What to Expect Between 15 and 18 months

  • Let the Music Play – Your toddler will love music, dancing, singing, clapping and other rhythm games.  Sharing music is a great way to bond with and teach your child new words, ideas and movements.
    • Make music a part of your day in ways you and your child enjoy.  You can even dance on the way to the bath or sing in the car as you do your errands.  Don’t worry about your voice—children don’t judge!
    • Dance and introduce simple music games like freeze and the hokey-pokey.
  • Monkey-see, Monkey-do – Your toddler learns by imitating you and others he sees, especially other children.
    • Be aware of your own actions and words.  Let him see you helping others, being kind or staying calm when faced with a challenge.
    • Provide opportunities for him to see other kids practicing good habits like buckling up and eating healthy foods.
  • I can solve that! – Your toddler is getting better at problem solving.  She may try several times to figure out how to work a toy or puzzle.
    • Provide toys that challenge her but that she can master.  If they are too easy she’ll get bored, and her learning will be limited.
    • Coach your child- but don’t do it all for her.  Provide just enough help to allow her to solve the problem.
  • I feel your pain– Your child is beginning to understand that others have feelings too.  He may pat your back or even comfort another child.
    • Show that you appreciate his compassion:  “That hug sure makes me feel better.”
    • Label your own feelings:  “I’m sad because I bumped and hurt my toe.”

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