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Katie de Klee
Your toddler's development, what changes to expect and some great tips for the month ahead.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 baby is now officially a toddler.
  • More personality begins to show.
  • Increased vocabulary.
  • First steps!
  • You made it through the first year of being a parent.
How your toddler is developing:
It has been a whole year since you had your baby – congratulations! You could probably write a book about all you’ve learnt this year…

Sometime this month you’ll notice your toddler (who is no longer a baby!) trying to take their first steps. Some toddlers take longer to let go of a support but you can expect yours to try and take some steps this month. You can encourage these first steps by holding your toddler’s hands when they want to walk.
Your toddler will also be trying to improve their vocabulary, though many of the words will still sound like babbling to you. You should try and have a conversation with your child – ask a few questions and see what answers you get. You can also help by pointing things out and naming them: this helps your toddler to associate the words with the right objects.

Tips for you this month:
It can sometimes feel hard to be patient, especially if you were woken up in the night and now your toddler is enjoying a particularly noisy game that involves making a mess of your home. If you feel the urge to shout, try saying what you were going to yell in a whisper. That way you can vent without shocking your child.

Bedtime is a great opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with your toddler. Perhaps you and your partner want to put your child to bed together, or take it in turns to have Mommy night and Daddy night – either way, this is a great time for your partner to get involved. Make bath time an enjoyable bonding time and read stories together – studies have shown that children who are read to from a young age love reading later in life.

This month’s To Do list:
  • Buy a push-along toy as a fun walking aid for your toddler.
  • Make a video of your toddler’s early attempts at walking.
  • Find some books that both you and your toddler will enjoy.
  • Start looking for a dentist for your child.
If you have 5 minutes… Mom’s top tip.
Having friends the same age will become more important as your baby becomes a toddler. Toddler playgroups can be a great place to make friends with other parents too.

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Click here to find out what happens next month… And the month after.

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