Early Development & Well Being, Health & Nutrition

Happy, Healthy Toddlers

Develop healthy habits from the start! Here are a few ways to support your happy, healthy toddler.

  • Give your child water and plain milk instead of sugary drinks. After the first year, when your nursing toddler is eating more and different solid foods, breast milk is still an ideal addition to his diet.
  • Your toddler might become a very picky and erratic eater. Toddlers need less food because they don’t grow as fast. It’s best not to battle with him over this. Offer a selection of healthy foods and let him choose what she wants. Keep trying new foods; it might take time for him to learn to like them.
  • Limit screen time. For children younger than 18 months of age, the AAP recommends that it’s best if toddlers not use any screen media other than video chatting.
  • Your toddler will seem to be moving continually—running, kicking, climbing, or jumping. Let him be active—he’s developing his coordination and becoming strong.
  • Make sure your child gets the recommended amount of sleep each night: For toddlers, that’s 11–14 hours per 24 day including naps.

Source: CDC

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