Frequently Asked Questions: Stage 4
How can I teach my toddler good table manners?
Good manners are built up over time, they’re not something your toddler will learn in one go. Be persistent, be patient, and here are a few things that might help.
- Lead by example - your toddler will want to be like you. Often they'll learn by watching and imitating. If you and the family show good manners to one another then your toddler can see how it’s done.
- Walk them through it - take time to show your toddler how to wash their hand before a meal, or how to hold a spoon. Remember while it might be second nature to you, it's all new to them.
- Make meal times fun - that means no arguing or yelling, no running off to watch the TV. If you make meals a positive family experience then your toddler will want to join in. They’ll also be less likely to engage in any behaviour that make them feel excluded.
- Good versus naughty - ignoring, or giving little attention to naughty behaviours can teach your toddler that misbehaving doesn't get a response. Similarly praising good behaviours can reinforce it’s the right thing to do.
- Keep it simple - if you get too carried away with praise your toddler might think they're the centre of attention at every meal. Relaxed and positive responses work best.
What age do most toddlers take their first steps?
This really varies! You can expect most babies to learn to stand on their own somewhere around 9 to 14 months. From there they’ll slowly learn to take their few steps. If your toddler doesn’t learn until later it’s nothing to worry about.
Somewhere between their first and second birthday you can expect them to become fairly good at walking, and eventually be able to run.
Can I give my toddler cow’s milk?
Yes you can! Once your baby becomes a toddler (more than a year old), their digestive systems will be able to handle cow’s milk. Male sure it’s full fat milk though.
You should avoid giving your little one light blue or green milk as a main drink, until they are over 2 years of age, as it doesn't have enough energy and nutrients that a toddler needs to grow.
Green milk isn't designed for children under 5. Again, it doesn't have enough energy and nutrients for little growing bodies.
How can I get my toddler to eat vegetables?
There’s no easy answer to this one – it takes patience, perseverance and creativity!
Keep offering them vegetables even if they refuse to eat any. You may need to do it over and over again for your toddler to be willing to try it, let alone start to like it. Toddlers are also pretty suspicious of new foods, but this won't last forever!
Try serving vegetables up in fun ways, like offering them up as sticks to dip in a sauce or building funny faces with them. It might also help for them to see the rest of the family being social and enjoying a vegetable dish. Inviting your toddler to join in will make them feel included.
Be wary about mixing vegetables in with foods they love, as this can confuse them and put them off both foods altogether.