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Basic Care

This is a time of tremendous emotional, intellectual and social changes, with one of the biggest challenges coming from the constant see-sawing between your child wanting to be independent and his continuing reliance on you, his parent. As a parent, you may find yourself see-sawing between wanting the cuddly baby and encouraging the toddler to be a ‘big kid’. These few years can be a real test of everyone’s patience. Understanding these changes will make the see-sawing less extreme. By responding to your child with encouragement, respect, warmth and security, he will learn to feel more comfortable, capable and proud of himself as a person.


At the age of 2, don’t be surprised if your child is eating less than you think he should. Children need fewer calories at this time because they’re growing more slowly. But even though he’s eating less, he still can remain well nourished as long as you make a variety of healthy foods available to him. Encourage healthy eating habits by having 3 balanced meals a day with 1 or 2 healthy snacks in between.


He is also able to eat the same food as the rest of the family. Meal times also become more sociable as he is able to use his improving language and social skills. He has also become more dextrous at feeding himself by using a spoon or eating finger foods and drinking from a cup. Keep an eye on some foods that might still pose a choking hazard. He might sit at the table to eat, but he will do it in a hurry so that he can get on with playing. This results in his gulping his food and not chewing properly, so continue to supervise his meal times. (See sample toddler menu)



By 2½ years, all the primary teeth will have erupted, including the second molars. Now there is a break before the tooth fairy starts to arrive at approximately 6 years of age. Good dental hygiene habits should be formed now. Let your child use a soft small brush with a little, pea-sized squeeze of mild toothpaste and clean each tooth thoroughly. It doesn’t matter if it’s a circular motion or up and down or sideways, it’s more important that the top and sides are cleaned properly. Your child may need help getting to those back teeth.


Take your child for his first dental check when he has all his primary teeth, to check that they have all come in properly with no dental problems.



By now you will know more or less when your child has a bowel movement. This is usually once, maybe twice a day. Consistency and colour will vary a little according to what he has eaten, but generally they are soft and formed with little strain when being passed. Should there be difficulty or extreme irregularity in his movements seek medical advice. It may be a simple solution of drinking more water or increasing the fibre in his diet. There could also be a food sensitivity, which would need to be managed.


This is also the time for toilet training and if your child is indicating that he is ready to take this step and you maintain a relaxed, unpressured attitude, it will be a simple process. Praise him for his success and ignore the accidents. (Read more: Potty/Toilet training)



Your toddler should be sleeping 12 to 13 hours a night. There should be a good bedtime routine at this stage, but he may still be waking at night needing comfort and security from you after a bad dream. It is important to stick with the same routine as some toddlers can become quite set in their ways and a change is routine can be very upsetting.


Some toddlers still have a nap in the early afternoon, whilst others don’t seem to need it. If your child is irritable and overtired from lack of sleep, a nap could be very beneficial for him.