Toddler Self-Care Developmental Milestones

Changing Pad for Babies

A Changing Pad is an essential item used by parents to change their baby’s diapers and clean them up. A baby uses diapers for a while before they reach the stage of being potty trained. Till then, changing pads serve as a nice convenience to have in the baby’s nursery or around the house. Most changing pads need a changing pad cover so they don’t get stained and also the changing pad cover provides an extra layer of softness for the baby. Once a baby gets to toddler age, then they need to be potty trained.

Potty Training for Toddlers

The time to start potty training a baby depends on the baby, the parent and a host of other factors and variables. A lot of potty training starts with the parent reading the baby’s non-verbal cues and signals that shows that they are ready to take the next step. Some of the cues are the baby starting to have a regular peeing schedule like first thing in the morning, right before bed, or right after a meal. Other could be the baby letting you know they just peed in their diaper or that they are about to pee. Then the parent takes it from there and starts to potty train them as they are showing signs of being ready. The time to potty train depends on the baby and the parent and the household. Some parents prefer to potty train their babies really early while some prefer to wait till the babies are toddlers or two or three years old. Whichever the case, potty training requires a lot of commitment and time from the parents as there are bound to be lots of accidents. Whichever the case, parents can follow these tips when they want to start potty training

  • Parents should watch out for non-verbal cues from their babies that signify that they are about to poop or about to pee. Parents can learn to spot these cues quickly by watching closely to see how the baby reacts right before they poop or pee in their diaper and how they act after too.
  • Parents should start taking the baby to the toilet or to their potty when they notice any of these signs. This will start to establish to the baby that it’s the place to go when they need to pee or poop
  • Parents should give a signal or sound to the baby’s nonverbal cues for poop or pee. When the baby shows sign of needing to poop the parent can make this sound or say the word and have the baby repeat it so they learn to say it on their own and thus making their potty training easier and more of a joint effort.
  • Parents should be consistent. Being consistent with time and with language and actions helps establish a system for the baby that they can easily remember and follow. Consistency build predictability which is good for both parent and child. And in due time the child will fall into a rhythm and will become potty trained.
  • Parents should be flexible. There are times when you need to throw your plan a way to take a break from all the potty training and put your baby in diapers for your peace of mind and also for your baby to take a break. If they are constantly soiling themselves then maybe it’s not time to potty train them. If you are going out and are unsure if they are fully potty trained then put them in diapers.

Toothbrushing for Toddlers

Another milestone a toddler can reach is learning to brush their teeth themselves. After your toddler has watched you for a while as you put the toothpaste on the brush and brush their teeth, rinse it off, etc they will slowly start to show interest to mimic you and want to do it themselves. When the toddler starts to learn they will most likely not do it properly so you can establish a  system where they brush themselves first and then you follow or they brush themselves in the morning and you in the night. Or just letting them try it out for a few seconds before you take over will serve as good practice time for them until they get old enough to do it properly and alone.

Hair Brushing for Toddlers

As toddlers get older, they will start to show interest in brushing their own hair or playing with the comb and trying to style their hair themselves. When they start to show these interests, give them a small brush that fits into their hands and the brush should have soft bristles. And then try to guide them as they brush their hair. For boys, it might be easier as they have short hair and it can easily be styled. For girls, it might take a little longer but always encourage them and help them as the brush their own hair and even attempt to style it.

Hand Washing for Toddlers

It is important to instill in toddlers the habit of washing their hands with soap often times throughout the day. Getting them in this habit will help keep lots of germs away. Toddlers explore with their hands and touch so many things, so they should wash their hands regularly. Teach them to do this, have designated sink for them perhaps with a stool so they can climb on and show them how to use soap, rinse properly, and towel dry. Toddlers should wash their hands before meals, after they get home from school or an outing and before they get a snack like a cookie or a sandwich.