My daughter is nearly 2, she disn't walk alone till she was 15 months old, but she's been able to chat away to us since she was 11 months old. Her comprehension is very good and she's very inquisitive about everything. I was wondering what else I can do apart from more reading and more music and singing I can do with her without pushing her too much? I want her to enjoy being a toddler - albeit a very, very bright toddler. x - Direct2Mum
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Joy Dehany
Joy Dehany
Didn't* sorry - long day!

08/02/2013 21:39:44

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Pippa Ainsworth
Pippa Ainsworth
It sounds like you are doing enough to me. She sounds very much like my little boy. He is nearly three but talked early and his speech is great now. He can tell a story and construct proper sentences easily. I think the thing that benefits him most is talking to him. Keep chatting to her all day long and her speech will improve and her understanding too. When you are out walking talk about what you can see. Reading is a great source of comprehension too. My 34 month old knows the meaning of words like delicious and frustrating and can use them all in a sentence. We've never pushed him, I'm fairly sure he has picked up most of his language from just talking to us.

08/02/2013 22:27:02

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Jetta Sneddon
Jetta Sneddon
Hi, my 2 year old (2 gone October) is quite advanced for his age (I think) he recognises his numbers 1 -10, can count to 25 and recognises all his letters, he knows his shapes, even hexagons and octagons (?!) and his colours. His speech is advancing every day, almost comically so. He started learning from sitting reading with me for an hour or so a day and then he has 3 books before bedtime. My husband and I try to get him to explain the pictures in the books in his own words, like describing people, animals, colours, actions etc. But I've also found he learns a huge amount from some apps Ive downloaded on my phone. He's always loved playing with my phone since he was tiny so I thought I'd put some educational apps on there. He loves the noises and colours and games and learns at his own pace now. I think kids just learn a lot from having parents sit and spend one to one time with them. He's restricted on the iphone time before you think I have a bright child because I just dump him down with it somewhere! I try and sit and play on it with him when he does go on it, but he's limited to 20 minutes a day max. I prefer doing the book thing now anyways cause I get cuddles!

13/02/2013 17:01:53

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Fiona Karbal
Fiona Karbal
Take your child to museums, art galleries and other interesting places. For babies and toddlers, modern art with lots of bright colours and bold shapes is better than more traditional figurative painting, so try Tate Modern or a similar museum near you. The Natural History museum is good, again focus on brightly coloured displays of smaller animals, such as butterflies, rather than the blue whale which is likely to just look like a very large grey blob to a small child. The other thing small kids appreciate are aquariums, especially the tropical fish displays. Just remember that you don't want to wear them out, so short visits are best, but you will find that kids love seeing the same things again so you can always take them back to somewhere they enjoyed previously.

25/02/2013 13:14:01

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