is different. Lots of toddlers feel m...

Answered: 05 Jan 2016
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Jane ...
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Hello, You could speak with your Child Health Nurse about what you can try. Your CHN would be able to give you some age specific suggestions and ...

Answered: 21 Oct 2015
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Jane ...
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Hi, You're right when you mention they're not as absorbent as nappies. But it really depends on the individual child and how much urine they produc...

Answered: 08 Oct 2015
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Jane ...
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Hi, Once strawberry birth marks fade they usually don't reappear. But it really depends on the extent and site of them. It would be worthwhile you ...

Answered: 28 Sep 2015
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Jane ...
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Hi, This is a common experience for lots of parents. By this age and stage the toddler is bigger and stronger of course, and nappy changing becomes...

Answered: 14 Sep 2015
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Jane ...
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Hi, All of these behaviours sound age appropriate. He's doing them because he's getting a reaction and also learning about his own power and abilit...

Answered: 16 Sep 2015
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Jane ...
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Hi, There are benefits to breastfeeding for as long as possible, both for the child and for the mother. Problems can happen if a toddler is filling...

Answered: 31 Aug 2015
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Jane ...
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Hi, At 13 months he's not aware of the social niceities and what's appropriate. He's still very little and as you've said, too young to toilet trai...

Answered: 30 Jul 2015
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Jane ...
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Hi, It sounds like you have a lovely family and secure home for your boy. So when sleep issues which you're experiencing emerge it's hard to pinpoi...

Answered: 08 Jun 2015
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Jane ...
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Hi, This is a fairly common issue, but for as long as you relent and put a nappy on her for poos, then she's likely to "hold on" until you do. At 3...

Answered: 31 May 2015
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Jane ...
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Hi, You could regularly, say every two hours take him to the toilet yourself and ask him to go. Take him to the toilet with you when you go and al...

Answered: 14 May 2015
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Jane ...
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Hello, There is no absolute age when toilet training should begin. Every child is unique and will develop skills in their own time. TT is largely a...

Answered: 14 May 2015
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Jane ...
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Hello, Some babies tend to pass large amounts of urine when they are asleep and because they're not changed as regularly as through the day, the r...

Answered: 30 Mar 2015
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Jane ...
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Hi, It may well be that this is a way for her to gain some more attention and demonstrate her dependence on you. Which is utterly normal at this ag...

Answered: 30 Mar 2015
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Jane ...
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Hi, This is not an uncommon situation. It can be very difficult if not impossible to pinpoint exactly why sleep behaviour changes. Sometimes it's j...

Answered: 09 Mar 2015
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Jane ...
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Hi, I've never heard of this before. I'd be covering off the basic causes to begin with though. Her diet, is she otherwise well, is she growing and...

Answered: 28 Feb 2015
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Jane ...
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Hi, It's very normal for kids to regress after making real progress with TT. Boys especially seem (often) to take three steps forwards and one step...

Answered: 28 Feb 2015