Walking and language are keywords at this stage. Your child is no longer a passive observer as he learns to interact with everything around him.
When language becomes established
Your voice and that of his Daddyâ€™s, are the basis for your childâ€™s language learning. Spend time talking to him, explaining patiently how each new word he discovers is pronounced. He can name many different objects in his daily life, and will soon start to put sentences together. Encourage him as this will help your child make more progress.
Motor coordination is being perfected
Your child can now drop objectsÂ on purposeÂ and has great fun throwing them and picking them back up.
He can play with a ball, which he hits, although heâ€™s still a little clumsy. Heâ€™s going to need years of practice before he can throw like an adult.
Your childâ€™s dietary capabilities
He has taken his first steps and is trying out his first words. These major developments are accompanied by two new developments which affect his diet.
- His teeth (he now has 8 incisors and 4 molars) enable him to chew soft foods.
- His intestines are now mature enough for him to be able to eat practically the same food as adults (with the exception of certain fibres).
Nevertheless, he still has specific needs that are very different from those of a 3-year-old. The nutritional quality of his diet depends on using products specifically suited to his age group.In short, your child can eat almost anything now, but needs to follow the suitable requirement for textures, quantities and nutritional content.
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