Your Baby's Second Year: What To Expect At Twenty-Three Months

Your baby is almost two years old! Here is what to expect during your toddler's twenty-third month.

Your toddler is only two short months away from her second birthday. Before your very eyes, she is starting to become her very own little person, complete with fun personality, likes and dislikes. No longer is she a cooing baby completely dependent on you for everything. Now, when she is thirsty, she simply runs over to the refrigerator and grabs her sippy cup of water to drink from. Instead of you having to rock her to sleep, she will just plop down on the sofa or bed and take a nap when she gets tired. As your child approaches her twenty-third month, what kinds of developments can you expect?

Not every parent is "fortunate" enough to have a child who goes through the "terrible twos." What exactly are the terrible twos, you might ask? This is a period of a child's life when defiance is prevalent. A child in her terrible twos does her best to test her parents until she drives them right over the edge with her tantrums and stubbornness. For some children, this period begins a few months before she turns two, so you may be starting to experience some of these things currently. While it is extremely easy to feel overwhelmed and angry, the absolute best thing you can do for your child is to be patient and keep as calm as humanly possible. If your child is constantly testing you, showing her that she has "gotten to you" and made you angry may only serve to add fuel to the fire. She must know who is in charge at all times, so be patient but firm.

You may notice that your child's memory is much more enhanced, along with her grasp of vocabulary. She is starting to remember events that happened and spots in her room where certain toys are kept. Have her help you clean up her room so she always knows where everything goes.

Safety is definitely something you will want to discuss with your child. As she starts having play dates with other children, she will be more exposed to the world outside of her own safe home. Be sure that she knows her full name and, if at all possible, have her memorize your home or cell phone number so you can always be reached should she get lost. Be sure to teach your child that she is never to speak to a stranger and that she should never trust a stranger. If, for instance, you or your spouse were unable to pick her up from daycare one day, make sure that she has met the person who will be picking her up, so she does not get scared.

Some things that may frighten your child at this point in her life are loud noises (like fireworks or the vacuum cleaner) and other people's animals. While she may be completely comfortable with the family cat or dog, she might become a little uneasy when meeting other animals. You will find that your child is able to spend more time alone and does not always have to be attached to your hip. You may find her sitting on the sofa one afternoon with an open book on her lap as she "reads" to herself or she could be sitting at the living room table putting together a fun puzzle.

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