Develop-mental 4

I thought it was time to do a son update, as it’s been a while since I did a comparison.

Same rules apply as always, comparing it with a handy online chart.

Here we go then. This is developments for children in the range of 13 – 24 months old. Ned is currently – good god – 19 months.

 

In his second year, your toddler will grow confident on his feet: Those first wobbly steps set him on course to walk by himself, go up and down stairs, stand on his tiptoes, kick a ball, and maybe even run by the time he turns 2.

Ned basically went from crawling at 9 months, to full on bombing it sprinting at 10 months. I think there may have been a period of a week or so where he was wobbly on his feet, but I’ve forgotten in due to my mind being full of memories of me chasing my son, who has decided to practice the 100 metre sprint before I’ve manages to clamp his nappy on. He also runs on his tip toes occasionally, making him look like a graceful swan on the bottom half – sadly his flailing arms make him look like a lumbering bigfoot up top.

 

…He’ll also become quite the climber, scrambling onto sofas and chairs.

This has developed hugely in the last few months. If it can be climbed, he climbs it. We have a red tricycle in the dining room (there’s no space for it anywhere else) – it’s too big for Ned to practically use at the moment, but it does make a fantastic climbing frame. The other week, I walked in to find him standing upright on the saddle, completely oblivious to the potential danger this presents to him.

 

His language skills are growing, though he understands more than he can express. By 18 months, he can say at least several single words, and by 24 months he uses words in short phrases and sentences.

His vocabulary has increased. Ned can now say ‘Three’, bringing his counting up to an impressive ‘Wah, Two, Free’ (I believe he gets his accent from his mother) in addition to other words – ‘Bye’ is the latest amongst other important verbal nuggets such as ‘Tree’ and ‘pop’

 

He quickly picks up new words from the books you read aloud to him and from hearing everyday conversations. He can follow two-step directions, such as “Pick up your book and bring it to me.”

“Go and get daddy a book” is a phrase he understands, as is “Let’s go outside”, “Dinnertime Ned” and “Time for a bath Ned” sadly, he doesn’t yet understand “Get daddy another book because he’s sick and tired of reading the damn Night Pirates for the tenth time in a row” but I’m working on it.

 

Your toddler is starting to identify shapes and colors. He scribbles with a crayon, builds towers of four or more blocks, throws a ball, and enjoys filling and emptying containers. You might notice the first signs that indicate whether he’ll be left- or right-handed.

He’s building, throwing and filling, and has been for a few months now. Sadly, the ‘building’ is quickly followed by ‘destroying’ and no filling is complete with a good old fashioned emptying immediately afterwards.

 

Your toddler wants to do everything himself: Get his clothes on and off, feed himself with a cup and utensils, and wash his hands. “I do it!” may even be your toddler’s first phrase.

He drinks from a cup pretty well now (though still with the occasional OHSWEETJESUSITSEVERYWHERE spillage, however) and has mastered getting his shoes off, usually after we’ve spent ten minutes getting them on.

 

He might start to show interest in learning how to use a toilet. He’ll have fun imitating you by talking on a play phone, “feeding” a doll, or pretending to drive a car.

He says “Hello” (currently more like “aro”) into a phone and wears the potty as a hat.

 

Separation anxiety peaks midyear, and by 24 months he’ll be more comfortable playing alongside other children and spending time with other caregivers. Meanwhile, he’ll grow increasingly independent – and possibly defiant.

Ned’s pretty independent now – he’ll spend almost an hour playing by himself, and will happily explore on his own. He IS starting to test the boundaries of the rules – which has resulted in the occasional burst of baby anger, for example, he still doesn’t understand why he isn’t allowed to climb the television cabinet, and finds it annoying when you tell him he’s not allowed to.

So, there you have it. Neds developing.

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