3 months...

....till she turns two. Decided to read Baby Center today

Your 21-month-old

What's your toddler doing? Your 21-month-old is probably interested in rearranging furniture, assisting with chores, and using her own play shelves, table, and chairs. She might also be able to put on her clothing, wash and dry her hands, or brush her teeth with help.

She's also getting closer to tackling the toilet. Sometime after her 18th month but before her second birthday, your toddler will be able to recognize when she is going to urinate or have a bowel movement. You'll also notice signs that your child is about to eliminate — she might crouch down or move away. Even after she realizes what's happening, she isn't necessarily ready to use her potty, but she's getting closer to it.

How is your life changing? Toddlers at this age like things "just so." Along with tantrums and exploration, obstinacy is another hallmark of toddlerhood. Respect her preferences and interests and try to give in on the little things, like which jelly to use on toast or which shirt to wear. Make it clear that some things — like behaviors that affect safety — are not up for negotiation.

Try establishing — and sticking to — set times for napping, eating, and going to bed to help her feel more secure and in control. Routines can also make your life easier. If your child knows what to expect every day, you'll probably encounter less resistance. A regular way of doing things can also keep you from having to take time to plan each day separately.

Parent Tip: Time for a Song "I've noticed that with my 2-year-old daughter, language and communication skills have really started taking off. Musical games, reading, sorting, and physical play are her favorites now." — Tara

  • Own furniture - own sofa, stool, table dominating our (read: her) room
  • Put on clothing - as long as it matches, I'm okay with it
  • Wash/dry hands - gotta make sure she wipes her hands with the towel (not the curtain, tablecloth)
  • Recognising elimination process - still working on the urination part
  • Tantrums - loads of it
  • Exploration - my lil explorer at home (changed her playroom's arrangement)
  • Routine - been kept to since young


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