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At this age, your child may:
walk fast, run stiffly, walk backwards and walk up stairs with one hand held
sit in a small chair and climb into an adult chair
kick and throw a ball
stack three or four blocks and put rings on a cone
turn single pages in a book or magazine, look at pictures and name some objects
speak four to 10 words, combine two-word phrases, understand and follow simple directions, speak two or more wants or needs and point to a body part when asked
pull a toy
imitate a crayon stroke on paper
feed herself, use a spoon and hold and drink from a sippy cup fairly well
use a household toy (like a toy telephone) well.
Your child's food likes and dislikes may change. Do not make mealtimes a battle. Your child may be stubborn, but she often copies your eating habits. This is not done on purpose. Give him a good example and eat healthy every day.
Offer your child a variety of foods.
The amount of food your child should eat should average one "good" meal each day.
To see if your child has a healthful diet, look at a four- or five-day span to see if she is eating a good balance of foods from the food groups.
Your child may have an interest in sweets. Try to offer healthful, naturally sweet foods such as fruit or dried fruits. Offer sweets no more than once each day. Offer them between lunch and dinner. Avoid offering sweets as a reward for completing a meal.
Teach your child to wash her hands and face often. This is important before eating and drinking.
Brush your child's teeth one to two times each day with a soft-bristled toothbrush You do not need to use toothpaste. If you do, use a very small amount. Let your child play with the toothbrush after brushing.
Your child may show interest in potty training. Signs she may be ready include dry naps, use of words like "pee pee," "wee wee" or "poo," grunting and straining after meals, realizing the need to go, going to the potty alone and undressing. For most children, interest in toilet training happens between the ages of 2 and 3 years old.
Your child's nap schedule may vary from no naps to two naps each day. If your toddler does not nap, you may want to start a "quiet time." Be sure to use this time for yourself.
Your child may have night fears. Use a night light or open the bedroom door to help calm fears.
Choose calm activities before bedtime.
Continue your regular nighttime routine: bath, brushing teeth and reading.
Call the poison control center (1-800-222-1222) or your health care provider for directions in case your baby swallows poison. Have these numbers handy by your telephone.
Use an approved car seat every time your child rides in the car. Make sure the car seat is secured in the back seat, facing the rear window.
Protect your child from falls, burns, drowning, choking and other accidents.
Keep all medicines, cleaning supplies and poisons out of your child's reach.
Do not leave your child alone in the car or the house, even for a minute.
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Your child may become stubborn and possessive. Do not expect her to share toys with other children.
Give your child strong toys than can pull apart, be put together or be used to build. Stay away from toys with small or sharp parts.
Your child may become interested in what's in drawers, cabinets and wastebaskets. If possible, let her look through some drawers or cupboards. Let your child play with pots, pans and plastic dishes.
Make sure your child is getting consistent discipline at home and at day care. Talk with your day care provider if this isn't the case.
Praise your child for positive, appropriate behavior. Your child does not understand danger or remember the word "no."