Babies of this age…
- Develop at different rates - some will be walking, some talking, and others take their time to reach those milestones - don’t worry, it all happens eventually!
- Are quickly developing their manipulative skills, handling objects, pressing buttons
- Are into everything - so double check your safety locks and keep household substances well out of reach
- Will enjoy looking at books with you
- Love finger rhyme games
Learning through play
Toddlers are programmed to learn and they don’t need lots of toys to do so. They learn all the time from everything they do, see and hear. They can get lots of play from simple everyday items such as plastic boxes (eg ice cream tubs) - putting things in and emptying them out again, taking the lid on and off, or bashing the box with a wooden spoon for a good noise. Inexpensive toys such as nesting beakers are very popular and versatile - they’re great bath toys. Push-alongs such as cars and trucks can be played with by crawlers and by toddlers alike. And if your little one is already walking, a trolley to push, containing bricks that can be put in the trolley, taken out, stacked up and knocked down, will give hours of fun - although they won’t yet be able to manoeuvre it very well and will get stuck in corners!
Getting out and about
Whether crawling, toddling or running (or emptying your cupboards or climbing on the sofa to get the phone!), your little one is always on the go, so it will give both of you a break if you go out for a walk with the baby in the buggy. The local library is a good place - lots of books to pull out of their boxes and lots of space to move around in! Some libraries also hold baby and toddler singing and ‘reading’ sessions. Or visit friends with babies and let your little ones create chaos together!
If you are back at work, try to organise chores (eg do the shopping online) so that you - and your partner - have time at weekends for play and cuddle time with your little one, and for simple pleasures such as reading and singing together.
It doesn’t matter whether you give your toddler the main meal of the day at lunchtime or teatime. Try to balance out the types of foods given. For example, if your baby had fruit as a pudding at lunchtime, you could give a yogurt for pudding at teatime.
If you would like some inspiration for what to give your toddler at mealtimes, take a look at our meal planner.
Have you tried HiPP Organic Growing up meals? They’re tasty, well balanced and help to give your toddler ‘five a day’.