GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
Your child is learning to talk and communicate. Listen to your child carefully and repeat what is said using correct grammar.
Your child is getting ready for preschool.
Your child will enjoy play dates and play groups. Consider having 2 of your child’s favorite toys to avoid battles over sharing.
Engage your child in story time, reading aloud and giving your child extra time to ask and answer questions.
Give your child opportunities to play with other toddlers.
Dress your child in clothing that can easily be removed.
Place your child on the toilet every 1-2 hours.
Praise your child when he or she is successful and try to develop a potty routine.
Create a relaxed environment by reading or singing while your child is on the potty.
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 and videos to no more than 1-2 hours or less each day. Always be aware of what your child is watching.
Enjoy meals together as a family.
Get in the habit of reading at least once a day.
Have quiet pre-bedtime and bedtime routines.
Your family should agree on how best to prepare for your growing child and should follow the same rules.
Limit time in the sun. Put a hat and sunscreen on your child before outdoor activities.
Practice car seat safety and ensure the seat is correctly installed in the back seat of all vehicles.
Watch your child carefully whenever he or she is near water including buckets, play pools and the toilet. Empty play pools, buckets and tubs immediately after use.
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).