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1 year 6 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:
  • More teething pain.
  • Taking toys apart and putting them back together.
  • Learning to throw a ball.
  • Feeling steadier on their feet.
  • Being the favourite parent for a few minutes a day.
How your toddler is developing:
Your toddler is more sure-footed now, walking more steadily, and probably trying to climb up on furniture or up the stairs. How are those eyes in the back of your head? You’re going to need them! When your child is tired or feels vulnerable, they will still want to be carried.

Your toddler’s molars may come through around now and this can cause more teething pain. You can start using low fluoride toothpaste and encourage your toddler to brush their own teeth by buying a fun toothbrush. It’s also a good idea to make sure they’re getting plenty of calcium in their diet.

Your toddler has probably been good at taking things apart for a while, but they will now have an interest in trying to put things back together. They may also try to kick or throw a ball. Early signs of sporting prowess? Don’t worry if they aren’t very successful attempts just yet!

Tips for you this month:
On any particular day, you or your partner might be the favourite parent. For a few minutes, until it switches again. Don’t be offended and don’t try to win back favour. It’s just one more way your toddler is asserting independence. Remember that stimulating environments can overwhelm toddlers and lead to tantrums, particularly if they aren’t getting enough attention. Keep this in mind if you’re taking your toddler along to do errands, and don’t try to do too much at once.

Distraction is a great way to help discipline a toddler – if they are doing something disobedient or dangerous, redirect their attention to something else fun (and safe). If your child isn’t walking, or attempting to walk, by now then you may want to chat to a doctor about their physical development.
This month’s To Do list:
  • Buy a new pram if your toddler has outgrown theirs.
  • Make sure there are no dangerous objects in climbing reach of your child – think of it as round two of toddler-proofing your home.
  • Choose a potty. You may be well away from starting potty training, but it’s good for your child to get familiar with one before they start using it.
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
If you’re wondering how to get enough calcium in your toddler’s diet, remember that the daily recommended goal is 500 milligrams, which you’ll get from two servings of dairy. If a cup of milk or yoghurt or some sliced cheese isn’t on your toddler’s list of foods they’ll eat, try disguising the calcium by sprinkling grated cheese onto vegetables, or blending yoghurt into fruit smoothies.

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