Toddlers are bundles of energy and curiosity, and they require a lot of care and attention. As much as they exude good and positive energy to everyone around them, you need to ensure that they are in the best condition to take on their daily tasks. Here are some reminders for taking care of toddlers.
1. Toddlers should have a balanced diet.
A healthy and balanced diet is important for toddlers to help them grow and develop properly. Toddlers need plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, as well as protein, calcium, and vitamin D. Be sure to offer a variety of foods to your toddler and avoid giving them too much sugar and processed foods.
2. Toddlers need plenty of sleep.
Most toddlers need around 10-12 hours of sleep a day. Getting enough sleep is crucial for their physical and emotional health. Stick to a routine bedtime and avoid letting your toddler stay up too late watching TV or playing games on the phone or tablet.
3. Toddlers also need regular medical checkups.
Even if your toddler seems healthy, it’s important to take them for regular checkups with a pediatrician. This will help ensure that they’re on track developmentally and that there are no problems hiding behind the scenes. You also want to take care of their dental health by taking them to your local dentist every six months or as necessary.
4. Toddlers should be physically active.
Toddlers need plenty of physical activity to stay healthy and develop properly. Make sure they have plenty of opportunities to run, jump, and play. A healthy diet combined with plenty of exercise is the best way to help your toddler stay healthy. Encourage them to run around and exhaust themselves instead of sitting inside to play in front of computer screens.
5. Toddlers should avoid screens (TVs, phones, tablets).
Too much screen time can be harmful to toddlers. It can lead to problems with sleep, attention, and physical activity. Limit your toddler’s screen time to no more than 1-2 hours a day. To divert their attention from these gadgets, find them new hobbies, introduce them to other children their age, or let them play with a family pet just to give them something more productive to do.
6. Toddlers should drink plenty of water.
Water is essential for good health, and toddlers need plenty of it. Make sure your toddler has easy access to water throughout the day and encourage them to drink as much as they need. Teach your child to drink water when they feel thirsty and not to ignore their needs.
7. Toddlers should be exposed to a variety of different cultures and religions.
Exposure to different cultures and religions is important for toddlers. It helps them learn about the world around them and teaches them about tolerance and respect. You can do this by enrolling them in a school that promotes diversity in their student population, letting them play with children from other cultures and religions, and educating them yourself with the help of children’s shows that encourage this positive outlook in life.
8. Toddlers should have a safe place to play.
A safe place to play is essential for toddlers. Make sure your home is child-proofed and that your toddler has a safe place to play indoors and outdoors. Remove all dangerous equipment from sight and keep them out of reach. You know that if your child can see it, they will want to play with it. Always be safe by cleaning your home properly.
9. Toddlers should be read to often.
Reading to toddlers is a great way to help them learn and develop literacy skills. Be sure to read to your toddler every day, and choose books that are age-appropriate. While reading to them, slowly help them to read on their own and imbibe in them the lessons from the stories they hear.
10. Toddlers should be taught to behave appropriately.
It’s important to start teaching your toddler about appropriate behavior early on. Teach them how to behave in social situations and how to handle disagreements and anger. This is crucial because they will forever be expected to behave appropriately, even until adulthood. Starting this training early can help them get accustomed to this expectation.
11. Toddlers should be encouraged to explore their interests.
Encouraging your toddler to explore their interests is a great way to help them learn and develop their talents. Let them explore different activities and try new things. If they want to try something (that is not particularly dangerous or harmful in any way), let them do it with your guidance.
12. Most importantly, have patience!
Raising a toddler can be challenging, but it’s also rewarding. Be patient with your toddler and remember that they’re still learning and growing. With time and patience, you’ll be able to help them grow into healthy, happy adults.
It is important for toddlers to be healthy and active. This can be done by limiting their screen time, encouraging them to drink water, exposing them to different cultures and religions, having a safe place for them to play, reading to them often, and teaching them how to behave appropriately. With patience and guidance from parents/guardians, these goals are achievable.