Activities

Any activity is great for your toddler’s physical and mental development. Simple things like walking, running and swimming can help them build muscles and strengthen their bones.

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Your toddler needs about 180 minutes of activity a day, but you don’t need to do this in one go. Ten minutes here and there all counts towards the total.

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If you’re stuck indoors, keep your toddler active. You could play hide and seek, make an obstacle course with cushions and furniture, or have a dance-off.

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Healthy foods

From 12 months old, your toddler should be eating three meals a day. Those meals should contain a variety of healthy and nutritious foods, including plenty of fruit and veg.

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By the time your baby is 12 months old, they should have stopped using bottles with teats altogether. Your baby should be drinking from an open or a free-flow cup, this helps them learn to sip rather than suck drinks (which is better for their teeth).

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Water is the best drink for your toddler’s health. You can also give them full-fat cows’ milk, goats’ milk or sheep’s milk.

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Vaccinations and immunisations

The 4-in-1 vaccine is a single jab that boosts protection against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio.

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Vaccinations are totally free in the UK. You just need to book an appointment with your GP.

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Your toddler’s health checks are very important. They are offered to make sure your child is growing and developing properly. It’s also a chance for you to ask questions and raise any concerns.

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