18 MONTHS

DRUM - - Health -

Tem­per tantrums may start at this age. They will play sim­ple pre­tend games, scrib­ble on their own, drink from a cup and eat with a spoon. At this stage they’re likely to be walk­ing and may even go up steps. “Ba­bies this age should have a vo­cab­u­lary of at least six words and be gain­ing new ones,” Dr Züh­lke says. “They’ll also no­tice when a care­giver leaves or re­turns, and may not be happy about them leav­ing.”

PAR­ENT POINTERS

“Don’t stress when your baby has a tantrum,” Naeser ad­vises. “Stay nearby but leave them alone, and hold them to com­fort them when it’s over.” She rec­om­mends giv­ing your child a small con­tainer so they can pick up things, mak­ing things for baby to crawl through, and talk­ing about the things you see to­gether. This will en­cour­age move­ment and co­or­di­na­tion, and help them to fully en­gage in ac­tiv­i­ties.

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