Baby's Second Year -- Your 23-Month-Old


1. Your toddler may be approaching the "terrible twos" stage. During this period, she may test your limits and misbehave more frequently. Here's how to cope:

• Acknowledge this stage as a normal part of your child's behavioral development.
• React calmly to any outbursts. If she is going to misbehave, allow her a few seconds to reconsider the action by calmly and slowly counting backwards from three. If you have reached "one" and she's still engaging in inappropriate behavior, take action. Remove her from the situation, but be sure to explain why.
• Call a friend for support. When you've had a particularly stressful afternoon with your toddler, knowing that you have an outlet for support can help you behave more calmly with your child.

Learn more about the "terrible twos" stage

2. Your child may begin biting. Many toddlers bite because they feel frustrated or angry and are unable to control their impulses. To correct your child's misbehavior, let him know that biting is not acceptable and that if he does it, he won't be able to continue the activity he was enjoying. If you suspect that your child is biting because he is frustrated with his inability to speak, help him communicate more effectively. For example, when he points to an object, ask the question for him: "Would you like your cup of juice?" If your child has a play date, let the other parent know in advance that your child is prone to biting but that you are taking steps to eliminate this behavior and will monitor him closely. The other parent will most likely assist you in keeping a close eye on your child and will probably share stories about his or her own children's biting problems as well.

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