Your baby: Month 24

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What's the baby up to?

Growth points

Here's what to expect in the next 12 months. Your toddler will become a very confident walker and runner, which will make her body leaner and longer compared to the early toddler years.

 During this year she will love to play “pretend” games and might even have an imaginary friend.
 She will be able to understand 3–step instructions.
 She will be able to tell you her name, age and gender.
 In this year she will start to play and interact more with friends, although "sharing" is often still a challenge.
 She might also start to separate from you more easily but this can be a gradual process.
 She may use 4- to 5-word sentences, including some pronouns and plurals.
 She will jump, run, climb, pedal a scooter or tricycle and kick a ball.
 She will turn the pages of a book one by one.
 She will be keen to try to use a fork and knife when she eats. 
Other stuff to think about

How to use time-out

If used the right way, time-out can be a good way to handle those times when your toddler seems determined to disobey and your saying no doesn't work. Think of it as an opportunity for everyone to calm down, rather than a punishment. So if he starts playing quietly in the time-out area, that's not a problem.

Time-out means putting your toddler in a safe place away from you for a few minutes.
This gives you a chance to calm down if you need it, and lets your toddler know you are not going to let him continue his unsuitable behavior.
Prepare him ahead of time how time-out it will work. Do this when you're calm, not in a temper.
Choose the time-out place carefully. Use a safe, non-scary place like a room, a chair or part of a room. Never use a closet or place that is dangerous or frightening to your child.
For a toddler, time-out should last no more than one minute for each year of his life. Set a timer and be sure you follow your time limits. When the time is up, go to him, give him a hug and invite him to be with you.

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