Toddlers (1-2) Child Development and Positive Parenting

Positive parenting is very important in a child’s life. In her early years, your child is growing and developing. She is moving around more and meeting new people. These tips will help you keep your child safe and learn new things in her environment.



Toddlers (1-2 years old)

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Positive Parenting

  • Keep reading to your toddler daily.
  • Ask her to find objects for you or name body parts and objects.
  • Play matching games with your toddler.
  • Encourage him to explore and try new things.
  • Help to develop your toddler's language by talking with her.
  • Encourage your toddler's curiosity and ability to recognize common objects by taking field trips together to the park or a bus ride.

Child Safety First

As your child is becoming increasingly mobile, his ability to encounter more dangers is increasing as well. Here are a few recommendations to help keep your growing toddler safe.

  • Block off stairs with a small gate or fence. Lock doors to dangerous places such as the garage or basement.
  • Toddler proof your home by placing plug covers on all unused electrical outlets.
  • Keep kitchen appliances, irons, and heaters from the reach of your toddler. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.
  • Keep sharp objects such as scissors and pens in a safe place.
  • Lock up medicines, household cleaners and poisons.
  • Never leave her alone in the car, even for a few moments.
  • Store any guns in a safe place out of his reach.
Content source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

Positive Parenting Tiips for Healthy Child Development: Toddlers (1-2 years old). Develomental Milestones. National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. HHS/CDC. 2005. English.

Last Reviewed: November 2008

Last Updated: November 13, 2014