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Your doctor and/or nurse will probably:
1. Check your child’s weight and height, calculate body mass index (BMI), and plot the measurements on growth charts.
2. Give a screening (test) that helps with the early identification of developmental delays.
3. Ask questions, address concerns, and offer guidance about how your child is:
Eating. Don’t be surprised if your toddler skips meals occasionally or loves something one day and won’t touch it the next. Schedule three meals and two or three nutritious snacks a day. You’re in charge of the menu, but let your child be in charge of how much of it he or she eats.
Peeing and pooping. Most toddlers are ready to begin potty training when they’re between 2 and 3 years old. Signs that your child is ready to start potty training include:
Sleeping. Your child needs about 11 to 14 hours of sleep. This might still include one afternoon nap.
Developing. By 30 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, listening to the heart and lungs, and paying attention to your toddler’s coordination, use of language, and social skills.
5. Update immunizations. Immunizations can protect kids from serious childhood illnesses, so it’s important that your child get them on time. Immunization schedules can vary from office to office, so talk to your doctor about what to expect.
Here are some things to keep in mind until your child’s next checkup at 3 years:
These checkup sheets are consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/Bright Futures guidelines.
These age-specific guides can help you be prepared for and keep track of your well-child visits.
Regular well-child exams are essential to keeping kids healthy and up-to-date with immunizations against dangerous diseases. Here’s what to expect at the doctor’s office.
Doctors use certain milestones to tell if a child is developing as expected. Here are some things your toddler may be doing this month.
While growth slows somewhat during the toddler years, it’s a new era where kids will eat and drink more independently.
Toddlers are learning to talk, to walk and run, and to assert their independence. For many in this age group, “outside” and “play” are common requests.
Some toddlers may seem too busy exploring to slow down and eat. Others may be fickle about food or refuse to eat at mealtime. That’s where healthy, well-timed snacks come in.
You might think of babies and toddlers when you hear the words “babyproofing” or “childproofing,” but unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in kids 14 and under.
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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