Have you ever wondered about your growing toddler? Have you asked yourself what milestones your child should reach by the age of two? Your child is the most interesting person on the planet, functioning as a curious scientist with tons of personality. Your child is going through so many different life experiences and changes that sometimes it can become overwhelming to the parent. You may find yourself having moments of frustration, guilt, happiness, and endless love when dealing with a feisty two year old. However some of the major milestones appear in the toddler’s speech. A toddler’s speech at 26 months is clear enough for strangers to understand; and it is possible for toddlers to speak in multiple sentences with four or more words. They also start to recognize gender. Your toddler will begin to notice the difference between boys and girls.
Researchers say there are 25 words all toddlers should know: Mommy, Daddy, baby, milk, juice, hello, bye-bye, yes, no, dog, cat, ball, nose, eye, banana, cookie,car, hot, thank-you, bath, shoe, hat, book, more, all gone. Your child’s intellect continues to crave and receive information as she reads, solves problems, and plays. She is constantly processing information. With every discovery, and every concept understood, she makes meaningful connections to the world around her.
The growing toddler never seems to slow down, and she is in constant activity everyday. There is just too much for her to do, to much for her to learn and discover because she has to get stuff done. The busy toddler has Ther toys to be carried, balls to kick, jumps to practice, dancing to do, and art to create. As the parent it is very exciting to see your toddler take a marker to a piece of paper and create a collage of scribbles, circles, and lines, switching hands along the way. The collection of coloring books, crayons, and pencil boxes are perfect for this little scientist as she is discovering the world around her. If you terminate your toddler’s activity without letting her finish, you are most likely going to witness an unbelievable meltdown, which will provoke to toddler to hit, fight, kick, pinch, or bite.
Your toddler may respond to various forms of discipline and rewards to help calm the toddler down during a melt down situation. The toddler may respond to a moment in time out, toys that are her favorites are given to her to help the calming down process go smoothly, and playtime is more regulated to alleviate the possibility of injury to herself and others. The reward system is a great way to achieve balance with your toddler. You can reward her with playful stickers that symbolize the completion of basic tasks: putting away her snacks, going to the potty, being gentle with her toys, playing well with others, and saying please and thank you when receiving items such as food and clothing. The busy toddler has most control over playtime, and this is a special place for growth to take place in her wonderful life.
Potty Training is the rites of passage for many toddlers. The day that they release themselves from the bondage of diapers and pull ups and emerge into the amazing world of the potty. You have celebrations for the accomplishments of your toddler and the “potty dance,” is a great reward for your toddler with enthusiastic “high fives,” for a job well done. The busy toddler has the ability to attend daycare, or attend early childhood preparation programs with this new found independence of being able to go to the potty without the help of Mom or Dad. The toddler is able to pick out their favorite pair of underwear during this special time of transition and growth from baby to toddler. Potty training is that true moment when parents have reached a milestone that will help the entire family develop, at the same time the dynamics in the family change towards more independence for parents, siblings, and the toddler. Potty training is that time in the busy toddler’s life where they have the capability to feel more successful with daily simple tasks as a determined person reaching a huge life changing goal.
6 Basic steps for Potty Training
1. When your child is ready to start, take your child into the bathroom with you, and talk about what you are doing.
2. Have your child go to the bathroom with the gender specific parent, so that she can learn the proper mechanics of toileting. Provide your child with her own potty, low to the ground so her feet touch the floor. You can put the potty chair anywhere other than the bathroom, wherever the child feels comfortable the playroom or child’s bedroom too.
3. Place your child on the potty seat the same time each day so this becomes part of the daily routine.
4. Ask your child regularly if she has to go to the potty, and encourage her to tell you if she does.
5. When your child goes to the potty be sure to reward her with praise, hugs, and putting stickers on a reward calendar. When your child is successful at potty training consider dressing her in underwear so that she becomes more aware of being wet and dry.
6. Continue toilet training even if you go on outings, and avoid giving her fluids before bedtime, and make sure that uses the toilet before bedtime so that she is likely to wet her bed.
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