What’s happening with your toddler?
By 22 months, he may have reached the following stages:
Mr Chatterbox: It’s likely that he speaks and can be understood a lot of the time, although he is still babbling and singing as well. He can probably use about 50+ words by now – what an achievement! He’ll be learning new words almost every day going forward.
No, no, no: This is probably his favourite word at the moment. Frustrating for you but just grin and bear it. He may also be starting to display some early tantrum behaviour such as kicking and stomping – unfortunately there’s more to follow.
Refusing to walk: How ironic. Previously he hated getting in the buggy, but now he’s able to walk and run. he wants to be carried everywhere. Why? Well walking is no longer as exciting as it used to be – especially when he has you to help him. And because you want him to do it, it’s a perfect opportunity to rebel. What’s the solution? You may need to compromise – try hand-holding instead of carrying and do part buggy, part walking to the park. Continue to give him lots of praise when he does walk.
Understanding prepositions: He may now be able to understand prepositions such as ‘under’, ‘on’ and ‘in’.
How you can help your toddler this month
Taking turns: He is still playing in parallel to other children, but may now be watching them intently and copying, which will ultimately lead to co-operative play and sharing. However, at this stage there will be inevitable tussles over toys and a lot of that key word ‘mine’! To encourage sharing you need to lead by example. Make a point of sharing your things with him – your piece of fruit or a look at your book. Try turning sharing into a game with an older sibling, counting up to 10, and then congratulate his success.
Your toddler’s health
Food phobias: Many toddlers are scared of anything that is unfamiliar and this can include food. Think of the new colours, flavours and textures he’s meeting, all of which can be unsettling for him. Some signs of a food phobia include being uncomfortable with mess, disliking touching anything wet or slimy and only eating dry or crispy foods. If you’ve had problems in the past with food or are particularly concerned by cleanliness this could cause him additional anxiety. Try to make food fun by involving him in food preparation, have messy picnics together and reward him for trying new foods. If you’ve had food issues in the past and need additional support or guidance, speak to your GP or health visitor.
Play ideas for your toddler
Miniature Household: He now loves toys that imitate you, your household objects and domestic chores. Watch him sweep with his little broom while you tidy up. He adores telephones, cash registers and toy cookers. He also enjoys doing DIY like his dad on a miniature work bench. You need not buy expensive toys – a few boxes put together can be her kitchen or shop, small empty cereal boxes can be his cooking ingredients and your own pans and wooden spoon will always come in useful. He’s eager for your approval and loves to feel he is helping you.
Your child’s development may not be exactly the same as these descriptions since all children will develop at their own pace. This is an approximate guide of some of the new skills your little one may be developing. If you have any concerns, always speak to your health visitor or GP.