Age and height

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children age 1-3 get about 40 calories per inch of height a day.

Self Esteem

Involving toddlers in dressing is 1st step towards independence. Also helping self-esteem & promote problem solving. –

Toddler Growth

Growth slows down in a child’s second year. This means toddlers often have smaller appetites and need less food. From: Opens in new window

18 month milestone

By 18 months, most children can walk well (even backwards), go downstairs backwards on hands and knees, and roll objects on the floor.

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7-8 month milestones

From ages 7 to 9 months your baby will communicate with you through sounds, gestures and facial expressions.

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20 month milestone

By 6-20 months your toddler understanding has increased to a point where he can carry out simple requests like "Give me the Cup".

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14 month milestones

By 14 months more advanced babies will: use a spoon or fork, Matches lids with appropriate containers and pushes and pulls toys while walking.

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7-9 month Milestone

From ages 7 to 9 months most babies can roll over in both directions — even in their sleep.

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Milestone skills

Sometimes we expect our children to be more advanced than they really are.

Remember that many of the younger children can’t understand a request because it involves thinking or listening skills that they haven’t developed yet.

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Preschooler in charge

Putting your preschooler in charge of a regular, simple task will build her confidence and sense of competency.

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Is he a lefty?

Kids first start to show hand preference around age 2, though they’re likely to experiment by switching back and forth. By the time they’re 3, most are fairly consistent in which hand they use to draw, pick up a cup, reach, and wave.

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Let them do it

Resist doing for her what she can do herself. While it may be quicker and easier to do it yourself, it won’t help to make your child more self-sufficient.

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Child development chart

Know what milestones to expect from ages 2 to 5 with this child development chart.

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Toddlers dressing themselves

Involving toddlers in the dressing process is the first step towards independence. This also helps self-esteem and promotes problem solving.

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WebMD Toddler Feeding Chart

Make sure your toddler is developing correctly with the MayoClinic preschool development chart: WebMD Toddler Feeding Chart.

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Toddlers and the world around them

Object permanence is an important cognitive developmental milestone, which means that your toddler knows that an object still exists even when it is out of sight.

In infancy, your child would quickly forget a toy or other object as soon as you stuck it in your purse or put it away, which made wrangling the remote and the telephone from him a little easier.

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Vocabulary milestone

By 16 months, your toddler will probably start making many common consonant sounds, such as t, d, n, w, and h. Learning to make these sounds is a watershed event, one that leads to the rapid vocabulary spurt that most children go through starting around 18 months.

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Growth expectency

After the explosive growth of infancy, the toddler and preschooler grows about 2 to 3 inches and gains about 4 to 5 pounds each year

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Food jag

Most children undergo a normal part of development know as a food jag. Food jags occur when children either refuse to eat a previously accepted food, or when they insist on eating one particular food all the time.

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Preschooler can do

While 3- and 4-year-olds still need plenty of parental help, our preschool experts agree that kids are typically able to do more than many of us think.

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