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Your toddler’s development: 16 months

This month, you may notice that your 16-month-old is:

  • Getting upset when frustrated
  • Starting to climb and explore
  • Stacking blocks
  • Saying up to 10-15 words
  • Becoming quite picky about certain foods
  • Starting to experience less separation anxiety

Your toddler’s cognitive development

In the first three years, your toddler’s brain is creating connections and pathways that she’ll use for the rest of her life. A connection that’s used frequently will remain, whereas unused connections may disappear. Everything you do with your toddler, from reading to singing, will help to wire her brain. Make sure you stimulate your toddler’s senses by exposing her to interesting sights, smells, sensations and experiences, and help to wire her brain imagination by playing lots of games, reading stories and singing funny songs.

Nutritional tips

Veggies can be tricky to sneak into mealtime without fuss. Try replacing normal chips with sweet potato ones, which look the same but have a sweet taste which kids love. In place of crisps, try homemade ones, which are simple and quick to make. Shave potatoes with a peeler. Lightly spray them with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in a 240ºC oven until potatoes begin to brown and bubble. This usually takes three to five minutes. Making some simple changes can give your child the vital vitamins and minerals they need. 

Top tip

Bathtime should be an enjoyable part of your toddler’s bedtime routine: it’s a great opportunity for some relaxed, splashing fun. Not all children love the bath however, so you could look at look at getting some bath toys, if you don’t have any already, as well as bath crayons for easily removed scribbling fun. Even though your child is bigger now, the safety element is still crucial, so take great care the water is not too hot, don’t put your child into the bath while the water is still running, and never leave her unattended.

Read Next: How To Solve Bath Time Fears

Fun activities

‘Round and round the garden’ is a little game that all children love. Hold the palm or foot, and trace around the edge as you say: “Round and round the garden, like a teddy bear.” Walk your fingers up the arm saying: “One step, two steps…and tickley under there!” as you tickle her. She will love it, and her giggles will have you doing it over and over!

Read on for what to expect in the coming months: 17 months/18 months/19 months/20 months/21 months/22 months/23 months/24 months


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