Weird things toddlers do

Between two and three, toddlers do not yet have the vocabulary or the capacity to express themselves fully. Just like adults, they have a lot that is frustrating and annoying to them too, and sometimes they find themselves overwhelmed with emotions.

Your toddler may deal with this by acting out, often in seemingly strange ways.Between two and three, toddlers do not yet have the vocabulary or the capacity to express themselves fully. Just like adults, they have a lot that is frustrating and annoying to them too, and sometimes they find themselves overwhelmed with emotions. Your toddler may deal with this by acting out, often in seemingly strange ways.

Head banging

Watching your toddler bump his head against a wall deliberately is confounding, but in most cases this is normal toddler behavior. It does not hurt your toddler or cause damage. In some cases it can be a sign of a developmental problem, but this is very rare and there are other symptoms by which to identify this problem.

Read: How to raise a confident toddler 

Breath holding spells

This is also a way of letting off some steam for your tot. This is when your child stops breathing until he turns blue or pale in the face. This is more terrifying to watch than it is dangerous for your child; but you should seek medical help when your child has his first breath holding spell to make sure that there is no underlying medical condition. Toddlers usually outgrow this by age five.

Biting and pulling hair 

This is another way your child lets you know that he is frustrated or in a bad mood. You have to be very firm and let your child know that this is not acceptable behavior. If he bites or pulls another child’s hair, pay more attention to the child who is offended than to the one who has done the wrong.

Yes, it is hard, but this will teach your child that this is not a way of expressing one’s frustration. Be consistent with what you expect from your child when it comes to behaviour.

Read: Biting blues

As your toddler grows and gains more vocabulary and experience in expressing himself he will outgrow these behaviours. Set clear boundaries and keep an eye on him so he doesn’t hurt others or himself.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24