2-Year Checkup: Your Toddler at 2 Years

2-Year Checkup: Your Toddler at 2 Years

The 2-year checkup is coming up. Many parents find this visit more enjoyable than previous ones, as 2-year-olds tend to be interested in the exam and more talkative. Get the details on this checkup.

This visit will probably go more smoothly than the 18-month one because your 2-year-old will be more interested in the whole business. It's easier and more enjoyable for her to talk to the doctor or nurse who examines her.

At this visit, your provider will probably:

  • Weigh and measure your baby.
  • Provide insights into your child's physical and emotional development.
  • Answer any questions you may have about surviving the "terrible twos."
  • Discuss toilet training, preschool, and child care.

What your provider will want to know

  • Has your baby seen another healthcare provider since the last visit? If so, why? What was the outcome of that visit, and were any medications or treatments prescribed?
  • How many words does your baby know? Can she use two-word phrases?
  • Does she imitate you? Does she play with trucks or dolls?
  • Can she kick a ball? Can she walk up and down the stairs using both feet or one foot at a time?
  • Is she shy around strangers, at least at first?
  • Can she follow a story and name pictures in a book?
  • Can she follow a two-step command?
  • Is there a family history of heart attacks before age 50? If so, there may be some testing of your child's fat balance that needs to be done at this time.
  • Is she extremely fearful and/or does she have a hard time with other children?

Talk it over

  • Although most 2-year-olds are not toilet-trained (no matter what your mother or mother-in-law says), you may have started the training process. Keep in mind that you shouldn't rush toilet training. Forcing the matter usually ends up frustrating everyone, and doesn't get the diapers off any sooner.
  • Dental care is a big concern at this age. Ask for a referral to someone who works well with children. Ask about fluoride.
  • If you're having a hard time limiting TV or screen time or if you find yourself using it as a babysitter, ask for some help. Habits are shaped now.
  • If your child is extremely fearful and/or has a hard time with other children, ask for advice.
  • Major changes can stress you and affect your toddler. If you're moving, having a new baby, going back to work, or dealing with a loss or serious illness, your child may be affected. Your provider may also be able to suggest resources for you and your family to help with the situation.
  • There are many programs that can help you cope with the challenges you face with a growing child. Your provider can help you find one.

Speak up!

Your busy toddler will probably bruise his shins and bump his head. If you have any concerns about your child's injuries, tell your provider immediately. She or he can look at the bumps and bruises and tell you whether they appear to be from normal activities.

Also, let your health care provider know if your child:

  • Isn't putting together two-word sentences or phrases.
  • Doesn't point at pictures in books and name at least some of the pictured objects.
  • Doesn't run or is very unsteady on his feet.
  • Doesn't understand two-step commands such as "Get your shoes and bring them to me."
  • Doesn't throw or kick a ball.
  • Can't stack more than two blocks.
  • Doesn't know how to scribble on paper with large crayons. Most kids can draw a crude circle at this age.
  • Still has trouble swallowing table food.
  • Can't be understood or get his message across to strangers half of the time.
  • Is very fearful generally, or in particular situations or with particular people.
  • Is doing anything that you think is odd or unusual.

Remember that each child develops and learn at her own pace, and try not to worry. Discuss any questions with your healthcare provider to ensure all is going well for your little one.

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helpful

8/5/2015

This was very informative. Thanks for the info!

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8/5/2015

Nice article, very informative.

Touchy Feely

TabN 8/4/2015

My toddler has been weaned for months now. She is very touchy feely and constantly has to have a hold on me. I understand the indepentantness, but this clinginess is all together different. I am a stay at home mom so it's not like I work outside the home. So I am with her 24-7. Wondering if this is a sensitory issue or normal 2 year old behavior.

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8/3/2015

We just had our 2 yr and it went very smooth. She let her look at her teeth and ears and listen to her heart without any problem. We always get a treat after a good appointment.

Informative

8/3/2015

Informative.

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