Your toddler’s development: 19 months
This month, you may notice your 19-month-old is:
- Self-feeding with spoon and fork
- Saying 15-20 words
- Forming recognisable sentences
- Taking off their own clothes
- Showing some signs of bladder control
- Washing hands themselves
- Drawing circles and lines
Sometimes, your little bundle of energy can become so overwrought that functioning normally is no longer possible. When this happens, it’s best to begin the calming down process as swiftly as possible. Try relaxing your toddler with a warm bath, a relaxing story, soft music, hugging, cuddling or massage.
Your toddler’s social development
Each child has their own approach to socialising, some are social butterflies from the beginning and others are happy to have just one or two friends at a time. Some rush in to every engagement full of gusto, while others take their time and watch from the sidelines until they’re ready to get involved. Either type is just fine, and this is the time for you to follow your child’s lead.
Trying to get your toddler to eat healthily can feel like a losing battle. Carrots or peas – it seems like if it’s colourful they just don’t want to eat it! If your little one loves his chicken nuggets and not much else, don’t worry. You aren’t alone. It’s perfectly normal for toddlers to pick favourites and stick with comforting foods, but do persevere as it is a stage that many children will go through. You may be able to sneak in a few healthy sides without fear of mealtime meltdown.
Explain to your toddler how ‘Simon Says’ works – that without the magic words ‘Simon Says’, she mustn’t follow the command. Begin by calling out simple suggestions, such as ‘Simon says, touch your toes’. Show your toddler how it’s done, so she can copy. Make sure you remember to omit ‘Simon says’ occasionally, to catch her out. This is a great game for teaching her parts of the body.