Growth and Development, Ages 12 to 24 Months - Promoting Healthy Growth and Development
During ages 12 to 24 months, children learn and develop best in a caring and
loving home from which they can safely explore and experience life. You can
help nurture your child by knowing the challenges of toddlerhood, learning
basic parenting techniques, and using behavior management strategies.
Physical growth and development
Promote your child's physical growth and development by:
- Adopting healthy eating strategies.
Although picky eating is common during this age, a simple and relaxed approach
to eating usually helps your child to eat well. Offer healthy foods at regular
times. It may also help to set a pattern by being together at the table for all
main meals. For more information on helping your child to eat well, see the
Healthy Eating for Children.
- Seeing your
doctor for all
well-child exams. During these visits, the doctor will
measure your child's growth to make sure he or she is on track. The doctor will
also give your child any needed
healthy habits to help reduce your child's risk of
Thinking, reasoning, and memory skills
Promote your child's thinking, reasoning, and memory skills
(cognitive development) by:
- Building with blocks. Help your child learn to
stack blocks and knock them down.
- Scribbling on paper. You can find
washable and thick crayons and pencils that are made for a toddler's fisted
- Playing with balls and other moving toys. Toddlers love to
watch a rolling ball. It helps them learn to track objects and fosters eye-hand
- Finding toys he or she can turn, sort, pound, push,
and pull. Examples include knobs, sort-by-shape toys, and thick-paged