Toddlers (1-3 years)
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TODDLERS (1-3 YRS) DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES
Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (like crawling, walking, or jumping).
What happens to kids in childhood shapes who they become as adults. Children who are nurtured and supported throughout childhood are more likely to thrive and develop into happy, healthy, and productive adults.
POSITIVE PARENTING TIPS FOR TODDLERS
- Set up a special time to read books with your toddler.
- Encourage your child to take part in pretend play.
- Play parade or follow the leader with your toddler.
- Help your child to explore things around them by taking a walk or wagon ride.
- Encourage your child to tell you his/her name and age.
- Teach your child simple songs like Itsy Bitsy Spider, or other children’s songs.
- Give your child attention and praise when she follows instructions and shows positive behavior, and limit attention for defiant behavior like tantrums. Teach your child acceptable ways to show feelings of upset.
CHILD SAFETY FOR TODDLERS
- Do NOT leave your toddler near or around water (for example, bathtubs, pools, ponds, lakes, whirlpools, or the ocean) without adult supervision. Fence off backyard pools. Drowning is the leading cause of injury and death among this age group.
- Encourage your toddler to sit when eating and to chew food thoroughly to prevent choking.
- Check toys often for loose or broken parts.
- Encourage your toddler not to put pencils or crayons in their mouth when coloring or drawing.
- Do NOT hold hot drinks while your child is sitting on your lap. Sudden movements can cause a spill and might result in your child being burned.
- Make sure that your child sits in the back seat and is buckled up properly in a safety approved car seat with a harness.
HEALTHY BODIES FOR TODDLERS
- Talk with staff at your child care provider to find out if they serve healthy food and drinks and limit television and other screen time.
- Your toddler‘s food preferences might change from day to day. It’s normal behavior, and it’s best not to make an issue of it. Encourage them to try new foods by offering small bites to taste.
- Keep television sets out of your child’s bedroom. Limit screen time, including video and electronic games, to no more than 1 to 2 hours per day.
- Encourage free play as much as possible. It helps your toddler develop strength and motor skills.
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