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Baby Calendar Month 24

|23, May 2011


Baby Development

Your child has grown so much. In the last year physically you can expect your child to have gotten taller, probably in the range of 3 to 5 inches and the same amount of weight in pounds. Your toddler's vocabulary is most likely between 50 and 100 words. Boys tend to talk a little less and later than girls on average.

Your toddler probably tries to negotiate stairs alone and usually by a combination of walking and scooting. He can most likely open and close a door now too. This skill set is enough to set a parent's nerves on edge and require more extensive baby proofing activity.

Fine motor skills are becoming more refined. Expect your little one to stack a tower of blocks 3 to 6 high and some clumsy attempts as self-dressing.

Remember she does not need to look like a child model at home. Let her enjoy her success and let her wear the mismatched outfit proudly around the house.

Two years is often when parents introduce potty training. Don't push it by the calendar if your child is resistant or isn't showing signs of readiness, like showing an awareness of when he needs to go to the bathroom, an ability to stay dry for extended periods and an interest in the potty.

10 Steps to Successful Potty Training

Nutritional Needs

After age two, parents can adopt a lower fat diet for their toddlers. Whole milk can be switched to 2 or 1 percent now. Children who are not milk drinkers may be deficient in calcium. Other common areas that children don't get enough nutrients in include iron, vitamin C, A, B6, and folic acid. If your water is not fluoridated consider supplements.

A variety of healthy foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables and lean meats will insure a healthy diets but reality is that often toddlers become resistant to all kinds of foods or stuck on a handful of favorites. If this occurs, just keep offering the nutritious foods and encourage your child to at least try a bite or two.

Back Up Your Child's Diet With Vitamins
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Well Child Visit

At this visit, your child's vitals will be checked and growth checked. The pediatrician will likely ask questions about your child's fine and gross motor skills, language and social development and sleeping and eating habits. Don't hesitate to ask any questions about your child's health, diet or development. You should definitely follow up on any advice and any concerns you may have. If your child seems to be losing skills or lagging significantly behind peers in any area of development, ask your child's physician to do a developmental assessment.

Tips for Mom and Dad

As your child turns two this is an excellent time to introduce your child to new responsibilities and limits as well as opportunities. Give your child chances to socialize with other young children, but realize much of their play will still be side-by-side rather than truly interactive. Don't push a shy child to become an extrovert as you will overwhelm him and possibly make him retreat further. Rather model confidence and friendliness and provide opportunities for him to socialize without pressure.

Playground outings, visits to places where the play is open will be better than one on one play dates for some toddlers. Watch your child for signs of anxiety or frustration and intervene before a crisis or tantrum occurs.

Give your toddler chances to do chores, such as unloading silverware from the dishwasher, or washing off his play table, or sorting laundry with you. Gradually increasing a child's responsibilities is likely to be more successful than sudden chores at five years of age. Also, allow your child increasing chances to make choices. Limit her options to two or three in the beginning as not to overwhelm the toddler.

Remember that toddlers can seem tyrannical at times due to their inflexibility in regards to routines. If you always cut grilled cheese into triangles, don't offer an open face sandwich and expect it to go over well. Keep things to a regular schedule and routine when possible. Don't expect flexibility from two-year olds, it's not in their repertoire.

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