Toddler Milestone 7

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Toddler Milestone 7[edit]

Please see Toddler Milestone 7 at the main Observant Mom website for the very latest about this milestone. Below was recent as of July 18, 2020

Toddler Milestone 7 – Deliberate Rearranging and Creation

Starts: 2 Years, 3 Months, 2 or 3 Weeks
Most Intense: Around 2 years, 4 months and again at 2 years, 5 months
Ends: 2 years, 5 months, 2 weeks
Irritable Period Summary
• Begins subtly but with a noticeable change in head shape and size
• Drooling
• Then hits very suddenly for many at or slightly before 2 years, 3 months, 3 weeks
• “Rearranges” many things: throws their cup, puts their shirt on inside out, opens your eye lids, wraps themselves in the curtain, throws their stuffed animals around, etc., in a repeated ongoing way
• Extremely clumsy, drops stuff, does very risky things like put their blanket over their head and runs
• Doesn’t want to leave primary caregiver
• Possessive of primary caregiver
• Strong fear of abandonment, such as upset something even gets thrown away in the garbage. Please expect at least one major meltdown about this around or before 2 years, 4 months
• Confusion of fake things as real things, such as thinking fake food is real food, thinking something on the TV is real such as a ball that is kicked or hit on TV is behind the TV, think they can pick up and use a fork as found in a book
• Doesn’t nap
• Bossy, e.g., about diaper changes or where you are allowed to stand
• VERY defiant (to get diaper changed, go down for a nap, etc.)
• At times nothing seems to console them
• Playfully lies, such as points to the wrong answer when asked a question
• Major meltdowns
• About one meltdown per day in between the two peaks
Most Intense Period
• There are two peaks at this one. It may be two overlapping milestones. Some see relief in between and others do not. A strong fear of abandonment and confusion of fake and real things around 2 years, 4 months. They might get really mad you threw something away. They also might think the images in books/shirts are real (e.g., try to pick up and use a picture of a fork). Another intense period at 2 years, 5 months (in which absolutely nothing seems to console them) with less intense behavior in between
New Abilities Summary
• At this one they start to build in creative ways. Look at your unique child to see how they build. Below are some examples
• Seems to constantly be thinking of what they can do with their own body next. Can they hop? Wiggle their leg? Be upside down?
• Follows a pattern to build something, e.g., tangrams
• Can do jigsaw puzzles, specifically they can see a simple picture that should go together and then does it (that they can know the picture and put it together is between 2 – 12 pieces; they may put larger jigsaw puzzles together by trial and error)
• Pretends to be a favorite character, e.g., Snow White or Thomas the Train
• Wants to be like other family members, such as copying their habits, e.g., drinking from a coffee cup in the morning
• Puts on a play based on a book, may put on for instance a scene from Thomas the Train over and over
• Moves around furniture and items in the house
• Builds elaborately with wooden blocks or other sets on their own in creative ways
• Plays with language; very fluent
• You can see children thinking

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