Even though you might be interested in getting your child involved with other children her own age, she is most interested in you and her own things. She enjoys playing and interacting with you and other close caregivers the most. If there is another child that your child is exposed to often, she will develop a friendship. You will even notice that your child fusses and fights less with the familiar child than she does when exposed to strangers. Play is the main way that children learn and develop new skills. You can encourage your child to play with other children, but never force her to do so if she is not interested. During playtime with other children, have 2-3 duplicate items on hand to decrease the chances of fighting. At this age, children do push and poke each other to say hello. Show her how to be gentle, caring and sensitive to the feelings of other children.
Most parents of toddlers this age notice that children tend to `act up` and be on their worst behavior when they really want them to be on their best behavior. Learning how to deal with your child's behavior, and even prevent naughty behavior is important. You should be reasonable in your expectations. Everyone knows that children this age do not have long attention spans, do not like to share and often have a hard time sitting still. Therefore, a trip to the library for storytime should be kept short. Playtime with friends needs to be carefully monitored and again, should be kept to a shorter time frame. Prepare your child before you go out by telling them where you are going and how you want them to behave. If he needs to be quiet in the library, tell him so. If you are going somewhere that he might get bored, tired or hungry-prepare for that. Take a snack or a few toys with you. Praise your child for positive behavior and if you see that he is not behaving properly, pull him aside and remind him quietly of how he supposed to act and what the consequences are.
Your child's language skills are really taking off! At this point she can say approximately 20 words. She still enjoys reading books, singing songs and saying nursery rhymes. Even though your child tries to follow directions, remember to keep any directions simple and clear. If you want her to pick up her toys, take them to her room, get her teddy bear and get ready for bed, tell her one command at a time. If you give too may instructions at one time, she will get confused and frustrated. Although she really does want to please you and other caregivers, sometimes she will refuse to do what you have asked her to do.
Your child is becoming more and more independent. As long as you have showed your toddler the proper way of doing so, he can wash and dry his hands after using the restroom, playing outside or before a meal. Children need to be shown how to properly wash their hands so that germs are limited. Your toddler can hold a cup and drink from it. If the cup does not have a lid on it, be prepared for some spills. Children this age still need to learn how far they must tip the cup to drink from it. You may also notice that he can put his own shoes on his feet. He may occasionally put his shoes on the wrong feet and he can not tie the shoelaces yet.
Developmental Milestones - 21 Months OldPhysical
- Can walk upstairs with both feet on step
- Likes to run
- Still likes to climb
- Enjoys dancing
- Tries to jump
- Can say about 20 words
- Tries to follow directions
- Enjoys reading, but may tear the pages
- Likes tiny objects
- Can recognize and name people from photographs
- Can put together a simple 3-4 piece puzzle
- Can wash and dry hands
Age Appropriate Toys
- Becoming less self centered
- Beginning to enjoy other children
- Parents are still favourites
- Stingy and selfish sometimes
- Knows what is his and what is not
Comments:Comments 1-25 of about 7233 for month 21
- Climbing toys
- Stringing beads
- Shape sorters
- Art supplies
- Outside toys
- Musical toys
- Interactive educational toys
- Pretend pla
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- Saturday, 9 Feb
lol erica I am a little better nausea wise. I AM however throwing up at least once a day. still less than last time, but I am officially in the clutches of what we call morning sickness. lol. I am tired all of the time even when I know I have had enough sleep and I just want to eat gaucamole all the time. I have not succumbed but still lol. I also want to eat freaking sushi. I remember that being one of the things we had to stay away from. :( and plus every time I eat rice I most definitely puke. I tried to go to the weekly side again, but I am not feeling it. The other day I realized I was 8 weeks and I did not even know when I turned it!! This pregnancy is definitely different. lol Prob cause I have a little sweetheart monster running circles around me. lolbellablue
- Thursday, 7 Feb
lots of snow heading our way yikes! 20 inch
- Tuesday, 5 Feb
soquiet booooo lolbellablue
- Friday, 1 Feb
ginger ale helped me alot never drink soda but the ginge rin it sooths the stomach feel great now 12 weeks today! Arianna is doing great to little cutie lollillianshappymommy
- Tuesday, 29 Jan
Thank you I def will cause I cannot take this anymore!! ughughProud Mommy of a Son!!!
- Monday, 28 Jan
lillianshappymommy-I got the best meds that is fine to take while pregnant. can't remember right now but call your ob ask for anti-nausea meds. They have dissolve kind or a pill. lillianshappymommy
- Sunday, 27 Jan
I wish I was throwing up! lol It would be so much better than this constant wanting to (or feeling like I have to) all the time! Ugh lol I hope it does not last long, but of course it will. lol bellablue
- Sunday, 27 Jan
i hear ya hun i never had this with Arianna i was nauseas and throwing up with this one from 6-10 weeks hang in there hun xxlillianshappymommy
- Saturday, 26 Jan
:( soooo sick ladies! I do not know if I can take feeling nauseous all day every day any more! At least with lilly I threw up and that was that. this is killing me! ugh. And I am so tired and have no appetite. :/ Still in shock number two is coming!
- Thursday, 17 Jan
21 months i can not believe it wow time flown hope all r wellProud Mommy of a Son!!!
- Sunday, 13 Jan
nickknack04- I was on Depo for 8yrs and took me 1year and one loss of a lil bean to get pregnant on depo. I had to no side effects from it. I am not allow to be on depo anymore due to the fact i was on it for long time. Glad to hear your doing better.
- Wednesday, 9 Jan
21 months today and she is already doing everything and then some that this page says she should be doing. It is so cute watching her jump. Usually she is doing it to music. Amazing how well she keeps the rhythm! lolnickknack04
- Monday, 8 Oct
I am sorry that i have not been on here in awhile but alot has happened since I had my Logan. We had to move like three times in a year. first place we couldnt afford it. 2nd place was with some inlaws and that didnt work out and so we ended up finally moving with my mother. I am going to school to be an Medical Clinical Assistant. So that is really hard with taking care of my little one and doing homework lol. I ended up getting pregnant when Logan was almost 11 months old but i ended up loosing the little one when i was only 12 weeks. So yeah ive been having a hard time with that. I got the depo for only 3 months to give my body time to heal and i didnt have my period until august so that was like 8 months of not having one. but i think im back on track now since ive only had 2. Can you ladies give me any advice about the depo... were yall ever on it before and how long was it until you could get pregnant. I am just wondering cause i do want another baby, but i know i need to wait until i graduate sometime in july. Its good to see you girls again.
- Thursday, 4 Oct
Hey all! Just wanted to pop in and see if anyone was still around, still posting. When we were all pregnant back in 2010, I had those really bad migraines and was in the hospital for them. Turns out I had a brain tumor in my right temporal lobe. Had a craniotomy in August 2011, when my little peanut was only 8 months old. Things are starting to calm down now from all of that, and I was thinking of babies again. :) Anyone pregnant?ravenmoon
- Wednesday, 19 Sep
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- Thursday, 2 Aug
Hey ladies I haven't posted in a while. Sorry! I can't believe how fast this two years has gone! We just found out that we are pregnant with number 2! I am terrified and so excited. Due April 10th. I hope everyone is doing well and I will try to be on more often. :)Kathleen112
- Sunday, 29 Jul
Come post in 22 months with us. :-)kashsmommy
- Friday, 27 Jul
I appreciate your cooperation lmao!!!!!! You crack me up!Kathleen112
- Thursday, 26 Jul
Haha Kash...sorry. Won't happen again on this PREGNANCY site lol.kashsmommy
- Thursday, 26 Jul
All this talk about having another baby and seeing the pregnant girl in the ad up top is seriously giving me baby fever!!!! So all baby talk must come to a screeching halt!!! Lol ;)Kathleen112
- Thursday, 26 Jul
Ugh Hopeful. It definitely sounds like you're the mature one in this situation, not an easy position to be in. It's easy enough to say 'I picture us growing old together' but when you're fundamentally not well matched for one another why make yourselves miserable by staying together? It's not like you haven't given this a decent shot. I'm sure few relationships would survive long distance, especially when there's no end in sight. I'm a little older than you, I'll be 34 in January. I hear what you're saying but you just never know where life will take you. Statistically it's wise to have my second child before I'm 35 but PLENTY of women get pregnant at 40 and beyond and give birth to perfectly healthy babies. I will certainly be reminding myself of that if it takes us longer than I expect to get pregnant. So, maybe you'll never have another child, but maybe not. hopeful29
- Thursday, 26 Jul
Sorry to hear Kathleen I hope that your grandmother is able to go home. As far as having #2 I'm sure it will go great. Many people have told me going from 1 to 2 is somewhat exhausting but a lot easier then the first time around. But as far as number 3 I heard thats a whole new ball game but Cupcakes or Ruby would have to fill us in on that one!!! I'm guessing I will not have another now, the last thought is being in another relationship and I am also 32 and don't want kids after 35. So I think that ship has sailed. Troy and I had another blow out last night, just confirms for me that I'm making the right choice. Then after he calmed down etc he started saying he has hope for us and all that jazz...ummm hope all you want buds I'm done. I think he thinks this is all just going to go away and as he texted me last night right before bed 'hI picture us growing old together' but don't forget this is after he was being a complete asshole earlier in the evening. ARGG whatever. Needless to say I slept like shit and had weird dreams about Troy stocking me and me hooking back up with my ex (not the last one the one I lost my virginity to once upon a time) lol. It was weird. Anyways I was up every few hours. Hopefully Keira has a good day and isnt cranky tonight cause I need a break. Oh and I told him he needs to talk to his girls before coming and he said 'you are making all the decsions you tell them.' REally??? They are his girls and he can't even step up to explain that we aren't together anymore. Why am I surprised since his 12 year old still doesn't know that she isn't biologically his and keeps saying Keira looks like her...they aren't related...obv I would always consider her Keira's sister but there is no blood relationship like with his other daughter. So now I'm going to have to tell them....awesomeKathleen112
- Wednesday, 25 Jul
Sorry I've been MIA ladies. I was up in NY all weekend...grandma is in the hospital. Her body simply cannot handle the chemotherapy and I'm actually hoping the oncologist tells her it's time to stop before they put her through this madness again. If it were going to save her life that would be one thing but I know it won't and I'd rather see her live out her last days/months comfortably at home instead of in a hospital bed feeling awful. The one bright spot of the weekend since I was in NY anyway I visited both my 5 month old niece and my brand new baby cousin, only a week old!! I forgot what it was like to have tiny babies...it's a lot of work! Lol. Not sure if I'm ready to put myself through that again with a toddler in the mix but hubby and I talked last night and we will probably start trying in the next few months. He's as unenthusiastic as I am...I just want to have our second before I'm 35 and I'll be 34 in January. Who knows if we'll conceive as easily this time as last (it took some of my closest friends as long as two years to conceive a second baby despite having no problems conceiving number one) so better start trying sooner rather than later. But I'm definitely nervous. On that note, to answer your question Soon2crazy a few of the women in our group have had babies since our LOs were born but none of them post on here regularly. I think no matter when you have a second it's going to be challenging. I think it's very possible you'll experience jealousy issues from your older child but I think that'll be true if my son is 3 or even 4 when I have another. I heard sibling rivalry explained like this once and it made a lot of sense to me: imagine your husband comes home one night and says 'honey, you've been such an amazing wife I've decided to take on another!' How would you feel? There's gonna be jealousy no doubt and fighting but also a heck of a lot of love and companionship in the end for your older child. Congrats on your pregnancy! ***Kash--sorry Cole is so sick. :-( Hope he starts to feel better very soon, love! ***Hopeful--I feel for you with Troy's upcoming trip, that's going to be awkward especially with the older girls around. I don't think it's at all selfish to want Troy's attention focused on Keira but also hear you that the girls don't get to see Keira often either. It shows what a good person you are to be considerate of them despite the fact that you're splitting from their father. Have you decided to move forward with a divorce? What's the plan for work once your military service is complete? ***Frances--I haven't given a single thought to potty training yet, bravo to any of you who are trying it. I guess I'm going to start reading up on it but honestly don't plan to start with him for maybe when he's 2 1/2 or so. My son seems to have no problem at all walking around in a dirty diaper and wakes up every time with a soaked diaper so I could be wrong but I'm not seeing any signs of readiness. I do know from watching my friends go through it that it's a very long process (my friend's 4 year old still has occasional nighttime accidents) and I'm going to wait till I'm sure he's ready before I push the issue. ***Samantha--glad you were able to get your name changed, I know that was important to you. Good to hear your LO is saying more words! He sounds like he's doing great. SamanthaRabie
- Wednesday, 25 Jul
Hi Ladies i changed my profile name finally!! (Samirah) sorry to hear your baby was sick Kashmom hope cole is doing well now! sorry was a struggle to change my password and my profile name..but thank goodness its all done now...
Momo is doing great (still no word from his dad-and i am relieved-maybe soon i will never ever have to worry about him) well momo is starting to say lil words more often like kiss, car truck and our names around the house-he just cant get to pronouncing my brothers name Craig or even ''boeta'but im sure he will get there..hope all else is well still have a while to catch up on so give me a day or so to get updated..hope you all have a super day!!chelsealee
- Tuesday, 24 Jul
Hello, I saw a message to come here because there is a big gap in people talking 13 months to here. My daughter is 19 months. I haven't been on here in awhile and thought it would be great to come up here and see how the other toddlers are doing! Hazel is doing well, she's saying alot of words however throwing alot of tantrums!