The typical toddler is programmed to crawl, walk, run,
climb, and seek out new experiences. Toddlers need stimulation to improve their motor and sensory skills.
can foster your toddler's strength and coordination:
Play and interact with your toddler.
Playing, dancing, marching, and doing other simple activities with your child
helps your child develop physical skills. At the same time, you can encourage and watch your child's development.
Be physically active.
Take walks, go to the park, visit any place where a toddler is safe to move
around freely and explore the outside world.
toys and materials that improve your toddler's coordination and strength. For
example, balls, push- or pull-toys, blocks, and sand boxes all boost physical
As your toddler becomes more mobile and curious, safety
issues become crucial. At about 18 months of age, toddlers just start to
understand cause and effect and that their actions have consequences. But
they don't understand dangers such as stairs, pets, toxins, and many other
possible hazards. To keep these little explorers safe, parents need to play the
role of the "sheepdog" by knowing where their children are and what they are
doing at all times.
Some basic toddler safety issues to address
Childproofing your home, such as by using
safety-approved gates and play equipment and keeping all dangerous substances
(cleaning supplies, medicines, matches, guns, knives, tools) stored out of reach or locked up. Walk around your home with a critical eye
looking for any potential hazards.
Using an approved car seat or
booster seat every time your child rides in the car. Make sure the car seat or
booster seat is properly installed (many are not). See the manufacturer's
instructions for proper installation and use. If you are not sure, have your
car seat checked at a police station. Always wear your own seat belt so that
your child understands the importance of this safety measure.
Never leaving your toddler alone in the bathtub. Keep your
child in your sight around all bodies of water.
Providing a safe
outdoor play environment. Although going to the playground or using other
outdoor equipment is good for developing children's motor skills, inspect all
equipment for potential dangers, such as sharp edges or loose bolts. Also,
closely supervise children.
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