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2 year 1 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:
  • Walking more smoothly.
  • Pronouns make an appearance.
  • Feeding themselves with a fork.
  • Building your toddler’s self-esteem.
How your toddler is developing:
Your toddler is now walking in a less awkward fashion, using a heel to toe movement. They’re probably also getting around pretty speedily – giving you a workout that most gyms can’t match!

As your toddler grows, they’re developing more advanced language skills and will soon be able to use pronouns in sentences: you, I, me, him and her. Their voice is also becoming clearer and you will be able to hear the sounds of the words more clearly from amongst the jumble of noise. You’ll also notice more abstract time and space references as these ideas start to make sense, and the idea that you’ll be back later will be very comforting. This may help with separation anxiety.

Tips for you this month:
At this stage, you have a real influence over your toddler’s early eating habits. When possible, try to eat together at mealtimes and hide unhealthy snacks as much as possible. Ideally, meals and snacks should be colourful and nutritious. It’s a good idea to keep toys and television away from mealtimes.

If your toddler is asking you “why?” a lot, you can try to turn the conversation around by asking them some simple questions and engaging in a conversation rather than a series of questions and answers. Remember that a small amount of praise can go such a long way with a young child. Playing with them, encouraging and rewarding them can help build confidence and self-esteem, even at such a young age.

This month’s To Do list:
  • Take your toddler out for a walk and count how many times they ask “why?” Let us know what your record is on our Facebook page!
  • Write down any funny things your toddler says or does in a toddler journal.
  • Pamper yourself – go for a massage or an evening out with the girls. You deserve it.
If you have 5 minutes… Mom’s top tip.
Toddlers can be fussy about different food mixing together, because they can’t recognise the individual elements. It’s a better idea to serve foods separately (meat, potatoes, vegetables) instead of serving up something like stew, where everything is mixed together.

Curious about next month? 
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