About 23 month old milestones
This article describes 23 month old milestones in children. We will discuss weight, height, speech, motor skills, sleep and behavior.
23 month old milestons for weight and height
On average, boys weigh about 26.3 pounds and girls about 25.9 pounds. Boys will be about 34.2 inches talls while girls will be about 33.7 inches tall.
At 23 months old your child should have developed the large muscles to the point where he or she is abole to balance on one foot with support; ride a tricycle and kick a ball. Children enjoy running at this age and need space to do so.
Your child should be able to speak at least fifty to one hundred words. He or she should also be able to speak simple sentences with two- or three-words.
Parents can assist speech development by reading rhymes, favorite stories and singing songs with the child. When reading stories, ask the child to fill in missing words or phrases. Examples include, “Mary had a little ….”
Read books with lots of pictures. Ask questions about the pictures and the stories in order to encourage the child to speak.
At this time, your child should be able to speak these words:
The research shows that it is generally better to potty train a child at earlier ages (18 to 24 months) than later. Parents and caregivers should continue potty training at this time. However, avoid placing pressure on the child to do so.
Most 23 month old children need about 13 to 14 hours of daily sleep. This means that they will be awake for about ten to eleven hours. Sleep consists of approximately 11 to 12 hours at night and daytime naps of about 1.5 to 3 hours.
Tantrums or temper tantrums become common age two, commonly called the “terrible twos.” Oxford Dictionary (2019) defines them as an uncontrolled outbursts of anger and frustration.
During the toddler phase, tantrums commonly occur for reasons which include:
– excessive frustration.
Tantrums are commonly expressed by loss of control over the emotions. As children experience changes in their emotions, they are unable to express this verbally. This is due to limitations in speech.
The child may scream, yell, kick or box to express how they are feeling. He or she may even throw him or herself on the floor.
During a tantrum, the parent or caregiver should remain calm and protect the child from injury. Punishments such as scolding, beating and yelling should be avoided. Instead, attempt should be made to distract the child.
The source of the problem should be addressed. For example, giving fluid, getting the child cool if in a hot environment, putting him or her to sleep.
The most important thing is to prevent tantrums from occuring. Assess your child frequently to determine what factors could bring on tantrums and prevent them.
Therefore, the child should not be over exhausted as the need to sleep can bring on a tantrum. The child also should be fed adequately since hunger can also be another cause.
Types of temper tantrums and dealing with them
The upcoming video explains that there are two types of temper tantrums. These are the emotional overload and manipulative temper tantrums. During the very young ages, the child is usually overloaded by emotions.
Support and help the child during tantrums
Research from the University of Illinois (2011) shows that it is important tp support the child during the tantrum:
“When children are upset, it’s better if you can talk with them and help them work through their emotions rather than sending them to their room to work through their feelings on their own. Young children, especially little boys who are prone to feeling negative emotions intensely, need your comfort and support when their emotions threaten to overwhelm them.”
Teaching sign language to hearing children can prevent temper tantrums
Research shows that teaching sign language to hearing children can help them to communicate thier needs. This reduces the occurence of tantrums. Go to this link to learn more.
We will deal with temper tantrums in greater detail in a separate post.
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University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. (2011, March 11). Boy toddlers need extra help dealing with negative emotions, experts urge. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 6, 2019 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110308124916.htm