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What do you need to know to care for your 19 months old baby?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le.

Development & Behavior

What should my toddler be doing right now?

Your toddler’s vocabulary will grow by leaps and bounds over the coming months. While the first single words are usually nouns (“cat,” “ball,” “bottle”), phrases that use nouns and verbs tend to follow within a few months of first words: “Me want.” “Go bye-bye.”

Now that your 19-month-old has good hand-eye coordination and balance, and strong arm and leg muscles, he is capable of exercising his motor skills by climbing. Now he applies those motor skills really depends on personality. He may be very cautious in his explorations or a veritable mountain goat clambering over every possible obstacle, from chair to crib, baby gate to kitchen counter. Climbing is fun, but safety can’t be ignored.

Your child may suddenly refuse to hit the hay because he is better able to visualize the world that takes place without him. He might be convinced that while he is lying there all alone in that boring bed, Mom and Dad are having so much fun. It’s especially frustrating for a child who can hear the sounds of the TV or people talking.

What should my toddler be preparing to do?

This could be a good time to gear up for toilet training. A freestanding potty chair that lets your child’s feet touch the ground is probably your easiest option. Eventually, a toilet seat insert might do the trick, but to use the toilet insert independently your child has to be big and coordinated enough to climb onto the toilet himself from a step stool.

Even the most cooperative, cheerful, and outgoing young toddler will whine, cling, and cry sometimes. If it’s feasible, respond and let your child know you can tell he is upset. Acknowledge his feelings but do not make too big a deal out of these short-lived emotional storms. If he is crying and clinging, a few hugs and then simple distraction might work. If he is whining, you might explain, “I can’t understand you when you whine. Can you show me what you want?”. Your child is still so young and he cannot think reasonably.

Doctor visits

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

When you have to bring a sick toddler to the doctor, feeling lousy adds to any fear your child might have about the experience. Your 19-month-old may associate the doctor with the pain of shots or uncertainty about what will happen next.

Come to the clinic armed with a favorite stuffed animal and some books for distraction while you wait. Ask the doctor if your toddler can sit on your lap during the exam.

What should I tell my doctor?

For every talkative child, there is a child who is relatively quiet. It is still too early to worry about a late talker, although if your child does not speak at least 15 words by now, it is a good idea to consult your doctor, who may recommend seeing a speech therapist to rule out any problems.

What to expect

What health concerns should I expect?

The fact is that most every time you or your child has a stomachache or diarrhea, food poisoning bacteria are the likely culprits. What is more, you may never know what caused it, since symptoms generally take up to two days to appear. Bacteria in food can double in number every 20 minutes at room temperature, and a few thousand is all it takes to lay an adult low. Children may be even more vulnerable to food poisoning because of their small size. Ensure that your kitchen is always clean, cook your food well and keep it in the fridge to prevent the increase of bacteria.

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

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