By now your child learns to take care of himself on his own. He needs your help to do it properly. He can put on a hat, sock, unbutton a shirt and undo a zip. He may not do these things whenever you want to. He needs your encouragement to improve and develop further. Your constant encouragement and telling hIm how proud you are of him for doing things on his own takes him forward. Your child may drink from a cup well, participate meaningfully in dressing him and climb up and down the steps. But he does this with both feet per step. He runs, climbs with confidence. He can throw and kick a ball. He is more corporative. He recognizes himself in photos. He starts to show signs of developed writing posture. He can hold a pencil with thumb and two fingers. He can point out colors.
Your child shows clear signs of buddying up with other kids to have adventures together. He starts building up friendships. Sometimes your kid may assume an imperious behavior thinking that he is the king of all he sees. Excessive shyness is the other end of the spectrum. Crying may be a replacement for words, which are sometimes illusive to your kid. He needs your help to sort things out, without you being judgmental. Your child now can ask you a simple question. He may phrase it in a simple way stringing together a few words. Your child can now identify commonly used signs like exit, toilet, go and stop.
Falls and accidental injuries still top the board. Viral fevers and other common ailments are rampant. Your kid may catch diseases from him playmates.
Your kid may fall and get up and carry on without you noticing. Look for loss of balance, bruising, bumps on his head, nasal bleed, ear bleed, difficulty moving, pain while moving and altered behavior. All these may be features of a fall.
Your kid will be less active if some physical discomfort bothers him. Keep an eye on him and have a low threshold for seeking help.
Refer to the child weight chart provided by the ministry of health before deciding whether your child is having the weight/height to match it’s age.