GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
Your child is now able to say up to 12 words, occasionally coupling 2 to 3 words into a sentence.
Your child can identify body parts and pictures.
Your child runs stiffly and can feed himself/herself.
Your child can take off shoes and socks.
Your child can scribble.
Children are usually ready for potty training between 18 months and 3 years. Be patient! If training is not successful, relax and try again in a few weeks or months.
Children are usually ready for potty training between 18 months and 3 years.
Some signs of your child being ready include: a dry diaper for 2 hours, your child knows that their diaper is wet or dry, he/she can pull pants down and up, wants to learn, and can tell you if he or she is needing to void.
Be patient! If training is not successful, relax and try again in a few weeks or months.
Your toddler may become more aware or suspicious of strange or new foods, but do not limit the menu to food she likes.
You may have to offer your toddler a new food several times before she accepts it. Do not give up after one or two tries.
Let your toddler experiment with a variety of foods from each food group by touching or mouthing them.
Ask about resources or referrals for food and/or nutrition assistance
(e.g. Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Food Stamp Program, Early Head Start, WIC) if you need help.
Make sure to read to your child at least once a day.
You can visit Reach Out & Read for reading tips, how to choose books appropriate for your child's age, other resources, and access the library's site here.
NO CHILD SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO EAT WHOLE PEANUTS, POPCORN, OR SUNFLOWERS SEEDS UNTIL AGE 5 YEARS as they may be aspirated (inhaled) into the lungs.
PREPARATION FOR VISIT
Your doctor will review milestone information with you during your visit.
You may download and print the Bright Futures Parent Handout for this age range here (click to access PDF).