Your rambunctious toddler loves to go to the park, play with pets, and pester their older siblings. Unfortunately, they probably aren't thrilled about going to the pediatrician's office. Your toddler's wellness checkup is integral because it helps your child's doctor determine if they're meeting their milestones or if there is any cause for concern.
If you're heading to your toddler's wellness checkup, here are some questions you should ask.
How Much Sleep Should My Toddler Get?
Your toddler is a bundle of energy who never wants to settle down long enough to take a nap. This might make you worry that your toddler isn't get enough sleep at night. The average toddler needs around 10 to 14 hours a sleep every day. This includes sleep at night and at least one nap during the day.
If your toddler is difficult to put down for a nap or refuses to settle down at night, here are a few ways you can make the process smoother:
- Ditch the electronics. Take the tablet out of your toddler's hands and avoid putting a television in their bedroom. The bright, flashing lights of electronics stimulate your toddler's brain, making it more difficult for them to sleep.
- Go to bed at the same time each night. Try to put your toddler down for a nap and to bed at night at the same time every day. This helps establish a predictable sleep schedule, and your toddler will anticipate getting ready to sleep.
- Give your toddler time to settle down. Allow your toddler to settle down for several minutes before bed. Read a book quietly, sing a song, or cuddle to help your toddler wind down.
If your toddler isn't getting enough sleep, or you are worried about their sleep schedule, don't hesitate to ask your pediatrician for help.
Why Is Toilet Training so Difficult?
The transition from diapers to a potty chair is a difficult one, and most parents struggle with getting their toddler to use the bathroom on a consistent basis.
Your toddler might be reluctant to use a toilet for several reasons. For example, they might be confused or scared by the transition, or another life-changing event like a house move or a new baby might make it difficult for them to focus.
Your pediatrician will provide you with plenty of tips to help you get your toddler ready for potty training. For example, let your toddler pick out their own potty chair and big kid underwear. When they do use the potty, celebrate with a special treat.
Is My Toddler Eating Enough?
Another common problem that the parents of toddler's face is the constant battle at the dinner table. Some toddlers are notoriously picky eaters, and you might be worried your toddler isn't getting the nutrition they need to develop. Once again, your pediatrician is an excellent source of information on the nutritional needs of a toddler.
If your toddler seemed to have a voracious appetite one week and only picks at their dinner the next, the reason could be they just experienced a growth spurt and don't require as many calories. Toddlers also sometimes refuse to eat anything healthy, including their fruits and vegetables.
You can do several things to encourage your toddler to eat a balanced diet. For example, allow your toddler to pick out and help prepare their food. If the toddler is involved in making a meal, they will proudly eat the food they helped mom or dad cook.
When your toddler's yearly wellness check comes around, chances are you will have several questions. If you have any additional questions you'd like answered about your child's development or health, contact ApexCare.