Your Baby No Longer Looks Like a Baby
Around this age, toddlers start to recognize and name body parts and explore their bodies. They also may begin to notice differences between your body and theirs, so be prepared!
Brush your toddler’s teeth with a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste at least twice per day. If your child puts up a fight, make it clear that brushing is non-negotiable. Wrapping him up in a towel might help you brush effectively without his arms getting in the way. Many experts now recommend that a child see a dentist by his first birthday.
Is your child a biter? When 15-month-olds bite, it’s usually because they lack the language skills to communicate that they feel scared or threatened. A good strategy is to first turn your attention to the victim to make sure she is okay. REMAIN CALM! Sternly say, “No biting” and redirect or relocate your child. Sometimes children bite when they are excited, over-stimulated, or teething. Determining the root cause will help you come up with strategies to help your child avoid continuing to bite.
Your baby no longer looks like a baby! His formerly pudgy legs are being replaced with the longer, leaner ones of a big kid, thanks to his ever-increasing walking skills. The tell-tale rounded belly of a toddler will remain until his abdominal muscles fully develop, so get those cuddles in while you can!
Scary Mommy Tip: Letting your child pick out her toothpaste at the store or getting a fun toothbrush with characters on it might alleviate some of the tooth-brushing drama.