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1 year 5 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:
  • The start of toddler tantrums.
  • Speaking more clearly.
  • More teething (sorry).
  • Dancing to music.
  • Trying to get dressed alone.
How your toddler is developing:
There are a lot of positive developments at this stage, as well as a few that are more challenging. Let’s start with the good news. Your toddler’s grasp of language is getting better every day. Toddlers can understand far more than they can say, but their vocabulary will improve every day, especially if you help them by naming things and reading to them a lot. By now they might have mastered quite a few words, or even be able to put two words together. Your toddler will be good at naming objects they are familiar with.

One of the things toddlers really enjoy is playing games that allow them to mimic you. If you are busy in the kitchen, give your child a bowl and a spoon so they can copy you. They might even take the spoon and try to feed a toy (so don’t make the mistake of putting anything in the bowl, unless you want it all over your floor!)

Your toddler will be growing more and more independent, and will want to help put on their clothes – and take them off too. You might find discarded socks around the house while they practise. Teething will probably rear its ugly head again, but hopefully you’ll have a few more tools to deal with it this time around.
Tips for you this month:
This is the perfect age to persevere with manners: encourage your toddler to say please and thank you, and make sure you and your partner are very polite with your toddler. Most learning is done through example – what you do, not what you say.  You may start experiencing the first toddler tantrums, if you haven’t already been introduced to them. Learning how to cope with them in a calm way will be a big help. Remember that most of the time tantrums are caused by frustration at your toddler not being able to communicate what they are feeling.

Now is also the right age for your toddler to start taking only one nap a day – generally in the afternoon. Each child is different, though, and if you notice your toddler is over-tired by the afternoon nap, then keep to two naps a day until they are ready to drop one of them.
This month’s To Do list:
  • Make an appointment for your child’s next immunisations.
  • Find a toy kitchen set so your toddler can play at being an adult.
  • When choosing new clothes, go for options with zips, Velcro and big buttons, so that your toddler can dress and undress themselves. 
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
If your toddler is in the middle of a tantrum, try to stay calm and don’t raise your voice. Either walk away and ignore the tantrum or, if that’s not possible (in a supermarket, for example), crouch down to eye-level and speak to your child in a soothing tone.

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