Last updated on Feb 23rd, 2021 at 02:46 pm

  • Your toddler is growing up fast these days, walking, talking a little, and probably even using a spoon or fork when he eats.
  • Every game he plays, whether it’s pointing to different body parts or putting objects into a container, teaches him about the world around him. One of the things he’ll learn during this time is that he’s an individual, not just an extension of you.
  • Realising that he is an individual has its downsides as separation anxiety could set in. Your child may get anxious when you leave him for certain amounts of time.

Physical development:

  • Your child will be getting steadier on his feet and can walk, although slowly, for longer distances. He will walk with his arms held away from his body on each side to help him balance himself. Instead of toppling over, he will probably sit down quite deliberately if he feels that he is losing control of his body.
  • Fine motor skills, smaller movements with the hands, along with hand-eye coordination, are developing.
  • Building bricks can be used in various ways to help your child develop these skills. You can count, group and stack them. Your toddler will no doubt have the most fun when knocking down the bricks that you have stacked!

Cognitive development:

  • His attention span is beginning to improve and he can focus on an activity for longer. He is beginning to develop memory through repeated activity. Therefore, he begins to anticipate pleasure. Through your child’s daily routine, which you have established, he develops an understanding of what will happen next. This understanding can then be transferred to other events.

Verbal skills:

  • Your child will most probably be saying, or attempting to say, a few words. Often a child will start with a word such as ‘cat’ or ‘mother’, and apply it to all animals or females.

Emotional development:

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  • Babies who are cherished learn how to pass on similar expressions of positive emotion to others. Young children are very responsive to their emotional environment. They may not understand it but they pick up on your emotions; laughing with you or stroking your face when you are sad.

Milestones: 16 to 18 months