34 Month Old Child Development

Learn everything you need to know about your 34 month old toddler. Track important developments and milestones such as talking, walking, growth, memory & more.

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Your Growing Baby

Preparing for Preschool

As your child rapidly approaches her third birthday, you might be contemplating putting her in preschool. When looking at programs, be sure you ask about registration dates. Timelines for preschool registration vary, and some preschools might require you to register months in advance, so don't miss out.

Often a preschool will have an information night or orientation to provide information to parents. It's important to attend this meeting so you have a clear idea of what to expect. Topics covered should include the school's tuition policies (when payments are due, whether there are late fees, etc.), whether your child needs a medical exam and/or proof of vaccinations, if all preschoolers are expected to be fully potty-trained, and policies for school closures. You'll also be asked to fill out forms with emergency contact information, so take relevant phone numbers (such as those for your child's pediatrician and dentist) with you.

Once you have a better idea of what to expect from the preschool you've chosen, you can gradually prepare your toddler for her first day of school. If she's not already in a playgroup, now is a good time to have her play with other children and get used to sharing toys, crayons, and time with peers.

Routines are great for little kids. Learn your toddler's school schedule and imitate it at home to give her an idea of when she'll have nap time, a snack, or story time. You can also discuss the routine of saying good-bye and explain to your child how you will give her a hug and kiss, and then she'll get to have fun with her new friends. It helps if you can take her to the preschool before the first day so she can see what the classroom looks like and, if possible, meet her teacher.

Health and Safety Info

Home Hazards

You don't see the air you breathe, but you should know whether it's clean and safe. Air pollution—even indoors—can threaten your family's health, especially if you or a loved one has asthma or lung disease.

An easy step to better air quality is to routinely change your home's air filter, which captures contaminants and allergens. The ventilation system in your home requires regular maintenance to effectively limit the accumulation of carbon monoxide (CO) in the house. CO is colorless and odorless, and a leak can cause illness or fatalities. Have your home's heating system inspected yearly and install a CO detector that can warn you if CO levels are dangerous.

Another serious health risk to your family is mold, a fungus that can flourish when left unchecked. Mold can spread quickly throughout your house if there's water damage, and if conditions are right (warm temperatures, plenty of moisture) mold can grow exponentially. Unfortunately certain molds can produce toxins that cause medical problems such as headaches, fatigue, aggravated asthma, and dizziness, and many people are allergic to the mold itself.

If you think your home has a mold problem, call an expert to test for it. Trying to treat it yourself can be dangerous; you need a trained professional to rid your home of mold contamination. A few ways to prevent mold from growing are to keep your home's humidity level down, replace water-damaged carpet, and change the air filters in your home regularly.

Lastly, if you smoke in your house, you need to take it outside. Using an air cleaner, opening a window, and limiting smoking to the bathroom are not enough to eliminate contaminants in the house. Secondhand smoke can cause a host of problems for your child, including ear infections and chronic respiratory illness.


Positive Parenting

Home is where the heart is. It's where we go to feel relaxed, to feel loved, to feel safe. As a mom, you play a significant role in setting the tone of your household and influencing your family's mood.

Lots of positive communication is important for having a happy family. Sometimes it's hard to stay positive if tensions are high and everyone's feeling out of sorts. Looking for a terrific way to diminish the anger and frustration? Smile, and if you can, laugh! It's true about laughter being the best medicine; it's good for your body and your mental health, but did you know it's also been shown to strengthen relationships, promote bonding, and diffuse tension?

We know spending quality time together is crucial for nurturing those family bonds and creating secure, loving relationships. Eating dinner as a family has proven benefits. For more fun, take time for special family nights. Turn off the TV and cell phones and spend time with each other playing a game, tossing the ball around in the backyard, going out for ice cream, or even sharing some popcorn while you watch a movie. It's not necessary to spend a lot of time or money to have fun; the object is to be together, set aside your day-to-day worries, and enjoy life as a family.

Don't forget to show love and appreciate to each other. This doesn't have to be done with a grand gesture. Sometimes just an extra hug, snuggle, or kind word is just what we all need to make us feel good.

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