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Your toddler’s development: 21 months

This month, you may notice your 21-month-old is:

Making structures out of toys or blocks
Showing good signs of bladder control
Identifying pictures by pointing
Walking down stairs with some assistance
Opening and closing doors

Soothing children is as basic, and essential a part of parenting, as giving sustenance. In order to bloom, a child needs ample amounts of both. Much of the comfort comes instinctively – in the form of a quick hug, a touch of the lips, or the wiping away of a few tears and usually that’s enough to get a toddler who’s taken a tumble, to toddle off happily.

But sometimes that kiss alone won’t make it better, sometimes you’ll need to put a little extra time, effort and thought into the comforting of your child, particularly as he or she grows older and his needs become more complex.

Nutritional tips

If your toddler still refuses to eat anything colourful, don’t worry. Remember it’s perfectly normal for kids to know what they like and stick to it, but it is important to try lots of different fruits and vegetables until you find one they like. But if you are afraid that your toddler still isn’t getting enough nutrients, a multi-vitamin chew can help. 

Fun activities

What colour is it today? In the morning, choose a “colour of the day” together with your toddler. Help them choose a colour by showing them three choices such as yellow, blue and red.

For example, on a red day, choose red clothes to wear, drink from a red cup only, eat red foods alongside the normal ones, such as strawberries or jam, find red toys from the toy box, and when outside, play I Spy to find things that are red! This game is even more fun when you join in – so go on, wear something colourful today.

As always, we would love to hear your opinions. Please leave a comment below.

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


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