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1 year 10 months old

Katie de Klee
Your toddler's development, what changes to expect and some great tips for the month ahead.
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What’s happening now:
  • Naming body parts.
  • Temper tantrums.
  • Following two-step instructions.
  • Learning the art of distraction.
How your toddler is developing:
It can be frustrating being such a little person with big ambitions and having things to say but not knowing how to use the words. Your toddler is nearly two now and their mind can race ahead of their capabilities. This can result in some pretty fierce temper tantrums. Toddlers find it difficult to control their emotions, so try as much as possible to understand why they are feeling so frustrated. If you see that your toddler is struggling to do something, guiding them through it can help them learn how to do it next time.

Don’t provide toys or clothes that are beyond their abilities – stick to Velcro, big buttons and zips on clothing whenever possible, and check the age recommendation on toys.

Your child’s use of vocabulary is getting better and more diverse everyday. Your toddler may also be able to remember and follow more complicated instructions. Stick to two parts for now – “Walk to Daddy and give him the truck” – or it will be difficult for them to understand.

Tips for you this month:
If you have your attention on something else – like a computer or a phone – your toddler will try to get your attention back by being disruptive and interrupting you. Giving in straight away will encourage them to interrupt in future, but be realistic about getting anything done when they are around.
If your child is being very difficult about something, try to distract their attention. Move them into a different room, act silly or remind them about a favourite toy. Toddlers have short attention spans and they will soon forget what they were upset about.

This month’s To Do list:
  • Get your toddler a new outfit and help them dress themselves.
  • Keep watching for signs that your child is ready to potty train.
  • Hire a babysitter and go on a date with your partner.
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
If you’re trying to introduce new (or unpopular) foods, do it in small amounts, mixed into other food your toddler likes. That way they don’t dominate the plate and are less daunting and not as easy to pick out.

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