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2 years 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:
  • Your toddler is producing works of art.
  • They can differentiate between colours.
  • Less crying (thank goodness!)
  • Afternoon naps may get shorter.
  • Bringing colour into everyday games.
How your toddler is developing:
As your child gets nearer to their third birthday it will start feeling easier to make them happy instead of all your suggestions getting a "no". Hopefully, your toddler will start to grow out of the tantrums and the crying too. The terrible twos are coming to an end!

Your toddler is good at drawing shapes with crayons by now, and chooses the colours they like. A toddler at this age can differentiate between at least three colours and point them out when you say the colour name. The crayon will probably still be held in a fist grip.

Tips for you this month:
As your child gets better at sorting colours, you can include colour in your daily games and tasks. Try getting your toddler to sort out socks into piles of different colours, or go on a hunt for things of one colour around the house. This can also be a great distraction for them, and enable you to have a quiet cup of tea (remember how that feels?)

If your child is not yet potty training, keep encouraging them. Try not to be too pushy (toddlers have a built-in resistance mechanism). Instead, make potty time fun. Sing a song, or read a book on the potty to relax them. Always reward a successful attempt – make your child feel proud of themselves and grown up.
This month’s To Do list:
  • Fill a shelf with some children’s classics – good books last a lifetime.
  • Buy some stickers of your child’s favourite characters from books to use as rewards.
  • Take a look at our Playtime and Learning Checklist to ensure you have all you need for your child to develop through play.
If you have 5 minutes… Mom’s top tip.
Try to avoid using food as a reward for good behaviour - it could give your child an unhealthy emotional relationship with food. Use kisses, stickers or extra story time instead.

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