Month 27

Your toddler is always on the go and for most, that means you are too! Two year olds are busy and can be quite stressful at times. Remember to be good to yourself and take time to do things that you enjoy alone or with your partner. Enjoy your child and reward yourself for a job well done. Do not stress yourself over mistakes-all parents make them. It is amazing to think that you, as a parent, have the responsibility of helping your child to become a responsible, loving and successful person.

Many parents use bribes to get their children to behave. Bribes can be good and bad. As hard as it can be, you should never use food as a bribe for any purpose. It can be tempting to tell your child that if they eat all of their vegetables at dinner they can have a candy bar afterwards. This teaches them that the vegetables are the bad food and the candy bar is the good food. Use hugs, kisses, stickers, fun outings and perhaps a special toy as rewards.

Your child learns best through play, but you can also encourage her to learn new skills by giving her hands-on activities that allow for learning. Parents can teach their children a wide variety of things through every day activities-at home, in the grocery store, at the park, at the museum, etc. When you are in the grocery store, ask your two year old to help you pick out five red apples and two green apples. Tell him that the recipe calls for six bananas and allow him to find six bananas. You are your child’s best teacher. Your child’s first school is his home. What he learns at home in these early years will prepare him for preschool, kindergarten and future years of schooling.

Discipline is an important factor in positive behavior. Disciplining your child lets her know that there are rules to follow. Time out can be a great method of discipline, if used correctly. Time out simply means placing your child away from the situation, away from you and away from any other audiences around. It is a time for the child to calm down and think about what she was doing, and a time for you to call down as well. Your child should know what time out is used for-tell her why she is being send to time out. Keep time out short. Young children have short attention spans and will soon forget why they are sitting in time out. A good rule of thumb is one minute per every age. Set a timer so that she knows when she can get up and so that you do not forget how long she has been sitting in time out. Do not place your child’s time out spot in a scary, dark area. Time out should be a safe spot-perhaps a corner or a chair against the wall. When the time out is done, explain the rules again and then try to forget about what she did.

You might notice that your child has a variety of emotions and feelings. She is happy one minute and mad the next. Your toddler loves to hug, kiss and cuddle you most of the time, but there are times when she is not so loving towards others. Help her to show her emotions and feelings in a positive way. Allow her to be upset, sad, mad-but show her how to deal with her feelings.

Make games for your child to play. Gather objects from around the house that your child can sort by color, size, theme or shape. Make counting games from cereal and bowls labelled with number stickers. Teach your child about matching by gathering objects that go together. Take every opportunity to teach your child about the world we live in!

Developmental Milestones – 27 Months Old

Physical

  • Good control over small toys
  • Likes to run
  • Tries to gallop
  • Sways to music

Intellectual

  • Can concentrate for a longer time
  • Likes building towers and knocking them down
  • May become a picky eater
  • Enjoys reading and talking about the pictures
  • May recognize some of the alphabet
  • Can sing some songs

Emotional

  • Frequent tantrums
  • Does not like to share very much
  • Understands that hitting and biting hurt
  • Gets frustrated easily

Age Appropriate Toys

  • Puzzles
  • Ride on toys
  • Slides and swings
  • Building materials
  • Books
  • Balls
  • Dress up clothes
  • Pretend play sets
  • Cars, trucks and trains
  • Art supplies
  • Sand and water toys
  • Sorters and counters
  • ABC games
  • 123 games
  • Musical instruments
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  1. i-am-pregnant 13 December 2015

    Thanks for all the comments on the tv watching i have successfully cut his 3 times a day movie wathcing to 2 (the days he is not at daycare) but i read several of you were having troubles with naps now i am wondering if it is the tv (which i know i should cut some of it out anyway) that is causing him not to nap cause he naps at day care too He also never peed his pants at day care either but does it almost every time at home. the other night he got mad cause i walked out to take the trash out and wouldn't let him come so he spread his legs and peed all in my carpet ON PURPOSE!!!!!! i was soo mad!!! we also put him in the corner daycare does it so i do too but if he is all whiny about something and wont stop i close him in his bed room till he can stop then he can come out and apologize but if he is trouble for like throwing a truck or something he goes to the nearest corner so i can still watch him. i have also started with a timer i st it for 2 minutes and i am trying to teach him when the timer goes off he can come out of time out and come to me and apologize. and no i do not think it is to early for a time out i started with Chase at 1 and after the 1st time that i struggled he knew what it was after that.

  2. i-am-pregnant 13 December 2015

    oh and Chase pretty much has stopped eating anything i will give him food and he wont eat it and whine for the snacks on top of the refrigerator but i will not give in cause if i give in once i will have to give in more..... i just try to make sure to give him something i know he will eat at least one meal a day like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich

  3. Jamiee 14 December 2015

    Wyatt has never gotten his finger pricked but we've never had a problem with him eating either. We havent tried peanut butter I'm scared to. On Christmas last year I gave him his first piece of candy (stupid me for choosing one with crushed Hazelnut) and he broke out from head to toe in huge hives on Christmas day. We spent the whole day trying to get ahold of the pediatrician to figure out what the hell to do. Since then no nuts! I wont give him anything until he gets the allergy test which they wanted to wait for until he was two. He was also on Ampicillin at the time so thats another thing he hasnt been on since.

  4. Cailet 14 December 2015

    eek jamiee, I hope it was a one time thing and he doesn't have a nut allergy. That would not be fun to deal with!

  5. momentfrozenintime 14 December 2015

    Not that it should worry you, but I worked with this one little girl who cannot be in the same room as peanut butter without having an allergic reaction. Those peanut butter allergies can be awful. We would set her in another room for lunch and then make sure every child with peanut butter cleaned their hands, face (if they had it on their face which usually happened), and then check tables for any peanut butter. The kids got used to it, though, so it wasn't a struggle for them. It just amazes me -- I worry she will kiss someone one day that had eaten peanut butter and be very sick from it!

  6. Cailet 14 December 2015

    Larkyn does well with time out. If she's being mean or crying for something I won't give her, 90% of the time if I tell her she is going to time out if she doesn't stop, she just stops immediately. The rest of the time she walks herself to time out and sits down, then when I go get her she says 'Larkyn not crying!' and grins. We've been using her bed and so far she sits in the middle of it and doesn't play, but I do want to find someplace else so her bed isn't the 'bad place'. I'm just slack and haven't found another place yet, doh!

  7. momentfrozenintime 14 December 2015

    chases mom - Chances are the TV watching has caused the nap loss. Just keep trying -- he will cut out the tv watching soon enough. I still don't know why Colin won't nap at home -- I wish I knew why because that 2 hours was really convenient for catching up on stuff.

  8. mrserror08 14 December 2015

    So those shots that Lex got yesterday are really kicking his butt today! I picked him up from my MIL last night after I got off work and they said he was very fussy all night and had just fell asleep. I picked him up to carry him out to the car and he woke up crying and had hid legs sticking straight out. And he woke up this morning and was walking so funny. I had to pick him up and put him on the couch since he couldn't climb up. He hasn't moved for the past 3 hours since. Which usually he's running around like a wild man so I know it hurts. He's soaking it up though, breakfast brought to him and he got to eat it sitting on the couch watching Toy Story and I've been bringing him toys to play with and we've colored together. I just hope he's feeling better soon! I had to call off work because I can not see him going to daycare like this barely able to walk and crying from a diaper change. By the way, my grandma got Lex this neat little board that you hook a piece of paper into and color on it and it plays music and the faster you color, the faster the music plays. You can choose different instruments and it has a little drawer in it for these big triangle shaped crayons. Lex loves it! We've been playing with that quite a bit this morning. Now he's getting restless and I don't know what else to play with him considering he can't walk or move his legs and can only sit in one spot.

  9. momentfrozenintime 14 December 2015

    Aw, sounds like fun! After Colin had his tubes and adenoids removed, he was completely babied all day long. haha -- He was really limited in what he could do, and I knew he wasn't feeling the best (on top of the TERRIBLE bad breath!). It was nice to not have to fight little Mr. Independence for once and actually have the chance to cuddle!

  10. Jamiee 14 December 2015

    mrserror - I saw that in the store and almost got it for him! We stuck with the main gift of an easel though since he already has 2 magnadoodles. You can buy cool extras for them too. We got the little animals that you press and it makes footprints and animal sounds. If hes actually sitting still you can do puzzles and flashcards and stuff like that. Or Playdoh. Wyatt loves playdoh.

  11. mrserror08 15 December 2015

    I forgot about playdough and he has 5 brand new tubs we haven't opened yet. But he's up and back to be Mr.Wild Man today. Glad to see him back to himself. He didn't move from the couch at all yesterday from 7 am - 3 pm. Then he ventured off and I couldn't help but giggle because at first he was just crawling around. Unless he's on the ground playing with his trucks or acting like a cat or dog, he hasn't crawled since he learned how to walk. We have artic winds right now and I'll be glad when the wind isn't so cold out. Lex loved playing outside, even if its just walking to the mailbox. He's starting to get tired of being cooped up in house.

  12. momentfrozenintime 15 December 2015

    Colin loves playdoh, too! We also made ornaments the other day. We took flour, salt and water mixed to make 'clay'. We spread some out and made 3 different ornaments of his hand prints. Then once it dried, he was able to paint it. They turned out SO cute! It was a great snowy day activity. Anyway, the whole point of my story -- I gave Colin the paint, and he would take the paintbrushes and pretend it was a car or plane instead of actually painting it. It is so funny! haha... Needless to say, we barely got the ornaments painted!

  13. i-am-pregnant 16 December 2015

    Moment that sounds like fun. How much of each item do you need to make them. Had no tantrums from James in a few days now. Hope they are over.

  14. momentfrozenintime 16 December 2015

    You can google it -- I think we used 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup salt, and 1 cup water? I really don't remember. I know I looked it up, but we split the recipe in half and it was more than enough!

  15. momentfrozenintime 16 December 2015

    Ok, here is the website we used: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1188506/how_to_make_a_homemade_craft_clay_christmas.html?cat=25

  16. Bencharlie11 17 December 2015

    Does anyone know where I can buy the Icandy buggy in Newery?????? If you know could you please inform me as to the name of the shop as this buggy is like gold dust and I can't seem to get my hands on one. Any help would be most appreciated :smile

  17. i-am-pregnant 20 December 2015

    Hi how r u all havnt been on in a long while sebastians doing great hyperactive still. he has a bald patch in the middle of his head not sure why thou his speech is getting better slowly but getting the he loves drawing and any art work i cant believe how quick there growing

  18. Jamiee 21 December 2015

    I am happy to say... after MONTHS of anxiously awaiting this moment, we are FINALLY in our new house!!!!!!! I left my house at 7:35 today, dropped Wyatt off at daycare, and still made it to work on time without even having to rush out! I looooooove my new commute! Going from 75 miles each way to 5 miles each way is absolutely 100% priceless.

  19. Cailet 22 December 2015

    YAY jamiee! That's great! I remember what a big difference it made when we moved closer to hubby's work and his original commute wasn't anywhere near as long as yours! You'll love having the extra time together :)

  20. Jamiee 24 December 2015

    Merry almost Christmas everyone! Hope everyone has a magnificent day!!

  21. mrserror08 25 December 2015

    Merry Christmas! I was up until 2 am wrapping gifts and I put them all on our kitchen bar. Lexane walked into my room this morning at 7 and woke me up saying choo choo. He had already grabbed one of his gifts and unwrapped it and it was a Thomas the Train DVD that came with a little train. Lol. He had a ball opening all of his gifts. DH got him a basketball hoop last minute yesterday and he loves it. He got a whole bunch of thomas the train toys and new Cars bedding, an army helicopter and big army truck, some new dvds and bath toys and more. Of course after he opened up the first gift that was clothes, after that he would tear the top piece off and if it was clothes he would throw it to the side and not even finish unwrapping it. Lol. Spoiled boy. But his smile is worth it =) and DH got me the birdfeeder I wanted! Yay!

  22. momentfrozenintime 25 December 2015

    Cute! I think Colin got the same little Thomas the Train DVD & Train combo from my mom. We got Colin a train set, which he has been playing with all day! He was so funny this morning, though, because he LOVED opening gifts. He would open one, say 'WOWWW!', then ask for us to open it. It took forever to open all the gifts because he was too busy playing with each one! haha -- Merry Christmas, once again!

  23. DonyaK 26 December 2015

    Jaime - what are you going to do with all your extra time in the day??!?!? Hope everyone had a great Christmas. I am a little bit glad it is over, now on to next project, arrival of baby #2 in approx 8 weeks!

  24. momentfrozenintime 28 December 2015

    I am enjoying my third day in a row with Colin napping at home!! I am SO happy and I have gotten sooo much done!! (I have this week off work.) It is amazing how much those few hours help. Without sleep, Colin is cranky and we end up cranky with each other. Plus, I don't have time to get much done since I am fighting him. I am glad he is back to napping now!

  25. 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.

  26. Jamiee 30 December 2015

    Donyak - I cant believe you are so far along in your pregnancy already. We have SOOO much time now its actually throwing us off. We get home and make dinner and are done eating a family meal before the time we even used to get home! We dont spend anytime in the car, Wyatt actually keeps his hat and shoes and socks on for the whole 2 mile ride to daycare! When we used to get home and eat dinner, it would be 7:15 and almost ready for bed. Now by the time all of that is done, its still only 6 and we have all this time left! I actually feel like we should be getting ready for bed and then realize we still have like 2 hours. What a difference. We joined a gym right by the house and have a family membership. They have a gymnasium, fitness center, pool, etc. They have a childcare room which is basically this HUGE area with a million toys and grandma caregivers that overlooks the fitness center while you work out. I am always reluctant to leave Wyatt because he is in daycare but I wanted to see if it would be fun for him and productive for me at the same time. Something different you know? Well he LOVED it. I can watch him when I workout to know how he is and he just played with all the toys they had. They had a million choo choos and cars so he was set. Then we went to the pool and he was jumping in and swimming for over an hour! He had such a great time, it is money well spent! We are going to do the same thing tomorrow. His swim lessons start next Saturday. He has NO fear of the water so its something I wanted to start right away. Its just nice to have time to actually do things like this!

  27. mrserror08 31 December 2015

    If Lexane doesn't get his nap it throws the rest of the day off. He has a breakdown over every little thing and is so bratty. That nap definitely makes a difference. I would love to put him in some swimming lessons. He loves bathtime and just wants to sit and play in the water forever after he gets washed up. He's never been in a big pool though, just a baby pool. So that would probably overwhelm him. But it would be a good way to tire him out for the night and he sure would sleep good that night.

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