What You Can Expect Between 24 and 36 months

  • Oh Brother! – Or sister!  If your toddler was an only child, a new sibling might be on the way or already in the picture.  This is a wonderful gift but can also bring some challenges.
    • Prepare your child with books about a new baby and having siblings.
    • Let her help you care for the baby.
    • Make special time for each of your children.
  • I’m Scared! – Your toddler’s imagination is blossoming but he is often not sure about the differences between reality and fantasy.  This may lead to new fears.
    • Help him talk about his fears.  Putting feelings into words can help him understand and feel in control of them. Knowing how he feels will also help you provide the reassurance he needs.
    • Never belittle your child or his fears. This may lead to increased fearfulness.
  • Let me try– Your toddler is becoming capable of doing more and more things by himself.
    • Provide opportunities for him to do some things on own- get dressed, brush his teeth, even use the potty and wash his hands.
    • Have him use his skills to help around the house- putting away clothes, setting the table, or picking up leaves in the yard. This will help him feel important.
  • I’m unique– Your child is beginning to notice similarities and differences among people.
    • Help your child understand and appreciate his own culture and backgrounds, as well as those of others.  Talk respectfully about others who are different from you.
    • Expect some embarrassing moments when your child comments on a difference he notices.  Use them as opportunities to explain, without judgment, that people are different in many ways- size, skin color, style of dress, etc.

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