19 Month Toddler And Twin Milestones.
19 Month Toddler And Twin Milestones.
My holiday hams are 20 months and 3.5 weeks old.
WOW! It’s been 19 months since your now not-so-little bundle(s) arrived home from the hospital. It’s been quite a journey, but it’s far from over. Another 17 years or so to go..HA HA. Let’s not rush things.
What wondrous things can you as a parent of a 19 month old tot or toddler twins expect this month?
1) Talk, talk, talk, and a lot of it!
Baby can say roughly 20-50 words now, as language continues to explode! All of the time you will see your child or twins adding to their once mute vocabularies.
This definitely varies among children. Last week I met a 19 month old that hardly said a thing, and the mom told me he doesn’t say much, words wise, but is on track with everything else. I guess simply not a big talker. Your doctor can assess that for you, naturally.
And then another 19 month old who utterly blew my mind talking in 4 word sentences. My girls can use 2, sometimes 3 words at 20 months, but this child went beyond that! That’s why it’s important not to panic. Averages are only averages.
Most 19 month olds can string along 2, sometimes even 3 words. This will come shortly, if not by now. You will notice how by the week this development continues at a rapid rate. Your child or children will begin to amaze you now, more then ever before.
2) Parts of the body.
In months past baby has known about various parts of the body, maybe even has pointed to them. Now they will possibly be able to say them along with you.
Easier ones like ‘eyes, nose, hair, mouth, teeth, button..as in belly button’ etc. If you haven’t been teaching them body parts..do so now. They catch on quickly.
3) Who’s that naked baby?
Chances are you just might be as frustrated as I am with the strippers living inside of your home. Your child at this age may start ‘baring all’ by ripping off all of her clothes and possibly her diaper as well.
I can only put the twins in those stretchy 1 pc. outfits from The Children’s Place, that snap up top. But now they are starting to be able to pop that snap and still undress. It’s still the best type of garment out there. Onesies and pants? Forget about it. Not at home.
The worst thing is the waste of diapers. One of my twins is always shouting, ‘Poo poo’, even when she’s clean, and rips off her diaper. She does NOT like any pee in there, and we might have to start potty training early with her, because she’s costing us a fortune changing her every 15 minutes!
They may not be quite as good at getting their clothing back on, but most 19 month olds can assist you in the process, and ‘easy to put on’ articles of clothing they might just get on on their own. Practice makes perfect, so embrace their new interests, and pray you won’t find doo doo on the rug 😆 .
4) Run, run, run!
Toddlers of this age are all running like the wind now. Some are more graceful then others. Some babies prance with ease, while others may have Clydesdale feet and run like a drunk ‘ol man. I have one of each.
Worrying about them falling at this point while walking at least, is likely a thing of the past, and makes most parents, myself included, feel much safer, especially at the park. Two unsteady twins is beyond scary. They are absolute pros now, but admittedly, while running real fast, I still get a scare.
5) Helps aid in certain day to day tasks and activities, such as….
This has a lot to do with mimicking parental behaviors.
Brushing teeth. Most toddlers of this age LOVE to brush their teeth. If only that lasted forever. My twins take their brush, I showed them one time what to do, and they have been mimicking me for awhile now.
Of course, you still have to grab it in the end to help them get a really clean set of chompers. Their part is more for fun and giving them some independence, which is important.
Brushing hair. They might not do a great job, but they sure will try.
Feeding themselves. At 19 months, they have enough hand coordination to feed themselves with ease from both a spoon and a fork. The fork can be scary..even the kid ones. Always supervise but encourage independent eating.
Make a mess? Clean it up! My twins have been doing this for months now. If they make a spill and I hand them a towel they will go and wipe up their mess. What a refreshing behavior since my 6 year old would leave the mess there until Armageddon comes.
They love to take mops and brooms and sweep them across the floor, feeling like ‘big girls’. They will go put their toys from the day in a box, and sometimes keep them in there. Depends on if there is more play time. If so..dumped out they will be. Encourage being cleanly and helping out NOW 😀 .
I must say this stage with toddlers is pretty crazy, and not always easy, but it is a heck of a lot of fun. They have come such a long way, but then again..so have you! Tune in next month for more crazy toddler and twin milestones.
*PS– Always remember that no two children are alike..that goes for twins just as much as it does for singletons. Always consult your Pediatrician if worried. These are guidelines, not hard and fast rules.*