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.”
“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.