The Importance of Playtime for Toddlers

What you might not know is that your toddler is hard at work every day building its skills and developing its abilities, busily learning through play concepts that will help it increase its physical and mental powers. From learning about shapes and sizes to practicing its turn-taking and sharing skills to building its coordination, your child is immersed in self-study every single day. 

You can help your toddler on this mission by asking it questions to improve its verbal skills, playing along and asking questions about its pretend games to stimulate its imagination, and giving it freedom to experiment and try new things without minding the mess that's sure to follow.

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Toddler Milestones: 13-24 Months Old

You'll be surprised at how rapidly your baby will develop during the upcoming months! Not only will your baby learn to toddle, talk and eventually walk, it'll be developing its personality and sense of humor as well. Keep in mind that there is no set timeline for children's development, so don't be worried if your child doesn’t pick up the below mentioned skills during each respective month. If you're worried about your baby's progress, talk to your pediatrician.

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Toddler Development - The 13th Month

Congratulations! You survived the first year! Look forward to some pretty interesting times with your child now that it has moved on from being a bouncing baby into a teetering toddler! As your little one becomes more of a challenge to keep up with, make sure your partner is involved with helping you look after him or her. Below are some developments you can expect to witness this month, but remember that each child grows at its own pace, so don't worry if your little one hasn't cleared the mentioned milestones yet. If you feel your child is too far behind, discuss the matter with your pediatrician.

 

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Toddler Development - The 14th Month

Caring for your toddler will be both a fun and draining affair, so try to involve your spouse in caring for your little one; not only will that give you some time to recuperate, it will also strengthen the child-father bond between your toddler and your husband. This month will be an eventful one as your child learns new things and continues to practice budding skills. Let's take a look at what you can expect these coming weeks.

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Toddler Development - The 15th Month

Entering what could be called the "milestone period", toddlers will be quickly advancing their skills and developing a range of abilities, steadily working their way to becoming more independent and capable little human beings. Be sure to offer your little ones lots of opportunities and space to practice walking and moving around, and try to converse with them often to encourage them to expand their vocabulary and interact with others.

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Toddler Development - The 16th Month

A happy toddler is a rested toddler that gets enough activity during the day and enough sleep at night. Try to establish a balanced daily schedule that offers your child the stimulation and relaxation it needs. In particular your child will need lots of mental stimulation this month to continue to expand its horizons and improve its ability to understand the things that are happening around it and how to communicate well with others.
 

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Toddler Development - The 17th Month

This month you can expect quite a few developments in your child's emotional and mental progress. You will also notice that your child will become more adept at walking and getting around, which is both a reason to be happy and worried. Do not underestimate the level of mischief your toddler can get into if left unattended, so never leave them alone without supervision.

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Toddler Development - The 18th Month

What a busy time you've got in store for you! In addition to your child being increasingly active, you're going to have to contend with them becoming more and more defiant and opinionated as well! But your child's stubbornness is a good thing: it means that they are starting to form their own views, which is a part of becoming a thinking, self-aware little person. Be creative in the ways that you handle your child and try to involve it in making choices.

 

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Toddler Development - The 19th Month

Whether you've got an active or quiet toddler, this month you should focus on giving your little one the space he or she needs to do their thing. That means giving them room to play, move around, and explore different toys and situations to further their mental and physical development – within reason, of course. Make sure you offer a safe environment for your child to prosper in, whether they are indoors or outdoors.

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Toddler Development - The 20th Month

Your toddler is nearing the end of its second year, and as they do so he or she will be acting more like an individual and less like a baby. Involve your child in your activities as he or she shows greater enthusiasm in taking part of whatever you're doing, and continue to be patient and supportive as they go through tantrums and moody spells. Look for support from your husband and your family members when you need to take a break and spend some time relaxing.

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Toddler Development - The 21st Month

Toddlers approaching their second year tend to be complex and active little creatures that like getting their way, and will often throw tantrums if they can't get what they want. Your role as the parent will be teaching your child better ways of communicating what it wants and setting down limits that let your child know what they can and cannot have. Here are some other things that you're going to have to tackle this month:

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Toddler Development - The 22nd Month

Enjoy your last few months with your toddler as your beloved one approaches his or her second birthday; your little one is growing older, so cherish these special moments when they still rely on you for most of their needs before they begin to move on. If you feel that your child is behind in terms of mental and physical development, talk to your pediatrician.

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Toddler Development - The 23rd Month

It’s almost time for your baby's 2nd birthday! Who would have thought that time could fly by so fast? You'll have more to look forward to once your child passes the 2-year mark, but until then help your little one grow and develop by offering him or her lots of love and affection tempered by discipline and understanding.

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Toddler Development - The 24th Month

Finally! Your child is now two years old! Congratulations! What a year it has been! Not only have your children witnessed considerable growth spurts and cognitive leaps, they have been busy developing their language skills and have learned to walk and run, socialize and play pretend! Let's take a look at what your child will be learning this month.

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Toddler Toys for Each Stage

Playing is an important task for young children, as it is their primary method of developing their physical and mental skills and learning new concepts that they need to grow into aware and healthy young children. Offering the right toys to your toddler at the right stage will tangibly facilitate their mental and physical development, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the type of toys that should ideally be offered to children during their second year.

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Choosing the Right Toys for Special Needs Toddlers

Playing is one of the children’s ways of learning and developing their skills, and this is particularly true for children with special needs. Special needs toddlers might have to work harder to develop certain skills, and the best way for them to do that is through play. Toys are hence instrumental in the development of special needs toddlers, and as a parent of a special needs child you should look into finding the right kinds of toys for your little one.

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