2 Years Parenting Instructions

Parenting Tips for 2 Years of Age

Injury prevention in 2-years-old

We have passed the pleasures and challenges of one-year-olds and now our child is 2 years old. Physical developments give your child independence; walking, running, running away, and being able to do what the child wants to do. While it is fun to watch the child growing up and developing independence, it comes with a cost. The chances of accidents increase. The following areas need special attention from the parenting perspective:

Injury Prevention for 2 years of age:

  • Play supervision: supervise play with age-appropriate toys.
  • Watch for small parts: they increase chance of injury.
  • Pay attention to stoves, heaters, hot foods, matches, etc.
  • Prevent drowning risks for 2-year-old-children : never leave alone in bathtubs, toilets and pools.
  • Observe car seat precautions: always use them with appropriate size for age.

Parenting tips of hygiene for 2-years-old-children

Hygiene measures are very important for parents to observe and to teach the children starts as early as 2 years of age. At this age, parents may start observing toilet training readiness and start measures for toilet training if your child looks mature, and ready for toilet training. Children are very different in achieving readiness for toilet training, and it is important for parents not to push strict toilet training techniques as it will invariable delay achieving the goal. Brushing teeth can be initiated at this age. Children should be taught to brush teeth in the morning and at night before bed. The last drink at night should be water; if they drink milk or juice, it needs to be followed by a small quantity of water. Leaving any sugar in the mouth at the bed-time will lead to tooth decay, and dental caries. Strict practice of dental hygiene will save a lot of money and misery in the future. Dental caries are the most prevalent preventable condition in early childhood.

Parenting Tips for Nutrition at 2 Years of Age

One of the most common worries of parents of 2-years-old children is the worry that their children are not eating enough. In my forty years of practice, I find this to be a very prevalent misconception. Just look at the increasing incidence of obesity in our teenagers, it is in an epidemic proportion! It is very normal for children at this to slow down in the perception of quantity food they consume. Be reassured that they are getting enough food – just make it available to them; do not push them to eat. The following key points are important:Encourage healthy snacks, such as fruits and vegetables.Avoid snacks with carbohydrate-rich snacks.Add vitamins.Encourage feeding self and avoid-spoon feeding. Well-meaning parents, often worried that their child is not eating enough, have a tendency to push food into the mouths with a spoon. This probably helps to reduce the time spent on the table, and the parents may have time to take care of other pressing needs. There is a problem with that; the children do not learn independence, and may expect others to feed them for a longer period of time.

Development and Behavior at 2 Years of Age

Parent's knowledge of development and behavior at 2 years of age is an asset in development of personality of the child.

Speech development at 2 years of age:

Speech develop becomes a matter of concern for many parents; we need to know that development of speech varies widely. The following could be expected:
  • Child should respond to his or her name by this age.
  • Child should be able to speak.
  • Child should be able to combine 2 words.
  • Child should be able to ask simple questions.
  • Child should be able to understand body parts such as eyes, ears, and mouth.

Behavior at 2 years of age:

One key feature of a 2-year-old is the development of self: they basically see things at their own point of view. Not sharing toys with other children is a very common behavior. At this age, most of the children are ready to move on from the crib to a bed. They develop verbal and listening skills and begin to learn rules. Resisting rules becomes a common reaction. They may use words to express their needs often in three-word sentences. Temper tantrums, breath-holding spells, head-banging, thumb-sucking, and whining are common expressions of resisting rules. I found this video instructive.

Parenting Practices at 2 Years

Knowing the developmental readiness of a 2-year-old child becomes an asset in implementing appropriate parenting practices. Read to the child regularly. At this age, they are ready to follow stories with pictures. Talk to the child and encourage speech through nursery rhymes, and jingle. Limit television and other screens to 2 hours per day. Establish a time and schedule for sleeping, naps, and bedtime.

Worrisome issues at 2 years of age:

  • Child does not understand simple instructions.
  • Does not understand body parts such as eyes, ears, and mouth.
  • Does not respond to his or her name.
  • Does not make eye contact.
  • Does not speak.
  • Appear not to hear.
  • Does not combine 2 words.
  • Does not ask simple questions.
  • Does not know how to play with toys.
  • Child is attached excessively to one object or a toy.
  • Does not smile.
  • Does not participate in activities such as running and climbing.