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1 year 8 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:
  • Your toddler can get undressed by themselves.
  • Able to walk up stairs.
  • Interest in their genitals.
  • Turning everyday chores into games.
How your toddler is developing:
As your toddler comes to understand the world better, it can seem a little scary. Your toddler’s imagination is developing and they may find it hard to separate possible from impossible. Toddlers can also pick up on things that you seem to be afraid of. Explain scary objects and give your child something they feel they can protect themselves with (a favourite toy for example) so they feel they have some control over the fear and the situation.

Your toddler is most probably able to get upstairs by now, and to climb pretty competently over furniture. This can be dangerous if they fall, so be aware of furniture that looks climbable, and include climbing in playtime to give them the opportunity to learn how to do it safely.

Children are insatiably curious: just as fingers and hands were an incredible discovery, so are genitals. Don’t discourage this curiosity unless it is happening in public, and then try to explain that some things are better done in private.

Tips for you this month:
Children don’t see much difference between play and chores. If you turn things they have to do into games, you’re much more likely to get a good response. Let them watch in the mirror as they brush their teeth, use a fun toothbrush and count their teeth as they magically make them clean.

If your toddler is still attached to their bottle, it might be a good idea to only allow them to have water in it. If you decide that juice and milk have to be drunk out of a cup, it will help them to let go of the habit. Many Moms decide to have a second baby around this time, and pregnancy needs to be carefully explained to your toddler. It’s a good idea to talk to your toddler about the new baby and let them touch your belly when you are showing. Your child won’t necessarily understand, but it may make the transition to being an older sibling easier, and reduce the likelihood of sibling rivalry.

This month’s To Do list:
  • Childproof your stairs with a gate.
  • Put a nightlight in your toddler’s room and get some fun sheets for the bed.
  • Make up some fun games and songs around daily chores.
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
If your toddler is suffering from separation anxiety never just sneak away – even if goodbyes are upsetting. It is far more worrying for your toddler if you just disappear. The best way to handle separation anxiety is to be positive, don’t take a long time over the goodbye, be sure not to get upset yourself, and reassure them you’ll be back.

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