20-Month-Old: Walking Confidently

Your Toddler’s Health and Safety: Healthy Skin

Many toddlers have sensitive skin, and skin problems can arise from time to time. Here are some of the skin issues your toddler may experience:

  •  Dry skin. Hot baths, low humidity levels, and other factors can cause dry skin.
  •  Eczema (atopic dermatitis). When this common condition is present, the skin appears reddened and dry, and fluid-filled bumps may also appear. If you suspect your child has or you’re unsure about the symptoms you’re seeing, ask your toddler’s healthcare provider for advice.
  •  Rashes or contact dermatitis. can occur if skin comes into contact with an irritating substance or allergen.

Only your healthcare provider can diagnose exactly what may be causing your little one’s red, sore, or irritated skin, and advise on a treatment plan. However, there are measures you can take to little one's skin healthy and comfortable:

  •  Apply a moisturizer. Choose one formulated for sensitive skin to help ease dryness and itchiness.
  •  Bathe your toddler in lukewarm, not hot, water. Once you’ve bathed him, rinse his skin twice to remove any residual soap, which can irritate delicate skin.
  •  Avoid harsh or irritating fabric. Clothing made with wool or synthetic material can irritate the skin.

FAQs at a Glance

  • What should a 21-month-old be saying?

All toddlers develop at their own pace, and some toddlers may say more at a younger age than others, so there is no exact rule for what your 21-month-old should be able to say.

Most toddlers can say a few words and around the age of 2 may even be able to put 2 words together to form a short sentence, but at 21 months old, your little one may still be a few months from this point.


  • What should my child be doing at 21 months?

This depends on the individual development of your toddler, but you are likely to see more independence, more curiosity, and perhaps even a little separation anxiety. At 21 months, your toddler is likely to be walking more confidently.

  • What time should my 21-month-old go to bed?
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