Your toddler is 29 months old!
Between the ages of 2 and 3, kids undergo a language explosion; their vocabulary undergoes massive expansion and they begin to understand its nuances. For example, he may have started calling himself “I” or “me,” which means he’s beginning to get pronouns. That’s a huge cognitive leap! Encourage his language development by reading to him (rhythmic and repetitive stories are a huge hit right now), sing together and chat while you play.
As your 29-month-old grows, she's learning tons of new skills.
29-Month-Old Weight & Height
Average weight for a 29-month-old is around 28.4 pounds for girls and 29.6 pounds for boys. Average height is around 35.3 inches for girls and 35.7 inches for boys, according to the US Centers for Disease Control.
What should my 29-month-old be doing?
Here are some milestones your 29-month-old may have hit or may be working on:
• Speech. Your 29-month-old may be speaking in sentences but they probably aren't perfect sentences. For example, "Me jump big!" Don't point out that it's incorrect but rather repeat what he's saying in a grammatically correct way. "Yes, you did jump so high! Awesome job!" A 29-month-old not talking should get an evaluation from a pediatrician. Sometimes, the child is communicating and just needs more time to get the words right. Other times, he needs a little help from a speech specialist.
• Getting Dressed. Your child can probably put on at least one piece of clothing by herself, which is welcome news after putting every single article of clothing on her for almost two-and-a-half years.
• Potty Training. Know how kids learn to use the potty? By having accidents! So if you're potty training, instead of getting frustrated whenever your kid wets his underwear, think of it as one step closer to him learning how to keep them dry. Encourage and praise when things go right.
• Teething. Your 29-month-old child may be teething with her second molars. Also known as the 2-year molars, these pearly whites tend to erupt between 20 and 33 months. And since they're big, it can be a painful process. The good news is they're the last teeth to come in until around age 6, when kids can better deal with the discomfort, so soon, you'll be done with teething woes.
• Whining. Even if she’s highly verbal, your child doesn’t have all the words and phrases you do, so she might rely on whining to get her point across. Make sure you're not letting her get what she wants by whining; that just encourages more of it.
• Moodiness. He gets cranky when he’s hungry or tired, so don’t plan anything demanding (like a playdate or trip to Home Depot) close to naptime or for when she hasn’t eaten in a while.
• Repetition. Your child may have favorite shows, clothes, and books she wants to read over and over.
Health is always a top concern for parents, and this age is no different. Some common health questions parents of 29-month-olds have are:
• My 29-month-old has diarrhea. What should I do? • My 29-month-old is constipated. What should I do? • My 29-month-old is throwing up. What should I do? • My 29-month old has a cough. What should I do? • My 29-month-old has a fever. What should I do?
At 29 months, the experts say your child should have a sleep routine, but you never know what's going to come up next. Demands to stay up late, refusal to take a nap and even maybe some new nighttime fears. It can all throw you for a loop. But eventually, you'll all get back on track.
How Much Sleep Does a 29-Month-Old Need?
Most 2-year-olds need around 11 to 12 hours of nighttime sleep, plus a nap of about 1.5 to 3 hours, for a total of about 13 to 14 hours of sleep per day.
Every kid is different, but your child's schedule may look something like this:
29-Month-Old Sleep Schedule
29-Month-Old Sleep Problems
Some 2-year-olds develop nighttime fears. Sticking to that soothing bedtime routine—free of anything potentially scary or stimulating—can help make going to bed a positive experience. It's okay to indulge your kid a bit and turn on a nightlight or keep the door open a crack. Give her a comforting stuffed animal or blankie and reassure her that she's safe and you're there, even when she can't see you. Some parents fill a spray bottle with water and tell their child it's a special monster repellant they use every night at bedtime. Eventually, she'll grow out of her nighttime fears—it just may take a while.
When it comes to food, as usual, it's all about balance. Sure, it's okay to let your kid have those fruit snacks or an occasional Oreo or two. But balance that out with some apple slices and carrot sticks.
How Much Should My 29-Month-Old Be Eating?
Two-year olds should continue to eat three meals per day, plus two snacks. Offer him a variety of foods in all food groups—vegetables, fruits, grains, protein, and dairy—daily. Portion size isn't big at this age: Expect your kid to eat only ¼ to ½ as much as an adult.
Your 2-year-old should be drinking 1% or skim milk (not whole milk). Try to offer low-fat dairy products, such as yogurt and cheese too. Doctors recommend kids ages one to three get 700 mg of calcium per day. Fat should account for less than 30 percent of your toddler's daily calories.
What to Feed My 29-Month-Old
Looking for some tasty and nutritious meal inspiration? Check out these food ideas for a 2-year-old:
29-Month-Old Feeding Schedule
29-Month-Old Eating Problems
Young kids tend to load up on sugar and fluids and may neglect the fats and proteins they need. This can result in a condition called toddler's diarrhea, in which the child gets loose, watery stools—but isn't otherwise sick—for several days straight. Prevent this condition by limiting your kid's juice intake and offering foods with plenty of fats, protein and fiber. Fresh fruits and veggies are super important.
Activities for a 29-Month-Old
Your active 29-month-old just wants to have fun. Through play, he's learning every step of the way and developing his motor skills and creativity.
What to do with a 29-month-old?
Fun activities, games and toys for a 29-month-old are:
• Singing. She loves simple sing-along songs—and if the song has accompanying motions (think "Itsy Bitsy Spider"), all the better.
• Dancing. Play a few favorite kid-friendly songs from your playlist. Your 29-month-old probably digs a good dance party.
• Outings. Children's museums, zoos, kids' gyms, libraries, bookstores and aquariums are all fun places to take a 29-month-old.
• Cook or bake together. Your child can help with the safe parts, i.e. the ones that don't require knives and heat.
29-Month-Old Baby Checklist/Tips
• Beat frustration by teaching independence. Instead of telling him which puzzle piece goes where, help a little, and make sure he’s the one to place the last piece. That will give him confidence to try again next time.
• Teaching your child to share can take a long time. It helps for parents to point out sharing, to do it themselves and to praise their child when they make an effort to share too. For the next year or two, maybe hide those hard-to-share toys when your child has a friend over for a playdate.
• Some 2-year-olds develop a fear of the water, which can make bathtime a challenge. It may ease her anxiety to stick to a really low water level, give her fun toys and bubbles, or even get in the tub with her. And when all else fails, try a shower instead.
• If you haven't already, start browsing preschools to find a 3-year-old program that might be a good fit for your child.