The child of 2 years and 6 months

A criança de 2 anos e 6 meses

If your child’s changes are impressive to you, they can be a little scary for him. How much is happening at the same time. He needs to take the diaper off, sleep in a bed, maybe share the space with another baby, the list varies.

The good thing is that he can express himself and speak how he is feeling about it, even with pronunciation errors and still few words. And he already has his own choices, so don’t be mad if he wants to wear that shirt. As far as possible, try to respect his opinion and talk about it.

Before, curiosity made him put his hands and mouth on everything. Now, he will ask many questions, “what is this”, “why”, “how does it”. Get ready to respond and perhaps teach new curiosities.

He likes to play with other children, but he is not yet ready to share toys. Sometimes, a situation can happen and you will need to intervene. Depending on the intensity, it may be a case of trying to shift the focus to another toy.

The memory is very sharp. He recognizes paths already taken, like Grandma’s house, the school wall or the sidewalk that goes to the park. Remember facts like a walk you took.


Stimuli and Games

Have you tried to teach your child another language or another language? Parents who speak other languages ​​usually do this from the first days and children tend to learn easily. You can start showing pictures that he already knows and teaching the name in English, for example.

With firmer hands, the traces on the paper become stronger and it is possible to come up with some shapes. He still won’t paint inside the line, but the progress is already visible. Encourage the artist in your child and let him draw freely, without interference.

He can already help with some simpler tasks like putting on his shoes, stretching his arms to put on his shirt or putting his leg inside his pants. Maybe he wants to try buttoning a shirt or zipping up.


Food: eating alone

The best way to develop your child’s coordination when eating is to allow him to do this alone. No food in the mouth. Hand the fork and spoon into his hand and let him do the rest. The use of how should also be encouraged.

The constant stimulus brings more positive results, but avoid pushing too hard or it will create a stressful situation and hinder the advances he has already had in food. Offer the food and encourage it to try, never push or scream.


Sleep: fear of monster

Isn’t the fear of the monster letting your child sleep? So, create activities to turn that fear into something fun. During the sleep routine, take a few minutes to search the room and try to find the monster. Open cabinets and drawers.

You can give him a flashlight, turn off the lights and look for the monster that way. After realizing that there is nothing, perhaps he will sleep more peacefully. Leave the flashlight next to his bed, as a security against monsters.

To make him know how to deal with this fear, you can also invent games to destroy the monster. Ask to draw the monster and then crumple the paper.

If the fear still persists, talk to the pediatrician and a psychologist for help with how to get your child through this phase smoothly.


Karla Mendonça

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