TWO YEARS

DRUM - - Health - (SOURCES: BABYCENTRE.CO.UK, CEN­TRES FOR DIS­EASES CON­TROL AND PRE­VEN­TION, CHILD DE­VEL­OP­MENT IN­STI­TUTE, WEBMED)

Your child will get ex­cited when they’re with other chil­dren, and there will be signs of in­de­pen­dence as well as de­fi­ance. They will know the names of fa­mil­iar things and peo­ple and speak in sen­tences of two to four words. They’ll also be­gin to sort shapes and colours, build tow­ers of four or more blocks and start run­ning and kick­ing balls.

“Check that your child walks steadily and is able to fol­low sim­ple in­struc­tions,” Dr Züh­lke says. “They should know what to do with com­mon items such as a brush, phone, fork and spoon.”

PAR­ENT POINTERS

“Let them build with blocks, do sim­ple puz­zles, draw with thick crayons and play with play­dough,” Naeser says. “And keep sing­ing and talk­ing to your young child.”

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