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24 Month Old

Happy birthday -- your toddler is 2! Thinking about baby #2? Introducing a new baby to an older child is always tricky, and bouts of crankiness are inevitable. Try reading books together about bringing home a new sibling, like Babies Don’t Eat Pizza by Dianne Danzig. Spend time around any babies in your family so she learns how to touch them gently. And, if she’ll be moving out of her crib or into a new room, make the change at least four weeks before you’re due so she has time to adjust.

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Your Toddler at 24 Months

  • She’s playing pretend, sorting stuff into categories, and is hip to simple abstract concepts (like “sooner” vs. “later.”).
  • She’s also getting more verbal every day, is sometimes whiny, and may be having a little separation anxiety.
  • She likes to do things for herself and, of course, can throw a doozie of a tantrum.
  • The fun part: She’s big on showing other emotions, too, like love and joy, and is absolutely smitten with her mommy.

Toddler Know-How at 24 Months

Instead of brushing teeth, let your toddler “paint” her teeth. This makes it way more fun.