Time sure flies. A year ago your baby was just learning how to sit up…now he is walking (or running), talking and exploring. You were just starting to feed baby solids…and now she is eating a cheeseburger in the backseat while you rush off to swim lessons.
Chances are your 18 month old is busy! He can walk, run and is starting to climb. He says several words and may be starting to put a few together. He’s becoming more independent and, it’s ok to say it…EASIER!
Although your child is becoming more independent, he still needs help with getting dressed, understanding some commands and is probably still in diapers. The ability to pretend play kicks in around 18 months and it is so much fun to watch your child “cook” in their play kitchen or mimic some of your everyday routine (laundry, makeup, work…).
Disciplining your child will increasingly become a challenge. Brace yourself for the defiant stages that are to come. This is a great age to work on timeouts for misbehaving, helping them understand simple commands and allowing them to do some things themselves. Encourage your child to put on their own shoes, fill their own snack cup…etc. Giving them simple “chores” will make them feel like a big kid.
Your child will soon want to do everything himself. One of the best pieces of advice I was ever given came from our pediatrician. At my daughter’s 18 month appointment he said “pick your battles Momma”. If you have time to let you child spend 15 minute putting his own coat on, then let him do it.
You’ve survived this far! Enjoy the next 6 months because when your child turns 2…it’s a WHOLE new world. Terrible 2’s anyone? 🙂