Your toddler is 4 years and 7 months old

Month 55

The development in your child is steadily increasing as they are continuously building and developing skills that they have already learned. They are refining their motor capabilities and are being perceptive to their surroundings, they may also be beginning to know their immediate families names and surnames. Your child is getting better at playing with blocks and really enjoying playing with lots of other children.

Skills

Your child may be getting better at using scissors at this stage, but make sure they are toddler scissors and that there is an adult around the supervise! At this point your child can probably cut in a straight line very well and also probably cut out small shapes and create fun designs in the paper. Your child will probably attempt to put on socks and shoes by themselves, although they might still have trouble tying their shoelaces. You might need to help them with that, or sick with Velcro or slip-on shoes. Along with socks and shoes, your child will probably try to get dressed completely on their own. They might have a little trouble buttoning or zipping clothing when it is on their back, but everything else they should be able to put on. It might help to choose their clothes the night before so that they are not rooting around and messing up the wardrobe.

Playing

Your child will enjoy activities such as using building blocks to create structures and designs that are more than ten blocks high and are creating more complex figures. Your child is probably developing friendships with children his own age and will want to continue forming and developing these relationships throughout his early years. He may have one friend who he particularly enjoys spending time with. Having said this, it's not uncommon for children of this age to suddenly dislike a friend, but hopefully it's just a passing phase. Your child probably enjoying being a little dramatic and still enjoys being the centre of attention. They may even like to out on little shows for you and sing what they are learning at nursery school.

Personal details

Your child is beginning to know personal details about themselves and about you and your partner. They will probably be able to tell you your name as well as your surname. They might know where you work or what your profession is may be able to do this with most people in their immediate family, like siblings or pets. This is a skill that might take a while to develop, so if your child is not able to do it at this age, don’t worry, they will get there! It may be a good idea to teach your toddler the address of where you live and also what your names are (many lost children tell adults their parents are called mummy and daddy, which is correct but not very helpful when trying to locate them!) so that if they do get lost from you, they can tell an adult where they live. It's a good idea to tell your children to find a mummy with a baby if they get lost; it isn't often you see Policemen wondering around these days but you'll almost certainly see a mum. Hopefully another mum would always help a lost child locate their parents.

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