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2 years 8 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 put together a simple puzzle.
  • May start asking questions about where babies come from.
  • Making friends (sometimes imaginary ones).
  • Discussing a new baby with your toddler.
How your toddler is developing:
If you have a nice big puzzle your child will be able to put it together by associating the colours and shapes. This can be a fun game to play together, as long as you let them do the puzzle themselves and affirm how clever they are as they figure out each step.

Some toddlers are very outgoing and others are more timid. Shy children often grow out of their timid behaviour, and it’s nothing to worry about. Some children just prefer to play alone – it doesn’t mean they are anti-social. Many toddlers have imaginary friends, especially those who are very creative. Children with imaginary friends have good vocabularies because they often boss their friend around and explain the world to them. 

Toddlers can now develop curiosity in their own origins. They may ask questions like “where do babies come from?” – especially if you are having another baby. You can be honest with your child without going in to too much detail. Honesty saves awkward explanations later: simply tell them that babies grow inside Mom, and that only big people can grow babies.

Tips for you this month:
If you are pregnant again or thinking of having another baby, it’s a good idea to talk about it with your toddler. They may not listen or be very interested until the sibling arrives, but early conversations can make it less of a surprise when the baby comes home. If your child has an imaginary friend you can use this friend as an ally – invite the friend to meals, lay them a place and praise them for eating all their vegetables.

This month’s To Do list:
  • Buy some educational puzzles.
  • Make sure your toddler is in the right car seat for their size.
  • Go on a day trip with your partner and your toddler.
If you have 5 minutes… Mom’s top tip.
Any time you see your child sharing with someone – whether it’s food, toys, or just letting someone else have a turn at something – be sure to compliment them on how good they are at sharing. This will encourage future positive behaviour.

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