When your baby learns to walk, he or she becomes a toddler and so begins an amazing journey of exploration, rapid learning and growth. It’s important to understand the milestones in toddler development and to know what to expect. That way you’ll be equipped to deal with whatever your tot throws at you – be it a soggy wheatbix hurled in a fit of fury, a flat refusal to go to sleep, or sinking their teeth into other children. Toddler development can be a difficult time, as toddlers can get very frustrated and cranky. They’re bursting with energy, ideas and questions about their world, but they don’t yet have the language to express themselves. Growing children can drive you crazy, but they can also be lots of fun. Find out how your understanding and guidance can help get them through this challenging time.
Toddler Social Development
A key thing to keep in mind is that social skills are learned from observation and interaction with others. Even the most sophisticated adults get it wrong sometimes so it’s no wonder little kids have trouble getting their heads around social skills and rules. It’s all so new! And there’s so much to learn. You can play a big role in developing social skills. Huggies gives you some great tips and insights into the social side of toddler development. Find out why they stare at other children, what to do when your little one snatches a toy, or shoves another child, and why being around other kids is important for toddler development.
No one is entirely sure why biting is a stage in toddler development. Although we can be pretty sure it’s not because the little dears are hungry or they like the taste of grandma’s arm. Toddler biting can be embarrassing and distressful for parents, especially if the child targets other children at daycare or the playground. And of course, biting can be very painful and scary, especially if a baby is on the receiving end of a strong toddler bite. There are 5 main categories of biters – does your child fall into one of them? Read on to find out how to deal with a mini jaws in the family!
Many toddlers get cross and throw tantrums because they don’t yet have the words to express themselves. But you can help them by teaching them simple sign language. It’s not hard – just follow these simple instructions and your little one will soon be getting their messages across. Hopefully this will mean fewer hissy fits at your place! Also, you’ll be helping lay the foundations for their speech development, which is a later stage in toddler development.
Toddler Emotional Development
Once your child has moved into the first stages of toddler development, you may well wonder where did your beautiful baby go – and who is this screaming hooligan pulling down their pants in the supermarket and demanding an ice-cream? Attention-seeking behaviour is the toddler’s way of interacting with others and is born from a desire to test out their environment and the reactions of their audience. Huggies helps you out with some great advice and insights. Read it before your next shopping trip!
Bullying gets widespread coverage in the press, so many parents are very aware of this behaviour. Which is why it’s so awful when your child is the supposed ‘bully’! You could be forgiven for feeling like a criminal, such is the social stigma of bullying. And what if it’s your child who’s being picked on? Do you confront the bully’s parents? Leave the kids to sort it out themselves? Truth is, toddler bullying is quite common and there are lots of positive things you can do to calmly and successfully deal with it. Let Huggies tell you how.
Toddler Physical Development
Nearly all mums and dads at some stage worry about whether their child is ‘normal’. However, as Melbourne child psychologist and mother of 4, Sally-Anne McCormack explains, there is no such thing as normal. She prefers to talk about ‘average behaviour’ and her insights into toddler behaviour make fascinating reading, as do her expert tips for managing toddler behaviour.
The start of speech is a magic time for parents and child alike. This milestone in toddler development means your little one is no longer a baby but a walking, talking little person who wants to chat with you and tell you what they’re thinking and feeling. There are lots of thing you can do to encourage your child’s speech development. Read Huggies top tips and suggestions for getting the conversation happening!
Toddler development associations
Australia is lucky to have some great associations dedicated to the fascinating subject of toddler development. Check out the toddler development associations that could help you.
Establishing good habits early on not only makes life easier for you, but also gives your bub the routines, schedules and timetables that enable them to make sense of all the new things they’re experiencing and learning. This section on toddler habits contains excellent guidelines and insights for encouraging sleeping, eating and other behaviours that are the building blocks for raising responsible and independent children.