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Your doctor and/or nurse will probably:
1. Check your child’s weight, length, and head circumference and plot the measurements on the growth charts.
2. Do a screening test that helps identify developmental delays or autism.
3. Ask questions, address concerns, and provide guidance about how your toddler is:
Eating. Feed your toddler three meals and two or three scheduled nutritious snacks a day. Growth slows in the second year so don’t be surprised if your child’s appetite decreases. Your child can drink from a cup and use a spoon but probably prefers to finger-feed.
Peeing and pooping. You may notice your child’s diapers are dryer for longer periods, but most children do better with toilet training when they’re a little bit older, usually between 2 and 3 years. Let your doctor know if your child has diarrhea, is constipated, or has poop that’s hard to pass.
Sleeping. There’s a wide range of normal, but generally toddlers need about 12 to 14 hours of sleep a day, including one or two daytime naps. By 18 months, most toddlers have given up their morning nap.
Developing. By 18 months, it’s common for many toddlers to:
4. Do a physical exam with your child undressed while you are present. This will include an eye exam, tooth exam, listening to the heart and lungs, and paying attention to your toddler’s motor skills and behavior.
5. Update immunizations. Immunizations can protect kids from serious childhood illnesses, so it’s important that your child receive them on time. Immunization schedules can vary from office to office, so talk to your doctor about what to expect.
6. Order tests. Your doctor may test for lead exposure or anemia, if your child is at risk.
Here are some things to keep in mind until your child’s next checkup at 2 years:
These checkup sheets are consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/Bright Futures guidelines.
The toddler months might continue to bring colds, bruises, and other minor emergencies, but you’ll also find yourself dealing with your toddler’s emerging independence.
Nighttime feedings may be a thing of the past, but in this second year of life your tot might be rising for other reasons. Learn more.
It might look like just child’s play, but toddlers are hard at work learning important physical skills as they gain muscle control, balance, and coordination.
Toddlers have little tummies, so serve foods that are packed with the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong, and limit the sweets and empty calories.
Most toddlers this age are walking and gaining even more control over their hands and fingers. Give your child lots of fun (and safe) things to do to encourage this development.
Building a relationship with your child’s doctor requires communication and reasonable expectations.
You’re in for a year of changes! Midway through this year, most babies are walking and starting to lose that “baby” look.
Your toddler is probably saying a few first words now, but you may not be able to understand them all. Learn about how your child is communicating.
Doctors use milestones to tell if a child is developing as expected. Here are some things your toddler may be doing this month.
Get tips and advice on helping your child make the switch from diapers to big-kid underwear â for good!
Learn how to encourage good behavior, handle tantrums, and keep your cool when parenting your toddler.
Vaccines help keep kids healthy, but many parents still have questions about them. Get answers here.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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