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Your Growing Toddler

It seems like it was only yesterday that you heard your baby's first heartbeat, felt his first kicks and tumbles, rejoiced in his new footprints.
When it comes to growing, truly no one does it better or more quickly than toddlers. In fact, just in the womb alone, your child grew to almost one million times his original size from conception – so it’s truly no wonder that your growing wonder is still an excellent grower!

 

Walking and running

While it doesn’t seem like that long ago that he took his first wobbly steps, in only a few short months your toddler has developed the ability to walk on his own. He is also beginning to learn to run. It’s common to be clumsy at first. Even after he has grown accustomed to running free, chances are he will still run into a wall or two, or stumble now and then. This is perfectly normal and to be expected. Some kids are just naturally clumsier than others and sometimes toddlers will be so occupied with running away from a sister or brother playing chase than he will be with where he’s going!

Budding artistry

You will also begin to notice that your child has gained the ability to control his hands well enough to scribble. This also marks a milestone in his creative development. While he will not be able to draw figures or anything recognizable for quite some time scribbling will still be an enjoyable pass time for most toddlers although it may only hold his attention for a few minutes at a time.

Tippy toes!

Another fun milestone for your terrific two year old is learning to walk on his tiptoes. You may notice him doing this often. Anytime your toddler develops a new skill he will likely continue to use that skill over and over until he moves on to a new, exciting skill. The fascination with a new skill can be one of the greatest joys of parenting.

Get ready for toilet training

Some children will not be ready to potty train until three or even four years of age, but most children will begin to show signs of potty training readiness sometime during their second year. Your toddler will begin to show a healthy dislike of soiled or wet nappies (although letting you change them with ease may be a different story). They may even begin to show some quirky behaviours during this time, such as finding a hiding place to do a poo or the dreaded dirty nappy removal by themselves. This is all perfectly normal and shows a natural curiosity – remember a toddler’s main job is to figure out the world around them and this includes their bodies.

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