Deborah - posted on 09/23/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )
My daughter is almost two and a half. We haven't had any 'real' success with potty training yet, but she has a 6 month old little brother.
She can count up to 15 or so unaided(looses interest after 26 or 27 when she's repeating), she'll count up and down 'one, two, three, two, one!) and she can sing the alphabet song alone. She knows over 20 'sounds', like frog, elephant, horse, pig, seat belt, dog, cat, snake, etc.
People are constantly telling me she's 'smart'. I'm worried that these are just compliments instead of her being 'smart'. She's putting sentences together very well, although not perfect (I no like it).
She knows how to play hide and seek, can sing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, knows all the basic colors (red, purple, pink, green, etc) and she is very well mannered (No, thank you; thank you; please, etc) and her biggest word so far is 'congratulations'. She can identify almost every character from her favorite tv shows (Kai Lan, Dora the Explorer, Yo Gabba, Gabba are just a few). She has problems pronouncing the first syllables of some words, particularly words that start with 's' (she skips the s sound) and F (which she replaces with p) For instance it's talt instead of 'salt' and pella instead of 'fella'. She is capable of feeding herself, although it's a rare occasion if we get through dinner with that way. She drinks out of a cup most of the time, except when we're out and about.
I was wondering how she was doing in comparison to other children her age? I don't want to go around thinking I have a really smart kid if she's actually 'average'. I don't know anyone else who has a child her age, the closest one is her cousin who is going to be 2 in November or December. I know she's far ahead of him, particularly with speech.