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What do you need to know to care for your 33 months old baby?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

Development & Behavior

What should my toddler be doing right now?

A lively imagination often gives temporary birth to monsters, dragons, ghosts, and other mysterious creatures of the dark so fear of the dark is common.

An ability to count begins as your child counts his steps. First, a child is able to identify when there is one and more than one (though not whether it is two or six). By age 2, a child can count to two, and by 3, he can count to three, but if he can make it all the way up to 10, he probably do not yet actually understand, and can identify, the quantities they are naming.

What should my toddler be preparing to do?

To help calm your child:

  • Take the fear seriously. Never belittle it or make fun of your child’s fantasy.
  • Skip the logic. A patient explanation that there is no way a monster could live in the closet but only at night will not wash. Look at the room from your child’s viewpoint. Maybe there is a weird shadow that really does look like a spider web.
  • Try some light. The reassuring glow of a nightlight or a light in the hallway has vanquished many a scary creature.
  • Give a little extra love. Often fears reflect some other anxiety in your child’s life; she might just want some hugs and snuggles. A happy and secure bedtime routine before your child is tucked in is important, too.

The best way to set your child up for later math skills is not to coach him in counting and adding but to weave numerical references into his day. Reading lots of books helps develop pre-reading, the understanding that certain symbols on the page stand for something else. Count steps when you walk or blocks as you play. Provide puzzles whose pieces are in different shapes (circle, square, triangle); identifying these shapes is another kind of pre-reading.

Doctor visits

What should happen to my toddler when I visit my doctor?

Nighttime bed-wetting can suddenly disrupt those solid-sleep nights you have come to cherish. It is not clear why some kids cannot make it through the night without urinating, though it is certainly common, especially among boys and the recently potty-trained. Theories include ultra-deep sleep, a small bladder, and slow development of the central nervous system. Bed-wetting may be genetic. See your child’s doctor for advices.

What should I tell my doctor?

If you feel your child is not on schedule with speech or has suddenly stopped progressing or regressed, tell your doctor. An audiology screen and evaluation by a speech-language pathologist can determine if there is something wrong such as hearing loss and design an early-intervention plan to help.

What to expect

What health concerns should I expect?

Sometimes your child has mild fever. It might be your child’s last baby teeth, four “second molars,” usually appear between 20 and 33 months. (Some kids are still cutting their other teeth during the third year.) Molars tend to be especially painful since they are large. They may even cause your good sleeper to wake up crying in the night.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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