Your toddler at 16 months

Large and small, your toddler’s continuing to perfect his gross motor skills as well as refining some small pincer grip movements...

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What’s happening with your toddler?

By 16 months, he may have reached the following stages:

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Shoes and Socks: Watch out you don’t lose those lovely shoes you’ve just invested in! He may now be able to take off his own shoes and socks, not to mention his hat! This is a great opportunity to encourage him to play with toys and dolls that he can dress and undress or to play with poppers and zips.

Walking up steps: He’s perfected climbing, now he may be able to walk up the stairs, by holding on to the wall or a banister. Beware! – he’ll need lots of support to ensure he doesn’t fall. Make sure you close your stair gates when you’re not around as he’ll want to practise this new skill.

Throwing: Howzat…He may now be developing his over-arm throw, which is great fun with the ball in the park. However, it’s time to think about balls indoors as his idea of gentle rolling games may well be target practice at your best mirror! He’ll also try throwing other small toys and bricks so watch out.

How you can help your toddler this month

Family mealtimes: Although he’s still very messy at the table, it’s now a great opportunity for him to join in family mealtimes and he’s getting better with the spoon all the time. Shared mealtimes will tempt him to try new foods that you are eating, as well as encourage him to feed himself. He should also be drinking from a cup by now. If you can’t eat together in the week, try a regular weekend lunchtime date.

Your toddler’s health

His next MMR: This will vary by health authority, but in many areas the 2nd MMR jab is due approximately 3 months after his initial MMR jab. Speak to your health visitor or GP.

Play ideas for your toddler

Building blocks and towers: As his co-ordination improves, he will enjoy building small towers with building blocks and cubes. He’ll have even more fun if you build him a big tower to knock down.

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Your child’s development may not be exactly the same as these descriptions since all children will develop at their own pace. This is an approximate guide of some of the new skills your little one may be developing. If you have any concerns, always speak to your health visitor or GP.

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