Right now, I have the great and distinct privilege of closely watching some one to eighteen -month old children grow and develop and change. I love watching what interests them!
Have you ever noticed that the one-year old likes to:
- Eat and drop things over the edge of their chair, feed the dog, and drop the food down their shirt or put it in their hair.
- Move furniture around
- Take things in and out of something or open and shut something.
- Shriek loudly.
- Wiggle out of your arms and move!
- Watch what you are doing and imitate the motion of it
- Use different objects to imitate the gesture of things (ie, use a kitchen spatula or a spoon for the gesture of combing their hair)
- Be outside to feel the grass, the dirt, the leaves…..and to try to eat it all
- Be sung to and have fingerplays and rhymes bouncing on your knee
- Play peek-a-boo
- Be held and kissed
- Catch your eye when they are doing something and smile
- Empty out a bookshelf or drawer of kitchen supplies
- Roll a ball back and forth with someone
- Give you things and take them back
- Wave bye-bye
- Make piles of mulch or leaves
- Ride in a sling
- Pull the cords out of things – look carefully around your house!
- Go for walks
- Talk! Coo! Communicate!
Have you ever noticed that a one to eighteen month old:
- Is more likely to have erratic napping?
- May wake up during the night due to teething or other developmental milestones?
- May have an increase in appetite for solid foods (or may not!)
- Will still nurse a lot!
- Can often have cold hands and feet – keep checking their levels of warmth
Just a few thoughts and observations.