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You’ve made it! Your baby has turned one! Now the real fun begins. From temper tantrums to toilet training, raising a toddler brings its own set of challenges and questions — and Toddler 411 has the answers. Following on the heels of the best-seller Baby 411, Toddler 411 bottles the wisdom of parents who’ve “been there, done that” . . . and combines it with solid medical advice from an award-winning pediatrician. Inside, you’ll learn:

•    The truth about The Terrible Twos—and how to raise a ...

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Overview

You’ve made it! Your baby has turned one! Now the real fun begins. From temper tantrums to toilet training, raising a toddler brings its own set of challenges and questions — and Toddler 411 has the answers. Following on the heels of the best-seller Baby 411, Toddler 411 bottles the wisdom of parents who’ve “been there, done that” . . . and combines it with solid medical advice from an award-winning pediatrician. Inside, you’ll learn:

•    The truth about The Terrible Twos—and how to raise a well-behaved child without going insane. 

•    Picky Eaters—learn how to cope . . . and convince your child to eat something besides Goldfish crackers. 

•    Toilet train your toddler in just one day. No, that’s not a typo—learn the Zen of Toilet Training, when to start and how to make it work. 

•    What’s normal—and what’s not when it comes to your toddler’s growth and development. Spot the early clues for autism and other red flags. 

•    Simple steps and smart advice to avoid environmental hazards.  The most up-to-date, evidence-based health info for you and your toddler! 
 

This new 4th edition is revised and expanded with new content:

1. Toddler Tech 411: Yes, your toddler can navigate your iPad better than you, but does it boost his brain? Screens off all shapes and sizes are everywhere. Learn if they help or hurt your child's development and how to manage media use in your family.

2. Does your preschooler have ADD? New guidelines for diagnosis and treatment for kids as young as age four. 

3. Food allergies on the rise. What tests and evaluations are useful and which ones aren't. Plus the latest advice on treatment for food allergies.

4. More on toddler sleep problems. How to reach sleep nirvana in your house! 
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781889392431
  • Publisher: Windsor Peak Press
  • Publication date: 8/20/2012
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition, Revised
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 98,956
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Fields and Alan Fields write a monthly column for Baby Talk magazine. They have written several best-selling books, including Baby Bargains and Bridal Bargains. They live in Boulder, CO.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Introduction
Who are we?    

Part One: Tantrums, Picky Eaters and What’s Normal?
Section One: Discipline & Development

Chapter 2
Discipline

What Is Temperament?
Snow White & The 7 Toddlers    
Parenting Style: My Toddler is Driving Me Nuts!    
The 3 Styles of Parenting    
Discipline Nuts & Bolts    
    When To Start Discipline?    
    The Terrible Two’s: When & Why    
    The 20 Commandments of Toddler Discipline    
    Is it OK to Spank?    
    The Power Play: How Your Toddler Gets To Yes    
    The Time-Out Primer    
    Sticker Charts & Allowances    
    Reality Check: Picking Your Battles    
    Ending Whining As We Know It    
    Surviving The Public Tantrum: Our 3 Tips    
    Traveling with a Toddler    
Pop Quiz: Testing Your Toddler Discipline Smarts    
How Can I Protect My Child from Being Bullied?    
When A New Sibling Arrives    

Chapter 3
Milestones

The Six Areas of Development    
What Do the Milestones Mean?    
Bookmark this Page: The Milestone Checklist    
Adjusting for Preemies    
How Your Child Learns: The Four Stages    
Social & Emotional Growth: Five Stages    
The Big Picture: Putting It All Together    

Chapter 4
Is This Normal?
Odd Behaviors, Rituals & Play    
    Eating Weird Stuff, Head Banging, Nail Biting    
    Thumb Sucking & Pacifier Use    
    Odd, But Normal Behaviors    
    Imaginary Friends & Rituals    
    Losing Milestones: Regression?    
Language/Communication    
    Stuttering: Tips & Advice    
    Late Talkers    
    Bi-Lingual Households    
Fears    66
    Anxiety, Birthday Parties, Separation    
Social Interactions: Mom vs Dad    
Special Situations: Death in the Family    

Chapter 5
Play & Preschool
Stimulating Your Toddler’s Development    
    Play    
        Do-it-yourself Recipes for Sensory Activities    
        Developmentally Appropriate Toys    
        Toy Safety: ELF STEW    
        Best Books for Toddlers    
    Language    
        Sign Language & Foreign Languages    
        Can You Teach a Toddler To Read?    
Enrichment Programs, Preschools & Other Activities    
    Overview: Nationally Available Enrichment Programs    
    Reality Check: Playgroup Etiquette    
    What’s the Difference Between Preschool & Child Care?    
    10 Tips To Prepare for Preschool    
    What To Look For in a Preschool: 10 Points    
    Hints: Doing an Observation    
    Music Lessons: When?    
    The Mozart Myth    
    Team Sports    
Balancing Work & Family    
    Tips & Advice    
    5 Options for Child Care    
    15 Questions to Ask: Finding a High Quality Program    

Chapter 6
Challenges
Behavioral/Social Disorders    
    What is Attention Deficit Disorder?    
    Autism    
        Why Autism is on the Rise    
        What is Asperger’s Syndrome?     
        What causes autism?    
        How to spot autism    
        Treatment options: therapy, diet and more    
Cognitive / Intellectual Disorders    
    Mental Retardation    
Sensory Disorders    
    Hearing Loss    
    How Do Ear Infections Affect Hearing?    
    Vision Disorders    
    Sensory Processing Disorder    
    Motor Disorders: Feeding Aversions, Fine Motor Delays    
    Language/Communication Disorders    
Genetic, Chromosomal and Metabolic Diseases    
    What is Fragile X Syndrome? Down Syndrome?    
Assessments    
Where to Get Help    
Alternative Therapies    

Section Two: The Potty, Sleep & Feeding

Chapter 7    
Toilet Training
Toilet Training 411    
    When is the right time?    
    Which happens first—poop or pee?    
    The Zen of Toilet Training: 5 Steps    
    What is Infant Potty Training?    
    Should I use a potty chair or insert?    
Toilet Tantrums: When Things Go Wrong    
    Fear of Pooping
    Regression & Accidents    
    4 Types of Late Potty Trainers    

Chapter 8
Sleep
Normal Sleep Patterns    
    How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?    
    Family Bed, Naps, Typical Nap/Bedtime Schedule    
    Dropping That Last Nap    
Moving From the Crib to Big-Kid Bed    
    When is the Right Time?    
    Easing the Transition: Our 6 Tips    
    Safety Side Rails & Bunk Beds    
    Separating Twins    
    Curing the Early Riser & Night Owl
Disruption! When Sleep Patterns Go Wrong    
    Sleep Talkers, Walkers and Nightmares    
    Night Terrors & Sleep Apnea    
Bad Habits & How To Fix Them    
    The Top 10 Mistakes Parents Make With Sleep Routines    
    5 Reasons Parents Can’t Stand Their Toddler Crying    
    Travel & Other Sleep Disruptions    

Chapter 9
Growth
What do Growth Charts Mean?    
How Tall Will My Toddler Be?    
The Buddha Belly & Other Growth Concerns    
Over-eating: When To Worry    
The Body Mass Index    
Eating Out Smart: Our Tips    
Do’s & Don’ts on Avoiding Obesity    

Chapter 10
Nutrition
How Many Calories Does a Toddler Need?    
Typical Toddler Serving Sizes    
The Food Pyramid: Fun and New!    
The Top 3 Nutrient Kids Miss    
When To Stop Baby Food    
Liquids    
    Switching From Formula to Milk    
    Organic Food: Is it Worth It?    
        Organic Fruits, Veggies, Meat, Fish & Dairy    
        Does Soy Milk Cause ADD?    
    When To Stop the Bottle or Wean?    
    How Much Juice Does a Toddler Need?    
Vitamins & Nutritional Supplements    
    Does My Toddler Need A Multi-Vitamin?    
    Help! My Child is Anemic!    
    Fluoride & Fish Oil Supplements    

Chapter 11
Food Tricks & Treats
3 Golden Rules For Toddlers & Food    
The Real Toddler Food Pyramid    
3 Types of Toddler Eaters    
Dessert Incentive Plan & High Chair Hijinks    
Picky Eaters: How To Introduce New Foods    
Kid Friendly Food Ideas    
    Sneaky Ways to Do Veggies    
    Nutritious Snacks    
    Eating Out: Real Parent Advice    
Special Diets & Considerations    
    Still Eating Baby Food    
    Food Allergies    
    Foods Your Toddler Should NOT Eat    
    Peanut Allergies    
    Testing for Food Allergies    
    Vegans: Advice & Tips    

Part Two: Toddler HealthWatch

Chapter 12
Hygiene
Skin & Hair    
    Diaper Rash, Bubble Baths & Laundry    
    Eczema Tips & Advice    
    Cradle Cap, Sun block, Insect Repellent    
Ear Piercing    
The Boy Parts    
    Cleaning the Foreskin    
The Girl Parts    217
    Bladder Infections    
Dental Care    
    Teething, Cleaning Tips & Advice        
    When To Visit the Dentist    
    Kicking the Pacifier Habit    
    Does My Child Need a Fluoride Supplement?    
    

Chapter 13
The Other End
Poop        
    How Often, Blue Poop, Blood in the Poop    
    Special Section: Solving Constipation    
        Three Steps: Clean, Maintain, Toilet Train    
    Red Flags: Worrisome Poops    
Pee        
    How Often Should My Child Pee?    
    Signs of A Bladder Infection    
    Red Flags: Worrisome Pee    
    Bed Wetting Concerns    
Spit-up & Vomit    
    Acid Reflux & Wheezing    
    Red Flags: Worrisome Vomiting    
Gas        

Chapter 14
You & Your Doc
Tips To Avoid Panic    
Insider Tricks: Tips to Ease Anxiety    
Well-Check Visit Schedule, Screening Tests    
Tricks To Avoiding the Wait    

Chapter 15
Vaccines
A Bit of History    
Top 10 Vaccine Questions    
“Alternative” Vaccine Schedules    
Reasons NOT to Vaccinate    
Are Some Shots Optional?    
Vaccination Schedule    
Vaccines & Diseases: The Specifics    
Mercury Controversy & Vaccines    
Is Autism Caused by Vaccines?    
Should Vaccines be “Greener”?    

Chapter 16
Common Infections
MicroBio 411    
How Do Docs Diagnose an Infection?    
How To Prevent Germs From Spreading    
When Can Your Child Return to Daycare or Playgroup?    
Antibiotic Resistance    
Eye Infections: Pink Eye, Infections, Swollen Eyelid    
Ear, Nose & Throat Infections: PE Tubes, Cold & Flu    
Strep Throat, Mono & Sinus Infections    
Lower Respiratory & Lung Infections: RSV, Bronchitis, Pneumonia    
Intestinal Infections: Food Poisoning & Parasites    
Bone & Joint Infections    
Skin Infections & Rashes: Head Lice, Pin Worms & Chickenpox    
Rash-o-Rama    
Other Infections: Meningitis & West Nile    

Chapter 17
Common Diseases
Allergies: Hay Fever, Eczema, Food, Asthma    
Blood: Anemia, Sickle Cell    
Bones & Joints: Nursemaids Elbow, Toe Walking, Arthritis    
What Are Growing Pains?    
Brain & Nerves: Seizures and Headaches    
Cancer: Leukemia, Solid Tumors    
Endocrine: Diabetes, Growth, Cholesterol    
Eyes: Color Blindness, Lazy Eye and More    
Ear, Nose & Throat: Tonsils, Canker Sores and More    
Genitals: Girls & Boy Issues    
Heart: Murmurs, Hypertension, High Cholesterol    
Stomach/Intestines: Pain, GERD, Celiac Disease    
Kidneys    
Lungs & Asthma    
Skin: Poison Ivy, Moles & More    

Chapter 18
The Environment & Your Toddler
Why Children Are Vulnerable    
Where Enviro Hazards Lurk    353
4 Types of Toxins: An Overview    
Food        
    Fish: Mercury    
    Food Additives    
Water: Tap Water, Purifiers    
Household: Styrofoam, Plastics, Bugs, Radon    
Other Enviro Hazards: Cell Phones, Power lines, Mold    
26 Tips To Reduce Exposures    

Chapter 19
First Aid
What is A Medical Emergency    
Parent 411: How To Take Vital Signs    
Top Symptoms Parents Should Pay Attention To    
Top 10 Toddler Medical Emergencies    
    #1: Allergic Reactions    
    #2: Bruising and Bleeding    
    #3: Breathing Problems    
    #4: Fever    
    #5: Vomiting, Diarrhea & Dehydration    
    #6: Skin: Rashes, Burns, Cuts, Bites, Stings    
    #7: Pain: Headaches, Stomachs, Chest & Back    
    #8: Neurological: Seizures    
    #9: Is it Broken?    
    #10: Poisonings, Ingestions, Swallowed Objects    

Part Three: The Reference Library

Appendix A: Medications    

Appendix B: Alternative Meds & Therapies    

Appendix C: Lab Work & Tests    

Appendix D: Glossary    

Appendix E: References    

Appendix F: Footnotes    

Index        
 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Useful information

    It has good information that can help any parent with toddlers.

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  • Posted December 20, 2011

    Recommend for any parent

    Common sense questions and answers for all parents with a little bit of humor. Short paragraphs to get to the information you need, not long winded run on sentences that leave you frustrated or confused in the end.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    A Must Read For All Moms and Dads

    This has been the only book I've read as a parent that has made me say, "Hey, my kid is normal." The authors understand being a parent and the fustrations and laughs that come with it. All the sections are helpful, and I will use it as a reference book for a few more years to come.

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  • Posted October 16, 2010

    To moms/dads of toddlers - Sanity Saver!

    I bought this mainly because I have a one year old son who has trouble sleeping (but it's proven to be very helpful for my 3.5 year old niece who has "selective" hearing!). =) My son used to wake up at 2:00 in the morning every single night...until I read the Sleep chapter on a Friday. By Monday, my night owl was actually sleeping 11-12 hours straight through the night. That accomplishment alone was worth every penny! It's been 3 wonderful weeks, and he's actually stopped crying at bedtime too - he just goes right to sleep most nights. It's well written, to-the-point and funny. If you have trouble with your toddler sleeping, trouble disciplining your kid, or if you just want to know what to keep in your medicine cabinet, this book is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    Quick Answers

    I bought this book at my daughter's request for Christmas. She loves it, and refers to it on many occasions. I find myself reading it when I'm babysitting. Good Buy.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    Just as good as the first!

    This book is excellent. Truly great reading for quick and simple answers to the not so quick and simple problems that may come with a toddler. A friend purchased Baby 411 for me, and it was just as thorough and accurate with a sense of humor. Just what I needed at 4 AM, when I was dealing with a high fever. This book, that was released after the first follows the same simple, easy to read question style. Questions are clearly stated. If there is a question that you need answered pertaining to your toddler, this book offers an answer.

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