Child development milestones: 18 to 24 months

Older toddlers walk, talk, and do more on their own. They need a good diet to support their development.

Development

Your child has become a toddler. Toddlers speak, play simple make-believe games and show interest in other kids. They take pride in their many new accomplishments, and want your approval as much as it might seem otherwise.

Feeding skills

You develop a thick skin, putting foods in front of your toddler only to have them refused over and over again. Parents of toddlers eventually see their persistence pay off. When kids have been given a variety of food options over time eventually they may make choices that will surprise you.

Safety

Chasing after toddlers to prevent accidents is a great way for parents to catch up on the workouts they may have missed in the previous 24 months. Eventually they discover their own balance between "hovering" and "watchful encouragement."

Cheerios is a healthy way to start the day, a tasty anytime snack, and a fun addition to kids’ recipes.

Parents can feel good about serving Cheerios to their little ones. Cheerios are made from 100 percent natural whole grain oats and have no artificial colors or flavors. Even pediatricians agree that Cheerios makes a great first finger food; 9 out of 10 pediatricians with children serve Cheerios to their own toddlers. Cheerios also provides at least 2/3 of toddlers’ daily whole grain recommendation and has only one gram of sugar.

Sample menu plan

Breakfast

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 banana
  • 1/2 cup whole grain oat cereal, like Cheerios® cereal
  • 1/2 slice toast
  • 1 tsp. butter or margarine

Mid a.m.

  • 3 oz. vitamin C-rich juice

Lunch

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  • 2 tbsp. carrots, cooked and diced (raw sticks for older children)

Mid p.m.

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cereal

Dinner

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 oz. meat loaf
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. rice
  • 2 tbsp. green peas
  • 1 to 2 tsp. butter or margarine
  • 1/4 orange (sections for younger children)