Toddlers can be a handful. They are developing their personality, learning new skills and starting to show independence. They’re learning something new every day! It can be overwhelming as you try to adjust to a child who seems to be a different person today from the one they were just the day before.

Toddler Development

Spend time together; have fun!
Learn more about how a toddler develops from 18 months to 3 years with this resource:

These are guidelines for what most children learn during this period. Each child is an individual. Some will get there sooner; others, later.

Understanding Your Child’s Temperament

Here are some tips to work with your child’s temperament to make the toddler stage easier for both of you.aboriginal mother daughter

  • If your child has lots of energy, take them outside. Provide opportunities for them to play and explore.
  • Toddlers learn by doing. From 18 months to 3 years children learn what their bodies can do. They master many new skills. Give your toddler time with play dough, books or simple puzzles when they’re calm.
  • Create a daily routine so that your child knows what to expect each day
  • Toddlers need to try things for themselves. They may be clumsy at first, but over time, they improve. They need chances to play with people, especially other children.
  • Toddlers also need reasonable rules and safe places to play and explore. Encourage and praise your toddler as she learns new things. Help your toddler when he needs it.

Learn more about understanding your child’s temperament.

Immunization for Toddlers

Immunization is a healthy choice that saves lives. When you immunize your child you’re protecting them against illness and serious harms such as meningitis, pneumonia, paralysis, deafness, seizures, brain damage, cancer or even death. BC’s immunization program provides free vaccines to protect your child from 15 diseases. It is not too late to catch up on immunizations – contact your public health centre for clinic appointments.

Have questions about your toddler? Call your local public health nurse or talk to your family doctor.