Your baby’s development

At 19 months, it may seem to you like your toddler’s main mission in life is to run all day. With curiosity being on an all term high and with abundant energy to match your toddler will literally keep you on your toes. Make sure that you provide your child with ample opportunities for safe play both indoors and out doors. Some of the toddlers at this age may be mellow, content to play with their toys or crayons. Accept your child for who he is and work around that.

Your toddler at 19 months may be chattering nineteen to a dozen within the limited vocabulary that he has, or he may still be content using the same two or three limited words. Here again, remember that that each child is unique and avoid comparing your child with others. If you are truly concerned, it may be a good idea to check out your concerns with his pediatrician. You will notice that you have to upgrade your childproofing skills every once in a while, to keep up with your toddler. This is the stage where the child’s curiosity gets the better of him and this may mean that you have to be prepared for wanderings out of the house in the day time, Ensure that your security systems are in place.Some toddlers may sleep walk at this age and though generally harmless it may be a good idea to consult your doctor to rule out any medical causes.

Encourage him to make friends if he hasn’t done so already. Introduce him to basic values like sharing and empathy. Make basic manners, like saying ‘please’ ‘thank you’ ‘sorry’ and being polite non negotiable. Your child around 19 months will be able to hold a box, put things in it and then throw it out. He will probably enjoy playing with blocks but will never tire of the filling in a and dumping out routine.

Your life as parents

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Your life with a 19 month old toddler is sure to be an action packed whirlwind of activities. Read to your child every day. While reading a familiar and much loved book stop midway in a sentence and you will find that your toddler is most likely to fill in the blank. Picture books are another great way to improve his vocabulary. Point out to the object and describe what it does.

This is the best time to lay the foundation for good behavior and values. Always try your best not to resort to physical aggression when you are agitated as he will soon learn to resort to violence when he is angry or agitated, instead help him put his feelings onto words and work out a solution together. While buying toys always be careful to buy age appropriate toys for safety reasons.

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