My current vocabulary includes at least 20 words that I can say clearly (and many more that are harder to understand), and I can also utter a few sentences , like “What’s that?” or “All gone”.
With our advanced vocabulary it certainly is a great time to introduce us to stories with a wider range of objects so we can discover new things (you already know that reading to us is one of the best ways to boost our language skills!). My parents often read to me in a way that includes ‘pausing’ – so, they can ask me questions about the book (“What is the kitty doing?”, “Where is the boy?”) as well.
I’ve been very creative these days! My parents encourage “unstructured” play, such as giving me a set of blocks to let me build towers or trains, for example, or they give me a puzzle made of just a few pieces so I can have the satisfaction of completing it all by myself!
Mimicking Adult Activities
My god-parents surprised me with the Home Depot Talking Construction Tool Belt Kit .
This construction tool belt kit is a safe, fun and educational toy set; allowing me to mimic the activities my dad does around the house! It’s also very educational because it teaches us about different types of tools and their uses. Hence, if you’re looking for an interactive learning tool that gives your tot the real feel of tackling a project with daddy – click here to purchase the Home Depot Construction Tool Belt Kit.
Scrunched-up nose? Pay attention to our cues!
Even before we start talking, we, i.e. toddlers, do tell you what we want! In fact, we are filled with cues – just pay attention and you’ll see! We are known for “making faces” – from smiling, frowning and scrunching up our noses! I certainly scrunch my nose every now and then (combined with sounds such as cooing, crying and/or grunting). We also move a lot (if you haven’t noticed it by now!); we move our bodies to reach out, turn away, push up or push down.
So, these are my cues to you! I hope you find them helpful – but now it’s your turn!
What are some cues you’ve discovered with your toddler(s)?
Pointing is a crucial speech and language development.
I’m 22 months old and I’ve discovered the power of ‘pointing’. I point and ‘talk’ about EVERYTHING. I love pointing at things and “discussing” them with my parents! You know, a very intellectual conversation in the likes of “ohhhh”, “mama-AH” and or ”babababaguhdadadadada”. Yes, I’m a pointing and babbling machine these days!
Now, you might wonder about the importance of ‘pointing’…, well, let me tell you that it certainly makes you look at what we are pointing at, am I right? So, it gets your attention. We want your attention; that is, we want you to attend to the same item of interest as we are attending to. Did you know that joint attention is a very important communication and social skill as well?
Further, researchers found that “joint attention is also associated with the depth of information processing in infants” (Striano, Chen, Cleveland, & Bradshaw, 2006). The joint attention between a child and his parents is very important, in fact, it links to IQ, self-regulation, and social competence. This being said: Please, do not discourage us from pointing – but instead be engaging! Being involved in your tots surroundings only carries benefits for your toddler, whereas if you don’t – your child might develop great difficulty learning language, participating in symbolic play and/or understanding social cues.
Our social and emotional milestones.
I am almost 2 years old, whoop! I can communicate using both words (“Milk, please!” or “Stop it!”) and gestures! I’ve been experimenting with how my ability to communicate affects my parents and nanny. Sometimes, I would yell “Stop it”, not because I really mean it, but simply because I’m interested to see how my parents/nanny respond to my order! It amuses me – truth to be told! Or I would randomly point at things and shout: “Look”! Usually this request signifies my need for their approval, for instance: My parents and I have this game where I would point at something and they go: “Great, job! What do you see”? I love it when they praise me because it gives me the confidence to keep trying new things on my own.
Other developments: Expressing love and cooperating … maybe.
Yes, I freely kiss and hug the people I love around me because I know it makes them happy. Every now and then I help “clean up” too until I get bored with that ‘game’, such as throwing trash into the garbage bin. My attention span only goes for so long…which is typical for a tot like me!
What are your adventures/experiences with your toddler?
Let’s take a plunge!
Teaching toddlers how to swim can be great fun and a good exercise for you (the parents)! But when do you start and how do you do it? I’ve got some tips that will have your tot swimming like a fish in no time!
First of all, it’s never too early to introduce us to water! My parents and I love the beach (and luckily we live close by it)! My dad does a pretty good job taking me into the lake – yet, I don’t swim by myself, of course! I’m too little still! However, he holds me tight and lets me float! Playing in the water is so much fun – it helps with our muscle development, improves our coordination and fine motor skills!
Below is my guide to help you teach your toddler to swim:
- Choose a relaxed place (i.e. not too busy) so you can focus on us only !
- To boost our confidence, hold us close, keep eye contact and talk to us (we appreciate praising too!)
- Hold us floating on our back and encourage us to kick the water (my favorite!)
- Teach us to blow bubbles in the water, this helps us learn how not to inhale all the water
NOTE: If your tot is not keen to water – please, be sure to make bath times fun, so your little one(s) will associate fun with water! That’s really important! Also don’t forget to be positive and encouraging!
Have you ever wondered how toddlers view the world? I’m 21 months old right now and I’m starting to get really curious about the world around me and how I fit into it. I don’t have the ability per se to understand anything bigger than my direct experience – but I love to explore the world! Also, I may not be able to ask my parents a million questions (yet!) but I know the day will come where I certainly will! Right now, I fill it with my own imagination which – by the way – is a wonderful place!
Below are some of my developmental milestones (age 2) on how I see the world:
- I still think that my parents know what I’m thinking (because they are my super hero’s!)
- I easily mix up reality and fantasy, so sometimes my own imagination can certainly frighten me
- Everything I see is real, what happens on TV actually happens (Elmo is real!)
You know , children and adults see the world in fundamentally different ways…but that’s not say that one’s better than the other! We just have the passion to get out there to discover the world!