12-18 MONTHS

12–18-month children are really starting to get busy. Many can now walk, some can run, the majority are climbing all over things and a few words are starting to show up. They are starting to learn animal sounds and recognizing things in pictures. Spoons and forks are no longer just drumsticks, and the desire to be independent is running rampant. Separation anxiety is also very common at this age. Emotions are starting to bud and toddlers this age may start to recognize when others are happy and sad. 

For more details about this age visit: Development milestones - your child 12 to 18 months | Pregnancy Birth and Baby (pregnancybirthbaby.org.au)

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LEARNING TO COPE WITH TODDLERS

Toddlers can be the cutest, sweetest, happiest little humans one minute, but everything can change when you try to put the wrong shirt on them, remove them from the counter they were climbing or deny them one more M&M. Sometimes you both need a break. Knowing it is fully okay to have a "sanity first" moment is great for everyone's health. Take a breath, put on a show, get a quiet activity out or go on a walk where your toddler is stuck in the stroller. Not every moment of parenthood has to be full of one-on-one learning. Parents need breaks, too. Click here to read more about toddler behavior on our blog!

THE NEED FOR SLEEP

One of most important things for toddlers is sleep. Getting enough sleep has so many benefits starting with promoting growth, attention spans, and a better immune system. Creating routines and bedtimes can help children have less tantrums and regulate their circadian rhythms so their bodies know when it is time to sleep and when it is time to be awake. If you are concerned about your child's sleeping habits, contact your pediatrician. This website gives a great detailed version about why sleep is so important: The 7 Reasons Your Kid Needs Sleep | Parents

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THE IMPORTANCE OF NEW EXPERIENCES

Getting out with an independent one-year-old can be very difficult. Getting out the door can be a challenge in and of itself. Packing the snacks and the socks and the change of clothes can be draining. And then you still have to get the child ready! Getting out is one of the most important things you can do, though, so I can guarantee it is worth it. New experiences create new brain waves and give children the chance to explore new things. It also helps with body movement (such as when you go to the park) and social skills (like when you meet Santa for the first time). It may be hard, but getting out has so many great benefits for you and your child!

GETTING OUTSIDE

There are so many things to experience outdoors. Where I live in Utah, getting outside can be a difficult thing sometimes with all of the snow and cold. But even if it is just going for a three-minute walk or sitting on the porch to watch the rain, going outside can help strengthen immunity, create better moods, build a love of nature, and encourage physical activity. Wherever you live, there are things to see and do outside. Even watching the cars and talking about colors can help stimulate a child's growth. Here is an article about the importance of going outside: Top 5 benefits of children playing outside - Sanford Health News

Here is another post about fun things to do outside with your toddler! 52 Super Fun Things to do with Toddlers [Easy & Fun Activities] (rookiemoms.com)

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