24 Month Visit Bright Futures Handout edited by Mark Simonian MD

Your Talking Child
1. Talk about and describe pictures in books
2. Parent and child play where the child leads can be a good way to learn to talk
3. Read to your child every day
4. Your child may love to hear the same story over and over
5. Ask your child to point to things as you read
6. Stop your story to allow your child to finish the story or make a noise connected to the illustration
7. Use correct language. Be a role mode
8. Talk to your child slowly and be patient because it might take a while for them to answer

Your Child and TV
1. It better for your toddler to play rather than watch TV
2. Limit TV to 1-2 hours a day
3. Watch TV together and discuss what you see and understand
4. Be cautious of the programs and commercials that are shown
5. Do other activities with your child like reading, singling, and playing games
6. Be active as a family  and try to have activity be part of child care and with sitters. 

Safety
1. Be sure that your child's safety seat is installed correctly in the back seat in all vehicles
2. Everyone should be wearing a seat belt in the car before you start the car
3. Never leave your child alone in the home without an adult in charge
4. When backing the car in the garage or driveway make sure an adult is keeping your child a safe distance away
5. Keep you child away from moving machines, lawn mowers, moving garage doors, and driveways
6. Have your child wear an approved safety helmet when riding bicycles and tricycles
7. Store guns and ammo stored in a safe location

Toilet Training
1. Signs of being ready for toilet training include: dry for 2 hours, knows if he or she is dry or wet, wants to learn, can pull pants down and up, can tell you if he or she wants to have a bowel movement
2. Plan for toilet breaks often
3. Children may use the toilet as often as 10 times a day
4. Help your child wash their hands after the toilet and diaper changes  after every use
5. Take your child to choose underwear whenever he or she feels ready

How Your Child Behaves
1. Praise your child be acting well
2. It is normal for your child to protest when being away from you or meeting new people
3. Play with your child daily and choose those things they like to do
4. Hug and hold your child often
5. Give your child between two things like snacks , books, or toys
6. Help your child play with other children but do not expect sharing
7.  Do not make fun of your child's fears or allow others to scare them
8. Support your child as they respond to new situations and people

What to expect at the 3 Year Visit
1. Reading and talking with your child
2. Your active child
3. Family support
4. Safety
5. Playing with others

Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
Child Safety Seat Inspections: 1-866-seatcheck; www.seatcheck.org