When they’re good, they’re very very good…
We’ve all heard about the ‘terrible twos,’ and this can, on occasion, be a very demanding time. But it’s also a magical age, when your toddler is making great strides when it comes to talking, thinking and growing (both physically and emotionally). During the course of this single year, most 2-year-olds start nursery, learn to play imaginatively, learn colours and start learning to count, among many other things - so much is happening!
You can encourage imaginative play by happily ordering and accepting (again and again!) imaginary cups of tea or plates of food. Play shops with your little one, or help to look after dollies, help them to master puzzles or join in a session of 'vroom vroom'ing cars around the lounge. And don’t forget the pleasure of reading and talking about books together.
Around the age of 2-2½, your toddler will have a third health and development review, carried out by your health visitor or children’s nurse. This is a good chance for you to talk about how things are going and air any queries or concerns you may have.
What is one serving of dairy food?
Toddlers need less milk than babies - a total of 3 servings a day. But what represents one serving for a toddler?
- About 120ml (4 fl oz) of whole cow’s milk or Follow on Milk or Growing up Milk
- 60g pot of full fat yogurt or fromage frais
- Cheese on a pizza or in a sandwich
- Cheese sauce, eg in macaroni cheese
- 60g of custard