GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
Your child may be talking more and pointing to things in books as you read together.
Your child will play with other children but don’t expect sharing.
Your child walks and runs more freely and should never be left alone in your home or yard. Keep children away from moving machines, garage doors, driveways, etc.
Your child is learning to express his or her self but may take time to respond.
Help your child to express and name their feelings.
It is normal for your child to protest being away from you or meeting new people.
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.
Plan for frequent toilet breaks. Your child may use the toilet as many as 10 times a day.
When your child is ready, teach them to choose their own underwear.
Continue to offer new foods and textures.
16 to 24 ounces of whole milk each day.
Water should be given, and avoid juice.
Three balanced meals, with 2 snacks.
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.
Limit TV to 1-2 hours each day or less and watch with your child. Be mindful of what your child sees on TV, including advertisements.
Play is always preferable to TV. Be active together as a family.
Always have your child wear a good-fitting helmet when on a bike or trike.
Praise your child for good behavior. Hug and hold your child often.
Listen to your child and treat them with respect. Never make fun of a child’s fears or allow others to scare your child.
Practice car safety with the whole family. Never start your vehicle until everyone is buckled up.
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).