Physical Health and Growth
He might love going to the doctor, or he might dread it. But one thing is certain: When you take your toddler for a check-up, he’s learning all about the importance of good health and self-care. In fact, there are many experiences in his life that strengthen this knowledge — like bathing, eating and playing! He’s ready to explore feeding and washing himself. So, it’s good that his fine and gross motor skills are ready, too! Even playtime gives him a chance to learn more about his body and how it works. He’s learning all the time — from imaginary visits to doctors and dentists to figuring out how to use his expanded small and large motor skills to play games and solve puzzles.
Watch Me Brush My Teeth!
Have you seen your toddler brush her baby doll’s teeth? Or has she “taken her to the doctor” for shots? That’s because she’s exploring and understanding what it means to be healthy and safe. And she’s also aware of the joy of food in her life! Offer her a grilled cheese or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and she’ll choose what she prefers. Her own health and well-being are becoming more important to her!
I Am Aware of Myself and My World.
Have you played a game of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” with your toddler lately? If not, it might be time to try! He’ll love the idea of showing you how much he knows about his body parts. And when you’re outside together, be sure to stop and smell the roses…literally. He’s discovering the world through his senses, and he needs time to touch, smell, hear, taste and listen to things to understand how they fit into his ever-expanding world.
I Can Hop Like a Bunny!
Give your toddler an age-appropriate puzzle and watch her shine! Her little fingers are getting better at grasping and placing small things. And her large motor skills are improving, too. Can she stand on one foot like a flamingo? Hop like a bunny? Encourage her to try!
Bath Time is Learning Time.
When your toddler takes a bath, let him take the reins. Give him a washcloth and a bar of soap, and teach him how to clean himself. He might miss some spots for now, but you’re there to take care of the rest. And he’s learning how to take care of himself!
All children learn and grow at their own pace and in their own way. For more information about the skills and milestones for your child's age check out our developmental milestones resource page. If you continue to have concerns or questions please give us a call at 1-800-299-1627.