You’re now a parent to a 2-3 year old. And by now they’re probably sleeping through the night - you can thank all that excess energy they have during the day for that! At this stage they’ve become their very own person, asking for things - whether that’s with words or pointing - and developing their own sense of humour. Get ready for random giggles!

Here’s what you can expect to see in their 2-3 year old development and some products to help.

I can cut it

By this age their pincer and coordination skills have reached a point where they can pretty much hold anything. Their table manners have also moved on. It’s less about the fingers and more about the fork. Now’s the time to introduce them to ‘grown up’ cutlery. That’s right; It’s bye, bye plastic, hello stainless steel and kid-proof knives. Just pick an ergonomic pair that will help them master this skill easily - it’ll save their frustrations and in turn, those tantrums.

Order of the day

At this stage they’ll start to grasp the concept of problem solving as well as starting to identify different shapes, numbers and colours. Puzzles and games are a great way to enhance these congnitive skills, while building up their mobility skills too. Alternative a kids’ book that’s targetted at teaching them their ABCs and numbers, is a great a great option. Perfect for days, and bedtimes, they’ll learn while they read.

Carry on pretending

Their imaginations are continuing to develop and you may find that they’ll sit quite happily playing with a toy now. At this point it’s a great idea to introduce them to a wooden toy such as a car or wooden fruit and veg. Long lasting, they’re great for continuing pretend play and will withstand the throwing and bashing - yes that still happens. Once they hit the 2.5 year old stage, you may also want to start introducing them to dress up. It’s a perfect way to continue their imaginative skills, while also teaching them about independent play.

Bath time fun

They’ve by now nailed bath time and you’re probably struggling more about getting them out rather than getting them in. So be sneaky and continue their learning journey while they wash with some bath toys for 2-3 year olds. Green Toys do a range of bath toys that are perfect for teaching kids about cause and effect and water flow. They also have wide-mouth openings for scoop-and-pour fun. Pst, this also doubles up as a great way to sneakily wash your 2-3 year olds hair if they’re not so keen…

Potty training

Eeek, the time has come for another big milestone in your kids’ life. Potty training! Fun times. Each toddler is different when it comes to potty training and in most cases it’s best to be led by them as to when they start. Most common signs include them telling you when they’ve done a poo or wee or showing interest in the toilet. You can read more about when to start potty training with our Potty Training Tips To Know About. Get prepared for the big change with our range of potty training products. From training pants to ergonomic and portable potties, there’s stuff for every one.

Emotions

By now you’re probably well on your way to understanding why people call this period the ‘terrible twos’. Tantrums over anything? Yep we hear ya. But, there’s a good explanation for this. Your toddler’s cognitive skills are growing each day, but they may not yet have the verbal skills to express this. It’s normal, don’t worry. Help them on the journey to expressing their thoughts and emotions with story books that teach them about feelings. Ok, they may not grasp it right at the beginning, but these will help them later on when they are communicating properly.

And a last little note…

Article hit the spot? Good news. There’s more… We’ve put together a comprehensive list of all the best products for your 2-3 year old. You can find them by popping over to our Shop by Stage: 2-3 year old collection.

And one more thing before you go… We know every toddler develops at a different pace and we’ve got that covered. If they’re doing more, head over to our buying guide for 3-4 year olds, or see our buying guide for 18-24 months if you don't feel they have quite reached this stage. Happy reading guys.