Toddler: Health & Activity
As your toddler develops, encourage his independence by letting him use a spoon and drink from a cup. Help him stay safe as he climbs stairs and furniture.
Your toddler is both curious and fast. She will discover ways to use electrical outlets that you have never considered! Read about childproofing.
Is your toddler taking off her diaper at inconvenient times? Is she waking up dry? Time to read about toilet training.
Meal time is a great opportunity to explore and practice skills. Allow plenty of time.
- Let your toddler use spoons, forks and cups. When she sees you using a spoon, she wants to do the same thing.
- Don’t be surprised when she explores the different temperatures, textures, and flavors of her food. Just allow extra time for clean up!
Encourage your child’s curiosity! Let your child choose what you do together. Explore the park or library or go for a ride on the bus to the grocery store. Roll, crawl and climb together.
Explore new foods with your toddler.
- Enjoying mealtime together will help your toddler want to eat.
- Keep offering him a choice of healthy foods. You may need to offer a food 10 – 15 times before your toddler will try it, so don’t stop trying!
- Don’t be surprised when a favorite food suddenly isn’t.
- Don’t be tempted to battle over food. It’s a losing battle…
Explore everyday items.
- Pots and pans can be used to cook, or can become a drum set.
- Empty toilet paper rolls can become horns to help dance your wiggles out together.
Ask your child’s doctor about limiting screen time (including television, computers, phones and movies).
Ask your child’s doctor or dentist about the benefits of avoiding sugary drinks. Having enough fluid is very important, so offer your child plenty of water and plain milk to drink.
Ask your toddler to wash his hands before every meal, when he comes inside, and after using the potty.
- Help him to use the sink, soap and towel.
- Encourage him to wash his hands for at least 20 seconds.
Do you keep wondering or worrying about your child’s development? Keep a list of questions to ask your doctor at your next well-child visit.
Discover the power of routines. A consistent bedtime routine helps your toddler settle down at night and takes the battle out of bedtime. Each night, you can play a game to get the wiggles out, followed by bath time, reading books, and a soft song.
Discover how much your child is learning to do on his own! Notice how he is starting to feed and dress himself.
Screen time takes away from your toddler’s ability to discover. Limit it.
Discover the importance of car seat safety.
- Keeping your toddler in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible is the best way to keep him safe.
- Did you know your local fire fighter will help you properly install your child’s car seat? Make an appointment with your local fire department today!
Playing with, in, and around water can be a great way for your toddler to discover new things.
- Never leave a child alone near or in water (bathtubs, pools, ponds, toilets, buckets of water).
- Did you know drowning is the leading cause of injury and death for toddlers?
Discover how your toddler is telling you she has had enough. Toddlers can become over-stimulated. Whining, tantrums, holding her hands close to her face may all be ways she says,“I need a break”.
Ever feel like your toddler is constantly moving?
- Let your child run, jump, and climb in safe places.
- Next time you are playing your favorite tunes, dance together!
- For added fun, have your toddler stop and freeze when you pause the music.
Use the outdoors. Find a patch of soft grass and have your child run his fingers through it. Then, ask him what it feels like. You can also do this with sand or mud.
Play using songs and rhymes. Before bath time get the wiggles out by playing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”
Did you know that play is your child’s work? It is how they learn about the world.