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2 years 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 form simple sentences.
  • “Why?” is their favourite question.
  • Spatial and time differences are starting to make sense.
  • Tantrums. More tantrums.
  • You have a two-year-old!
How your toddler is developing:
Welcome to the terrible twos… They’re not actually that terrible, don’t worry. While your toddler might be asserting their independence a lot lately, they’re also real characters and such fun to be around. Your child now has a vocabulary of around 50 to 75 words and is getting better at talking. They’ll slowly start putting together very simple verb-noun sentences of two or three words, like “want juice” or “mom gone”.

Two-year-olds like to ask “why?” a lot. This is probably not news to you! They are learning about the world and asking why is a simple way of getting more information. At around two years, your toddler can begin to understand differences in time (now and later), in space (on top and underneath) and in amount (more and less). Their brain is getting better at understanding abstract concepts.

Tips for you this month:
When you’re reading with your toddler, try to make it an interactive experience – ask them to point out characters in the pictures and ask questions as you turn the pages. It will help develop your child’s speech. Don’t push them to say more than they are ready to, and don’t correct them. This is a learning experience, and there are no wrong answers.

Your house might start feeling like it’s overflowing with toddler debris: toys can get everywhere! It’s a good idea to have proper storage in place and restrict the number of toys your toddler has access to at a time. If you find your child is clambering over the side of the crib at night, it might be time to move to a real bed bed. You can buy toddler beds that are low to the ground and easy to get in and out of.

This month’s To Do list:
  • Find an effective way to store the child-clutter.
  • Buy some fun sheets for your toddler’s bed.
  • Get some new books that both you and your child will enjoy.
If you have 5 minutes… Mom’s top tip.
If you find the endless list of “Why?” questions too exhausting, try turning the question around by asking, “Why do you think it’s like that?” Perhaps you can give some added information to give them a clue to the answer – if nothing else, it might delay the next question!

Curious about next month? 
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