Your 23-month-old's behavior: High spirits

Your 23-month-old's behavior: High spirits

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New this month: High spirits

Your 23-month-old is a study in motion. He's running, he's jumping, he's throwing, he's shouting. All the fine- and gross-motor skills he's been working on for the past two years are starting to come together, and it shows. It's next to impossible to keep your toddler sitting still for longer than a few minutes, which can make it hard to dine out, shop, or even run to the post office. But it's a wonderful time, too, as long as you have realistic expectations. Watch your utterly unself-conscious toddler twirl and jump and spin in the middle of the playground, and you'll discover the meaning of pure joy.

What you can do:

Give your toddler plenty of opportunities to run off steam. A local park, a children's museum, or a tumbling class are great places to let your toddler be a toddler. No one will bat an eye when he jumps, twirls, or yells in delight. After a day of exercise and running around, he's sure to sleep like a log, too.

If mealtimes have become a whirlwind of activity, shaking up your child's routine might help. Consider feeding him while he sits in a toddler-sized chair at a small, low table, and serve a variety of finger foods that he can handle by himself with ease. If he just can't sit still for the duration of an adult meal, feed him first and then let him play while you relax and enjoy eating with the rest of your family.

Other developments: Clinginess and more

If your happy-go-lucky, I'll-try-anything child has become a clingy toddler, you may wonder what's going on. At this age clinginess can be the result of his imagination getting the best of him. He may fear that the vacuum cleaner can swallow him whole just like it sucked up a small toy. Or that he'll go down the drain with the bubbles and the bath water. These fears may seem irrational to you, but to a child who's just starting to "step out" on his own, they're very real.

Acknowledge his fears rather than dismissing them. "I know the water goes down the drain, but look, I can't even fit my hand in the drain." And talk to him about what's upsetting him. Remember that your toddler has a big imagination and a limited vocabulary, so it's up to you to figure out exactly what's going on. When you need to be away from him, continue to treat your leave-taking the way you have in the past. Always say goodbye, tell him where you're going and who will be watching him and keeping him safe. If possible, get him involved in an activity with the sitter before you go.

See all our articles on toddler development.

Watch the video: Early Signs of Autism Video Tutorial. Kennedy Krieger Institute (July 2022).


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