From walking and talking to problem solving and pretend play, your child is experiencing the world in a brand-new way.
The journey from baby to toddler is an incredible one. Walking is one of the most obvious signs, but being a toddler is about much more than physical development. It’s the in-between stage connecting infancy and childhood when language, social communication and problem solving skills really begin to take off.
Language develops rapidly from 12 months to the extent that toddlers are learning between six and ten words per day! By the time they reach their second birthday they will have a vocabulary of over 500 words. With this language explosion comes the beginning of independence. Toddlers are keen to explore their environment and to interact more with other people. They seek every opportunity to play, which is important, because they learn about appropriate social interaction through playing with other children and adults. They develop their creative side as a result of pretend play and see all play as an opportunity for exploration and discovery.
This is an exciting and wondrous time; suddenly your toddler can get around by himself, tell you what he likes (and dislikes!) and explore all those things that were previously out of reach. So don't be surprised when sleeping and eating take a back seat to exploring and playing.