This month the fun and games continue..big time. It’s an adventurous time where interaction and self expression is at an all time high. Your baby understands your words, knows you mood by the tone of your voice, and enjoys play time more now then ever before.
They are growing more and more steady on their feet, and that makes parents worry less, but at the same time worry more. They may fall less but they are exploring things at a whole new level and can grow over-confident.
Now simplistic walking likely, just isn’t enough. They run, they balance on objects, climb over objects, and scare you to death sometimes. But it really is a remarkable time for toddlers and the parents that love them.
By now the vast majority of toddlers and twins, unless they were born prematurely or have delays, are most likely not just walking but sprinting. Mine just run back and forth and back and forth in the living room, like they are horses set out to pasture. It’s fun to watch but also can be dangerous. So if your baby or twins like to jet around their play area, do make sure there is nothing around to trip on and cause injury.
2) They enjoy other babies. If you have twins they totally are into each other now.
That does NOT mean they always get along though. My girls enjoy seeing other tots, but one of them will swat or pinch others, so I have to be careful with her. The twins together will play, but also will fight, as so will things be their entire lives. They enjoy interacting with little people and babbling with them, more then ever before. Mom and dad are still most exciting, but strangers with children are becoming good friends now to.
A quick video example of this.
3) Temper Tantrums and bad behaviors. Biting, hair pulling, etc.
If you haven’t noticed any of these yet, consider yourself lucky. Most babies at some point will bite, pull hair, and swat most frequently you. Don’t take this to heart. This is a normal part of development and will NOT last forever. To read more on helping to stop the behavior or at lest keep it at bay read here for the biting and hitting, and herefor handling temper tantrums, and finding out what they are all about.
Put an end to bad behaviors. Your baby or babies are NOT bad because of these things. It’s usually just a form of self expression because they can’t always verbalize what they want and can grow frustrated. Believe me..it shall pass.
4) Stripping down
At about this age, you may notice your child taking off an article of clothing, like their pants or top. I guess they like to feel free sometimes to. They may assist you in helping to put on their top as an example while getting dressed, or may hinder your dressing them, whatever their partuclar mood is at the time. They may attempt to put on their own shoes, but usually fail at this point. They certainly know how to get them off though.
Some toddlers around this age like to try and take off their diapers which can be a messy situation. Is this a sign of them wanting to be potty trained? I don’t feel this means they are ready, personally. I just think like us they don’t want to be in a diaper, our equivalent to a bulky maxi pad ALL of the time, so they try and pull them off.
Perhaps they are simply giving you a hint, ‘Hey mom..change me, I’m dirty.’ It’s sill is a bit early to think about potty training, though I’m sure some moms out there are already trying it out. To me…all in good time.
5) Uses 6 or more words regularly.
My babies are way passed the 6 word mark, but if you notice a lot of words they say are in reaction to what you yourself are saying. These 6 words just apply to words they know and use freely on their own, and are not mimicking. Your child may be more advanced in this area, or maybe slightly below this mark.
You can bring up any delays you feel might be present to your toddler’s doctor, but usually at 18 months or so is when the real vocabulary explosion takes place, so you can ride it out and wait until then, or share your concerns with the pediatrician. Remember these words need not be anything elaborate. No, dog, boom, a name, bop or bottle, cup, bye, hi, wow, etc. all count.
6) Dance Baby!
Your baby might have boogied a bit before, but by now they are on FIRE!! Children of this age love music. They love putting their own dance movements to the music as well. A terrific time to grab that video camera for sure. Some of their funky moves are downright hilarious.
Be sure to expose your little ones to music early and often. It’s a great source of entertainment for both you and them, and is great exercise to! Get involved mom and dad and dance with your toddler or twins. It’s a great way to bond and have a good time in the process.
7) Listens well and can even follow simple instructions.
Sometimes when you feel like your husband isn’t listening to a word that you say, remember somebody is! Babies listen and understand so much now. They are like little sponges that soak up everything, store it, and use the information when needed.
You can say something like, ‘Go and grab your baby. Now rock the baby.’ And they will do as told. Tell them to dance, they can dance. Tell them to help pick up their toys. ‘Put the toys in the toy box.’ and at least FOR NOW, they will likely oblige.
Not to say that a few minutes later they won’t take the toys out again, but they understand simple commands, as they connect words and actions quite well now. They also enjoy pleasing you, so do give them a lot of praise when they do something you ask of them, and well. Even at this age it helps build self esteem and is also great for the bonding process.
Month 17 is soon to come. Glad you have been joining me for this fun but crazy ride!