All posts tagged: Toddlers

Baby Days

As you know I have just spent a few days looking after my one-year old nephew. He was a breeze to look after – he ate well, he napped, he slept, he played, he was happy and he was laid back – yet I was still tired! He has never really been away from mam and dad before so I was a bit nervous but babies can be pretty fickle – as long as they are looked after, safe and loved they are happy and there was barely a tear from him. I knew I would be tired – meeting the demands of a busy baby was always going to be a bit of a challenge but I had forgotten the intensity of just how long the days on your own with a baby can be. I had no other adult interaction apart from some brief chat in the park and with a couple of neighbours – I was totally fine with that because it was only for a few days but it was a …

Toddlers – play and activities

A quick guide to what your toddler could be doing and some ideas of activities…   Do from 18 months… walk stop without falling over kneel carry something climb scribble use pincer movement   from 2 years… run climb steps use a spoon and fork draw circles and lines build a tower of blocks pick up tiny objects Aware Of Cause & effect absent object awareness following simple instructions naming things label basic feelings Enjoy singing dancing books pretend play playing with other children To Try getting outdoors – playgrounds, parks, woods, beaches balloons push/pull toys going for a walk puzzles drawing naming objects conversations duplo & bricks cooking swimming dancing   Janine Smith    

Toddler Development: 18 months to 3 years old

A quick guide to what your toddler could be doing and some ideas of activities to do together…   Toddler Development – what can he do? from 18 months… walk stop without falling over kneel carry something climb scribble use pincer movement   from 2 years… run climb steps use a spoon and fork draw circles and lines build a tower of blocks pick up tiny objects What is he aware of? cause & effect absent object awareness following simple instructions naming things label basic feelings What does he enjoy? singing dancing books pretend play playing with other children Things To Try getting outdoors – playgrounds, parks, woods, beaches balloons push/pull toys going for a walk puzzles drawing naming objects conversations duplo & bricks cooking swimming dancing Janine Smith | A specialist in pregnancy, birth & early parenting    

Toddler Sleep

  Toddlers are active and usually on the go all the day. Most will very definitely need a daytime nap, although they could well fight it because the world is an interesting place and they don’t want to miss anything.  But some other toddlers might not need very much – from 18 months old my eldest daughter stopped napping during the day – we tried everything to get her to nap but stopped when I realised she had started sleeping all night! A lot of the advice in books and websites talks about the ultimate goal of a baby/toddler being able to self sooth to sleep without any help or reassurance from anyone else. As far as I can see, this happens eventually for every child, just at different times. I did all the ‘wrong’ things with my babies – they were fed to sleep, I cuddled them, I rocked them, I stayed with them until they were asleep and now I have older children who settle on their own and sleep all night with …