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A 39-year-old member asked:

should my 18-month-old use spoons and cups?

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Dr. Jeanne Beymer
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Yes: Your child should use a spoon and drink from an open-rimmed cup.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
To promote dental: health & appetite, the AAP recommends at 1 year to have the 1st dental check-up, wean from bottles to open-mouth cups given with meals & snacks, limit milk & milk products to 16-21 oz./day; juice, to 0-4 oz./day, water between meals. Brush teeth with a grain-of -rice - sized amt. of flouride toothpaste 2x/day & before bed. Self feeding with a spoon begun at 15 mos. is nearly perfected by 20 mos.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What are some good methods for helping 18-month-olds learn about rules?

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Dr. Jeanne Beymer
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Teach and lead.: Divert and substitute. If a child is playing with something you don't want him to have, replace it with another object or toy that the child enjoys. This approach avoids a fight and does not place children in a situation where they'll say "no." teach and lead. Have as few rules as necessary and enforce them. Make rules for the child's safety. If a rule is broken, after a short, clear, and gentle explanation, immediately find a place for your child to sit alone for 1 minute. It is very important that a "time-out" comes right after a rule is broken. Make consequences as logical as possible. For example, if you don't stay in your car seat, the car doesn't go. If you throw your food, you don't get any more and may be hungry. Be consistent with discipline. Don't make threats that you cannot carry out. If you say you're going to do it, do it. Be warm and positive. Children like to please their parents. Give lots of praise and be enthusiastic. When children misbehave, stay calm and say "we can't do that. The rule is ________." then repeat the rule.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Very well said!
Dec 9, 2014
A 31-year-old member asked:

Should my 18-month-old watch tv?

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Dr. Jeanne Beymer
Pediatrics 29 years experience
No: The american academy of pediatrics does not recommend tv viewing for children under 2 years of age.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How can I make the car safe for my 18-month-old?

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Dr. Jeanne Beymer
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Car seat: Never leave your child alone in the car. Use an approved toddler car seat correctly and wear your seat belt.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How can I keep my 18-month-old safe in traffic?

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Dr. Jeanne Beymer
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Hold your child: Hold onto your child when you are near traffic. Provide a play area where balls and riding toys cannot roll into the street.
A 33-year-old member asked:

When should my 18-month-old see a doctor next?

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Dr. Jeanne Beymer
Pediatrics 29 years experience
At age 2.: Your child's next visit should be at the age of 2 years. Bring your child's shot card to all visits.

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