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2 years 9 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 have a detailed conversation.
  • They can balance on each foot.
  • Starting to understand consequences.
  • Figuring out how to punish appropriately.
How your toddler is developing:
Your conversations with your toddler will become more detailed and complex as your child nears their third birthday. Not only do they have more vocabulary at their disposal, but they also have more of an interest in cause and effect. They are still asking “why?” a lot, but they are now starting to understand the answers. Your toddler may be particularly interested in moods. Why is someone laughing, or someone else sad?

This increase in emotional intelligence will also mean your child is better at sharing and being kind, because they understand that these actions can improve a person’s mood. Your toddler will understand the concept of toilet training now – even if they are not being cooperative about it.

Tips for you this month:
When your toddler is misbehaving, it can be tempting to threaten punishment. Try to avoid this if at all possible. It is better for your child to learn by rewarding good behaviour with attention than by threatening punishment.

Your toddler may be getting close to telling their first joke. They understand the world better now and have a good sense of humour about things going topsy-turvy. They know shoes don’t go on your head and that you don’t eat socks. If you are silly with your toddler they will find it very amusing and sometime soon they will initiate the joke. This can also be a great way of distracting them when you are trying to get them to do something they are resisting.

This month’s To Do list:
  • Discuss with your partner how you want to deal with punishment.
  • Try some new foods (for both you and your toddler!)
  • Plan a family holiday.
If you have 5 minutes… Mom’s top tip.
Toddlers love feeling like they have independence, so let them choose what they want for breakfast – from options that are simple to prepare and healthy, of course!

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