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2 years 11 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 feels empathy for others.
  • Can get dressed without (much) help.
  • Running and jumping around with confidence.
  • Maybe time for a weekend getaway with your partner.
How your toddler is developing:
Your toddler can dress and feed themselves by now, and by the time they reach their third birthday (next month!) they will be moving around without having to put much thought into their actions. Walking, running and jumping are now easy for your child – can you believe how much they’ve grown in a year?
Three-year-olds still need between 12 and 14 hours of sleep a night, but the afternoon nap might start getting shorter now. You can sometimes substitute the nap for a quiet hour in the afternoon– when your toddler plays calmly or you read to them. Your child will now understand the consequences of certain actions and can predict your emotional response. They know you will be angry if they take a toy from another child or throw their food on the floor. Try to encourage this emotional intelligence.

Tips for you this month:
You can start putting a pencil in your child’s hand between their thumb and forefinger. Show them that this is how adults hold the pencil. It is more of a dynamic grasp and it will give your child more control over the pencil on the page.

Now that your child is nearly three, you can think about going away for a night with your partner, or a weekend break somewhere just the two of you. As long as you leave your child with someone they know and trust (grandparents are a good bet!) they will be just fine.

This month’s To Do list:
  • Plan a way to celebrate your child’s third birthday.
  • To commemorate reaching the end of their second year, make a trio of handprints on card: you, your child and your partner’s hands.
  • Check if your car seat and highchair are still the right size for your toddler. 
If you have 5 minutes… Mom’s top tip.
When you put your toddler to bed, lay out their clothes for the next day. Now that they feel independent they can come out of their room ready for the day if they want to. This is also a good time to encourage them to spend some quiet time in their room in the morning – reading or playing without needing to wake you up. You know what that means? More time to sleep!

Curious about next month? 
Click here to find out what happens next month… And the month after.

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