Based upon evidence, a number of desired behaviors were identified as critical to helping families foster healthy active living for their toddler. For each desired behavior you can explore the evidence, learn what parents told us about these behaviors, identify opportunities to promote healthy behaviors at the point of care, review how to start conversations and access messages and resources to support families. Also available to inform your counseling is the Onset and Patterns of Risk Behaviors for Toddlers Timeline located above this section.​

Active ​Play 

Dedicate time every day for active play

​​Screen Ti​me

  • Limit TV exposure to less than 2 hours/day
  • Avoid commercials and advertisements
  • No TV's in children's bedrooms

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American Academy of Pediatrics