How your toddler's growingYou may observe a spurt in physical development this month. Your toddler is surer on his feet, loves to climb all over your furniture and might even join you or his dad in a game of football or other physical play if he concentrates hard enough. He can also hold a clear memory of an object in his mind well after you remove it from his sight. You can take advantage of this new capability by playing hide-and-seek with his favourite toy.
There may be days when all that physical energy is more than you can handle. Rather than fight it - after all, you can't do anything to change it - throw off your shoes, put on some music, grab your little one and invent some new dance steps together. Your toddler won't need shoes until he begins to walk. When he does, you may have to pay a little more for quality but it's worth it. Try to find a shoe shop with qualified fitters as baby feet are easily squashed.
Your life: setting boundariesAs your child's "no"s become more frequent, so will your questions about how to control him. Set clear limits by telling him what is and isn't acceptable behaviour. He won't always remember what you've said, but if you keep repeating it he'll start to get the idea. And do your best to set a good example; show him the kindness, respect and good manners you'd like to see him demonstrate. Steps like these can help your toddler to choose the right thing to do or the nicer way to behave.
If you have any worries about your child's development, discuss it with your paediatrician or family doctor. Use our milestone charts to see if he is on track. If you know your child has special needs, why not visit our bulletin board to get to know other parents of children with special needs.
Parent tip: no-mess sticking"My son loves making collages. First I cut out pictures he likes from a magazine. Then he uses a glue stick on the back of each photo and slaps them on to paper. No mess, no fuss - and it's deeply gratifying to see the beautiful work of art afterwards." -- Megan
Share your tips.
CommunitySupport groups can be a lifesaver. Having an 18-month-old can be both delightful and trying, so it can be a good idea to visit a few toddler groups or arrange regular suppers with other mums and dads - and see how other mums are coping with their toddlers on our babies and toddlers bulletin board.
Things to considerWhich plants in your garden are poisonous? Find out.
Which is better - pacifier or thumb?
Hand, foot and mouth disease - what is it and is it serious?
When should you move your baby from cot to bed?
Source : http://www.babycenter.com.my/
The pros and cons of using a daycare centre for childcare.