The life of a Toddler
By: Jacob Brown
- Toddlers are between the ages of 1 and 3 years of age.
- By the age of two the head decreases from 1/4 to 1/5 of the total body length.
- Learn to run for short distances.
- Walk backwards
- Climb stairs more easily
- No longer needs baby food.
- Needs to drink at least 2 cups of whole milk daily.
- Eats finger foods
- Needs to eat a variety of nutritious foods to include plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Potty Training and Sleep:
- Needs about 10-15 hours of sleep each day.
- Bedtime routine such nightly baths and story time can help with putting the toddler to bed.
- Potty training starts around at least 18 months of age.
- The AMA recommends checkups at the ages of 12, 18, 24, and 36 months of age for healthly development.
I remember my mom telling stories about me when I was this age. She use to say I took one step and that was it. I never walked again I just ran where I needed to go.
My favorite story was always about feeding time. She would say that feeding me was almost impossible because I always kept stealing the spoon. She finally allowed me to have my own spoon. She would give me one spoonful and I would help by either feeding her or my put food in my eye, hair any place but my mouth.
Social and Emotional Development
- Needs to feel love and affection
- They need to be talked to, listened to and interacted with on new and many levels.
- Caregivers direct toddler's behavior more than when they where infants.
- "don't touch" "hot" and "time for night-night" are common commands used when guiding toddlers.
- Around the age of 2, toddlers become more emotionally sensitive than before.
- Easily excited, upset and scared.
- Around the age of 2, fears and anxieties may become nightmares.
- Toddles are more aware of people and events around them.
- Caregivers need to avoid getting caught up in their own emotions when dealing with an irrational toddler.
- Many parents have strong ideas about how their interactions with toddlers should be and look.
- Many parents do not realize how much time and energy it takes to interact with a toddler.
- Toddlers need two-way interactions with their care givers to develop the necessary brain pathways.
- If a developmental delay is evident then the toddler may be tested for disabilities, i.e. hearing loss or cerebral palsy.
My mom use to say that I was scared of the dark. I was always afraid of monsters. So she made up Monster Spray. She would help me spray my closet and under my bed to keep the monsters away. It wasn't until I was older that found out it was nothing more then cheap air freshener.
- Toddlers are still in the sensorimotor stage.
- At 18-24 months of age, toddlers still use their senses to learn, but they are developing a more sophisticated thought processes.
- Caregivers and older peers/sibling help toddlers learn.
- Zone of Proximal development
- During infancy, neurons in the brain grown and sprout branches and pathways.
- The brain will make more connections than it will ever need.
- During the toddler years, the neuron pathways continue to development.
Language Development and Reading:
- One most easiest seen areas of cognitive development is the swift increase in language understanding and using spoken words.
- First words are often "dada" and "mama".
- By the end of the toddler years, children can usually say several hundred words.
- Social interaction has the largest impact on language development.
- Books and reading are an excellent way to build bonds between the caregiver and the toddler, while encouraging the use of language.
I can only say this about my toddler development is this, my favorite toy was a cellphone. It still is today.