You’ve made it through your first year of parenting, and your baby (now technically a toddler) is thriving!
At this age, toddlers are able to communicate their emotions and play in so many different ways, giving you lots more options for some fun. We talked to Lauren Celenza, child development specialist and researcher at the Fisher-Price Play Lab to find out what’s actually going for your baby and how to encourage playtime. “You’re really going to start to notice that their personality is coming through and they’re going to start to play with their emotions and try things out,” says Lauren. “And they’re growing in so many different ways physically as well.”
As from birth, play continues to be an essential part of your baby’s development. ”It’s how they develop socially, emotionally and physically,” says Lauren. “They’re learning everything through play and discovery and exploration.” So up until now, you’ve been playing, singing and reading to your little one on a daily basis and it shows! But there’s still more learning to do and different ways of doing it. Here’s some expert tips on how to play with your one-year-old.
Watch our full chat with Lauren Celenza, with play and development advice for toddlers from 12 months to 3 years, on Facebook.
Toddlers love exploring new things and being active is really important for a toddler to develop their fine and gross motor skills. Your toddler might be walking now, or showing signs of walking (pulling themselves up on furniture etc), but don’t worry if they aren’t. All babies are different and some don’t walk until they are 15-18 months old. “Babies develop at all different rates and stages,” says Lauren. “I’ve seen babies walk as early as 8 months and then I’ve seen babies walk as late as 18 months.”
Socially and emotionally, your child might be starting to have an interest in other children. “They may not want to play with them just yet, it’s what we call parallel play,” says Lauren. “They want to play next to or near another child, but they don’t necessarily want to engage right away and that’s totally normal.” They may also start to show empathy to others. For example, they might get upset when they see someone else who is sad.
Speak with your GP or child and family health nurse if you’re concerned about baby development or you need support.
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