Toddler Development: Your 18-month-old

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Isn't he an adorable little mommy's helper? It's all hugs and kisses and big smiles at this stage of toddler development! Enjoy it to the max, because tantrums and "no" are waiting just around the corner...

Look at that big fellow following you around the house! He's your own little shadow, and loves to join you in whatever you are doing. But be aware, patience is a virtue your little one does not yet possess. He firmly lives in the present, or even more immediate: in the right now. 

Physical Development

At 18 months, toddlers typically weigh between nine and 12 kilograms. They are between 76 and 84 centimeters tall. Of course, all toddlers develop at their own pace, so your little bub might not be within these stats. That's okay!

You will really see the toddler development at this point, if you think back to his first birthday. By now, your little one is walking, and possibly running, although his coordination is still a work in progress. He walks upstairs if you hold his hand and is able to crawl down backwards. He might even be starting to jump!

He will probably have developed a preferential hand, so you finally know if he is right-handed or left-handed. There is no good or bad in this, so just let him be. If you are not sure yet, don't worry. Your bub is grabbing everything in sight, so you will soon notice which hand he prefers!

He has also discovered how to stack blocks, and might be able to build a tower of two to four blocks high. The fun part is making it fall down again!

Other fine motor skills are showing themselves too: your little one likes to scribble on paper, especially if he often sees you write notes or lists. His scribbling is mostly marks and patterns, do not expect any sort of drawing to emerge!

If you want to help him develop agility in his fingers, you could string large wooden beads together. He'll need a bit of help from you, but will love to wear the result. It's a good way to again show him different shapes and colors as well.

All this activity means that your tiny toddler has a hard time slowing down. Nap times can be a struggle. A lot of children switch to one nap around this time, and some even drop their nap, though that is a little earlier than usual.

Bedtimes too can be a struggle. This might be because your little one is so excited he has a hard time relaxing enough to fall asleep. It could be that he is transitioning to one nap. Or it could mean that he actually needs more sleep during the day! You know your bub best, so trust your instinct. And it's a good excuse for a long cuddle!

Disrupted sleep and changing sleeping patterns may also mean early wakings. Pay a little extra attention to little one's sleeping habits, and if you need to adjust the schedule. The schedule he gets on now, will probably last him through the rest of his toddlerhood.

If he shows interest in going to the bathroom, you could consider potty training. However, there is no rush. Most children do not gain full bladder control until after their second birthday.

Continue reading to learn more about toddler development at 18 months. Next up is Cognitive Development. Read on to find out more fun activities for you and your little one!

Toddler Development