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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.

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Questions about Toddler

Avatar Rara_...
Jane ...
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Yes, I think that would probably be the best way to manage this. Otherwise you're likely to keep having the same dramas and neither of them compreh...

Answered: 30 Sep 2012
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Jane ...
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Hi, Thanks for your question. It is reassuring that he can follow directions and chatters. The first question we ask ourselves re. speech and langu...

Answered: 30 Sep 2012
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Jane ...
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At 19 months there are real benefits in ceasing all bottles and offering milk and water from sippy or normal cups. What is ideal is to offer three ...

Answered: 22 Sep 2012
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Jane ...
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At 19 months his brain is still forming, he honestly does not and cannot know what he's doing is wrong or naughty. It takes years for children to l...

Answered: 22 Sep 2012
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Jane ...
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If she is waking up dry and no longer wetting overnight or through the day when she's asleep then a transition to pants is fine. You may want to pu...

Answered: 22 Sep 2012
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Jane ...
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A gradual cessation is probably best for both of you, your breasts will adjust more comfortably if you slowly wean. But this can be more challengin...

Answered: 30 Sep 2012
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Jane ...
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You may need to take her to the doctor to see if she has an underlying bacterial or thrush infection. Both of these need specific creams rather tha...

Answered: 16 Sep 2012
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Jane ...
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To not be toilet trained at night at 4 years is very normal. There's a strong link between nocturnal enuresis in a child and when their parents wer...

Answered: 16 Sep 2012
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Jane ...
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The fact that you're trying is great, but sometimes with toddlers this is all parents can do. Your job is to buy, prepare, cook and then serve her ...

Answered: 16 Sep 2012
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Jane ...
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You could try getting him to use a potty or a potty chair, so the "drop" isn't so big, some kids are really scared of this, as well as the concept ...

Answered: 06 Sep 2012
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Jane ...
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At 16 months he's still a little young to transition. Generally at around the age of two years toddlers are ready for a single bed. Until then it's...

Answered: 06 Sep 2012
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Jane ...
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It's not uncommon but it can mean a couple of things and not necessarily tooth decay. It's great that you're brushing his teeth twice a day, those ...

Answered: 06 Sep 2012
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Jane ...
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It's important to work out and establish if he has a mechanical problem with his chewing and swallowing, so a review with a speech pathologist may ...

Answered: 02 Sep 2012
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Jane ...
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Hi, You don't say how old your son is so it's difficult to offer you age appropriate advice. But you're right when you say it takes longer for bowe...

Answered: 06 Sep 2012
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Jane ...
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This can be a challenge, is her room dark or is the light coming in and waking her? What you could try is to not go into her when she first wakes u...

Answered: 02 Sep 2012
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Jane ...
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This can be a challenge but as long as she is well now and you're prepared to hear her cry then you will succeed. You need to be absolutely consist...

Answered: 02 Sep 2012
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Jane ...
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Hi, This can be difficult to manage, especially at the end of a busy day when you just want to get home! It can help just to sit there and watch th...

Answered: 26 Aug 2012
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Jane ...
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If you are using the largest size you can buy but absorbency is an issue, then try using two nappies, one over the other. Alternately you could use...

Answered: 26 Aug 2012
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Jane ...
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Role modelling can help, as can keeping very calm and matter of fact about it all. Summer is coming and this is a much better season to toilet trai...

Answered: 06 Sep 2012
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Jane ...
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At three it is still entirely reasonable and age appropriate that he wets the bed at night. There can be a difference of a year or more between day...

Answered: 18 Aug 2012
Avatar melan...
Jane ...
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It varies between individuals, there is no "normal" amount. What's important is that parents don't need to clean their children's ears, use cotton ...

Answered: 18 Aug 2012
Avatar shubbard
Jane ...
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Many kids stutter at this age. It's as if their brain is working faster than their mouth can. But the number 1 marker for a speech pathologist asse...

Answered: 11 Aug 2012
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Jane ...
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This is not a sign of teething that I'm aware of. Could she be doing it as a form of cause and effect? Perhaps it's just part of her play repertoir...

Answered: 11 Aug 2012
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Jane ...
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Hi, I would suggest you need to take him to be assessed by your GP and perhaps have a referral made to a paediatric gastroenterologist. Sometimes a...

Answered: 05 Aug 2012
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Jane ...
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At 5.5 months he's old enough not to be wrapped. He should be rolling by now and able to find his own, safe, preferred sleeping position. So you ar...

Answered: 05 Aug 2012
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Jane ...
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You could try using two disposable nappies; one over the top of the other. Alternately, try a sanitary pad adhered to the inside of his nappy or on...

Answered: 27 Jul 2012
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Jane ...
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You have a couple of options, but from my experience the best way is the quickest way. Just make the decision to throw all of his dummies away and ...

Answered: 22 Jul 2012