Baby's 2-Year Checkup: What to Expect

Medically Reviewed by Renee A. Alli, MD on February 15, 2024
3 min read

This is a busy time! Your toddler is running and climbing. They can say up to 50 words (or even more) and may be putting 2 words together into a simple sentence. It can also be a challenging time. Your child may be moody, easily frustrated, and testing rules. Being consistent with discipline should help. Talk about any concerns that you may have with your pediatrician.

Here's what to expect at your toddler's 2-year checkup.

The doctor may also suggest a developmental screening test and check your baby's blood levels of lead and iron.


  • Is your child physically active? Are they exploring climbing stairs or jumping, for example?
  • What words are they learning?
  • Do they respond to 2-step commands?
    rying to explore climbing stairs and jumping


  • Is it normal that my child is a picky eater?
  • How much fat should my child be eating?
  • How will I know if my toddler is overweight?


  • Try to eat meals together at the dinner table and not in front of the TV. A family that eats together grows together! Family dinners are a great way to promote bonding and health.
  • Give your child a variety of nutritious foods like vegetables, fruits, and dairy products.
  • Let your child feed themselves and choose what they eat.
  • If your child doesn't like a particular food, keep offering it. They may change their mind later.
  • At this stage, your child should be eating about 3 meals and 2 healthy snacks a day.
  • Don't worry if your child doesn't eat much at times. Most of the time, it should balance out.
  • This is a good time to start making the transition to 2% or 1% milk.


  • How much exercise do toddlers need?
  • My child likes to sit and play quietly. How can I get them to be more active?


  • Give your child plenty of opportunities to be active.
  • Learning how to throw, kick, and catch builds physical confidence.
  • Play together as much as possible and make fun the top priority.
  • Be active as a family. It's a great way to spend time together while moving your bodies!
  • Limit the amount of your toddler's sceen time.

Remember that toddlers learn by your example. So make sure to set a good one!