Active Living

Once a toddler, your child will seem to be continually on the go—running, kicking, climbing, jumping. This yearlong energy spurt certainly will keep you on the go. But take heart—his activity level will strengthen his body and develop his coordination.

The Nemours Foundation suggests that toddlers should not remain idle for more than one hour at a time. The foundation’s guidelines provide for 30 minutes of adult-led physical activity and 60 minutes of unstructured play each day. Other parenting sources offer similar guidelines, although most agree the time frame should vary to suit each child’s interests and abilities.

(Source: American Academy of Pediatrics)