What’s going on for baby?

With their growing skills and abilities, young children between the ages of 2–3 years want to do more and more by and for themselves. They are likely to want to dress and feed themselves, and to show they are ready to learn to use a potty or the toilet.

How can parents and whānau help?

  • Take time to help their child learn to dress and undress themselves.
  • Help their child learn to clean their teeth and wash their hands — do it with them.
  • Let them practise putting on clothing such as socks, shoes, trousers or a hat.
  • Let them help with jobs like sorting and putting washing away, putting shopping away, setting the table, washing vegetables and mixing ingredients for baking.
  • Let them feed themselves with a spoon or a fork.
  • Watch for signs their child is ready for toilet learning, and understand they’ll need their child’s co-operation to learn this skill. Parents can’t make them do it. If it becomes a struggle, leave it for a while and try again in a few weeks.
  • Read some picture books about using a potty.

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