Toddler Development - The 20th Month

Your toddler is nearing the end of its second year, and as they do so he or she will be acting more like an individual and less like a baby. Involve your child in your activities as he or she shows greater enthusiasm in taking part of whatever you're doing, and continue to be patient and supportive as they go through tantrums and moody spells. Look for support from your husband and your family members when you need to take a break and spend some time relaxing.


Mental Development

Your child might be difficult to deal with this month as they get ready to transition into their Terrible Twos. Hallmark behavior to watch out for includes insisting on doing what you've told them not to, throwing tantrums, and asking for things that they don't want just to see if you will give in to them. Despite this, your child – like most children at this age – might be very affectionate, wanting to sit on your lap and give you a cuddle. They might also want to help with household chores to feel "grown-up" and learn how things work.  

One major development this month might be your child's use of a full sentence. Instead of saying "daddy hat", they might actually say "there's daddy's hat", which is a true feat in terms of language acquisition. Your child will also understand more words that they can say, and will be hungry to learn new things every day.


Physical Development

Your child's fine motor skills should be developed enough for them to be able to draw vertical and horizontal lines, and maybe even a circle. They should also be able to run clumsily, go up the stairs, and climb down stairs with some help. Other things that your little toddler might be able to do is kick a ball, jump, and throw an object overhand. At this stage of your toddler's development not much will be taking place aside from a lot of practice of current skills. 

Eating Habits

Your child is growing and so is their stomach. You can increase the portion of food that you offer them this month if they seem to want more to eat. A bigger appetite is a good thing, but make sure that you don't feed your child junk food and sweets, since they are neither healthy nor nutritious. Check out different feeding guides  online or have your pediatrician make some recommendations on what you should feed your toddler.

Sleeping Habits

If your toddler is having trouble falling asleep at night, consider giving them a transitional object such as a soft blanket or stuffed animal to keep them company. Find a toy or blanket that your child is particularly partial to and see how well he takes to it during sleep time. Some children resort to thumb sucking to sooth themselves at night, and this is perfectly fine. Read your toddler a bedtime story or give them warm milk to drink before heading to bed, as both methods help toddlers wind down and get ready for bed.