Help! My child bites
It’s not something you’d be eager to bring up in conversation. In fact, if you’re the parent of a toddler who bites, you may prefer not to talk about it at all. But like hitting and pushing, biting is a normal part of toddler behaviour. And if you ever decide to out yourself as the parent of a biter, you’ll find that you’re in good company.
And what if your child is the bitee? Fortunately, most childhood chomping doesn’t break the skin, and human bites are not likely to become infected. But your toddler will still want comforting, then it’s time for you to let the incident go — your in-the-moment toddler probably already has.
As adults we tend to think of rituals as big things: turkey dinner on Thanksgiving or the trip out to the lake each summer. But for your toddler, little everyday experiences can become rituals, often without you even realizing it.
Stimulating your toddler
You’ve probably heard about the importance of brain development in the first three years. But what does it really mean for you? For the most part, just keep on with what you’re already doing — no flash cards required! Your toddler gets intellectual, physical, linguistic and social stimulation through all of your daily interactions, from playing, to helping you sort laundry, reading books together and running around outside. And he gets emotional stimulation — the foundation for all other kinds of learning — from your loving attention and care.
Learn more about nurturing your child’s brain at this stage.
Ready for another baby?
Maybe growing your family is the furthest thing from your mind right now. After all, you’ve barely caught your breath after surviving your baby’s first year. It’s a big decision and there’s much to consider before gearing up for round two. From your energy levels, to your finances, to the state of your marriage, find out if you’re ready for another baby.
Slow and steady growth
Did you know that after your child’s first birthday his growth rate slows down quite dramatically? Your baby tripled his weight in the first year. If he kept up that pace, he’d be 60 pounds by his second birthday! The corresponding drop in appetite can take parents by surprise, so check out our growth guide to better understand how your toddler’s needs are changing.
What’s up doc?
Your toddler’s new sense of himself may make doctor visits more challenging. He may have a very strong aversion to letting strangers come close to him, let alone poke and prod at his body!
Playtime! Building blocks
Adults tend to think of blocks as stacking toys. But your one-year-old may be more interested in dumping them with a crash on the floor, or loading them into his wagon and pulling them around the house. Later, he will find plenty of other things to do with a good set of blocks: lay them end-to-end for a road, fence in his plastic animals — maybe even make a tower! Learn about other toy box essentials.