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My child is 29 months old. What major developmental milestones should I watch for?

By the time your child is reaching the halfway point between his or her second and third birthdays, he or she is likely to start exhibiting some exciting and new behaviour.

As far as language goes, your child can probably now point to at least six body parts, and call them by name. He or she is probably also chatting away, and using more and more short sentences. You can encourage this development by using longer and more complex sentences when you talk to your child, which should encourage him or her to try out those new language skills you’re building.

Your child may be ready for toilet training, although some children may already be using the potty, and others may take a few more months to try it out, but he or she can probably already put on at least one item of clothing by him or her self.

Children this age are also becoming a lot more social, and your child is likely to have at least one friend that he or she can identify by name by this age. Over the next few months and years, your child will become more and more interested in other children, and more willing to play with them – another important sign of social development.

Last, but not least, your child is starting to develop a creative streak. He or she is probably delighted to use finger paints or crayons to create elaborate scribbles, and although the mess can be a pain to clean, and you might not be able to identify anything in your child’s scrawls, it is an important part of development, so make sure you incorporate creative play in your child’s life.

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