Parenting Toddlers: Personal Hygiene, Discipline & Potty Training

As infants grow into toddlers, parents are usually faced with newer issues and challenges. Some of these issues in parenting toddlers include potty training, sleep disorders, correcting and disciplining, eating issues and other common problems.

Here are some tips to consider parenting your toddler, to ensure that your toddler remains safe and healthy.

Basics in Personal Hygiene in Toddlers

As your toddler begins to get more teeth, getting them to brush their teeth can be quite a problem.


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Basics in Personal Hygiene in Toddlers

Some tips in parenting difficult toddlers and making tooth brushing less of a challenge include

  • Letting the child brush his or her own teeth at the same time with you
  • Giving him a choice of a few toothbrushes to pick out with a favorite cartoon character on it and offering him the option of choosing any particular brush he wants to use each time for a fun experience.
  • Giving him a chance to brush his own teeth, first, although you may have to do it for him later
  • Getting the child in a playful mood by having everyone brush their teeth at the same time and playing a game of 'races'; can be an interesting way of getting your child to brush his teeth.

Discipline in Toddlers

Biting other children or people is a common behavior noticed in some toddlers and it can grow to be a difficult habit to break if not corrected in time. Toddlers usually express their frustration and tiredness through biting, but it is important not to overreact when this behavior takes place, rather resort to teaching the child that it is unacceptable behavior. Some tips that can help parenting your toddler when he bites include:

  • Look your child immediately in the eye and proclaim a loud and stern, "NO." another way of correcting your toddler is to get him to move to an area without his playthings, for a specific time, in order to let him know that it is not right to bite.
  • Make a point to tell your toddler that biting hurts others and it is not right to do so.
  • Keep a close watch on your child when he is with other kids, and get him distracted if you notice that his behavior is leading to biting.

  • Importantly do not overreact and nor should you bite back as it will only increase his frustration.
  • Praise your toddler when you notice him controlling his urge to bite.

Potty Training in Toddlers

Between 18 months and three years of age, children begin to show signs of readiness for potty training. Some of these positive signs are:

  • Showing regular bowel movements.
  • Showing the need to change dirty diapers.
  • Asking to use the potty chair or toilet

By this time you will be able to know when it is potty time by his facial expressions or posture and what he is trying to say.

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