2 YEARS OLD

Don’t fo­cus on the in­fa­mous “ter­ri­ble twos” stage. This year, your tod­dler will achieve lots of amaz­ing mile­stones that you’ll want to cel­e­brate, DR RICHARD C. WOOLF­SON re­minds.

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Don’t fo­cus on the in­fa­mous “ter­ri­ble twos” stage. This year, your tod­dler will achieve lots of amaz­ing mile­stones that you’ll want to cel­e­brate.

Your two-year-old is even more in­quis­i­tive than be­fore – she is in­ge­nious enough to use a chair as a step­ping-stone to climb up, and she’s dex­ter­ous enough to be able to pull a safety plug out of the elec­tric wall socket.

There are also phys­i­cal changes that oc­cur this year, too. For in­stance, she puts on ap­prox­i­mately 2.25 kg and grows about 10cm taller. Most of her 20 baby teeth have bro­ken through her gums and she munches away quite hap­pily with them.

Here are some other mile­stones of de­vel­op­ment, which oc­cur dur­ing this ex­cit­ing pe­riod in your grow­ing child’s life:

24 months

• Now that her leg mus­cles are stronger, she likes to drag a pull-along toy across the grass, or to sit astride a large toy that has foot ped­als.

• She starts to talk about her­self us­ing her name. In­stead of say­ing, for in­stance, “Want doll,” she might say, “Deb­bie want doll.”

• Give her some hats to play with, such as a toy po­lice’s hel­met and a chef’s hat. She will have great fun us­ing th­ese in her pre­tend-play.

• Your at­tempts at toi­let train­ing are prob­a­bly prov­ing to be suc­cess­ful, al­though she still needs to wear a di­a­per at night. She re­sponds well to praise for suc­cess.

• If you take note of the num­ber of words she speaks over a two-day pe­riod, you’ll dis­cover she uses at least two dozen, usu­ally in short sen­tences.

• When she sits at a ta­ble, put a small piece of soft food (the size of her fin­ger­nail) in front of her. She won’t have a prob­lem lift­ing it to her mouth.

30 months

• Your child can stand on her tip­toes for a mo­ment or two, which re­ally is quite a dif­fi­cult task, re­quir­ing good mus­cle strength and fine bal­ance.

• Give her with a lac­ing card – the type with a pic­ture on it and holes round the perime­ter – and a strong, coloured lace to thread in and out the holes. She enjoys this type of play.

• Lis­ten for per­sonal pro­nouns (for in­stance, “her”, “him”, “it”, “me”) begin­ning to ap­pear in her speech. This is linked to her in­creased abil­ity to un­der­stand sym­bol­ism.

• Your child can pick her­self out from a group photo that she is in. She may also be able to point out other peo­ple whom she knows well and tell you their names.

• She shows an in­ter­est in dress­ing her­self in the morn­ing. She still needs help, of course, but at least she’s mak­ing an ef­fort to manage on her own. • When she sees you bring out a hand­ful of small change, she may tell you that this is money. How­ever, she won’t be able to tell you names of the coins yet.

36 months

• Show your child how you can jump off the ground with your legs and feet tight to­gether on take-off and land­ing. You may find that she can jump this way.

• Whereas be­fore she gen­er­ally used only nouns (such as “ta­ble”, “bed”) and verbs (such as “went”, “eat”), she now starts to use ad­jec­tives as well (such as “big”, “good”).

• Pile small blocks in front of her (for ex­am­ple, five red blocks and five blue blocks). Then hand her a blue block and ask her to find one the same in the pile. She’ll match it.

• Her copy­ing skills have im­proved. If there is a cir­cle printed on the page, she can prob­a­bly trace it rea­son­ably well.

• By now, she is prob­a­bly able to un­dress with­out your help, with the ex­cep­tions of but­tons, zips, laces and other dif­fi­cult fas­ten­ings.

• Give her a pair of child­friendly scis­sors, which have rounded ends and big­ger han­dles. Let her try to cut a sheet of pa­per. She might manage this suc­cess­fully.

If you take a note of the num­ber of words she speaks over a two-day pe­riod, you’ll dis­cover she uses at least two dozen.

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