23 Month Toddler And Twin Developmental & Social Milestones!
23 Month Toddler And Twin Milestones!
My twinkies are 24 months & 3 weeks, 5 days old.
Friends not friends. Friends not friends 😛 .
You are only a stone’s throw away from a very special day now! Your toddler or twin toddlers are about to turn two, and their worlds have never been crazier. (Nor has yours.)
It’s almost impossible to believe that nearly two years have already come and gone, but it’s true. What can you expect this month from your little circus clown(s)?
1. Assertion, assertion, and more assertion.
Don’t even think about it!
Your tot has likely been making himself known for quite some time, but now it’s REALLY starting to show in many ways. Tots of this age are very vocal, opinionated, possessive, and assertive. When they want something…you know it. They won’t ask, but they will take, even if it’s from another sibling.
If you have twins, some sibling rivalry has likely become commonplace in your home. We do the best we can but all I can say is, ‘Get used to it.’ Everything is ‘MINE, MINE, MINE!’ Work around things as best you can. It’s really all you can do.
I like that now you can read their thoughts much more, and they can easily express their wants and desires. At least in my home, there has been less tantrums then there once was out of frustration in trying to communicate, as now they can. But my toddlers definitely want what they want, and you kind of have to fight them to wait a little bit for it. This is honestly a good practice.
Giving everything fast and furious (which is tempting), can cause attitudes in the long run, as well I know. Not to mention spoiling. (Been there!) Teaching your toddler to wait even if a meltdown occurs, and to share at this age.. is a terrific benefit for the future.
2. Speech is BOOMING!
Toddlers of this age can say approximately 100+ words it is said. Maybe 150 or more, for some. I will back that statement up. They learn approximately 5-10 new words per day, and their language is simply booming. They understand what they are saying more then ever now, and will not just grab for objects but say what they are grabbing for.
If they want milk they will say it. They may try opening the fridge and grabbing the milk on their own. You have to make sure you have a safety lock on the fridge, or by this age all of the contents will surely be removed from it. (Not neatly either.) I’ll talk about various baby-proofing supplies in a soon-to-be coming post. My twins now can open locks and doors at 24 months. YIKES! 😆
Your child knows their name now, and can clearly speak it, and know that is who THEY are. They may likely also be able to say the names of their siblings, or at least nicknames as some letters are still hard to pronounce properly, but they sure will try. This does vary from child to child. I have one that speaks words flawlessly, while the other twin is slightly less clear in her speech. DON’T COMPARE!
3. Potty training. Is your toddler interested in the potty dance?
It may seem early, but likely by now your toddler or twins notice what the toilet is all about and is very interested in it. Don’t throw away the diapers just yet. They may understand the concept of it all, and enjoy sitting on the potty and flushing it even. But they have likely not yet grasped the requirement that they need to catch themselves feeling the urge to urinate or ‘poo’ and run, before they actually do it.
Even the most eager of tots likely wet the diaper before they will reach the toilet, at this point in age. If they show any interest at all in the potty, this is a really great sign at this age that things are progressing normally. With twins..I can’t say I’m entirely eager about this. The thought of outings with them in public bathrooms is not very enticing to me right now.
Some tots won’t be fully trained for another year or so, so keep diaper money in your budget. Keep on it though, and they might just be saying, ”I’m a big kid now” sooner then later. One of my twins ran to the potty, pooed, and wiped, then flushed the toilet on her 2nd birthday. She is in diapers but both are very interested. Don’t be surprised at anything from this point forward.
4. Bye-bye crib?
Some toddlers between the ages of 18 months and during the second year of life will wish to be, or show signs of needing to be, moved into a toddler bed. A few clues will show you that it’s time. Crib tents might prolong the process, and the thought of putting your toddler or twins into beds already might be daunting. (I know it still is for me.) They can possibly pose a danger threat, so do research crib tents before purchasing.
I never rushed my children out of their cribs to be honest. It really is up to the parent, unless you feel their safety is at risk. Cons of the toddler bed is that there may be more wakings at first, and of course they are no longer penned in. You could wake up with an extra person beside you. I guess it’s a gut thing since there are tents available.
If he or she is regularly climbing out of the crib though, there isn’t much of a difference and you may as well opt for the bed. Better to protect from injury if they can do it anyway. Some enjoy the comfort of their cribs longer then others. It’s really up to you and your particular child. Don’t put off the thought of this, especially if your tot hasn’t made the leap from the crib. It’s going to be coming soon!
(It is said that at 36 inches or taller it is best to put a child into a toddler bed. We still have a ways to go to reach that height.)
5. Dressing up & dressing down.
Now that’s Irish pride!
Got a toddler or twins raiding your closets and their siblings? This is normal, yet at times frustrating behavior. They have become little fashionistas be it a male or female child. They love putting clothes and accessories on that are far too big, and stripping down to their bottoms, which I find most tiresome.
I’m redressing little hineys left and right. If you to have this problem, some duct tape on their diapers will help. Give them safe shoes without much of any heel to dress up in to prevent possible injury. Give them only tops and bottoms without gems or studs that they can pop off and possibly ingest, and let them have fun. After all, we all were only little once.
Tune in next month for the big 0-2!!!!