|General: By this time your baby is either walking or is close to it. Although coordination is improving, stumbles and falls are very common. Injuries remain a major concern at this age.|
|Height____________ Weight____________General: By this time your baby is either walking or is close to it. Although coordination is improving, stumbles and falls are very common. Injuries remain a major concern at this age.
Development: This is a delightful age in your child’s life. Curiosity is intense, often stronger than self-control. He may appear to be a sponge, soaking up new information, words, and physical skills.
Safety: At this age your child’s curiosity is overwhelming to him. Because they do not yet understand consequences, they are unable to see the danger that lies ahead of them. For that reason they must be watched at all times and distracted when they are heading for trouble.
Parenting: Both the fun and the challenge of parenting are wrapped up in the toddler years. Your child is becoming increasingly curious and independent. It is important to foster both curiosity and independence, but to do so in safe ways. Use simple, consistent rules for your toddler. Being consistent at this stage prevents tremendous challenges down the road. Encourage your child with positive reinforcement for acceptable behavior. Talk with your child’s other caregivers and work together to develop a consistent approach to child rearing.
Play: Pull and push toys are great fun at this age, but your child will be just as happy imitating housework. Repetitive songs, poems and nursery rhymes are a favorite. Continue to read to your child and allow him a chance to look at books on his own. Solitary play is normal, but you may notice that your child is now watching others play.
Next visit is at 18 months of age.