When to Talk to Your Doctor About Your Toddler’s Developmental Stages

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We are all proud to welcome our newborn baby boy or girl into the world and celebrate the amazing 2 years and 3 month old milestones that they have achieved. These milestones are a milestone that every new parent is excited about, but there are a few that parents may be concerned about. Some of these milestone questions to ask your child include, “When is my baby going to swallow my tongue?” and “How does that feel when I touch my nose with my finger?” The answers to these questions can help you prepare for some of life’s milestones that come along, and can even help your child understand how much he or she is growing during these very special months in his or her life.

One of the 2 year old and 3 month old developmental milestones to celebrate is that your child is finally beginning to crawl. Another one of these important milestones is that at this age, baby’s pudgy tummy and baby fat should be gone. His head might be a little bigger than his chest, and his little fingers and toes should grow in. These things do not happen overnight though, so don’t be discouraged if they don’t appear right away. There are still many things that can be done to help your little guy or gal reach his or her full developmental potential.

An Overview


Your child’s 2 year old and 3 month old developmental milestones are a good time to begin discussing toddler sleep habits with your doctor. Some toddlers experience more waking and sleeping problems during the night, which can cause a lot of trouble for the parent as well as the child. Your doctor can run tests to find out why your little guy or gal is having problems getting a good night’s rest, and can recommend a sleep study to test your child’s brain waves while he or she sleeps. He or she can also recommend some things that will help you both get a better night’s sleep together.

The next two milestones your toddler should have by the end of his or her second year of life are: language skills and understanding of sounds. These two things are always progressing as well, and you can help your toddler along by being patient with him or her when learning new words or phrases. It is especially important to talk to your doctor about these two things once your child has reached the age of two because they can be signs of other health problems. That is why it is never too early to start toddler speech therapy or music therapy.

During the third year of life, your child’s eyes should have changed color and come in more shades. They should remain bright and well focused on their surroundings. By this time your toddler should be able to recognize the general concept of directions and should be able to follow them correctly. He or she should also be able to stay calm without your help and recognize you as the person in charge of providing supervision.

Toddler Development Stages

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Unfortunately, there are many toddlers who will experience some bad days during this period, but many others will experience a lot more good days. Unfortunately, some bad days are caused by teething and some good days are caused by toddler temper tantrums. You need to know when to talk to your doctor about your toddler’s temperament so that you can effectively provide psychological support and avoid further interventions if necessary.

Some good times for your toddler include the first two years and a full year after teething. Unfortunately, some bad days occur during the last two years and in particular if your child has been traumatized by a meltdown. Your doctor can help you to identify the signs of a child that is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, and can refer you to a specialist in this area. If your child suffers from a meltdown and you want to know when to talk to your doctor, then it is important to understand that your doctor needs to rule out the possibility of a true medical problem first.

Other signs to look out for include excessive sleeping, an inability to communicate verbally, being unable to cooperate with others and being uninterested in physical stimulation. If your toddler is not developing at the rate which you expect, then it is important to address this issue right away. A good time for you to do this is when you discuss things with your doctor such as whether you think he or she is hungry or dehydrated, or if he or she shows any interest in playing with small objects. Toddlers absolutely love to show off their new toys and you will definitely be able to detect these changes when they are teething!

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