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Tired of changing diapers? When it comes to toilet teaching, take your cues from your child. Showing an interest in the potty, being aware of peeing and pooping, and expressing the need to go are signs that your child is probably ready. Build on that awareness by reading potty books together and “practicing” with a potty seat.
Doctors use certain milestones to tell if a toddler is developing as expected. There’s a wide range of what’s considered normal, so some children gain skills earlier or later than others. Toddlers who were born prematurely reach milestones later. Always talk with your doctor about your child’s progress.
Here are some things your toddler might be doing:
Every child develops at his or her own pace, but some signs could indicate a delay in development. Talk to your doctor if your child:
Also, if you ever notice that your child has lost skills or shows weakness on one side of the body, tell your doctor.
Find out what this doctor’s visit will involve and what your child might be doing by the second year.
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.
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.
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.
You’re in for a year of changes! Midway through this year, most babies are walking and starting to lose that “baby” look.
What is in-toeing and how will it affect your child? Find out what the experts have to say.
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.
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.
Learn how to encourage good behavior, handle tantrums, and keep your cool when parenting your toddler.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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