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2 years 7 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 uses different tones of voice with different people.
  • Your toddler may learn to tell white lies
  • Friends and family members are known by name.
  • Figuring out how to deal with tricky mealtimes. 
How your toddler is developing:
You may start hearing that your toddler talks to you and your partner differently to how they speak to other children. This is early social sensitivity; you might even see your child using simpler words when talking to younger children. They may be able to identify close friends and family by name at this stage, which will no doubt cause great delight.

Your toddler is also learning to tell white lies. Children don’t have the same respect for truth that adults have and they use lies to avoid blame for something they know was naughty. It’s not a good idea to punish the lies until your child is more conscious of their effect – but be firm about them telling you the truth, and try to teach them that lying can be harmful.

Tips for you this month:
Your toddler may still be refusing to eat vegetables at mealtimes, no matter how effectively you think you’ve camouflaged them. Try not to resort to spoon-feeding as it’s important that they put in the effort to feed themselves. As much as possible, don’t enter into food battles. Toddlers will eat when they are hungry.

Try to include all your child’s senses in their play. Toys or books with different textures are great and you should always describe what it feels like to your child so they can learn the words that go with the sensation: “soft cat” or “prickly pineapple”.

This month’s To Do list:
  • Buy a book with textured pages or pop ups.
  • Ask your child to identify the different parts of the body.
  • Check your toddler’s shoes are still the right fit.
If you have 5 minutes… Mom’s top tip.
If your child is consistently fussy about new food, try taking them food shopping with you, and let them choose something to buy – as long as it’s something they’ve never tried before. Steer clear of the chips and sweets aisle, obviously!

Curious about next month? 
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