It’s common for first-time parents to have a lot of questions about their child’s development. Children will go through many changes between the time they are born and when they turn three years old. Every child is different and will reach certain achievements or benchmarks in their own time, but there are a few milestones to be on the lookout for.
It’s important for parents to remember that they are their child’s first teacher. They might not be learning from formal “lessons,” but they are watching those around them as they are cared for, protected, and guided as they grow into independent individuals.
So, what can parents do to help their children develop during their toddler years? Here are a few ideas.
Additionally, be sure to child-proof the house. Pay attention to potentially dangerous areas such as stairs and pools. Keep sharp and dangerous objects out of reach, including medicines and cleaners, and place plug covers over unused electrical outlets.
Though all children will develop at their own pace, there are certain red flags when there may be a developmental problem. These include if your child hasn’t:
If any of these signs are present, it’s recommended that you speak to a doctor.
Assuming that your child has normal development from the infant stage to toddler, you’ll be preparing for the transition to the toddler room at daycare before you know it. This time can be nerve-wracking for parents as they experience new worries, such as how their child will keep up with the older kids and how they will get along. These worries are common and can be dealt with by staying in close communication with the daycare teachers. Ask any questions you have on your mind. Some useful ones might deal with nap time, snack, and lunch, what the changes in schedule will be, and how the curriculum will change.
Remember that you have others on your side to do what’s best for your child. Don’t be afraid to accept assistance.