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2 years 2 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:
  • Your toddler can jump.
  • Picking up toys is much easier.
  • Drawing is becoming more fun.
  • Kicking a ball is a great game.
  • Being outdoors together is good bonding time
How your toddler is developing:
Your toddler now has a better sense of balance and control over their body. They should be able to bend down steadily while on their feet to pick a toy up off the floor. Making games of chores can be fun: try singing a Tidy Up Time song while you pick up toys together. Songs with actions that your toddler can follow may also improve coordination – don’t worry if you’re tone deaf! This will also help your toddler’s language skills as they learn to associate the words to the movement instead of simply copying you. Remember that toddlers have short attention spans, so they may lose interest quite suddenly.

Tips for you this month:
Your toddler is no doubt full of energy and can tire you out, but it’s still important to make active time for yourself. As little as 30 minutes of exercise a day can help you sleep better, raise your energy and lower your stress levels. This doesn’t have to mean a new gym regime, it can be as simple as walking around your neighbourhood or going to yoga a few times a week.

Being outside with your toddler is good for both of you – go for short walks together, play in the local park, or garden together (even if that means your child is doing little more than getting dirty!) If you need some time out, your toddler will sit happily in front of the TV for a while, but there are a number of Pros and Cons when it comes to toddlers and TV, so chat to your partner and decide how you both feel about it.

This month’s To Do list:
  • Learn a few educational songs.
  • Take a look at our Playtime and Learning Buying Guide to make sure you have what you need to engage your toddler.
  • Join a running or walking group in your area.
If you have 5 minutes… Mom’s top tip.
It is particularly good for children with no siblings to have play dates with other children – it helps them to learn how to socialise and share, and lets them realise that each person is an individual, including you.

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