The baby is a toddler
now, walking and running well, climbing stairs, and riding a tricycle.
She will enjoy the playground where she can ride and climb. Her energy
will put her in danger, so close supervision is a necessity. She is able
to drink from a cup with one hand and eat finger foods by herself.
Toilet training should
begin at this stage and is made easier by the toddler now wanting to be
dry and clean. Not all children are ready for toilet training at the
same stage of development so do not force it or use negative
The two-year-old will
become very protective of her things and will not share for fear of not
getting them back. Sleep problems are common as she relives fears and
anxieties of the daily events. Encourage her growing independence by not
intervening when the child wakes at night, but let her learn that she
can settle back down by herself.
The toddler will
understand and test your authority as she learns to make choices and
take control over her world. She likes to be with children her age but
has trouble with the concept of playing together. Her quest for
independence will show itself in doing the opposite of what she is told.
The “terrible twos” are known for their temper tantrums and violent
emotions. She will have a sense of humor and will play tricks. She will
also have a fear of separation.
The child at this
stage begins to speak in short sentences with an increased vocabulary of
200 to 400 words along with the use of plurals and verbs. She’ll spend a
great deal of time sorting as a play activity as she begins to
understand categories. The toddler will now enjoy anything with
switches, buttons or knobs, and will enjoy building towers.