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Your toddler is 40 months old

Your child is becoming a social butterfly enjoying playing from other kids. This is great for them because they learn a lot socializing from other children.  They are also learning more about themselves and developing new skills that will keep helping them through the rest of their development. They are becoming sturdier as they experience the life around them. Your child is also learning and developing their language skills which, like all the other skills, will continue to develop over the next few years.

Playing

Toddlers love to play, especially when the game involves make-believe and pretend. Children will pretend to be anything, from a tractor in a field, to a zoo animal, or a favourite with most children - mummies and daddies!. Your child is continuously getting more social and will enjoy playing with other children and making new friends. You will notice over the next few months that your child is beginning to understand the meaning of taking turns, although this skill will take a while to refine and make perfect. They will probably begin copying people around them because they want to be like the adults in their lives (yes mummy, this means being on your best behaviour). Your child will begin imitating the behaviour of those closest to them because they look up to you and admire you.

Skills

Your child may be able to ride a tricycle by this point in their life. They may not be very good or confident at steering the bike, but they have the basics down even if it's pulling the tricycle along with their legs! Your child may attempt at dressing themselves at this stage (or at least may not want you to help them) but they may still need assistance with things like buttons. You child is probably becoming a little more coordinated and will most likely be able to carry a glass of water (or juice, milk, etc.) without spilling it. You may feel like your little one is growing up very fast and each of these skills helps develop other skills that they will need in the future. As always, it is important to remember that as your child reaches this stage, they will develop at different rates so don't panic if your child doesn't seem to be as able as other children. If you are concerned take him to a GP who will reassure you that all children develop at different rates.

Learning

Your child’s attention span is continuously growing. They can probably pay attention for about 4-8 minutes now. Your child is also developing their language skills and is probably able to speak in simple sentences. For example, your child may be able to say “the big ball”. They will probably still have grammatical errors, such as getting r’s and w’s confused (wabbit instead of rabbit). These speech problems will sort themselves out over time. Some stuttering is normal at this age and can sometimes be more common if another family member stuttered when they were young. Most children will grow out of stuttering and talking with a lisp by the time they reach school age.

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