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What do you need to know to care for your 34 months old baby?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

Development & Behavior

What should my toddler be doing right now?

Along with better language skills, your child can make an annoying new personality trait: bossiness. “Put my coat on.” “Come here, Mommy!” “Sit there, Daddy.” Your child sees himself as the center of the universe, so he finds it only natural to believe that everyone revolves around him.

Not only is your tyke saying and doing funnier things every day, but he responds to humor in a big way, too. His preferred mode of humor is not wry jokes or irony, but more along the lines of slapstick, strange sounds, and funny faces.

What should my toddler be preparing to do?

Although you cannot argue with that perception developmentally, you can coach him to be a little nicer about it. Encourage the use of “please” and a “nice voice” when he wants something.

If you sense you are heading into a power struggle, start to talk in a silly baby voice or quack every other word. Using silly voices when you read or tell stories makes book time more fun.

If you have not trained your child how to use the toilet or have failed in the past, this is good time to re-introduce the toilet. Your toddler is becoming more independent and will want to go to the toilet by himself. Sometimes it is scary and he will not know when to go. You should know how to train him.

First explain to him what the toilet is used for while he’s sitting on the toilet with the lid down. This will make it less scary.

You should have your child visit the toilet every 2-3 hours. This will remind your child and prevent accidents. You should make it part of a routine. For example, every morning, before naptime and bedtime you remind your child to the bathroom. After using the bathroom, you can have your child flush the toilet then wash his hands.

Doctor visits

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

Although the fears of your 2-year-old may seem extreme, most likely they are perfectly normal. Talk to your pediatrician, however, if your child’s anxieties interfere with family activities, become an excuse to stay home from daycare or preschool, disrupt his sleep, or result in compulsive behavior. If necessary, your doctor can refer you to a family counselor or child psychiatrist.

What to expect

What health concerns should I expect?

Autistic children generally do not relate well to people. They often are not interested in physical contact with their parents and seem to look through people rather than at them. If you notice that your child is losing physical abilities, language, or other skills he is acquired; if he is becoming increasingly withdrawn; or if he is consistently delayed in achieving common developmental milestones, check with his doctor.

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

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