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Your toddler’s development: 24months

This month, you may notice that your 24-month-old is:

  • Naming at least five or more parts of their own body
  • Forming three or four word sentences
  • Walking down stairs unassisted
  • Talking about themselves
  • Starting to ask “why” to everything
  • Enjoying singing and jumping

Two-year-olds are full of beans and also mentally way ahead of where they were even just a few months ago. They remember much more and their imaginations are more abundant, their play is creative, not just copying what they’ve seen or heard.

Your toddler’s emotional development

Between the ages of two and three, your child will begin to show empathetic behaviour without prompting, for example, she might spontaneously comfort a crying friend. Use lots of ‘expressive’ praise if you see her being kind, rather than just saying “well done”. Descriptive praise means explaining how your toddler’s actions have given pleasure to others, for example: “I’m really glad that you shared your book with Sam. See how much he likes it!” This will fill your toddler with pride.

Is it time for potty training?

If your little one is showing three of the following signs, it’s probably time to start potty training.

  • Dry for two hours or more, and/or dry after a nap?
  • Uncomfortable in wet nappies?
  • Asking to use the potty or toilet?
  • Pooing regularly and predictably?
  • Asking if he can wear potty training pants?
  • Able to follow simple instructions?
  • Capable of pulling his own pants up and down?

Nutritional tips

Why is iron so important for your toddler? It is a key nutrient throughout a toddler’s development and plays a vital role in healthy brain development. Ensuring your toddler gets just 8mg a day of iron (RDA for toddlers) could help them develop to their full potential as teenagers and adults. Maybe their dream of becoming an astronaut or a zoo keeper won’t seem so out of reach! 

Fun activities

Make your match! Using several colourful pairs of socks, blocks or cards, ask your toddler to match the correct colours by placing all the red ones in a pile, then all the black ones and so on. It’s a fun way to help your toddler develop reasoning skills, and a great way to get your laundry organised!

Can you believe you have a 2 year old?! Let us know how you're getting on!

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