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1 year 2 months old

Katie de Klee
Your toddler's development, what changes to expect and some great tips for the month ahead.
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What’s happening now:
  • Developing good eating habits (slowly).
  • Drinking from a cup.
  • Getting good at tipping stuff out.
  • Can follow a verbal command.
  • Learning how to parent a toddler.
How your toddler is developing:
Many parents notice that their toddler’s appetite has dropped off – this is perfectly normal and because they are going through less of a growth spurt. It is always a good idea to try and establish good eating habits as early as possible: give your toddler healthy snacks, and let them feed themselves with a spoon or with fingers. Eating solo means your toddler is better at recognising when they are full.

Your toddler will also be learning how to respond to simple commands around now. “Say goodbye to mommy” will get you a wave or a kiss, for example. They will also understand when you reprimand them, but remember to be patient and clear. Playtime is becoming more of a learning experience for your child. Experimental playtime can result in a lot of mess for you, but it is one way your toddler learns about the world. Toys that stack or containers to fill and empty are fantastic learning tools at this age.

Tips for you this month:

When it comes to disciplining your child, you and your partner will have to decide what is allowed and what isn’t. It’s important for both of you to be on the same page about discipline, and to be consistent so that your toddler learns where the boundaries are. Toddlers love to be helpful, so engage them in little chores like fetching you a book, or taking things to other people in the room.

Now is a good time to start thinking about reducing the number of times your baby drinks from a bottle. Bottles can be damaging to your baby’s teeth and after twelve months they are ready to start moving on to drinking from a cup.

This month’s To Do list:
  • Buy some learning toys for your toddler.
  • Find some good storage units for their growing collection of toys.
  • Start giving water, milk and diluted juice to your child in a cup rather than a bottle.
  • Spend some time talking about how you want to discipline your child with your partner. 
If you have 5 minutes…
 
Mom’s top tip.
If you are travelling with your toddler – even if you’re just going out for the afternoon – be prepared for every eventuality. Take along a change of clothes, an extra jersey, spare nappies, wet wipes, toys, books, something to eat and something to drink. You’ll soon learn what your toddler needs for an afternoon out.

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