This period is associated with the beginning of language development and an interest in exploring. Young toddlers like to look at books and turn the pages consecutively.
They also like to build towers with blocks and can put 3 or 4 objects in a row. They like to explore things around the house (newspapers, pots and pans). Some parents report that their young toddler will start becoming attached to specific toys, such as stuffed animals.
Young toddlers also may become interested in imaginary friends, such as “Mr. Puppy” or “Ms. Kitten.”
They also become more interested in participating in specific activities, such as painting and finger-painting (with supervision), playing with play dough and clay, and using their imaginations to make up their own games like pretending to shop for groceries. They will learn how to put objects in a specific order.
Toddlers begin to show independence by saying “no” all the time and demonstrating temper tantrums when they don’t get their own way.
Young Toddler activities:
Young toddlers will show an increased interest in games involving balls, blocks, or puzzles. They also might enjoy simple play acting with dolls and stuffed animals, or imaginative play with other toys.
Young Toddler Diet:
It is important to remember while planning a young toddler’s menu that he or she is quickly growing and becoming more active. The young toddler needs up to 13 ounces (400-500 ml) of milk (whole milk for children under 2 years old). Table foods should be soft and easy to chew and swallow. The young toddler can eat the same foods as the rest of the family, but should have smaller portions.
Young Toddler Discipline:
The discipline needs for a young toddler are similar to those for an infant: keep it simple and be consistent! Young toddlers like routines and will resist change at all costs (i.e., new food, change in sleeping pattern, etc.). Discipline should be developmentally appropriate (i.e., time-out for an 18 month old is usually around 1 minute).
Young Toddler Sleep:
The young toddler needs 11-13 hours of sleep (including the nap) and will resist all attempts to change his or her normal nap time. The bedtime routine should be the same every night (i.e., bath, story, one or two songs, etc.). A young toddler will usually protest when parents attempt to change their normal sleeping pattern to accommodate visitors or special occasions.
Young Toddler Development:
During this stage of development, your child is learning more about the world around him or her. Your child is more independent and may resist hugs and cuddling. Children at this stage may begin to show stubbornness, but usually want to please their parents. Most importantly, this is the time when your child begins to learn how words work and form simple sentences.