Month 24

By this time, you and your child have established routines and bedtime should be an important time during the day for both you and your child. Bedtime is a great time to provide one on one, uninterrupted time to listen to your child and talk about their day. Establishing this as a nightly routine, your soothing voice will help your child get snuggled in and rest easily. You also are setting the stage for years to come, when your child wants to talk to you privately.

It is not unlikely to have noticed some changes in your child’s appetite. One day she seems like she is starving and other days she hardly eats anything at all. Your toddler may also have distinct favorites. Although it is okay to continue to serve your child her favorite foods, remember to provide a vareity of healthy foods. Offer new foods frequently and although she may reject them at first, continue serving them to her. Eventually, she will try them and possibly surprise herself with a new favorite! Just because your child has rejected the food, does not mean she does not like it. Toddlers are often scared to try new foods. Do not make a fuss if she does not eat it, just serve it again. Always offer your child the same foods that the rest of the family is eating and avoid serving different meals.

Your curious toddler may be wondering about sex at this point. Although he does not need to know the details, it is okay to answer her questions about where babies come from and differences in girls and boys. You could tell your child that babies grow in a special place in a mommy’s tummy. You may choose to tell your toddler that babies get here from both the mommy and daddy. Most of the time, your child will only ask a few questions and then their curiosity will be satisfied. Talking to your child now about these inevitable questions will make it easier for more in-depth questions later on. Teach your child the names of his/her genitals as you teach the rest of the body parts names. Do not worry if you find your child handling their genitals. It is normal for children to explore all of their body parts, genitals included, and they are finding out that it feels good. Try not to make your child feel `naughty` about this and possibly encourage them to explore in a private area-such as the bathroom or their bedroom.

Two year olds often bite, hit, pinch and kick other people. Most children will bite, hit, kick or pinch when they are angry or frustrated. When your toddler does this, tell her firmly, `No biting. Biting hurts.` Pull your child aside and explain to her that what she did hurts and that is is unacceptable. Never bite, hit, kick or pinch your child back. This will not stop the problem and it may teach your child that it is okay.

Talk with your child, rather than at him. He can understand what you say and most of the time will have interesting things to say back to you. Try to encourage your child to talk by using open-ended questions that he can comment on. Tell your child that what he said was interesting, funny or neat. Let him know that you value his opinions and thoughts.

Developmental Milestones – 24 Months Old

Physical

  • Tries to catch a ball
  • Prefers to run than walk
  • Likes to walk on low walls
  • Throws a ball well

Intellectual

  • Can name many familiar objects
  • Understands soon and is beginning to wait
  • Can ask for food and drink
  • Knows where things belong
  • Can build a tower of 8 blocks

Emotional

  • Scared of animals, trains, thunderstorms and other sounds
  • Bossy
  • May hit, slap or bite when mad
  • Defiant at times
  • Selfish- `Mine`

Age Appropriate Toys

  • Ride on toys
  • Puppets
  • Books
  • Soft modelling clay
  • Pretend play
  • Bath toys
  • Art materials
  • Dolls and stuffed animals
  • Alphabet and number toy
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  1. rubes 25 December 2015

    My uncle got me a toy for the baby, which Lilia kidnapped and took to calling 'biddy'. Shes sleeping with him right now. Have no idea how Im surposed to get her to understand its for the baby and not her.

  2. i-am-pregnant 25 December 2015

    Well Tabitha was sick again last night, j ha a streaming cold and a temperature and I've had contractions and back ache most the morning (first time ever without things progressing to labour!). Pleased not to have a Xmas day baby though, especially as I have a stinking cold too. Never the less we had a lovely day and children were all happy bunnies. :-)

  3. rubes 25 December 2015

    Ahhh Im sorry the kids are sick again. Im due tomorrow and am personally gutted I havent had a Xmas baby. No magi knocking at my door lol I thought itd be cool to have an xmas baby in conjunction to my january 1st baby!!! Guess Im not that lucky. :(

  4. rubes 25 December 2015

    Im watching Desperate Midwives, and labour is scary lmao Omg is there a possibility I could throw up in labour?????

  5. braylonsmommy 25 December 2015

    It has been forever since I have been on but I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! We are having one of Braylon's birthday parties tomorrow (we are having 2 of them since we are back home for Christmas and otherwise live 14 hours from family and friends). Braylon doesn't actually turn 2 until the 31st. Can't wait until we can celebrate (but can't believe he is almost 2)!

  6. citymami 26 December 2015

    ooo Ris and Rubes keep us posted on those babies coming, this can turn into the pregnancy page again with a few spectators lol

  7. rubes 26 December 2015

    Im still here lmao I posted a 40 week pic, and Ive evidentally gained more then I will ever admit lol but ill loose it within 2012, hopefully haha Hope everyones mellowing OK following Xmas feasts :-)

  8. rubes 26 December 2015

    LOL just looked at the pic and my arse is the same size as my bump pmsl How embarrassing!!! Haha

  9. i-am-pregnant 26 December 2015

    Tabitha sick again, me with spd and feeling crap cleaning it all up while hubby goes back to sleep saying he feels too ill to help - grrrrrrrrr and *

  10. citymami 27 December 2015

    OMG Ris Sorry sounds horrible, bet you feel like hell, hope Tabitha shakes whatever it is off asap!

  11. lilmum2002 27 December 2015

    Merry Christmas! I hope everyone had a good one! Poor Tabitha Rls I thought for sure it would be out of your house by now. We might be getting the chicken pox here :( We had a pretty good christmas I think. The kids all got along well with my brother's gf's daughter and they all played really well together. We almost had to take a trip to emerg on Christmas day since my brother decided to take Tyler down the big hill on his new gt racer and they did a flip and crashed and Tyler had a huge lump on his head. We just kept an eye on him for concussion but he seemed alright thankfully and it went right down with some ice.

  12. Bgscoobyluver 28 December 2015

    Hey ladies this is my first time posting on here but my son is 24 months and he is soooo impatient! He freaks out when I dont have his food ready when he wakes up in the morning or when he wants to go outside. Is this normal? Its like he doesnt understand no matter how many times we go through the process, sometimes Im afraid he has a problem or something. Its crazy how he acts sometimes! Oh and he wont eating anything but fries, mashed potatoes, fruit and baked beans.

  13. i-am-pregnant 28 December 2015

    Lil - hope the chicken pox is okay, my three had it last Christmas and poor Matilda got it really bad. **** we picked up our new car/ minibus today - well new to m's, it's about 13 yrs old!! I am now officially ready for the baby, although hope to go at least another week Sony can do a work handover before I am off.

  14. margysd 29 December 2015

    Hi, My daughter is 6.5 months. Our pediatrician has recommended tummy time everyday to encourage her to start crawling. She frequently lifts her head and straightens out her legs like she wants to start crawling or walking. However, when I put her on her tummy after a minute or two she gets frustrated and starts to cry. It breaks my heart to hear her cry so I change positions and sometimes put her on her side to see if she wants to roll over in different directions to encourage movement. I want to do everything that I can to encourage crawling, but at the same time I want to create a positive experience. I was wondering if you have any advice about how you encouraged your babies to start crawling. Thanks.

  15. lilmum2002 29 December 2015

    Mybaby you have not failed him in anyway, you are doing the best for him. Your boss failed you for firing you for taking care of your son, Mason's father failed for not helping you in any way. I've seen you do nothing but the best for Mason! He's 2 he really won't notice a birthday party but he will know who was there for him and that's you!

  16. i-am-pregnant 29 December 2015

    Mybaby - he has the best gift any little boy could have, unconditional love from a fantastic mother who will fight his corner come what may - you have not failed in anyway - parties are a one day a year thing - what you do, alone and with 100% commitment and love is a 365 day a year and will give him the most wonderful foundation to grow into a well developed man who will know how to support his family! I think you are amazing and i am sure he does too.

  17. citymami 29 December 2015

    It's barely been a few weeks since you were fired mybaby, I know it's nerve wracking but for an intelligent, determined woman like you, something will come up .or your own business. You really could do with a breather, and some help with Mason just so you can get a game plan together and reflect. It's impossible to think straight when you're perpetually exhausted. Are you sure you want to upsticks and move from your home with your father, can you stick it out there a little longer until you find a solid source of income? I seriously hope you put an unemployment claim in, it's about $450 a week in NYC but it HELPS! As for party, well we'll be going to see a steam train on Anderson's birthday and we'll throw a proper party for kids and adults when I'm back in NYC with his dad in the new year, that will be once I'm settled in working again and the timings right - who cares about dates anyway really? They're too young to understand the calendar. This has been a really tough year on you, and you've been busting your ass (for want of a better expression) to be a good mother, 2012 has to cut you a break, I'm sure of it. I wish I was closer to help out somehow. RUBES good luck with the induction, sure the wee one will be just perfect! Ris I'm honestly surprised you're not in labor already given that this is your fourth, I thought things happened quicker the more you have. Not seen Rock n Roll Elmo but I bet the songs are ridiculous lol We have Elmo's remote which somehow says everything in German even though it was purchased in New York, so Anderson think's Elmos from Sesame Strasse, Oscar grouch in German is ridic lol

  18. rubes 29 December 2015

    I realised today that I hadnt felt the baby in a day maybe, so I went to hospital, where they did a trace and seems there is a teeny problem with his heart. Nothing major. Just not enough 'ups' on the chart!!! As you cant know anything for sure til baby is born, I have been booked in for induction for........ Here's the ironic part............ the THIRTY-FIRST OF DECEMBER. **** Also, my contractions fizzled out.... Piss take, right??? All that pain for NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. rubes 29 December 2015

    Happy birthday amanda and jacob for tomorrow!!!! *** Mybaby, I agree with the other ladies!!! You are an amazing mummy. Kids dont need objects or parties. They need love and Mason gets nothing by love from you. :)

  20. lilmum2002 29 December 2015

    I told you he was waiting to share a birthday with his sister LOL I'm sure his heart will be fine.

  21. rubes 29 December 2015

    LOL yeah. They seem convinced hell come day of induction, which is ironic in itself!!! One kid born the first of the year, another born on the last day of the year hahahahaha I really have impecable timing, right??? Lol. Nah. Im sure hes fine. Its just a precautionary measure. :)

  22. lilmum2002 29 December 2015

    Oy! We got Kayla a rock and roll Elmo for Christmas and I know all the songs by heart Haha he gets a little annoying though aha

  23. i-am-pregnant 30 December 2015

    Rubes - hope everything's okay with your little man and your taking it easy before the induction.

  24. Stormsmum 30 December 2015

    mybaby- You are a great mother!!!!! Don't beat yourself up for losing your job! We do have a financial crisis and more and more people find themselves without jobs every day. I was just wondering about Mason being sick all the time- have you tried changing his diet? Maybe he is reacting to GMO's or gluten or maybe something else? My husband and I changed our diet about a year ago and neither my husband, son nor I have had a day off sick since.

  25. citymami 30 December 2015

    omg tomorrow's your big day Rubes...will be checking in to see how you're doing! :)

  26. rubes 30 December 2015

    Thanks guys! It's half 5 and i've woken up with a nesting urge. Apparently it's a phycological sign of labour being close rather then physical lol my night wasn.t as perfect as i'd planned either. My dad couldn't hold his tongue, even for one night (couldn't do xmas either) so I spent night in tears praying I find a house soon i'm gonna suffocate here or get postnatal depression! He went on some insulting tirade about my hubz coz apparently I was arguing with him on phone. Actually I shouted coz light broke and I fell out bath. Not as comical as it sounds. I'm battered and can barely walk.

  27. i-am-pregnant 31 December 2015

    Rubes - soon you'll have your little man, will find a new place for you and hubz and all will be well. Try not to let it get to you in the meantime.

  28. i-am-pregnant 31 December 2015

    Rubes - I'm thinking your little man wants to share a birthday with his sister and is going to hang on in there till gone midnight!

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