Toddler & Twin Milestones at 31-34 Months
Toddler & Twin Milestones at 31-34 Months
My little rascals are 33 months, 3 weeks, and 6 days old.
Its been a few months now, and the changes keep on coming all of the time. By now your toddler or twin tots are astounding you with their vast language, devious yet very clever tasks. And maybe you find yourself using the stern word NO more than ever before as their messes get bigger, whoopsies get larger, and little hands get into places and spaces far more accessibly than in previous months.
You will find that baby-proofing everything you can just isn’t enough anymore. Your toddler may be too tough, strong, and smart for many of the locks, gates, and gizmos on the market today. It’s not an easy time, but you surely are amazed as you watch your little one’s personality fully come to light, and certain things become easier as others get harder.
1. Potty training
Most kids at or by this point are finding out that they actually don’t enjoy being in a wet diaper. They are likely ripping them off (if not already trained), and would rather streak around naked, or may even ask you for a fresh diaper after every urination. This can be very frequent and very expensive, but to them..better than that ‘feeling’. This is a clue that your child is ready to start training if you haven’t encouraged it already.
I’m not into forcing the training. But when I see the cues I help encourage it. With twins it is double the work so it’s even easier to be apprehensive. But just like any toddler they throw off their signals to, and they may be at the same time as their co-twin, and maybe not, but watch for the signs. Read all about potty training here.
It may be time to invest in a good ‘big kid’ potty topper, (again if not already), and some big boy/girl underpants. They feel closest to their own naked skin, and your tot can more easily feel when he or she must go to the bathroom and will aspire to stay dry. It’s much harder to train in diapers and Pull-Ups, which are simply a glorified, more expensive version of diapers.
Train in the house for awhile before you take it to the streets just in case of accidents. I find this the easiest way to train…baby steps. But this milestone is definitely attainable around this time, though for some, training will come around age 3. Don’t push, but DO encourage.
By now your tot may have a better memory than you do some days 😆 . I know mine seem to. Watch your words because they will repeat them, and at the darnedest times to. Make sure what they see and hear is appropriate for them to share with anyone…(your in-laws included, ha ha.) They soak up knowledge like a sponge now, and it’s your job to feed them all of the info. you can. Go over all of the shapes, colors, numbers, the alphabet. You’ll be amazed how fast they pick things up. Reading to them has a terrific and lasting affect to. It’s also great for bonding time as well.
If mom and dad have manners, and other siblings do to, they likely have already picked up some of their own. Please and thank you being the most commonly used sentence toppers. Excuse me can be added along as you go. Teaching your child courteous manners while still young is a really good thing for him or her to develop as habit. This will grow with them and last them a lifetime, so it’s never to soon to start.
Of course, you can’t fully get rid of ‘GIMME NOW!’ They are still toddlers and may slip up. (Don’t we?) But your child is capable of asking for something nicely, and thanking you for it thereafter. It may be when the mood strikes them, but that’s OK for now. Table manners may also start being picked up as well. Toddlers watch every move you make and enjoy mimicking them right down to elbows on the table and eating with your hands. So watch your own manners and encourage older siblings to do the same starting now.
4. Wants to and is able to do certain tasks by themselves
They have likely mastered the art of feeding themselves, even if it still gets a little messy at times. I know my 33 month old girls are better at keeping the table and floor clean than their 7 year old sister. They enjoy brushing their teeth, and do quite a good job, though I sometimes grab the wheel for a second or two, which completely displeases them.
They can dress themselves from head to toe, though often a shoe or shirt is put on backwards. These tasks and more you may notice your child not only taking an interest in doing, but demand to be doing. Maybe not even part of the process.. but all of it. The divas are definitely out in my 2 and 1/2 year olds. You may notice the same. You may have to fight an independent toddler at this time, but that is totally normal. Don’t feel alone in it.
5. Can carry simple conversations
During this time you may start to feel like you have a little friend in your child or twins. They don’t lose interest as quickly as they used to, there is less frustration, more understanding, and you may now be able to start having back and forth conversations at times with your little one(s). If you have twins you may notice them having little chit chats with their siblings that go back and forth as well. I find that aspect of twin life at this stage of the game very fascinating and very cute to watch. This will only grow over time in both respects.
6. Hops & skips among other things
(Feet aren’t just for walking anymore.)
You may start noticing that walking and running are not your toddler’s only capabilities. Around this time about 1/2-3/4 of all toddlers will also start finding out there is more to do with their two little feet such as: hopping, skipping, jumping, balancing on one foot than the other, even attempting a game of hopscotch or jump rope. (Not well, but an A+ for effort!)
Mine started these at the beginning of this time period, maybe a tad sooner because of the role models of older siblings, I believe. But even towards the end of this time, up to half of all tots haven’t yet done all of these things. So don’t worry if you haven’t seen your own doing these milestone ‘feats’ just yet. They will come in time. It usually starts with the jumping. You have likely been seeing some dancing going on for some time now. Encourage it. It’s lots of fun for both baby and parent. It’s great exercise to!
7. Enjoys stacking objects such as blocks and Legos
My girls love their Mega Bloks. They can stack about 12 maybe more of them to make a high tower. They enjoy when it falls apart and they get to rebuild it. I highly recommend these blocks for tots as they are plastic (not wood), so no chipping and splinter hazards, and paint in mouth hazards. And they are easy to clean, big enough that they are not a choking hazard at all, and are easy to see when clean up time comes.
Your toddler should be able to start stacking blocks, or building with Mega Bloks by this time. Stacking numerous blocks together becomes a fun feat. As the months pass they will stack higher and higher and get more creative. This activity keeps my twins busier than any other. Even more so than a much more expensive toy. Their hand-eye coordination is so greatly improved now. I think my twins are nearing my adult capabilities at nearly 34 months.
8. They can begin linking two adjectives together
As their sentences grow longer and more advanced, you will notice that not only do you understand their words much more clearly than in previous months, (75-90% of them…maybe more). But they will start using more advanced sentences involving linking not only one..but two adjectives together to describe something to you, or simply during their normal conversation. Again, some reach this milestone faster than others.
If you have any concerns about your toddler’s verbal development, or anything related to your child or twins, don’t panic! Just bring your concerns up to their Pediatrician so they can calm your fears. Averages are NOT definites. Every child has their own pace and should not be compared to others, twins included.
Whelp, I guess that is all for now, but you know I’ll be back when it’s time for the next phases and changes to begin unfolding soon enough. Until then, enjoy every crazy second of the incredible twos. They are gone before you know it, and you might just miss them 😛 !