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Month 20

month_20Each day for your toddler is a fresh opportunity to explore and make new discoveries about life. As a mom, it’s your job to lead these explorations and help him develop the building blocks of knowledge he’ll continue to acquire for the rest of his life.

Each day for your toddler is a fresh opportunity to explore and make new discoveries about life. As a mom, it’s your job to lead these explorations and help him develop the building blocks of knowledge he’ll continue to acquire for the rest of his life.

You may already have realized that your little one understands far more than he can communicate. A figurative sponge, your little one is soaking up everything you say and do at an incredibly rapid rate. Try the following activities to ensure you’re teaching and reinforcing positive, enriching behaviors and activities, rather than more negative ones.

• Don’t do it all for him. If your toddler can safely solve a problem by himself, let him. For instance, if his ball rolls under the couch, give him a chance to try and retrieve it before leaping to his rescue.

• Let him color. While your little one’s scribbles may not resemble much more than a blob, his “masterpieces” play a large role in the development of fine motor skills. Tape down a large sheet of paper to prevent it from sliding around, and let him color with large, non-toxic crayons.

 Treat every moment as a learning experience. Your little guy will only learn as much as you teach him, so show him the world! Tell him about everything you encounter together. The more he hears, the more he’ll be able to express on his own.

It’s Never Too Early to Read

One of the best ways to help your toddler develop the vocabulary he needs to express his thoughts and feelings is to read aloud to him. Choose books with short sentences, interesting pictures and easy-to-follow storylines.

When reading together, have him help you flip the pages, and let him investigate books with pop-ups, flaps or textures. Take time to talk about pictures, and don’t worry if he wants to skip a page or focus more intently on another.

TIPS

  • When selecting toys for your toddler, consider purchasing items that will require problem solving. For instance, one with cutouts of various shapes and blocks that fit each hole will help him learn what goes where.
  • As your toddler continues to explore your home, cabinets may intrigue him. Consider making a low cabinet space just for him with plastic bowls and other non-hazardous items inside. Let him play in this area when you’re in the kitchen, and remember to have him help you clean up when he’s done.