Your toddler’s development: 23months
This month, you may notice your 23-month-old is:
- Naming pictures in books
- Identifying their own body parts
- Forming three- or four-word sentences
- Putting on and taking off clothing alone
- Walking down stairs unassisted
- Wanting to talk about likes and dislikes
- Starting to ask “why” to everything
A toddler’s tummy runs on a different timetable than that of an older child or adult. Asking her to hold off her dinner hour until you’re ready to eat may be asking too much. As hunger is a common generator of toddler irritability, feeding her early won’t just keep her stomach from rumbling; it can help keep her happy too.
It’s not practical to offer your toddler a choice on everything – if you did, bedtime would be out the window, and there would be no sign of their five-a-day! But it is realistic and desirable, to give your toddler choices when possible.
Not only is early practice in decision making essential preparation for life in the real world, where options await us at every turn, but it’s important now, for your toddler’s self esteem. When offering choices, avoid overloading them with too many – the choice between a red t-shirt or a blue one, a ham sandwich or a cheese one, are perfect examples of simple choices that your toddler can make.
Your toddler should be having six drinks of fluid on a normal day. Water and milk are the best drinks for your toddler. If you do give a small amount of unsweetened pure fruit juice, try diluting it one part juice to 4-5 parts water. Fruit drinks, juices, fizzy drinks, squashes, tea and coffee should be avoided.
Have some fun in the kitchen! Toddlers love to pour and scoop and you have the correct tools for great play right there in your kitchen. Gather together a selection of bowls, spoons, strainers, potato mashers, jugs and anything else you like. Give your child some added inspiration by adding uncooked pasta, rice or red lentils to play with as well. You can also add another fun dimension to this play by allowing water as well (just a little!) as this will really enhance the pouring process!
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Read on for what to expect in the coming month: 24 months !!