Your toddler, stage by stage
Your first trimester pregnancy is often spent getting used to the idea that you’re expecting a baby and reading up on all the changes that your body is going through and are yet to come. Between the ages of 2 and 3 years old, your toddler will develop important skills and show you more of their unique personality. A steady supply of nutrients throughout this stage will help to fuel their learning and provide the energy they need to stay active and alert. Learn which nutrients are important at this time and how to ensure they get enough, even when they’re going through a fussy phase.
You’ve reached your second trimester. For most mums it’s a real milestone because it’s around now that you’ll want to start announcing the news to your friends and family. As your baby grows inside you, your body will be going through some changes too during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy; pregnancy hormones will be affecting you both physically and mentally. But, although you might notice your moods are a little changeable, lots of mums-to-be report an increase in their energy levels – especially as morning sickness tends to fade as you enter your second trimester.
Cognitive skill development in children involves the progressive building of learning skills, such as attention, memory and thinking.
Your child’s immunity is in a rapid development phase and is challenged by his environment and kindergarten or school. It is important to ensure he gets the right start through the right nutritional support.
Diet & Nutrition
The right balance of essential nutrients helps children with their physical as well as mental development.
Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for your baby and is highly recommended as breast milk contains the essential nutrients, antibodies and prebiotics your baby needs.
Your toddler’s immune system is still developing and it will continue to develop during the first 3 years.
Health & Development
The flu is a viral infection of the nose, throat and lungs, which can cause serious complications in children under five.
Iron deficiency anemia is a condition where lack of iron leads to a reduction in the red blood cells in the body.
Malaria is a common mosquito-borne infectious disease. It is characterized by fever (high temperature), chills, sweating and flu-like symptoms in toddlers.
Children develop at different rates, and that’s completely fine, but here is a rough breakdown of what to expect in your toddler’s early development and a few tips for how you can encourage it.