Once a baby learns how to walk (well, make that run), there is no stopping him or her. They are constantly on the move. It is exhausting just watching them. Here are a few of the things you can expect between the ages of one and two.
The “toddler” child is:
~~ energetic, always busy and very curious
~~ imitating sounds and the actions of others (how charming is it to see an 18 month old pretending to do housework or “rake” in the yard?)
~~ starting to become independent and suddenly everything becomes “me” or “mine”
~~ easily distracted and can have a very short attention span unless doing an activity that really interests them
~~ gaining physical skills—becomes more proficient at walking, running, climbing—may even start to walk backwards!!
~~ beginning to play alongside another child (parallel play)
~~ increasing their spoken vocabularies (may have as many as 300+ words by the time they turn two)
~~ becoming more interested in books and having stories read aloud (which also helps increase that vocabulary)
~~ starting to pretend to “read” and” write as they see their parents and other adults do
Toddlers are very enjoyable little people. They really have a zest for life! It is a wonderful stage of child development. However, if you have concerns about your child’s development contact your local Intermediate School District (ISD). They have trained professionals who can screen your child and answer your questions and address your concerns. In Manistee County call Manistee ISD at 231-723-6205.