Last updated on Feb 23rd, 2021 at 02:01 pm

Your toddler has become increasingly independent over the last 12 months, but he still needs your unconditional love and understanding. Meeting a toddler’s emotional needs means being constantly aware of his fluctuations, trying to understand him, and adapting to support him.

Physical development:

  • Climbing on and off low furniture and small climbing frames in the playground is probably routinely attempted and achieved.

Cognitive development:

  • Memory and language are closely linked. It is much easier to remember something when it has a name than when it is just an abstract object. Make as much effort as you can to talk to your child, as this will aid his cognitive development enormously. If you are reinforcing his efforts to communicate, it encourages him to go on trying. Remember to give him the opportunity to respond to you, and the conversation will soon flow!

Emotional development:

  • As your toddler experiences more of the world, and develops the language to talk about his experiences, he also begins to think about how he and others feel. This may become apparent through the expression of his feelings, ranging from happiness to anger and sadness, which can be overwhelming and be expressed in a tantrum.

Milestones: 24 to 26 months

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