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At this age, your child may:
climb and go down steps alone, one step at a time, holding the railing or holding someone's hand
open doors and climb on furniture
use a cup and spoon well
kick a ball
throw a ball overhand
take off clothing
stack five or six blocks
have a vocabulary of at least 20 to 50 words, make two-word phrases and call herself by name
respond to two-part verbal commands
show interest in toilet training
enjoy imitating adults
show interest in helping get dressed, and wash and dry her hands
use toys well
Let your child feed herself. It will be messy, but this is another step toward independence.
Give your child healthful snacks like fruits and vegetables.
Do not let your child eat nonfood things such as dirt, rocks or paper. Talk with your health care provider if your child will not stop this behavior.
Your child needs at least 800 mg of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D each day.
Milk is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D.
You may move your child from a crib to a regular bed. This is important if she climbs out of the crib.
Your child may or may not take naps.
She may "fight" sleep as a way of controlling her surroundings. Continue your regular night-time routine: bath, brushing teeth and reading. This will help your child take charge of the nighttime process.
Praise your child for positive behavior.
Let your child talk about nightmares. Provide comfort and reassurance.
If your child has night terrors, she may cry, look terrified, be confused and look glassy-eyed. This can last up to 15 minutes. She should fall asleep after the episode.
It's common if your child doesn't remember what happened in the morning. Night terrors are not a problem. Try to not let your child get too tired before bed.
Your child needs at least 60 minutes of active playtime
Physical activity has many benefits:
helps build strong bones and muscles
lowers your child’s risk of certain diseases
(such as diabetes)
Watch your child during any physical activity.
Or better yet, join in!
Use an approved car seat for the height and weight
of your child every time she rides in a vehicle. Safety
studies suggest that when your child turns 2 years old,
you may turn the car seat forward-facing in the back
Be a good role model for your child. Do not talk or text
on your cellphone while driving.
Protect your child from falls, burns, drowning, choking and other accidents.
Keep all medicines, cleaning supplies and poisons out of your child's reach. Call the poison control center
(1-800-222-1222) or your health care provider for
directions in case your child swallows poison.
Have these numbers handy by your telephone or
program them into your phone.
Do not leave your child alone in the car or the house, even for one minute.
What your child needs
Do not let your child play with plastic bags or latex balloons.
Push chairs all the way to the table so your child can't climb.
Always watch your child when playing outside near a street.
Make a safe play area, if possible.
Always watch your child near water. "Knowing how to swim" does not make her safe in the water.
Lock up any poisons or toxic substances.
Do not let your child run around while eating.
Give your child safe toys. Do not let her play with toys that have small or sharp parts.
Read to your child each day.
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.
Make regular dental appointments for cleanings and
checkups starting at age 3 or earlier if there are questions
or concerns. (Your child may need fluoride supplements
if you have well water.)
The American Public Health Association recommends
that your child get an eye exam at 2 years.
Talk with your child’s health care provider if you have
Your child may need to have his or her lead levels
checked. This is a blood test to look for high levels of
lead in the blood. Lead is a metal that can get into a
child’s body from many things. Evidence shows that
lead can be harmful to a child if the level is too high.