Potty Training: Step-by-Step
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Determining whether or not your toddler is ready for potty training is only the first step of the process. Check out this video to get more advice and toilet training instructions!
Transcript: Toilet training is a huge milestone in your child's life-but one YOU should let your CHILD indicate when...
Toilet training is a huge milestone in your child's life-but one YOU should let your CHILD indicate when he's ready to try. --The first sign that it might be time is when your child stays dry for up to 2 hours and during naptimes.-- Also, look for signs of body AWARENESS. He'll show he's uncomfortable in a dirty diaper, and eventually, tell YOU his diaper needs changing and possibly that he has to go to the bathroom. He should also have a large enough vocabulary to talk about basic bathroom functions. --Motor skill developments go HAND IN HAND with toilet training readiness. Your son should be able to walk, take clothes on and off, and get up and down from the toilet seat. These milestones are all signals that it's time to explain the process of using a potty. Talk about the feeling of having to "go", and ENCOURAGE him to tell you when he has that feeling. Show him what pee and poop look like in the toilet bowl and have him watch you flush the toilet...He should learn from and imitate his Dad's bathroom behaviors. Girls can learn from Mom. Make things easier for him with either a step stool or TRAINING potty. Have your son get used to sitting on the potty, first with clothes on and then without. Associate USED diapers with going to the bathroom by removing the diaper and putting your child immediately on the potty. Tell him, "If you use the potty, then you won't go in your diapers." Next, you'll want to establish a routine: Take him to the potty for a few minutes at times that he'll likely have to go. In the morning, after eating, and before going to sleep. Praise your child for co-operating - whether anything happens or not -- and DON'T force him to stay seated or to produce results. You can also take him to the toilet when he-OR his BODY LANGUAGE-indicates he has to go. As he successfully uses the toilet and has fewer and FEWER accidents, REDUCE the pre-planned trips and let him decide when to go on his own. Take a look at other videos in this series to learn about toddler behavior, discipline and development.More »
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Toddler tantrums, picky eating, separation anxiety - young children can be a handful. Do you keep your cool or blow your lid? Take this survey to tell us what you do when faced with misbehavior and meltdowns.
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Toddler playtime can be educational as well as fun for you and your child. Watch this video to learn about all the fun educational activities you can do with your 2-3 year old.
Transcript: There's no reason you can't encourage your toddler's development while ENTERTAINING him at the same time!...
There's no reason you can't encourage your toddler's development while ENTERTAINING him at the same time! So at playtime choose activities that keep your toddler physically active AND stimulate his brain. Depending on your child's stage of development, you can play catch, bubbles, parade, red light/green light, and much more. You can also ask him to "help" you with household chores. Toddlers and preschoolers LOVE mimicking their parent, so offer up a broom to use, or a rag to dust with. And yes, it could get messy! And then there's singing and DANCING-maybe he'll even learn new words through the lyrics of the song. Even better, try making up songs that help with everyday tasks, like getting dressed. Something like "Hey it's time to get dressing-there's no time to be messing - around because it's almost time to go" or "Shirts and pants and socks and shoes - that's the stuff we have to use - up to you - it's time to choose - dress up for the day!" His growing mind will BENEFIT by learning and reciting EXISTING rhymes too, like the classic Itsy Bitsy Spider. And you can teach him new words with story-time! Also try to find activities that put his brain AND his FINE motor skills to use. Think of all the fun you two could have with crayons, sidewalk CHALK, finger paint and simple PUZZLES! You can teach all SORTS of concepts this way - colors, opposites, shapes, categories, body parts and more. FUEL his imagination and cognitive development by helping him play MAKE BELIEVE-give him toy telephones, fun costumes, and toy ride-on cars. While you LOVE one-on-one play with your toddler, play dates will let him begin to interact with other CHILDREN. You can boost SOCIAL skills by having them play make-believe games and sing group songs, such as Hokey Pokey and Ring around the Rosie. Playtime IS learning time, so the more of it, the BETTER. But if you are getting exhausted, bored or IRRITATED, let your kid have some SOLO play-if he detects your mood, NEITHER of you are in for a good time. To get details on toddler development, behavior and health, check out more videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-22 | Tags »
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Toddlers will try anything to stay up with you, but your job is to help them replenish their stores of energy in the short-term and establish a regular sleep schedule in the long-term. Take this survey to share your experience with toddler bedtime battles
Last Modified: 2012-12-03 | Tags »
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Fifth's disease, ringworm, and hand foot and mouth disease are all common in toddlers and children. Watch this video to get details on the symptoms of common child rashes.
Transcript: Toddler's experience all KINDS of rashes, such as eczema, ringworm, allergies, fifth's disease, and hand,...
Toddler's experience all KINDS of rashes, such as eczema, ringworm, allergies, fifth's disease, and hand, foot, and mouth disease. A rash COULD also result from sunburn or by contact with something irritating like a toiletry or household chemicals. One in every TEN kids develops eczema-a chronic condition that makes the skin dry, red, scaly, and ITCHY. Most develop it before age 5. SOME are able to treat the condition with lotion, OTHERS take medications, such as antihistamines-but they're not for kids 2 or younger without your pediatrician's ok. Sometimes diet changes ease symptoms. If your toddler has a rash that KEEPS coming back, go see your pediatrician. HIVES can be triggered by an allergic reaction that causes itchy, red bumps to form on the skin. Antihistamines are the go-to treatment for hives. To prevent ADDITIONAL bouts of hives, your child's doctor will try and find the cause so you can help your child avoid it in the future. Fifth's disease is a very common, mild, viral condition that produces a red rash that looks like a slap mark on the cheeks. It can also cause a minor fever, a red, lacy rash on the body, and cold-like symptoms. It usually goes away on its own. Hand, foot, and mouth disease, also known as coxsackie virus, is another mild COMMON viral condition that most often affects infants and kids under the age of 5. It has no relation to Hoof and Mouth disease that affects cattle. In addition to a skin rash, it can cause small blisters in the mouth, and fever. Ice pops, milk shakes, and other cool or creamy foods will help with the pain associated with oral ulcers and keep your child hydrated. Roseola is a very common virus that causes a high fever and makes for a really cranky kid for a few days. A faint, red rash typically shows up 12-24 hours after the fever disappears and signals the end of the illness. Ringworm is a contagious infection that is caused by a fungus, NOT a worm. Often it causes itchy, red rings, 1 to 2 inches in diameter, to pop up on the skin. It can also cause red, scaly skin on the scalp, feet and hands. An antifungal cream is the most common treatment. The condition could take 2 weeks to go away. Consult your pediatrician if your child develops a high fever, the rash spreads, or the rash doesn't improve after 10 days of treatment. Many times there is no known cause of a rash, and it goes away quickly on its own. But if it's accompanied by other symptoms, or if you're just worried, see your pediatrician.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-13 | Tags »
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Toilet training can be challenging for some families, while other parents see their child take to the toilet easily. Take this survey to see how your toddler's toilet training tale compares with others.
Last Modified: 2012-11-28 | Tags »
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A fussy toddler makes it really hard to have a pleasant dinner. Get tips and tricks on how to handle a picky or resistant toddler at mealtime.
Transcript: SOME DAY, your child will sit calmly through mealtime-but for NOW, it's FUSSY toddler versus whatever...
SOME DAY, your child will sit calmly through mealtime-but for NOW, it's FUSSY toddler versus whatever you've dished up. Children this age try to exert independence by fighting you at the kitchen table. They'll refuse to eat certain foods, or insist on eating only one... and sometimes they don't want to eat at all! While you may WANT to demand an empty plate, you should actually BACK down. You've done your job by supplying your toddler with NUTRITIOUS food. Her job is to decide how much to EAT. By now, her body tells her when she's hungry and when she's not. If she eats less at one meal, she'll probably make up for it in another. If you FORCE her to eat, she may lose the ability to sense when she's full. And that's a key contributor to childhood obesity. Also, don't bargain or bribe-this will lead to messy power struggles. It's also NOT a good idea to cater to your toddler's culinary demands - making her a special bowl of spaghetti will only encourage picky eating. There are BETTER ways to subtly encourage healthy eating habits. If she doesn't want to eat a new type of food, offer it again and again, but at different meals, as part of an array of options...as an accompaniment to more familiar fare...or slip it into meals in creative ways. It takes time for a toddler to warm up to new foods. Eventually, she may try it out! Involve your child in food preparation- let her wash VEGGIES, mix INGREDIENTS and open PACKAGES. She'll feel more invested in the meal when it's time to eat. And keep your toddler's MINIATURE stomach in mind -- serve SMALL food AND beverage portions. Larger portions are OVERWHELMING and can promote overeating. If she wants more, she'll ASK for it. Finally, stick to a consistent routine-a toddler needs 3 meals a day with A COUPLE snacks in between. And...while you're eating together, make sure YOU'RE having healthy foods, too-toddlers learn by example!More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-22 | Tags »
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Sometimes, it's tough to encourage healthy eating while trying to have a pleasant meal, too. Take this survey to share how you help your toddler eat well, despite picky eating habits and table tantrums.
Last Modified: 2012-12-04 | Tags »
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Has your preschooler gotten all the vaccines he or she needs? Consult this preschooler vaccine checklist to make sure your child is protected from a myriad of serious diseases.
Transcript: You HATE watching your child suffer-even if it's for his own good. So while the anxiety and crying during...
You HATE watching your child suffer-even if it's for his own good. So while the anxiety and crying during a vaccination IS hard to see, it's NECESSARY to protect your preschooler from serious diseases such as the flu, hepatitis, and polio. Even if your child's preschool doesn't ask for her vaccination records - which they may or may not - you should KEEP TRACK of which vaccines your child still needs to have. By 3, your child will already have received MOST of her vaccines. But if she hasn't, it's a good time to catch up on the ones she may have missed. She should be finished with the Hepatitis A and B vaccines, the ROTAVIRUS vaccine, the Hib, or haemophilus influenzae vaccine, and the PNEUMOCOCCAL vaccine. All children should receive a flu shot YEARLY, through injection or nasal spray. If your child is getting it for the FIRST time, they should get two doses at least 4 weeks apart. Four to six year olds generally don't receive any NEW vaccines - but they should be getting the final dose in the series they began as babies. I recommend finishing them off at ages 4 and 5, so your child is fully prepared to enter kindergarten. They'll receive the LAST doses of: the DTaP, or the diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine, the IPV, or inactivated poliovirus vaccine, the MMR, or the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, and the varicella or chickenpox vaccine, which is now required in most states prior to entering elementary school. Kids who have immune disorders or are on immunosuppressive medications may need extra vaccines to prevent pneumonia and meningitis. You MAY hesitate to let your child receive vaccinations because SOME claim that vaccines can cause AUTISM, learning disorders, or related illnesses. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, Health Canada, and the European Medicines Agency and the Institute of Medicine ALL say that vaccines are not only safe, but NECESSARY. While some risks do still exist, they are minor and rare. These days, the risks are far outweighed by the benefits of complete vaccination against potentially life threatening diseases. Learn more about toddler and preschooler health in other videos of this series!More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-12 | Tags »
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Toddler and childhood stomachaches are very common. There are a multitude of reasons for stomachaches in chldren -- watch this video for information on each, and how to relieve them.
Transcript: The cause of a toddler's stomach pain can be HARD to diagnose because of a child's LIMITED ability to...
The cause of a toddler's stomach pain can be HARD to diagnose because of a child's LIMITED ability to explain how he or she feels. Top causes of toddler abdominal pain include: -Constipation . It can happen in conjunction with potty training and as a result of the picky eating habits of many toddlers.-Indigestion or overeating -Infections such as-gastroenteritis-or the stomach flu, -Food poisoning -and strep throat, which, it may surprise you to find out, actually causes UP to 10% of cases involving acute abdominal pain. -Food allergies or intolerance -Sugar intake-children can't always absorb the sugars in juice, sports drinks, candy, and milk. -And stress, which is the MOST common cause of FREQUENT stomachaches. More than 10% of kids, typically sensitive and serious children, regularly feel a REAL pit in their stomachs during times of change. -More serious causes can include appendicitis, kidney infections, an inflamed pancreas, and issues with the gallbladder, though these are far less common. Often times, a stomachache will go away on its own, but a doctor is needed if: your child is vomiting blood or has blood in his stool, has pain that doesn't go away after a bowel movement, experiences bloating that lasts longer than 2 days, feels a burning sensation when he or she pees, has diarrhea for more than 2 days, has decreased urination or fewer tears when crying -that indicates dehydration has a low appetite for an extended period of time, or experiences unexplained weight loss or poor weight gain over a period of several weeks or months. To learn more about toddler health, check out other videos in this series.More »
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You know a balanced diet is best for your toddler, but to get more detailed nutrition advice, watch this video on nutrition guidelines specifically written for your 2-3 year old.
Transcript: Toddlers need the same nutrients adults do-vitamins A, B, C, D, zinc, iron, ...and the list goes on....
Toddlers need the same nutrients adults do-vitamins A, B, C, D, zinc, iron, ...and the list goes on. If your toddler eats a balanced, healthy diet, she's probably getting enough of her necessary vitamins and minerals. But what does "balanced" really mean? Two and three year olds need between 1000 and 1400 calories, depending on their age and physical activity level. The calories are divided between: protein, grains, dairy, vegetables and fruits. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, every day 2 to 3 year olds need: --2 ounces of protein foods, like beans, lean meat, nuts and fish, --At least 1.5 to 3 ounces of grains, half of which should be WHOLE grains, --No more than 2 cups of dairy, preferably low-fat, --1 cup of VEGETABLES, particularly dark green and dark yellow ones. Lastly, she should eat 1 cup of fruits daily. Make sure the 1 cup doesn't consist of just fruit JUICE, which will fill her tummy up, and keep her from eating other food. The same may happen if she drinks too much milk. I know it's VERY hard to accomplish this balance every day, especially when toddlers resist your good intentions. Try your best to offer healthy foods in creative and even sneaky ways. Puree zucchini into spaghetti sauce. Throw some fruit in her cereal. Eliminate foods that contain trans fats and limit foods with added sugar. They can cause health problems now-AND as your child grows up. Keep offering the nutritious alternatives instead-soon enough, she'll come around. Of course, your child's diet does need some fat. About 30 percent of his caloric intake should come from healthy, unsaturated fats found in food such as peanut butter, avocado and olives. All your efforts will go to waste if you dish up over-sized portions, however. As a general rule, a toddler's portion size should be about ONE FOURTH of an adult's. And adult servings aren't as big as you think they are! To get details about healthy food choices for your little boy or girl, watch more videos in this series.More »
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