Toddler Month by Month: 28
- April 20, 2023
- by Melissa Lawrence
Hi everyone and welcome to Month 28 with your baby and Month 28 with my toddler Bracey.
How Old is a 28-Month-Old Toddler?
Your toddler is now 2 years and 4 months old.
Average Weight of 28-month-old?
The average weight for a 28-month-old toddler is 29.3 pounds for boys (13.3 kilos) and 28.1 pounds (12.8 kilos) for girls.
How Tall is the Average 28-month-old?
The average height for a 28-month-old boy is 35.4 inches (89.9 cm) and for a girl is 35 inches (88.9 cm).
28 Month Old Toddler Developmental Milestones
28-Month-Old Toddler Speech Milestones
What’s typical for a 28-month-old when it comes to speech and language? By this age, most toddlers can:
- Say between 50 and 100 words
- Utter 2- to 4-word phrases, and utter increasing arrays of 2-word phrases.
- Articulate the names of animals, characters from books, and family members.
- Follow simple instructions
- Point to objects you mention
- Blabber with increasing clarity (don’t worry too much if you don’t understand a lot of what your toddler says).
- Imitate the words you utter.
If you do not understand what your child is saying or do not notice new words popping up, check with your doctor. Your child might be showing signs of speech delay or a hearing problem. Early intervention in either case is crucial.
Speech Activities for 28-Month-Old Toddler
Continue to engage in language-rich activities with your toddler throughout your day explaining concepts, categories and why you do what you do. Converse, sing, dance, and read, read, read as much as possible. Avoid the TV, iPad and iPhones. Books are best.
How to Ask a Toddler Questions
To encourage language development, ask your toddler the answer to very simple questions. Here are some examples:
- What color shoes are you wearing?
- What book do you want to read?
- What’s your name?
- Where would you like to go? (Make sure you are ready for the trip!)
- Would you like cheese or yogurt (banana or apple, carrot or broccoli) for a snack?
These kinds of questions get your toddler in the habit of thinking, making choices (which is great for encouraging independence), and of practicing saying the words on their own.
Physical Development Milestones for a 28-month-old Toddler
Physical Activities for a 28-Month-Old Toddler
Continue to challenge your toddler to be as active as possible inside and outside in order to build gross motor skills, agility, and stamina. Here are some great habits to try to encourage:
- Take a 10 minute walk every day and skip the stroller
- Do 20 jumping jacks
- Stretch for 5-10 minutes
- Have your toddler climb onto and off of the sofa 5 times and do a countdown
- Head to the park daily and have your toddler climb the jungle gym, go up and down the slide, and play on the swings
- Roll like a log
- Sing London Bridges and fall down
- Stand on one foot
- Stretch out your arms and do arm twists
- Build a safe obstacle course in your house and time your toddler
Intellectual Activities for a 28-Month-Old-Toddler
Speak to, sing with, and dance with your toddler every day and read, read, read.
Try to make time for one activity a day that focuses on fine motor skills. Here are some examples:
- Play Doh balls (alternate the colors to do patterns)
- Small stacking blocks (count how many to incorporate basic math). The smaller the better for fine motor skills.
- Scribbling and drawing
- Magna Tiles (try to get the tower higher and higher)
28-Month-Old Social and Emotional Development
How to Handle Temper Tantrums
I’ve had my share of temper tantrums in all sorts of settings. My number one piece of advice is to keep your calm, model your behavior, and remind yourself that tantrums tend to burn out as soon as they pop up. Many parents get upset by tantrums and try to reason with their child. I think that can make things worse because it means assuming there is a logic behind the tantrum whereas oftentimes your toddler is just freaking out over nothing. Try not to capitulate and teach your child that having a tantrum is a good way to get what they want.
What Should My 28-Month-Old Be Eating?
Continue to give your toddler a wide variety of foods from the basic food groups. Make sure to get the correct amount of milk, protein, veggies, fruits and grains. Make meals fun by staying calm and not fretting too much over what your toddler eats. Experts advise looking at what your toddler eats over the course of a week rather than a day. The mantra is introduce, introduce, introduce. For a comprehensive look at great food to give toddlers this age, check out Month 27 and other prior videos.
Schedule for Breastfeeding or Milk Feeding Babies at 28 Months of Age
Follow the same schedule as during prior months. Your toddler will need about 12.5-14 hours of sleep over a 24 hour period. That means 11-12 hours at night and a 1.5-3 hours nap. Bracey sleeps 13-15 hours a day, 11-12 hours at night with a nap of 2-3 hours.
- 7am feed* & breakfast
- 10am snack
- 12pm feed & lunch (1-3pm sleep)
- 3pm feed & snack
- 6pm dinner
- 7:30 pm final milk feeding
- 8pm bedtime
*Start the schedule when your toddler wakes up. If you are no longer breastfeeding, give milk or its alternative after the meal.
During his 28th month, Bracey enjoyed alot of art activities at home, trips to the park, and saying the word chocolate. We try not to give him too much! Thanks for watching and see you back soon for Month 29.