Basic Toddler Care with Dumex
The early years of a child’s life are vital for health and development. As a parent, you play a significant role during these years in helping your child grow up well.
As your baby grows into a toddler, your parenting duties transition from unending feeding cycles to managing tantrums and their high energy levels. While raising a toddler can be overwhelming, knowing the basics alone can equip you to care for your child better. Here are four basic tips you should know in toddler care:
1. TRACK YOUR CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT MILESTONES
From their first word to their first steps, early childhood is marked with many developmental milestones. Tracking these milestones keeps you in touch with your toddler’s progress, allowing you to support them better in growing up. For example, you can affirm them when they reach a milestone. A parent’s affirmation gives security and is key in helping a child build a healthy self-identity.
Tracking your child’s developmental milestones also allow you to raise concerns with childhood specialists should you notice delays in your toddler’s progress. Addressing these delays early can make a difference in helping your kid develop well2. While every child progresses differently, here are some common milestones you can note in your toddler:
- Say simple words like “mama” or “papa”
- Can mimic gestures
- Respond to simple requests
- Speak in simple and short sentences
- Follow simple instructions
- Point to objects when they are named
- Play make-believe with people, animals or toys
- Carry a conversation with two to three sentences
- Copy others (for example, run when others run)
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BUILD ROUTINES AND DAILY SCHEDULES
Routines provide comfort and consistency to a child’s life, giving them the assurance of what to expect daily. As routines require one to stick to a timeframe, it also teaches young children to be disciplined and develop a sense of responsibility that is important in later life3.
Additionally, routines are great opportunities for you to strengthen your bond with your child. As each family practices different routines, your child learns about what matters to your family. This not only helps build a sense of belonging in them but can strengthen shared values between you and your child. Simple routines you can start doing with your toddler include:
- Housework like washing and cleaning
- Reading bedtime stories
- Eating as a family at the dining table
- Brushing teeth before sleep
3. CHILDPROOF FOR SAFETY
Young children learn through curiosity, and this learning begins at home5. From picking up items to putting things in their mouths, your toddler is just showing normal signs of growing up through exploration.
To support your little one in exploring the world around them, you need to childproof your home to provide a safe learning space. Here are some basics in childproofing your home:
- Keep candles and matches out of reach
- Lock away sharp objects like scissors and knives
- Make sure small objects that can be accidentally swallowed are out of reach (e.g. marbles, toothpicks)
- Cover the sharp edges of tables with soft padding
- Cordon off dangerous areas with grilles (e.g. staircase, entrance to the kitchen)
4. KEEP A HEALTHY AND BALANCED DIET
Young children require good nutrition to meet the demands of intensive growth and development in early childhood. At Dumex, we understand that children have different nutritional needs at different stages of growth.
Depending on their size, age, and activity level, toddlers need between 1,000 to 1,400 calories a day. Their diet should be rich in:
- Fruits and vegetables
A good source of vitamins and minerals, greens and fruits have been found to protect against chronic diseases in later life as well as boost one’s immunity.
- Whole grains
Cereal, cooked pasta, and wholemeal bread are a great source of fiber and folate for young children.
- Meat and others (including milk or dairy foods)
A great source of protein for your growing child to build body tissues and muscles. Milk or dairy foods are a source of calcium and Vitamin D which supports healthy bone development.
One way to support your toddler diet is to feed them growing up milk formula like Dumex Mamil Gold Stage 3 designed for children aged one to three years old. With milk from free roaming grass-fed cows, this wholesome milk blend contains over 30 essential nutrients, including:
Get your free sample of our Dumex Mamil Gold milk formula or visit https://www.dumex.com.sg/products for more information.
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