Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Twenty–Three months/weeks

How often can one say that their children have the number 23 in common? As in one is 23 months and the other is 23 weeks – at the same time. Last week (my posts seem to be at least a week behind at all times), Troy was 23 months and Justin was 23 weeks. 17 (1/2) months apart and two completely different milestones…

Interesting facts:

23 Months:

Your toddler may now be able to throw a ball overhand, though he'll probably miss his target most of the time. The whole-arm coordination that allows him to throw usually emerges somewhere between 18 months and 3 years.
If your toddler isn't comfortable with balls, start with rolling games, which will be easier and also less scary (try rolling the ball slowly toward his feet). Spongy balls or beanbags are great for indoor use – set up a pillow or bucket for target practice.

The Terrible Twos Are Here!

One minute your toddler is his usual sweet self, and the next he's throwing a fit because he didn't get his way. This emotional roller coaster is par for the course in toddlerhood.
• An expert's take on the best way to discipline toddlers
Why your child gets upset when he doesn't get his way
• Embarrassed by public tantrums? Here's what to do.
• Share your tactics for taming tantrums with other parents of toddlers

Potty Training: Peer Pressure

Is your mother hounding you to potty train your toddler, saying that you were trained at 18 months? People encouraging you to toilet train may mean well, but childhood development experts say there's no reason to rush into it. In fact, waiting until your child is ready will increase your chances of quick success.
• How to handle unwanted potty-training advice
• Toilet training: What doesn't work
Potty training readiness checklist

23 Weeks:

Human interaction is incredibly important for baby's development, but alone time is essential for him too. Being on his own helps him get comfortable with independence. Lay a blanket and some toys on the floor, and let baby play by himself while you keep an eye on him. Watch for fussiness, and pick him up if he seems like he's going to cry -- remember, tears are still his only way to say "I'm bored."

Baby's starting to understand cause and effect, which means he loves grabbing, tasting, banging, shaking, and throwing. This makes it especially important to keep sharp objects, breakables, drinks, and your hair out of baby's reach. He's also learning to differentiate pastel colors. Keep exposing him to books and toys with wide ranges of hues to further expand his awareness of color.