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1 year 11 month 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:
  • Singing and humming
  • More sociable playtime.
  • Repeating words.
  • Dressing and undressing.
  • The beginning of the dreaded “why?”
How your toddler is developing:
Screaming ­(you’ll be glad to hear) may now fade in favour of more lyrical ways of exercising vocal chords: singing and humming. Your child will be able to remember simple, short sentences and sing them to a tune, or they may just like to hum. Encourage their singing and humming by joining along whenever possible.

You may also find yourself with a little parrot. As your toddler gets better at talking, they will start to repeat words they hear, even words they don’t understand. Watch what you say within earshot, or you could find your toddler repeating words they shouldn’t have heard! You may also hear the beginning of the question, “why?” which will be asked about everything you say for many months to come. Take a deep breath and try to be as patient as possible while answering your toddler – they’re just trying to understand the world better.

As your toddler gets more adept at dressing and undressing by themselves, you can make it easier by buying clothes that don’t have complicated buttons or ties and are loose-fitting and easy to get on and off.

Tips for you this month:
Your toddler’s second birthday is fast approaching. Now that they are more sociable, you might want to think about having a celebration with a couple of their friends, or your friends’ children of a similar age. As your child is taller and better at getting around, you might want to double-check how childproof your house is. When your toddler says something particularly cute or endearing, write it down so you can remember their sayings and so that they can read them when they are older.

This month’s To Do list:
  • Plan a birthday celebration for your toddler.
  • Try to teach your toddler some of your favourite nursery rhymes.
  • Make an appointment with your paediatrician for your child’s two-year check-up. You can ask them any questions you have on teething, discipline or sleep training.
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
If you plan a party for your toddler, remember to keep it simple. Perhaps base it on a theme that your toddler likes, even if it’s as broad as butterflies or trucks. Keeping the party flexible makes it easier: just provide some good food, some friends and yourself.

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