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Toddler Checklist

Bridget McNulty
All you need to know, what to do, to buy and to read when your baby becomes a toddler.

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Now that your baby is a fully-fledged toddler, do you know everything about this next stage? Here’s all you need to know, to buy and to do to make sure your toddler is fully prepared for whatever life throws at them.
 
To Do

Development
  • Make a video of your toddler’s early attempts at walking.
  • Encourage your child to draw pictures and express their creativity.
  • Put together a beginner art set for your toddler: some chunky, washable, non-toxic crayons and a big scribble pad.
  • Start giving water, milk and diluted juice to your child in a cup rather than a bottle.
  • Instil good eating habits right from the start.
  • Train your child to like healthy food (it is possible!)
  • Encourage your child to talk to you – even if you don’t always understand what they’re trying to say…
  • Measure your child when they are standing and keep a record of their height as they grow.
  • Start singing some simple songs to your toddler and encourage them to join in, even if they don’t know the words. Songs can be an easy way to expand vocabulary.
  • Find the right nursery school for your toddler.
  • Choose a potty. You may not be ready for it, but it’s good for your child to get familiar with one before they start using it.
  • Try to strike a balance between structured and free play.
  • Wean them off a dummy, if they have one.
  • Buy some fun underwear for your child, to encourage them to switch from the nappy.
  • Begin Potty Training (woohoo!)
  • Make an appointment with your paediatrician for your child’s two-year check-up. You can ask them any questions you have on teething, discipline or sleep training.
  • Teach your child to identify the different parts of the body.
Health
  • Find a dentist for your child.
  • Make sure you know the warning signs of allergies in toddlers.
  • Get your toddler to start trying to brush their own teeth.
  • Make an appointment for your child’s next immunisations.
  • Find out how to deal with the common cold – when it comes to toddlers, colds are very, very common.

Daily life
  • Write down any funny things your toddler says or does in a toddler journal.
  • Find some books that both you and your toddler will enjoy.
  • Choose some good storage units for their growing collection of toys.
  • Spend some time talking about how you want to discipline your child with your partner.
  • Have a soothing bedtime routine in place.
  • Wean the afternoon nap.
  • Learn the fine art of coping with toddler tantrums.
  • Make sure there are no dangerous objects in climbing reach of your child – think of it as round two of toddler-proofing your home.
  • Teach your toddler good manners.
  • Put a nightlight in your toddler’s room and get some fun sheets for the bed.
  • Celebrate your child’s second birthday!
  • Learn how to answer one million “why?” questions.
  • Organise some play dates with your child’s friends from playgroup, or children of your friends – learning how to socialise and share is important at this age.
  • Use stickers as rewards instead of sweets.
  • Check if your car seat and highchair are still the right size for your toddler.
  • Make sure your child has everything they need for nursery.
  • Try some new foods (for both you and your toddler!)
  • To commemorate reaching the end of their second year, make a trio of handprints on card: you, your child and your partner’s hands.
  • Plan a way to celebrate your child’s third birthday.
To Buy
  • The right high chair for your little one.
  • Some fun bowls to eat from (and let's face it...play with!)
  • Baby spoons so they can feed themselves (and the floor while they are at it).
  • Sippy cups are a great transition to regular cups.
  • Some unbreakable plates.
  • A few bibs if you haven't got any already.
  • A tabbard or smock if you fancy 360 degree protection! 
  • A baby food maker.
  • Some cute toddler clothes.
  • A night light. We love the ones from Giimmo and The Gro Company
  • Some fun stickers to use as rewards.
  • A few fun bath toys: Yookidoo and Haba make some nice ones.
  • Some educational (and fun) toys and arts & crafts.
  • Art supplies (toddler-style!)
  • The right potty.
  • Fun underwear.
  • A number of storybooks.
  • The right size car seat. Check that your toddler and car seat are matched.
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Eating
Development
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Playtime
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