Your toddler is constantly developing and reacting to the world around him. With such quick development, every day is a new adventure. We outline some of the most exciting milestones so you know what to expect.
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Gets Attached to Lovey
A toddler's strong attachment to a well-loved stuffed animal or blanket--a lovey--offers her a comforting sense of security. (Bonus: Her beloved blanket can even help tame tantrums!)
Starts Showing Right- or Left-Hand Dominance
Set your child's spoon on the high-chair tray and watch--does he pick it up with the same hand each time? A 1-year-old might begin favoring one hand over the other.
Loves Playing Games
Even the simplest game of hide-and-seek might have your little guy squealing with delight. Playing games together is healthy for your toddler--and you!
Holds Out Arms While Getting Dressed
As a child becomes more coordinated, getting her dressed in the morning gets easier. Ask her to hold her arms out while you're slipping her shirt on. Voila!
Bends for an Object & Can Pick It Up
The next time your little one drops a toy, watch to see if he'll retrieve it. He might now be able to bend over and pick up objects without falling.
Follows Simple Instructions
A young toddler's brain is preparing for a game of Simon Says. Play a simplified game with your tot and see if he can follow basic instructions.
Points at Objects
Your tot might point a chubby finger at what he wants--an effective new communication tool! (Ask him to show you his ears or nose and he might point them out, too.)
Stands Up from a Sitting Position
Your child might be a real stand-up kiddo these days! Set him in the middle of a room--can he get to his feet from a sitting position all by himself?
Grabs Small Objects
By now your little one has likely perfected the pincer grasp--a terrific skill for picking up bits of finger food at mealtime between his thumb and forefinger.
Part of growing up is knowing how to obey instructions--from parents, teachers, bosses, etc. Help your child practice with some fun directions as he learns this valuable skill.
Time to pick up the pace, Mom and Dad! You'll be moving faster to chase after your little one now, as he begins toddling less and running more.