Baby's Second Year -- Your 24-Month-Old

Your Baby Turns 2!

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH YOUR CHILD:
2 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW


1. Your child has made many important strides this year. In just one year, your little one has gone from being a crawling baby to a running, jumping toddler. He's discovered new, more complex toys and games, learned to speak many words in a language you can understand and graduated from bottle to table food. He's become increasingly independent and now delights in showcasing his knowledge and physical abilities. As you get ready to celebrate his second birthday, reflect on the advancements he's made and the challenges you've overcome in the past 12 months. Then prepare yourself for another eventful and equally amazing year to come!

2. You child is learning through play. If you are concerned that your toddler isn't receiving enough organized instruction, don't worry. Free play is a terrific way for children to learn about their environment and improve their motor and language skills. Feel confident that if your day care or preschool focuses on free-play learning, the approach will help your child see that school and learning can be fun.

YOUR CHILD'S HEALTH AND SAFETY

You may be concerned about your toddler's thumb-sucking habit. But experts advise not to try to break it just yet. At this age, your little one is still using sucking as a form of comfort. Forcing your child to give it up too soon may ultimately cause her to develop a lifelong nail-biting habit. Eventually, she'll discover other comforting techniques, such as holding a favorite doll or toy, and the thumb sucking will subside. Keep in mind that some children will stop before others. And although you might have concerns about dental problems, most children are able to give up the habit before it becomes an issue.

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