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Your Toddler: Month 23

This month: TantrumsTemper tantrums by definition are an explosion of rage and frustration, when a toddler completely loses power over her emotions. Most toddlers are more susceptible to tantrum behavior when they’re tired or hungry — when they’re already grumpy. So the best way to prevent tantrums is to keep your toddler well-rested and well-fed: When you suspect one is brewing, nip it in the bud with a nap, a snack, or another distraction.

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Don’t move my cheese
Planning to redecorate the living room? Be sure to give little Tootsie a heads up — toddlers are notoriously resistant to changes of any kind. If changes (like a new house or even just a new sippy cup) are stressing her out, you can help by maintaining stability in other parts of her life and offering support and understanding. Speaking of change, you may be wondering when she’ll let you swap out the annoying kids’ CD you just played for the five billionth time. Toddlers love repetition, so get used to it.


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[tip]  A walking game (like “Let’s try not to step on the cracks”) can keep your toddler on her own two feet when you’re out and about sans stroller.

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