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Your Toddler This Week:

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twenty months old baby is a child in every sense. He/she would show excellent communication skills along with locomotion. A child of this age is often the centre of attraction at social events and community gatherings. Also, since school is not far now, it may be helpful to give your child some preliminary idea regarding the same. A preschool may help in this regard. Another trait can be development of fears, which is the result of being highly imaginative at this age and unable to understand what is safe and what is not. Aggression may also develop at this age.

Developments Most Toddlers can do:

  • Twenty months is a lot of time for your toddler to develop his/her speech properly. Therefore, he/she should be able to carry out vocal communication with relative dexterity. Apart from the essential words, he/she can be expected to have a vocabulary that totals almost 50 words or more.
  • Pronunciation can be expected to undergo vast developments, with your toddler managing certain syllables that were difficult to pronounce a few months back.
  • Toddler may be able to identify and distinguish the basic colours. Games such as matching the lids with the colour of the containers would be accomplished without much difficulty.
  • Toddler can be expected to use a cycle without much difficulty.
  • The energy of a twenty months old child would make him/her move around a lot.
  • At twenty months, a toddler is still learning from the world around him. He/she may touch dangerous objects such as wires or chemicals. At times, a bitter experience would be instilled in his/her mind and he/she would remember to avoid that thing from then on. A lasting memory develops profusely around this time.
  • Activities such as going to the toilet and eating without help are often regular for toddler of this age.
  • If both the parents are working the you can consider sending toddler to a crèche or a preschool. This may make it essential for the toddler to manage him/herself for the times when his/her parents are away.
  • Toddler can be introduced to toddler books and interactive toys.

Developments Some Toddlers can do:

  • Climbing stairs should no longer be an issue for some children. He/she would be able to climb up a flight of stairs with little support.
  • Toilet training should proceed to advanced stages by this time and toddler may even show good ability to follow an established toilet habit. Bed wetting is expected to come down rapidly from this point onwards.
  • Some toddler may even show the ability to do tasks that require some level of applications, such as the use of a spoon or learning to unbutton a shirt.

Developments Few Toddlers can do:

  • Depending on the level of aptitude and grasping capacity, some toddlers may be able to write a few letters of the English alphabet. This of course would not be without errors such as writing the letters in the opposite manner.
  • The same can be said for the numerical digits also.
  • An even fewer proportion of toddlers would be able to dictate rhymes or the English alphabet from memory.

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