Your baby’s development

Your toddler is now midway between one and two and the most striking thing that you will probably notice is that, your child will begin to show impatience for just about anything. If for instance, he tells you that he wants a toy now, he literally means at that very instant. So be prepared for lots of “I want it right now’s”.

Your toddler at 18 months will know his limits, but will not be prepared to abide by it. Sleep time is also likely to be a battle ground as your little tyke will probably begin to resist morning naps with a vengeance. He will also start getting up earlier on most days. He will start clamoring for your attention when he feels that you are not paying him attention; like in the middle of a phone call or when you have guests in the house. He will also hate being confined in a tiny space. So he might hate sitting in a pram or a car seat for a long spell of time.

Despite all these ‘big child’ behavior your child might still exhibit signs of separation anxiety. He will want you (or the primary care giver) to be around him all the time. Your toddler will be more interested in playing with kids now, although he will still regard them as something to play with rather than as friends. No seems to be a word which you will find yourself saying most of the time. Your toddler will probably be tired of pulling out contents and would be more interested in taking out parts of toys and trying to put it back together again. He will most likely be able to drink from a cup without spilling the contents. Sometime soon your child may be ready for potty training. Do not force him and eventually he will learn it.

Vaccinations

1. OPV (Oral Polio Vaccine) Booster:  Prevents Poliomyelitis which damages nervous system causes muscle weakness or paralysis.
2. DPT Booster: Prevents Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus. There may be mild fever, pain and swelling at the injection site.
3. HiB (Haemophilus Influenza Type B) Booster: Prevents Meningitis which affects membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. There might be slight redness, swelling or pain at the site of injection.
4. Hepatitis A:  Prevents liver infection caused by HAV (Hepatitis A virus).

Your life as parents

Since this will most likely be a difficult phase to deal with, don’t go overboard. Discipline your child but within limits. So go ahead and forbid him from climbing on a rickety table, but give him that extra few minutes to button up his jacket. This will make him realize that although you are strict you are also fair.

Try as far as possible to show by example, as kids learn the fastest by observing their parents. Teach him the importance of saying please and thank you right from this stage so that it gets ingrained within him. Try and connect with other parents with kids his age. Arrange for play dates to encourage your child to be comfortable around kids.

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