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Toddler Care: Your 29 Month Old Toddler

Mar 02, 2022 | 2 Minutes Read

You may have another baby by now or be considering trying to have another. Two years between siblings is common. Nothing will cause your toddler to look so grown up than being placed next to their new baby brother or sister. Many parents, especially mothers, worry that they won’t love their new baby as much as their toddler. It just doesn’t seem possible to replicate all that love with another little person. But it is remarkable just how quickly a new baby will weave its way into your heart and family. Try not to compare how you feel towards the new baby with your older child or children. Give yourself time and patience and watch the love blossom.

If you don’t have a double stroller then you may want to consider getting one. Your toddler will still need to rest their legs if you’re out and about. Carrying them while pushing the new baby will be a challenge you won’t want to repeat more than once. Get into the habit of packing the diaper bag succinctly. Experienced parents know that most of the time wipes and spare diapers are enough for short trips. Lugging around a heavy bag full of unnecessary clothing, blankets, and other stuff will just weigh you down. Think smart, plan, and save your energy.

Growth and development at 29 months old

Although growth and development are highly individual and every child develops in their own unique way, some children have problems. Parents are often the first to suspect there could be an issue with their child’s development. Many factors can impact the age that children achieve their milestones and become competent at a range of skills. Prematurity, intrauterine growth restriction, birth trauma, illness, and other factors can all contribute.

At almost two-and-a-half years of age your toddler should be able to use toys for their intended purpose: hug a doll or a teddy, build with blocks, push a toy car, and so on. If they drop their toys a lot or bang them together or even throw them repeatedly, you might want to get your child assessed. Other concerns can be an inability to establish or maintain eye contact, an inability to say at least 50 words, or an inability to join 2 or more words together. If you can’t understand much of what your toddler is saying and their language is still unclear, then an assessment is warranted.

Other warning signs can relate to gross motor delays. If you observe that your toddler can’t run yet, still needs to hold on when going up a flight of stairs, or can’t throw a ball, check with your pediatric healthcare provider. Generally, the earlier any form of child development therapy commences, the better the outcomes.

Play and interaction at 29 months old

Try to involve all your toddler’s senses in their play activities. Encourage them touch, feel, look, and listen to the differences in the toys and objects they play with. Stimulating their development through play will be made easier if you have a variety of things for them to interact with. Get down on their level whenever you can and get involved in them. Moving toys through pushing, pulling, stretching, and opening will also help them to learn about controlling their body’s movements.

Talk with your 29-month-old but don’t feel like every conversation has to be educational. Mothers often aim to teach their children when talking to them, but fathers sometimes aren’t quite as focused on this. Kids may view playing with their dads simply as more fun because of this. This can prove to be a contentious issue for many couples.

Exploring is an important part of a toddler’s day. Their natural inquisitiveness will fuel them to look for what lies around the corner, what’s hidden in the cabinets and what’s lurking in dark spaces. For parents, this almost always means a new mess to clean up. Look for toys that involve movement. Sitting down to do puzzles and drawing needs to be balanced with more physical activity. Play at this age is about balancing activity and rest and balancing stimulation and quiet time.

What you can expect at 29 months old

Expect a little more independence as your toddler learns that the world is a fascinating place. They might become everyone’s new best friend (often after a warm-up period). Watch them as they engage other people and incorporate them into their conversations.

Be observant yourself. Don’t be too trusting of people you don’t know—or even those you do. Your primary job is to keep your toddler safe and secure. If you have a sense that a situation is not safe or that your child is in danger, always trust your instinct. This sixth sense is a distillation of all our other senses combined and should not be ignored.

Food and nutrition at 29 months old 

Many toddlers refuse to eat fruit and vegetables at this age. They can detect a hidden vegetable even when it’s well camouflaged. This causes parents to stress and become worried that their child is not getting adequate nutrition. Eating issues almost always resolve themselves with time and patience. Try to be imaginative about how you cook, prepare, and serve your toddler’s food. Avoid food battles. If your toddler is eating food, not filling up on junk, and has the opportunity to eat well, it’s really all you can do as a parent. Avoid falling into the common trap of spoon-feeding your toddler just so they have had something to eat. This does them no favors because it removes any effort they need to put into self-feeding or controlling their own intake.

In terms of nutritional content, frozen vegetables provide the same benefits as fresh ones. Cooking destroys many vitamins; if your toddler prefers to snack on raw vegetables when you are preparing their meal, let them. Serving bowls can be placed in the middle of the table so everyone can serve themselves. It’s one very effective way of persuading a reluctant toddler to eat. Watch your own behavior around food as well. Parents who have unresolved food issues because of disordered eating can inadvertently pass these on to their children. Don’t be obsessed with keeping your child clean while eating, clearing away the meal before they have had a chance to eat, or monitoring their intake in terms of variety and quantity. The first principle in changing any of our behaviors is acknowledging them. If you recognize that your own relationship with food is influencing your child, then seek help from your healthcare provider.

Keeping your toddler healthy at 29 months old 

If your toddler has a mild fever, don’t stress. The current recommendation from pediatric healthcare providers is to treat the child, not the fever. That means that if the fever is making them uncomfortable, then treat it. There is evidence that a fever is part of what our body does to fight infection. So, if your toddler is still happy and alert, running, playing, and drinking fluids, there is no need to be concerned. However, if they are refusing to drink, are sleepy, difficult to rouse, are sensitive to light, have a rash, or you are concerned, then have them checked by a doctor.

Babies and young children are not good at regulating their temperatures; variations from the normal range are common. Acetaminophen, when given in the correct dose for your child’s age and weight, will help to reduce their fever. It is important that you find out why they have an elevated temperature (which means above 100.4° F). Viral infections are the most common cause for fevers in young children, and although antibiotics are not effective for treating viral infections, it is still important that children who are sick are assessed by a healthcare provider.

General tips

  • Don’t stress over your toddler’s reluctance to eat. No child who has had access to food has ever starved. Your child will eat when they are hungry. If you are concerned, take them to your healthcare provider and have their weight, head circumference, and length measured and plotted on their growth chart.
  • Check your child’s shoes size often. Toddlers aren’t good at explaining exactly that they feel uncomfortable. Shoes that pinch or compress their toes will not allow their feet to grow and expand as they need to.
  • Watch your language when you’re around your toddler. They will mimic you, especially words that can escape during high-stress moments.
  • Encourage your toddler to spend time with other children, both younger and older than themselves. Your toddler will learn what’s involved in relating to other people by spending time and socializing with them.

The information of this article has been reviewed by nursing experts of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). The content should not substitute medical advice from your personal healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations/diagnosis or treatment. For more advice from AWHONN nurses, visit Healthy Mom&Baby at health4mom.org.