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Toddlers this age are learning to express themselves to get what they want. New verbal skills allow your little one to point to an object and say a word — and, in turn, you respond.
This newfound ability can lead to tantrums, though, when a child doesn’t get his or her way. While frustrating, tantrums are a normal part of toddler development. Help avoid angry outbursts by distracting your little one with an interesting toy or game, and keep your cool when they do happen.
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 certain 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 he or she once had or shows weakness on one side of the body, tell your doctor.
Find out what this doctor’s visit will involve and what your toddler might be doing by 15 months.
Knowing what’s “normal” and what’s not in speech and language development can help you figure out if you should be concerned or if your child is right on schedule.
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.
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.
You’re in for a year of changes! Midway through this year, most babies are walking and starting to lose that “baby” look.
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.
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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