If he has mastered the art of waking a certain distance without falling or bumping into things, your toddler at 16 months might have bigger ambitions. He might try out a combination of activities; like for instance carrying a stack of blocks and walking. He might drag a stool, hoist himself up on it and try to climb on the table. This is a time when the whole world looks adventurous and exciting and in most cases his curiosity will get the better of him.
You cannot afford to put off childproofing your house if you haven’t dome so already. The kitchen is an especially attractive place for your toddler, so be careful about not cooking on the front burner or leaving cleaning supplies open for prying hands to explore. Feeding time can be quite a challenge as he may gorge on food one day and refuse to eat a morsel the very next day. He might love banana one day and simply hate it the next day.
Your baby’s development
You may notice that your 16 month old will show a strong preference towards his primary care giver and may seem clingy. By now your child might be able to say up to seven words (and it’s perfectly normal even if he does not). He will still find comfort in using nonverbal gestures like pointing to objects and nodding. He will most likely be able to comprehend much more than he can speak. So don’t be surprised if you ask your husband if he has seen your missing glasses and your toddler hunts it and brings it to you like it is the most normal thing in the world. So when you speak something always keep in mind that you toddler is probably hanging on to every word you say and fully understanding it.
You may notice that your toddler is becoming more adept at using her hands, for instance to hold a spoon properly, to stack blocks one on top of the other, to scribble with a crayon etc. Your child starts to see himself as a person separate from you, though he will still be the centre of his world.
Your life as parents
You may notice that your toddler is clingy to you and wants you to do everything for him, while this may be flattering; it is not at all practical. So slowly make him comfortable with your spouse or relative .Continue reading to your child and make him feel important and involved by allowing him to turn the page, choose which book to read and so on.
Childproof your home to avoid untoward accidents. Speak to your child slowly and clearly and start referring to objects by their original name. So if he points out to a ‘goggy’ respond by saying’ yes that’s a doggy’. Listen to what he has to say and your child will soon begin speaking confidently.