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Your toddler’s development: 20 months

This month, you may notice your 20-month-old is:

Taking off clothes without help
Pretending to ‘feed’ a doll
Running well
Enjoying helping around the house
Showing better signs of bladder control
Walking up and down stairs with a little help

Midway through the second year, most toddlers are focusing on ‘now’. Past and future are still beyond their comprehension. ‘Now’ is when they want lunch, want Mummy to come home, want to go out, want to get to Granny’s house. But as the second birthday approaches, there’s a big jump and toddlers begin to understand when you say ‘soon’ or ‘later’.

The days of the week will be easier to communicate to your toddler if he associates each with a particular activity. On Monday we have playgroup. On Tuesday we go to the library. On Wednesday we go swimming. Anything further than the following day is difficult for a toddler to understand – so be careful about getting him excited for something that won’t happen for several weeks or months (eg, Christmas, a holiday, etc).

Nutritional tips

Between ages 1-3, a toddler gains a staggering 40% in height and weight and a significant amount of brain and organ development occurs. The recent Irish National Pre-school Nutrition Survey (NPNS) also found that almost one quarter of Irish toddlers were overweight, almost one quarter of one-year-olds had inadequate intakes of iron, and the majority of Irish toddlers were not getting enough vitamin D from their diet. 

Fun activities

Go on a treasure hunt! Spend some time hiding five or six ‘treasures’ either in the garden or around the house. Hang something dangly and shiny like a ribbon near the hidden items as clues to the whereabouts. Send your toddler out hunting with various props like a basket, a pair of binoculars or a magnifying glass to add to the adventure. You could give hints, or say ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ to let them know just how close to a hidden treasure they are!

Do you play any fun games with your toddler? We would love you to share any tips below! 

Read on for what to expect in the coming months: 21 months/22 months/23 months/24 months


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