21 Month Toddler And Twin Developmental Milestones!
21 Month Toddler And Twin Developmental Milestones!
The twins are 22 months, 3 weeks, & 2 days old.
At 21 years old, your child will be able to drink more then just apple juice, and will be able to drive a car. At 21 months, you still have a ways to go yet. (PHEW!) They have the right to drink milk from a sippy cup, and drive a small 6-volt ride on.
They are still mostly innocent at heart, but watch out.. 2 is right around the corner. Sad to say it, but it’s almost time to start planning another birthday party for your toddler or twins. Insane, I know. Here are some things your little wanna be grown up, or twin toddler dynamos are up to now.
1) Balancing is a fun hobby.
And your toddler or toddlers have gotten pretty darn good at it. She may have been running for awhile now, but it’s time for a brand new challenge. And nothing is more fun then pushing the envelope. My twins LOVE to balance on everything, and have for some time. At the playground they like walking the balance beam, with my help and protection, of course.
They stand on the back of the couch and walk across, climb on top of toys, and balance in the air scaring mom like crazy. Oh yeah…good times. Be there to protect and encourage. There may be some forms of balancing you’d prefer to not see, but at the park and such, building these skills, perhaps even in a toddler tumbling gym is a great asset to have in all aspects of life.
If you have couch or furniture balancing junkies such as I do, make sure you put down ample amounts of fluffy pillows, blankets, etc. to make their landings nice and soft should they fall without your help. We put pillows everywhere. I also have a gymnastics tumbling mat, which finally is coming in quite handy.
2. They seemingly know everything, but watch out. They really don’t.
My daughters know their favorite songs by 2 notes in. They know how to get in and out of things, up and down, can basically tell me without much confusion what they want, but caution..they are still tots, and do not know everything. You may have told them that the stove is hot, but they may run their little ride on into it, and give the oven door a grab..OUCH! They need your protection and time and again reinforcement.
They may know their family by names and faces, their colors, and shapes, but they don’t always know where danger lurks, and twins are at twice the risk. Always be on top of them. Children at this age usually can understand simplistic questions and nod or speak in response with a yes or a no. Want to go night-night? NO! They are getting smarter by the day but do NOT know everything. What they do know might just blow your mind at this point though.
3. Sips nicely from big kid cups.
You may still want to keep a lid on it in most circumstances, but your toddler’s control and coordination have grown to the point of being able to easily and controllably put a cup to their lips and take a sip, usually without a puddle on their shirts. Just watching this action makes you realize how far you have come, and of course..how far he or she has come to.
4. Knows colors and shapes quite well.
If you have gone over these with your tot they should know their basic colors and shapes by now. They might not only be able to point to the object, but also say the word along with it. ‘Blue, circle, pink.’ Isosceles triangle might still be a ways off, but your child is learning by leaps and bounds with each passing week. Keep on helping them with their learning skills.
5. Doodling skills improved.
By this age you might see circles and lines on the paper. You may also see circles and lines on your walls if you aren’t careful. Supervised drawing can be fun yet messy. Those precious first doodles are definitely something to save as you enjoy watching, and they enjoy learning a fun new skill, and fight to perfect it one masterpiece at a time.
6. Stacking objects.
They have been doing this for awhile, but boy are they ever good at it now. Their hand/eye coordination is seemingly perfected, and their sense of balance is being used in another cool way. They enjoy stacking up high, and may have a bit more patience for it now. This means that they may self-entertain for a period of time now, which is awesome!
They enjoy creating a ‘monument’ so to speak and crashing it down. (Well that is equally, if not more fun.) If you have twins they may help each other build or may crash down each other’s architectural masterpieces. Either way, they should be having fun and helping develop coordination beyond anything you have seen to date.
7. Again, another dramatic language explosion.
You might just be amazed at your babies ever growing language now. They are talking clearer and saying more words all the time now. It’s a pretty amazing time for mom and dad to watch and see how quickly your tot or twins are expanding and spreading their wings, and their words.
The average 21 month old, and some may say more, some less so don’t panic, can say between 20-50 intelligible words now, along with their usual basic, ‘mom, dad’ and things of that nature. They may string 2, 3, maybe even 4 words together to form sentences. Some are not as fast in this department. Again…no reason to panic at this point. You may notice a new word coming into their abilities every single day now, maybe more. Get ready to be impressed by your little one(s).
8. Showing an interest in the potty?
Yes it may seem young yet, and likely still is as your tots are still tiny yet. However, they may now tell you they have peed or pooed right after, or perhaps even while they are doing it, and insist on a new diaper. They may even wish to mimic you on the big girl potty by now, but you may have them sitting there for quite awhile without any proof of their efforts. It’s alright there is time, but around this age you may notice your child taking their diapers off, or attempting to, warning you of what is going on down under.
This is all a good thing (believe it or not), and you may or may not want to get out the baby potty and give it a try. As a mother of twins, despite the cost of diapers, I am not super eager for the potty training stage. I see my girlfriend with her one daughter going to the bathroom every 20 minutes or so. Times two.. I’m not ready to imagine at this point. But I’m not loving the stripping down naked phase either. We shall see. Some take to potty training faster then others, and usually (but not always), girls train earlier then boys, based on current data.
I hope you are enjoying the amazing things your toddler or twins are up to now. Tune in next month for more great milestones that will blow your mind and warm your heart as we head closer to the big, and hopefully not-so-terrible twos.