Infants And Toddlers: What To Expect In Your Child's Second Year

As your child changes from a baby to a toddler, she will continue to develop new skills every day during the second year of her life.

As your child approaches his second birthday, you may look back on his first year of life and wonder where the time has gone. He learned so much in his first year and accomplished so many milestones. He hasn't stopped growing and learning, however, and as he continues to maneuver through his second year of life, he will discover new adventures around every corner.

By now your child is probably beginning to walk. As you've already learned, once your child became mobile, there is no stopping her. She will enjoy a variety of toys, now. Some of her favorites will probably be stackable toys, pull toys, and small toys that she can hold in her hand. Remember to monitor the types of toys she plays with, however. You should follow the suggested age guidelines, and be sure that any toys she plays with are not small enough to choke her. As she continues to grow, she may become attached to a favorite stuffed animal, and you will learn that you can't ever leave that animal behind!

Because your child's language is starting to develop quickly, you need to read to your toddler often. By the time he is approximately eighteen months old, he will probably have a vocabulary of eight to ten words. He may be able to put together two word sentences.

As he continues to mature, you will notice a significant difference in his social interaction with you and others. He will look at the person who is talking to him, or who he is talking to. He will ask for his mother or father. He will begin to use the words "hi" and "bye-bye" in the correct context. He will be able to ask for a certain object, first by pointing, and later by specifically calling it by name.

Your child's motor skills will continue to develop throughout the second year. When she first turned one, she may have been taking her first steps. Midway through her second year, she may be running awkwardly and with stiff arms.

By the time your child has turned two, her motor skills will have developed significantly. She should be able to feed herself with a spoon and drink from a straw. She can walk up steps with very little help from you. She can manipulate more complicated toys, and she will understand how to toss and roll a ball to someone else.

Her vocal skills will be more advance, also. She should be putting more words into short sentences. Her vocabulary should be quite larger, possibly expanding to a hundred words or more. She may form one and two word questions, and she should be able to point to specific objects and name them. She will very likely refer to herself as "me" and to her objects as "mine". She may show a preference for a particular book and want it read to her repeatedly.

She is growing emotionally as well. She will begin to exhibit even more particular personality traits. She may become very shy around strangers, or she may be very uninhibited. She may enjoy more pretend play, such as feeding her baby a bottle. She will show anger and possibly have temper tantrums. She can show sympathy to others who are sad.

As your child changes from a baby to a toddler, she will continue to develop new skills every day. Of course, children will reach milestones at various ages. Your child may be more advanced than your friend's child in one area, but less advanced in another. Obviously, if you are concerned about any area of your child's development, you need to contact your pediatrician.

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