Understanding Male Development: Baby Boys & Toddlers



Baby boys’ testosterone levels are nearly the same as teenage boys’.

But for the first few weeks after conception, well, there’s no discernible difference between a male embryo and a female embryo. The testosterone surge that occurs in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy is responsible for the cascade of developmental changes that what differentiates a boy baby from a girl baby, and from then on, “testosterone drive the bus,” Janet says.

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Understanding male development will help you understand your boys and what they need. It may help you relax and enjoy your child as well.

“When parents understand male development and what is developmentally appropriate, they feel less anxious if their son can’t do the same things as their neighbor’s daughter,” Jen says.

Join us as we discuss the development and growth of baby boys, toddlers and preschoolers.

In this episode, Jen & Janet discuss:
  • Prenatal development of baby boys
  • How testosterone influences the development of male infants
  • Male vulnerability to health problems
  • How lack of father involvement affects boys
  • Nature vs. nurture
  • Bonding with baby boys
  • Why boys may “take longer” to hit developmental milestones
  • What to look for in a daycare, preschool and elementary school setting
  • Nature & forest preschools
  • The link between movement and learning
  • Why we can’t expect our little ones to live on our adult timeline
  • Using empathy when kids struggle with transitions
  • How screen time affects language development
Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode:

Why Men Die Younger Than Women: The “Guys Are Fragile” Thesis — NPR story

Study Finds Moms Talk More to Babies, Especially Baby Girls

Nature Preschools

American Forest Kindergarten Association (We love this quote from their founder, Erin Kenny: “Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take the walls away.”)

Toddlers’ Screen Time Linked to Slower Speech Development, Study Finds – PBS story

Story Time, Not Screen Time: Why E-Books Aren’t Better for Toddlers

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