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2 years 3 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 balance on one leg.
  • They can start opening doors.
  • Adjectives make sense.
  • Sharing is a big lesson to learn.
How your toddler is developing:
Your toddler is getting better at jumping with both feet. Including jumping in their active playtime whenever you can, to encourage physical development. Your toddler may also be able to balance on one leg (although they might need a bit of support to begin with). Toddlers love playing games but try to keep these games uncompetitive: if you are kicking a ball to and fro don’t keep score, just play for the fun of it. On the verbal front, you may notice that your toddler is beginning to understand adjectives – words like hot and cold, different colours and other physical descriptors might start making sense to them round about now.

Have you noticed that your toddler is becoming an escapologist? Your child is now getting good at opening doors and disappearing through them. This means that you are losing the ability to limit the area in which they play. If you don’t want them opening doors into certain rooms, explain firmly that the area is out of bounds when they attempt to open the door. Be aware that this might make it even more alluring, though!

Tips for you this month:
Toddlers love sound – dance with them to some favourite music, or use homemade instruments to make a racket together. It’s perfectly normal for toddlers in their twos to be quite possessive. This is to be expected, and doesn’t mean you have a selfish little brat. Toddlers in these months are acquiring a strong sense of self and are starting to understand possession. You can encourage your toddler to share by taking turns when you do things together. Sharing is a big developmental step – so gently encourage it, and understand when it takes some time to develop. If you know your child has a favourite toy, for example, then put it away if you are having other toddlers around so that they don’t have to share their favourite toy, and can practice with ones they are less attached to. Baby steps are the key!

This month’s To Do list:
  • Start gently encouraging sharing.
  • Play some fun music to dance to.
  • Take a look at our Books, CDs and DVDs Buying Guide if you’re looking for inspiration.
If you have 5 minutes… Mom’s top tip.
Jumping games can be fun for your toddler. Take your child to the beach or a park and draw a line in the sand to jump over. Believe it or not, this will be very entertaining!

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