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Your Baby at 24 Months: What to Expect

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When it comes to baby development and growth, every parent needs to remember that there is no such thing as a standard, “normal” pattern. This is especially true for a baby at two years old. Firmly rooted in her unique toddler phase, you may notice that your two-year-old is very much progressing at her own individual pace. However, knowing what to look for and expect when monitoring baby growth and milestones can help provide parents with a little reassurance. At this point in her development, she may begin to:

  • String together sentences using three (or more) words

  • Successfully pedal a tricycle

  • Amuse herself with singing/talking

toddler playing with a toy doll

Additionally, many parents of a baby at two years notice a distinctive trend in social engagement during this time. It’s no secret that toddler-hood is often marked with a new found sense of independence...sometimes. It’s not uncommon for children at this phase of their baby development to have varying moments of fierce independence followed (often quickly!) by times of clinginess and parental attachment.

Fear: A Common Characteristic During This Stage of Baby Growth

You may begin to notice that your two-year-old begins to demonstrate fear over various things and events. Suddenly, he may start acting frightened over perceived “monsters” as well as things such as insects, various animals, and even the dark during bedtime. While this type of behavior is perfectly appropriate for this age, parents still want to help their child transition out of this fearful pattern as quickly as possible. The best way to manage a fear-based response from your child is to calmly, consistently, and positively reassure her while simultaneously directing her attention elsewhere.

Interacting with Your Baby at Two Years

Looking for some fun, effective ways to engage with your child as well as help stimulate baby growth and development? Physical activities can be a great outlet for you both. Climbing, running, and jumping can help strengthen motor skills and help them develop a lifelong love of movement.

Additionally, your two-year-old may be ready to start communicating his personal feelings and emotions. The next time your toddler melts down, encourage her to use words to express herself. The more effectively a child communicates, the less likely she is to throw a tantrum or have other emotional outbursts.

Finally, this phase of baby development is an ideal time for imaginative play. Encourage lots of “make-believe” activities using dolls, stuffed animals, and other toys. These games of pretend play can enrich your child’s cognitive growth and development as well as strengthen his own distinctive creative capabilities.

Effectively Engaging with a Child Who Won’t Listen

Feel like your toddler has a severe case of the “terrible twos”? You’re certainly not alone; many parents of two-year-olds acknowledge that sometimes their children simply won’t listen. One proven way to get their attention? Get down to their level and make eye contact when speaking with them. Not only will this tactic get their attention, but it also helps your little one focus on tone and inflection to ensure that you can quickly get your point across.

 
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