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|McKenna and one of our new kittens|
This is a summary of McKenna for 25-26 months old (just over 2 years old).
This was a hard month for us–at least the last two weeks. Let’s go right to that.
I think our big stressor was our two new kittens. McKenna loves the kittens, but she doesn’t know how to hold them correctly. This results in her grabbing them by the neck. I show her how to hold them, and I put them in her lap and put her hands in the right spot. She now does pretty well (but must be supervised), but we had a week where things were rough. She would not hold them right, so she didn’t get to hold them if she wouldn’t hold them right.
It got me thinking about how Kaitlyn and Brayden were as two year olds so far as listening to me. They listened really well. I was trying to figure out what was different. I thought, I pondered, and I prayed.
One morning it hit me. The difference was that I had a newborn. This is significant because I was on a very predictable, 3 hour routine. This meant the toddler was also on a very predictable routine each day. McKenna, however, is on a routine that times can vary 60 minutes. She also has lots of disruptions as we attend dance practice, soccer games, and other things for the big kids.
I knew my answer was to get a structured routine. Contrary to what it may seem, this will be much easier to do in the summer. Our weekends are busy, but our days will be easy to control with no sports, music, or school. So I made up our summer schedule and things have gotten much smoother since then. Whew!
So it all comes down to structure. Toddlers really need structure and predictability, so that is what I am trying to achieve.
Eating is all normal and the same. She still eats well and still eats just about anything.
Playing is all good and normal.
Sleep is all good.
I am thinking about moving her nap up possible to 1:15 instead of 1:30. I am going to experiment.
One thing to note, though, is the issue of taking a long time to fall asleep at night. I don’t worry about this because pretty much every two year old does this. McKenna recently started. See 2 Year Old Sleep Problems. It doesn’t bother me since I knew it was coming. I just shake my head when I hear her singing to herself at 9:45 PM. Crazy kid.
Learning is going well. She knows most (or all?) of the things you quiz a two year old about.
Her language is good. She speaks well, communicates well, and likes to repeat what we say.
McKenna has several friends her age. It is so interesting to watch her play with them. They get along so well and really play with each other. They speak “baby gibberish” to each other and seem to understand it. She really loves to play with the kids her age.
Since I changed the schedule at the end of the month, I will put the old schedule here.
10:00–sibling playtime with Kaitlyn
1:30–learning time. Sometimes lunch is later and she watches Elmo here.
12:00–lunch. Then play with Brayden and Kaitlyn
4:00/4:30: get up
5:00–Dinner. Free play and family time
8:00–in bed by this time. Sometimes sooner.
Times are approximate–I also sometimes rearrange things for no good reason other than I want to. And actually, we usually end up with learning time being after nap time.
- On Becoming Toddlerwise
- Wholesome Toddlerfood.com
- The Toddler’s Busy Book
- What To Expect The Toddler Years (this is okay–I don’t love it)
- Super Baby Food
- So Easy Toddler Food cookbook
- The Wonder Weeks. (and a link to their site:http://livingcontrolsystems.com/)
- Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
- The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems: Sleeping, Feeding, and Behavior–Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood
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