Besides having more freedom of movement and physical independence, the two-year-old child can already walk correctly – in fact, they’re capable of jumping and running a lot! With that in mind, this is the perfect time to stimulate them to become even more independent in daily activities – such as, for example, eating, showering and getting dressed. The child can already start putting their toys away by themselves after playtime is over.

It’s in their speech, however, that you’ll notice the biggest changes. And, probably, you will be surprised at how quickly your child can come up with two-word sentences (or more). Don’t expect properly conjugated sentences with verbs, nouns and proper adjectives. At this age, kids have a predilection for verbs and nouns – which easily summarizes a child’s needs and getting what they want, right?

Word combinations are an important mark in the development process, just like learning to properly enunciate their words when speaking. In case your child cannot speak a single word by the time they turn two, it’s important to get that checked out with an ENT doctor or a speech therapist.

The baby’s first words will delight everyone around them, especially because (we have to admit, it’s cute) they’ll a hard time speaking correctly: “play ball” turns into “pay ball”, “I’m hungry” turns into “I hungy” and so on and so forth. While it’s cute, the family doesn’t need to do the same. Keep talking normally, in a correct form without using a baby voice, to incentivize the progression of this ability. A child at this age can name close to 300 things!

In the upcoming months, you’ll notice weight gain will slow down a little. Don’t worry, it’s normal. Keep offering them a balanced, healthy diet.

Constant and fast learning can make some boys and girls feel, at times, more irritated and needy, looking to be held. Allow your child to express their feelings, ask them what’s going on and offer your love and care. Growing up will always be a challenge!