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:
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
For more information on these and other safety issues, see
the topic Health and Safety, Birth to 2 Years.
July 19, 2012
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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