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Your toddler’s development: 22months

This month, you may notice your 22-month-old is:

Imitating others’ behaviour
Showing an interest in jigsaws
Identifying several parts of body
Walking down stairs with a little help
Putting on and taking off clothing alone
Starting to understand opposites (high and low, up and down, etc.)
Forming three- or four-word sentences

The baby changing bag that has most likely been attached to you since your baby was born, is due for a revamp. Your toddler is more active and possibly embarking on toilet training, so the bag’s needs have changed.

Now it is time to include nappies or an extra few pairs of pants, wipes for convenient hand washing, some tissues, a change of clothes (possibly two pairs of bottoms if potty training), some plastic bags for nappy disposal or carrying home wet clothes, as well as a selection of portable distractions (books, a small box of crayons and a notepad, a stuffed toy, doll, truck or other favourite toy).

Learning to share

To a toddler, there is no ‘yours’, ‘mine’ and ‘ours’, there is only ‘mine’. Just beginning to grasp the concept of possession, your toddler has not yet grasped that it can apply to others. Not only do toddlers label ‘mine’ those things that actually belong to others, even things that are supposed to belong to everyone (the train, the playground, the trees, etc) may be viewed possessively. ‘Mine’ is for now the toddler’s favourite word. Most children understand owning by the second half of the second year, but don’t learn to share fully until they are three or four.

Nutritional tips

If you have fussy eater in your house, sneaking in fruits is a little easier to do than veggies because of their sweet taste, but even still, many toddlers flat out refuse fruits of any kind. If your child isn’t keen on apples or pears, try sneaking fruit into smoothies.

Yoghurt is also a great way to help meet their daily dietary needs. If they don’t like yoghurt the old fashioned way, you can try freezing it to make it more like an ice lolly; however, make sure to watch your child closely while eating frozen yoghurts, as they don’t melt as fast as normal ice lollies and can become a choking hazard. 

Fun activities

Have a meal at the best cafe in town! Toddlers love to play pretend, and its even more fun when they are in charge! Gather together your cafe props – a menu, plastic plates and cups, etc. Help your toddler fold the napkins, set the table and help her ‘write’ your order before ‘cooking’ you up a storm!

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

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


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