Toddler Month by Month: 27
- April 11, 2023
- by Melissa Lawrence
Hi everyone and welcome to Month 27 with your baby and Month 27 with my toddler Bracey.
How Old is a 27-Month-Old Toddler?
Your toddler is now 2 years and 3 months old.
Average Weight and Height of a 27-Month-Old Toddler?
Here are the average heights and weights for this age.
How Much Should a 27-Month-Old Toddler Weigh?
The average weight for a 27-month-old toddler is 29 pounds for boys (13.2 kilos) and 27.8 pounds (12.6 kilos) for girls.
How Tall is the Average 27-month-old Toddler?
The average height for a 27-month-old toddler is 35.1 inches (89 cm) for boys and 34.6 inches (88 cm) for girls.
Developmental Milestones at 27 Months
27-Month-Old Speech Milestones
What’s typical for a 27-month-old when it comes to speech and language? By this age, most toddlers are:
- Saying 50-100 words (some more, some less). The number of words your child is uttering should be increasing by this point on a weekly or even daily basis.
- Increasingly using phrases with two or more words (some toddlers are using phrases of more than four words). Examples: “no night night,” “go outside,” “read George,” and “yum yum.”
- Blabbering a lot. Your child might be having difficulty articulating certain letter sounds such as th, l, or s. You might not understand quite a bit of what your child is saying, but this is perfectly normal. If you have concerns about your child’s speech or language development, speak to your pediatrician since early intervention in cases of speech delay is crucial.
Speech Activities for 27-Month-Old
Stick to the same language-rich activities, incorporating concepts, categories and rich vocabulary into your everyday activities and your child’s play. This month, I tried something new: having a conversation with Bracey.
How to Converse with a Toddler
With toddlers, it’s not so easy to describe your day, an interaction you had with someone else, or the latest news event. So, try talking about a book you have read together or an experience you had together. I did this with Bracey the other day. I said “You know, Bracey, George was hired to wash windows. And he climbed up and looked inside the building, even though he wasn’t supposed to because he was very curious, and he saw a little boy crying because he did not want to eat his spinach. Isn’t that funny, Bracey.” Then, I said: “Bracey, and wasn’t that fun when we went to the park, and you went on the swings, kicked the ball, and went down the slide.” This is how you can converse with your toddler about a book or a shared experience. You can talk about your daily routine, also, by saying things like: “Bracey, did you like the scrambled eggs you had for breakfast.” Experts recommend that when you ask a question, you give your toddler at least 10 seconds to answer (the time it will take them to sort through their thoughts). These little chats get your toddler in the habit of reflecting upon and articulating their experiences using rich language, which is exactly what experts encourage you to do.
Physical Development Milestones for a 27-month-old Toddler
What should a 27-month-old toddler be doing? Your 27-month-old should be getting increasingly agile in their gross motor activities — able to more easily climb up the jungle gym and furniture at home, run (including while holding objects), kick, and pedal a toddler bike.
Physical Activities for a 27-Month-Old Toddler
To develop physical strength and agility and gross motor skills at this stage, encourage your toddler to:
- Walk and run while holding a ball. This encourages balance.
- Balance on one foot.
- Leap forward two feet at a time. Then, leap forward just with the right foot, and then just with the left foot. This will encourage balance and coordination.
- Graduate to a bigger tricycle with real, rubber wheels which allows your toddler to push themselves forward with their feet on the ground.
- Climb up and down the stairs with arms stretched out.
- Climb onto and off of the jungle-gym with spotting. Try to encourage your toddler to move their hands and feet in sync.
- Go down the slide. And even better, climb up the slide, which is much more difficult for the arms and legs.
- Push up and down with another child on a seesaw.
- Use plastic pins, stuffed animals or block towers and create a bowling lane in your house.
- Allow your toddler to take the books down from the shelves to his heart’s content. This is annoying for you, but it’s great for your toddler’s gross and fine motor strength.
Intellectual Activities for a 27-Month-Old-Toddler
Your toddler should be getting more adept at playing with blocks, trains, and other manipulatives. Paint brushes, crayons, and markers will encourage your toddler’s fine motor skills while giving them a sense of creativity and ownership. Here are some great intellectual activities for toddlers that encourage fine motor skills:
- Scribbling (Jackson Pollack, anyone?)
- Drawing lines over dotted lines (straight line, square, circle, rectangle).
- Cutting paper with scissors while carefully holding the paper far away with the other hand.
- Turning pages of a paper book, which is trickier than a board book.
- Building a block tower higher and higher (while talking about the colors, numbers and shapes).
- Practicing beading with large wooden beads and a string.
- Forming play doh balls. Drawing circles around them.
- Painting dots in different colors. Then, mixing the dots to see the new colors.
- Card games. There are some fun ones (including with oversized cards) for toddlers.
- Drawing with oversized, toddler crayons, which encourages the pincer grasp.
Your 27-Month-Old Toddler’s Social and Emotional Development
Should I Make My Toddler Apologize?
This is a great question that many parents ask themselves. On the one hand, you want your toddler to learn to speak the truth, and not to be encouraged to give answers that don’t reflect their feelings. On the other hand, you need for your toddler to start becoming a responsible person who recognizes the importance of taking account of their actions. When Bracey does something like pushes, hits or bites (which has happened a few times), I take him aside to another space and explain to him why that behavior is wrong. I do encourage him to say sorry. It’s kind of cute because when he kicks his ball to the wrong place now he’ll say “sorry ball.” My older girls ask him to give a kiss to the injured party. Each family approaches this differently and there is no one right way. No matter what discipline strategy you choose, try to make sure that your toddler understands that their actions and behavior matter and affect others and that hurtful or mean behavior is unacceptable.
When Should I Begin Potty Training
Some experts recommend potty training your toddler between 27 and 33 months, when they are mature enough to use the potty, but not so mature so as to resist it. That said, I found with my three boys that when I tried to potty train them before they were age 3, I spent months cleaning up accidents and very little made it into the potty, whereas when I trained them at or around age 3, the potty training went more quickly. My girls potty trained earlier at around 2.5 years old. That had something to do with the fact that they were both winter babies and were two and a half years old during the summer months, which is an easier time to potty train.
How do I Begin Potty Training
The first way to introduce potty training is to say goodbye to modesty, take your toddler to the bathroom with you, and allow them to hear you pee. I am not kidding. Buy a small potty and purchase pull up diapers so that your toddler can begin going to a small potty on their own during the day. If they do make a present in the potty, it’s a cause for celebration! People try candies, match box cards, and other goodies to reward the event — use whatever appeals to your toddler.
What Should my 27-Month-Old Toddler be Eating?
Continue to give your toddler an extensive variety of foods from the four food groups. A toddler’s serving size is about ¼ to ½ of that of an adult. Here’s a quick breakdown of the quantities you need per food group:
- Grains — 6 servings. Includes bread, pasta, rice, crackers, and cereals. Opt for whole grains.
- Vegetables — 2 to 3 servings. Opt for fresh, not canned or frozen, veggies. Try for one serving at lunch, one with snack, and one with dinner.
- Fruits — 2 to 3 servings. Opt for fresh, not canned or frozen, fruits.
- Dairy — 2 to 3 servings. Try yogurt, kefir, cheese and milk.
- Protein — 4 servings. Meat, fish, chicken, lean pork, eggs, and legumes (lentils, split peas, navy beans, and fava beans). Hummus is terrific. Dairy products also have great protein.
How Much Milk should a 27-Month-Old Toddler Drink?
By this age, many doctors suggest switching to low-fat milk and dairy products. This depends on your child’s weight. Children aged 1-3 years require 700 mg of calcium per day and 600 IU of vitamin D, which helps aid calcium. Give your toddler around two 8 ounce glasses of milk per day, but no more than 24 ounces, so that the milk does not affect their appetite. If you are giving dairy products and still breastfeeding, you can give less milk. Check with your doctor as to exactly how much less.
Schedule for 27-Month-Old Breastfeeding or Milk Feeding Toddler
How Much Sleep Does a 27-Month-Old Need?
Your 27-month-old toddler will need about 12.5-14 hours of sleep over a 24 hour period. Hopefully that means 11-12 hours at night and a 1.5-3 hour-long nap. Bracey sleeps for around 13 hours a day, so a bit less than before. He sleeps 10 hours at night and takes a nap of around 2 hours, so we are lucky. Start this schedule when your child wakes up and use it as a loose framework to ensure your child has regular naps and healthy meals to keep energy levels consistent.
- 7am feed* & breakfast
- 10am snack
- 12pm feed & lunch (1-3pm sleep)
- 3pm feed & snack
- 6:30pm dinner
- 7:30pm final milk feeding
- 8pm bedtime
*If no longer breastfeeding, give milk or its alternative after the meal.
During his 27th month, Bracey began saying three-word phrases like “Marielle, night, night.” He greatly enjoyed learning to ski and was even able to ski down the slope on his own for a few short bits. Christmas brought some great family time. Thanks so much for watching and see you back next month for Month 28.