The toddler years are a period of many changes, but some parents are either often reluctant to make the necessary changes that their two year old needs or don’t realize that their son or daughter needs a new item ASAP.
For example, The Bump writes that parents need to remember that at this age, it is important to make the transition from letting their two-year-old drink whole milk in their bottle (or their sippy cup, if they’ve learned to drink from one) to drinking one percent or skim milk since children at this stage of the game require a certain amount of calcium per day.
Aside from making changes to the kind of milk their toddler drinks, The Bump adds that parents need to remember to switch up their child’s meal schedule too—mainly by adding in some time for their little one to enjoy some yummy snacks in between their breakfast and their lunchtime as well as lunchtime and dinnertime.
Parents that want to make sure they did not forget anything in their attempts to set their child up for success, read on to find out what other changes are required in a toddler’s life by the time they hit two years old.
20 Blocking Off Stairs With A Higher Baby Gate
The Bump points out that once a child hits the age of two years old, their motor skills have developed to the point that he or she can walk up the stairs using one foot at a time and jump and land on their own two feet without much wobbling over.
Once they acquire these skills then it is time for mom and dad to run out to the nearest store and immediately purchase a higher baby gate so that their curious (and slightly mischievous) child doesn’t realize that they can climb over the old one and attempt to climb the stairs like they are some sort of mountain climber.
19 Changing The Furniture So They Can't Jump Off It
Health XChange points out that it is a good idea to re-arrange the furniture in the house or apartment due to the fact that two-year-olds have better motor skills than they did before and they are far more adventurous at this age.
No parent wants to turn their back and focus their attention on a common household only to whirl back around because they saw out of the corner of their eye that their toddler is attempting to pull an Evel Knievel by jumping off of items such as the couch or even the glass coffee table in the middle of living room.
18 Switching Away From Whole Milk
The Bump writes that it is very important for moms to remember that once their son or daughter hits this age milestone that they have to swap out their whole milk for either one percent milk or skim milk since pediatricians find it is best if a toddler consumes 700mg of calcium per day.
Your child may protest the change of taste in their milk or become fussy about how much he or she drinks, but it’s best to make the change ASAP so they can get the necessary amount of nutrients they need in order to continue their development.
17 The Feeding Schedule For Your Toddler
Once your toddler hits the age of two years, it is time to completely switch up their feeding schedule even if they are a fussy eater or starting to become picky due to their growing palate.
The Bump writes that toddlers at this age should have a feeding schedule that goes something like this: breakfast in the morning and a snack a few hours later. Around lunchtime is when you’d serve them their next big meal—just be sure to give them another tasty snack after lunch and before dinner. Finally, the last meal of the day should be dinner.
16 A Toy Chest
Health Xchange points out that at this age, it is time to go out and purchase a new toy chest. You’ll want one that is pretty sturdy and is able to be closed all the way so that your toddler won’t be able to lift up the top part of the chest when you’re not looking and potentially play with toys that they could put in their mouth.
A toy chest is also a good way to store smaller toys instead of leaving them out unattended for your toddler to accidentally trip over when they are romping around the living room.
15 Putting Locks On The Cabinets
Health Xchange adds that it’s important to remember to purchase baby-proof locks for all of your cabinets because at this stage of the game, toddlers are full of mischief and curiosity, which is a really not-so-good combination for parents because sadly, they cannot keep an eye on their little one every second of their lives.
After all, no mother or father wants their child to get the brilliant idea to mimic their parents by taking a Tylenol in order to relieve a headache or get into the cabinet that holds cleaning supplies and attempt to make a concoction like they’re in Severus Snape’s potions class in Harry Potter.
14 Moving From Crib To Bed
The Bump recommends that moms and dads make it a priority for their two-year-old to make the big transition from sleeping in a crib to sleeping in a “big boy” or a “big girl” bed of their very own.
For example, when my little sister was a toddler, my parents went out and purchased her a toddler bed in order to entice her to sleep in her own room for once. They really went all out—it had a pink house with blue shutters that she could open and close attached to the frame. She was intrigued by the idea of having a “secret compartment” and that’s how they managed to convince her to sleep in a “big girl” bed.
13 Bottle To Sippy Cup
Parents notes that some moms try to put off transitioning their little one from drinking from a bottle to drinking from a sippy cup due to the fact that toddlers can kick up a fuss at the drop of a hat and are notorious for being resistant to change.
While it is tempting to try and forget about this important life change for as long as possible, procrastinating isn’t going to help you. It’s best to start the transition to a sippy cup ASAP, just make sure to do so when there isn’t a big change looming in their life (such as moving to a new house) and take the time to start talking up this new item so that your little one thinks it is the bee’s knees.
12 Toddler-Sized Utensils
Mommy Nearest notes that it is very important to make sure that you don’t delay making the transition to toddler-sized utensils, especially at this age when their motor skills are becoming better and they won’t make that much of a mess when they eat their meals.
Since adult-sized utensils are way too big and unwieldy for still-learning little hands to use, it’s best to make a special trip to the baby specialty store and let your son or daughter pick out the kind of cutlery that they would like to use on a daily basis to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner with.
11 Clothes In Bigger Sizes
Let’s face it, toddlers at this age grow pretty quickly when compared to older children and it can feel to parents as if their son or daughter constantly needs an entirely new wardrobe every few weeks, which is why some put off shopping for new items until their little one absolutely needs it.
Hint Mama recommends that parents purchase clothes that are slightly too big for their son or daughter’s current size so that way, they’ll grow into them and there is no need to constantly run to Kohl’s or T.J. Maxx in order to purchase new sneakers, overalls, hoodies or t-shirts for your ever-changing toddler.
10 Avoiding Swear Words
When your child was much younger, most parents didn’t have to worry about using swear words around their little one because their language skills weren’t that great and there was no way that they’d be able to repeat it.
As your child grows up and hits the age of two, What To Expects recommends that parents make a conscious effort to not use swear words when their toddler is around to hear it, lest they repeat it and wind up putting you in an awkward situation at the wrong time. For example, my dad one time swore in front of my little sister when she was two years old and she repeated a few days later very loudly at the local playground for all the world to hear.
9 Special Toilet Seat For Potty Training Toddlers
When it comes to toddlers and puppies, teaching them to go to the bathroom in the correct location is a total headache that requires plenty of patience, good humor and loads of positive reinforcement.
Kid’s Health points out that once your two-year-old can express a need to use the bathroom, sit on the toilet and shows an interest in using the bathroom like a “big boy or girl,” then it’s time to start potty training. Don’t forget to purchase the necessary accessories such as the toddler-sized potty chair or a modified toilet seat that can help your little one learn how to feel more comfortable on the toilet bowl either!
8 Changing The Meals You Prepare For Your Child
Previously, feeding your toddler was all about a) making sure that they actually ate their meals and b) learned to taste all sorts of different starter foods so that they could actually eat solid foods one day soon.
The Bump points out that it is important to remember that variety is still the name of the game when it comes to cooking meals for your son or daughter, but you can’t go hog-wild with the food just yet. It’s best to stick to simple things like a little bit of plain ole’ pasta, chopped-up fruit and vegetables or even some yummy yogurt.
7 Age-Appropriate Scissors
It can be a bit nerve-wracking for parents to introduce their toddler to things like scissors and quite tempting to put it off as long as possible, but it’s important that you do so ASAP since they’re going to need to know how to use one once they enter kindergarten class.
Growing Hands On Kids writes that you can purchase age-appropriate safety scissors that blunt enough to only be used on things like paper (so you don’t have to worry about an impromptu haircut) and slowly teach your child how to use them by rolling a bit of Play-Doh into a strand and cut it in half, then let them try on their own.
6 Toddler-Sized Toothbrush
Once your child hits the age of two, then it’s important to remember that you need to set them up for success by teaching them good dental habits. You can start off by purchasing a toddler-sized toothbrush (preferably one that they have picked out for themselves) to get them started.
The Bump writes that parents can make a usually boring part of one’s daily routine into a fun game by telling your toddler to “paint” his or her teeth once their toothbrush has some toothpaste on it. This will appeal to their sense of fun and make it less tedious for such a young child.
5 Larger Tricycle
Now that your little one is out of the babyhood stage, don’t forget to help them improve their motor skills by teaching them how to ride a tricycle. This is an important step to one day learning how to ride a bicycle (albeit one with training wheels to start off with) and will help them practice their motor skills on a daily basis.
Healthy Children adds that parents should make sure to look for a tricycle built by a brand that designed it to be low to the ground and have larger wheels so that your little one doesn’t accidentally knock it over when they are trying to swing their leg to get off of the seat.
4 The Car Seat
Parents warns that once your child is a toddler, it is at some point going to be time to make the change from a rear-facing car seat to one that sits forward and has a harness attached; you should use this one for as long as your child meets the height and weight requirements.
There are several different kinds of car seats you can purchase for your toddler. The first kind is the typical forward facing only cart seat or a combination car seat with a harness that can be turned into a booster once they have outgrown their toddler car seat and need to go to the next level.
3 Moving On From The High Chair
By the time your child hits the age of 24 months old, you might have noticed that your child can’t really wiggle around much in his or her high chair—or you might not have really paid attention. Either way, it is a good idea to start making the transition away from eating in a high chair to eating at the table like an adult at this age.
What To Expect adds that there are several options to teach your toddler how to properly sit at the table. The easiest way to do so is by purchasing a booster seat, which you can take with you too if you eat out at a restaurant, although they also have hook-on high chairs that you can attach to a sturdy chair.
2 Getting Used To The Hair Brush
I don’t remember this at all, but according to my parents, it was always a struggle to get me used to having my hair brushed when I was a two year old because I didn’t like the way it felt and I always used to squirm away after a few minutes. Some parents delay the introduction of the hair brush because they don’t want to engage in a battle of wills, but your toddler needs to have this done sooner or later.
What To Expect points out that in order to make the transition to having your child’s hair brushed a bit easier on the kiddo, you can a brush or a comb with non-scratchy teeth and use leave-in detangler when you wash their hair. This will help prevents tangles from forming and leave hair feeling silky smooth.
No one likes acknowledging that their little baby is growing up right before their eyes, but by the time your child is a two year old, it’s time to remember to switch out their old stroller for one that is more appropriate for their age.
Baby List recommends that when you are out looking for a new stroller for your toddler, you’ll want to take into consideration the kind of terrain you’ll be using it in. For example, some models hold up better when constantly used on asphalt than others, and if you live in a metropolitan area, you’ll want one that will last a long time.