Your Child's Checkup: 18 Months ( 1-1/2 Years)
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What's Funny to a Toddler?
From a very young age we all have the capacity to laugh. And toddlers are willing recipients of all we have to teach them about the pleasures of humor.
Temper tantrums range from whining and crying to screaming, kicking, hitting, and breath holding. Get the facts on managing - and preventing - temper tantrums.
Snacks for Toddlers
Some toddlers may seem too busy exploring to slow down and eat. Others may be fickle about food or refuse to eat at mealtime. That's where healthy, well-timed snacks come in.
The Senses and Your 1- to 2-Year-Old
Toddlers learn through sights, sounds, tastes, and textures that are all new. How can you stimulate your child's senses and provide a safe place to explore?
Feeding Your 1- to 2-Year-Old
Toddlers have little tummies, so serve foods that are packed with the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong, and limit the sweets and empty calories.
Medical Care and Your 1- to 2-Year-Old
The toddler months might continue to bring colds, bruises, and other minor emergencies, but you'll also find yourself dealing with your toddler's emerging personality.
Movement, Coordination, and Your 1- to 2-Year-Old
Most toddlers this age are walking and gaining even more control over their hands and fingers. Give your child lots of fun (and safe) things to do to encourage this development.
Toddlers at the Table: Avoiding Power Struggles
By anticipating problems and offering choices, you can teach your toddler healthy eating habits and avoid power struggles about food.
Games for Toddlers
Though toddlers will more often play alongside their friends instead of with them, they'll enjoy group games and can begin learning important lessons from them.
Learning, Play, and Your 1- to 2-Year-Old
Kids go from babies to toddlers during this time, from first steps to walking well. They also make major strides in language and communication.
How to Talk to Your Child's Doctor
Building a relationship with your child's doctor requires communication and reasonable expectations.
Introducing Toddlers to Music
Music is a natural part of life for?toddlers. And it can kickstart learning and offer lifelong benefits.
Safe Exploring for Toddlers
Toddlers are learning to talk, to walk and run, and to assert their independence. For many in this age group, "outside" and "play" are common requests.
Toddler Reading Time
Reading to toddlers lays the foundation for their independent reading later on. Here are some tips.
Toddlers: Learning by Playing
It might look like just child's play, but toddlers are hard at work learning important physical skills as they gain muscle control, balance, and coordination.
Growth and Your 1- to 2-Year-Old
You're in for a year of changes! Midway through this year, most babies are walking and starting to lose that "baby" look.
Sleep and Your 1- to 2-Year-Old
Is your toddler resisting going to bed at night or taking a nap during the day? Learn how to help your child fall asleep.
Toilet Teaching Your Child
Even before your child is ready to try the potty, you can prepare your little one by teaching about the process. Here are some tips.
Communication and Your 1- to 2-Year-Old
Your toddler is probably saying a few first words now, but you may not be able to understand them all. Learn about how your child is communicating.
Nutrition Guide for Toddlers
While growth slows somewhat during the toddler years, it's a new era where kids will eat and drink more independently.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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