Baby, he was born that way -- and sometimes it feels good to goau naturel. It could also be that a tag is scratching him, he's feeling hot, or it happens to be the perfect moment to do a dance (without the constraints of clothes). "Toddlers don't know social mores, so if they want out of their clothes they simply take them off," says Parents advisor Jenn Berman, Psy.D., author ofSuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First Three Years. Plus, once they can remove a shirt, diaper, or socks, they're excited to practice these skills. As long as your kid isn't mooning the mail carrier, let it go. Be careful how you react: If you crack up when he enters the dining room in his birthdaysuit, he may decide it's a great way to get attention during your next book-club meeting.
Q. Why is my 2-year-old determined to climb every last piece of furniture?
But it's also a good way to get hurt. In fact, a 2009 study from the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio, showed that 14,700 kids are injured each year by furniture tip-overs -- often from climbing. The takeaway: If your kid is constantly attempting to reach new heights, step up your childproofing and supervision until the phase passes. Attach large furniture, such as dressers and bookshelves, to the wall using safety straps or L-brackets, place TVs on a low, wide base and strap them to a stable stand or wall, and keep appliance cords tucked away so your child can't pull heavy things down onto herself.
Q. Why does my child fling food across the kitchen?
Q. My kid insists on hearing the same book, song, or DVD over and over again. Doesn't this get boring for her?