Your child should be eating a wide variety of healthy foods at this age. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and a variety of snacks should be offered. Allow your child to feed him or herself with a fork or spoon. He/she should be drinking from a cup at this age. No soda pop should be offered. Natural fruit juice should be a treat and no more than 4-6oz per day should be consumed. Kids may start to become “picky eaters” at this age. Try to incorporate one new food with foods that they already like to encourage variety. Continue to eat as a family and make eating fun!
Every child is unique. Children at this age should be able to follow simple 1 or 2 step commands. Give your child choices between 2 good things such as snacks, books, or toys. This will help them have a feeling of control.
Your child may be asserting his/her independence with using the word “no.” Encourage your child to express his/her feelings and help to name them. Praise your child for good behavior.
Your child will start to play with others, but may not share at this point. That is okay! Children at this age may not like to be away from you or meet new people. Never make fun of your child’s fear or allow others to scare him/her.
Read to your child every day. Ask him/her to point out things while reading. Talk slowly and clearly so your child can model your speech. Stop reading and have your child make animal noises or observe the pictures.
Limit TV and electronic use. Be active together as a family!
Your child may be ready to start toilet training. Some signs they might be ready include:
When starting to toilet train remember to plan for potty breaks often-kids can use the potty as many as 10 times per day. Help your child wash/dry their hands after using the toilet and changing diapers. When your child is ready, take them to pick out underwear.
Children at this age who have outgrown their rear-facing care seat, should use a forward facing car seat with harness as long as possible. Make sure the car seat is installed correctly and securely. Everyone in the car should wear a seat belt. Do not drive until everyone is buckled up securely!
Children are very adventurous at this age! Watch your child at all times. Never leave your child alone in the yard or your home. Keep your child away from moving machines such as lawn mowers, cars, garage doors, and busy streets. Have your child wear a securely fitting helmet on bikes and trikes. If you have a gun in the home, unload them all and keep them locked up.
Keep the number to Poison Control Center near your phone: 1-800-222-1222.
All children over 6 months old should get the Flu Vaccine every fall.
Your child may get a fever 24-48 hours after the immunization. There may also be some soreness, redness, and swelling at the site. Acetaminophen may be given to help your child become more comfortable
Caring Hands Pediatrics
North Office: 412-369-7720
Robinson Office: 412-921-2345
300 Cedar Ridge Dr., Ste 309
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
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