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

  • Now that your toddler can concentrate for longer, he may get totally absorbed in playing a particular game, which is a developmental milestone for him.

Physical development:

  • As his walking skills are getting better and now that his arms are free, it becomes possible to pick up and carry an object while he is walking. Being able to walk and stand securely make it possible for him to try to touch objects previously out of reach. Using their bodies in an energetic and expressive way helps children develop balance, coordination and strength. Playgrounds, mini climbing frames and swings will all help your child to develop gross and fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. It is also worth introducing a ball to your child and playing a game of throw, roll and catch.

Cognitive development:

  • By this stage your toddler’s development and understanding has increased to the point of carrying out simple requests such as ‘put down the book’ or ‘fetch your shoes’. Your toddler’s developing language may still be limited to one word at a time, but is voiced in a different tone to convey different messages.

Learning responsibilities:

  • At the end of a play session encourage your child to put his toys back into the box. At this age it is no more than a game and will establish a routine for him by looking after things and putting them away after he has used them. This will teach him to care for and value his possessions.

Emotional development:

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  • Your toddler will begin to recognise what pleases you and what annoys you, and he may try out different behaviours to establish your reaction. This is an extension of learning how he can influence his world, and is a way in which he realises how to engage your attention. At this stage he will try to please you, so it is worth encouraging good behaviour and ignoring other behaviour.

Milestones: 18 to 20 months