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2 years 5 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 start identifying colour.
  • They can name several parts of the body.
  • Becoming more sociable.
  • Don’t like play being interrupted.
  • Learning to manage aggression. 
How your toddler is developing:
Your toddler is able to name about six parts of their body by now – which you can practise and encourage as you help them get dressed. Dressing is becoming easier for your toddler to do alone and you should let them do as much as they can, occasionally guiding a foot into a trouser leg if necessary. It can be fun to let them choose their outfits, too, purely to see what they come up with! Your toddler can also start to identify colour by name, so name the colour and the item of clothing as it goes on. When you read, it’s a good idea to point to pictures, naming various objects and their colours.

Your child is becoming better at playing in a sociable way and may also develop an attachment to a particular friend. Your toddler will be able to tell you the name of their playgroup friends too.  As your child reaches two-and-a-half they will have a longer concentration span and may not like playtime being interrupted by meals or outings. Give a few minutes warning so they know they will have to put away their toys and can be prepared.

Tips for you this month:
Some toddlers use aggression to get attention. It’s normally worse when they are tired or not feeling 100% well, but it can be difficult to deal with if your toddler now has a full set of teeth that they are sinking into someone else’s child. If your toddler bites another child, the best thing to do is make a fuss over the victim first and then reprimand your child briefly. Giving too much attention (even negative attention) won’t help the situation.

This month’s To Do list:
  • Arrange a play date with a friend.
  • Puzzles can be a good way to focus your toddler – do you have any nice, simple ones?
  • Draw some rainbows with your toddler to highlight all the different colours.
If you have 5 minutes… Mom’s top tip.
If you want to keep your child occupied, sit them down with some large sheets of blank paper and some chunky crayons. Toddlers love creating, and although it might not look like much now, this is where artistic skill begins…

Curious about next month? 
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