3. Ask questions, address concerns, and provide guidance about
how your toddler is:
your toddler three meals and two or three scheduled nutritious
snacks a day. Growth slows in the second year so don't be surprised if your child's
appetite decreases. Your child can drink from a cup and use a spoon but probably prefers
Peeing and pooping. You may notice your child's diapers are dryer
for longer periods, but most children do better with toilet training when they're
a little bit older, usually between 2 and 3 years. Let your doctor know if your child
has diarrhea, is constipated, or has poop that's hard to pass.
Sleeping. There's a wide range of normal, but generally toddlers
need about 12 to 14 hours of sleep
a day, including one or two daytime naps. By 18 months, most toddlers have given up
their morning nap.
Developing. By 18 months, it's common for many toddlers to:
4. Do a physical exam
with your child undressed while you are present. This will include an eye exam, tooth
exam, listening to the heart and lungs, and paying attention to your toddler's motor
skills and behavior.
5. Update immunizations.Immunizations
can protect kids from serious childhood illnesses, so it's important that your child
receive them on time. Immunization
schedules can vary from office to office, so talk to your doctor about what to
Keep out of reach: choking hazards; cords; hot, sharp, and breakable
items; and toxic substances (lock away medicine and household chemicals).
Keep emergency numbers, including the Poison
Control Help Line number at 1-800-222-1222, near the phone.
Use safety gates and watch your toddler closely when on
To prevent drowning,
close bathroom doors, keep toilet seats down, and always supervise your child around
water (including baths).
Protect your child from gun
injuries by not keeping a gun in the home. If you do have a gun, keep
it unloaded and locked away. Ammunition should be locked up separately. Make sure
kids cannot access the keys.
These checkup sheets are consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics
(AAP)/Bright Futures guidelines.