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  • Physical Development
    • Sleeps between 10 and 13 hours a day, and may have given up the morning nap by now but still sleeps in the afternoon.
    • Postpones bedtimes sometimes even when she’s tired, just to be with you.
    • Loves walking backward, sideways, up and down the stairs (while holding on to the wall or rail or to you). Also wants to run however she doesn’t have perfect control yet and has no sense of distance so she can’t stop at once even if she’s about to bump into something.
    • Can hold a small container with one hand and put objects like blocks into it with another hand.
    Cognitive and Mental Development
    • Knows about 10 words, some as many as 50 words. Uses more action words now like “go” and “jump,” and words that tell directions such as “up,” “down,” “under,” “out,” and “in.”
    • Can point at pictures of objects in books when you ask her.
    • When you read to her stories she’s already familiar with and pause at certain parts, she’ll be able to fill in the blanks.
    • Enjoys shape-sorting toys, and usually moves objects from one place to another (from the table to a stool nearby) so she learns about size, weight, shape and spatial relationships.
    • Attention span is getting longer, and she may play with a favorite toy for as long as 20 to 30 minutes.

    Emotional and Behavioral Development
    • Wants to or insists on helping you with chores such as folding clothes, sweeping floor, and she demands, “Me do it!”
    • Enjoys having an audience and will repeat doing over and over whatever deed elicits a response, such as dancing or walking backward.

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