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  • Ages One to Two Years

  • The Development of Young Children

    Ages one to twoWhen you child reaches the age of one year old, you should:

    • Be encouraging and supportive, while setting appropriate limits.
    • Be consistent: Establish routines for meals, naps and bedtime.
    • Make time to play with your child daily.
    • Speak slowly and simply, name objects and give your child time to respond.
    • Give your child choices.
    • Listen to and answer questions.
    • Read rhymes and stories.
    • Sing and listen to music together.
    • Choose books that are durable, with pictures to point to and name.
    • Choose toys that encourage creativity, including blocks and animals.

    Parents of two-year-olds are encouraged to:

    • Offer simple choices, like which book to read together, throughout the day.
    • Create ways for your child to play with other children and have out-of-home social experiences.
    • Encourage drawing, building and creative play.
    • Introduce simple musical instruments.
    • Spend one-on-one time together daily.
    • Acknowledge desirable behavior often. For example, "I like it when you play so well together with other children."
    • Development tips for all children

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