What to expect: Your toddler at 12-18 months
You have made it to the toddler stage – congratulations! This is an exciting time where speech will develop and you will start to see their personality grow. Your toddler may be pulling to stand, tempting you with walking – or even shuffling around already.
Your toddler will be engaging in different foods by now and will really enjoy family mealtimes. This is a good time to start encouraging healthy eating routines, such as enjoying family meals together (if possible of course!)
The morning nap will shorten, closer to that of a catnap. Whilst your little one may want to sleep for much longer, encouraging a shorter nap here will mean a longer afternoon nap. This will help with the transition to one day sleep in the coming months, where the morning nap will be dropped.
Your little one will really enjoy exploring a park. Outdoor play and fresh air is important for a healthy toddler
They may be pulling to stand, so look around and watch for things that may be a danger
They like to ‘post’ things in and out, so get creative. A box of toys on its side will provide a lot of enjoyment too
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