Posted July 10, 2011on:
19-Month-Old ChildWhether you’ve got a whirling dervish or a laidback little one, your best bet is giving her plenty of time and space to do her thing.
Catch me if you can, Mom! Your toddler may be on the go from morning ’til night as her energy level and desire to explore collide in a whirlwind of perpetual motion. Your mission is to provide lots of opportunities for safe physical activity, both indoors and out. Some little ones like a slower, quieter pace and that’s fine; a mellow toddler may tend toward drawing, puzzles, or listening to stories, so give her what she wants, Mom, and embrace her individuality. And speaking of individuality, keep in mind that some kids may be chattering away by now while others have fewer words in their verbal repertoire. Try not to worry or compare, as some late talkers don’t bloom linguistically until age two (check with your pediatrician if you’re truly concerned). At this stage, it’s wise to update your childproofing efforts every month or two to keep up with your child’s new abilities, (like opening cabinets and climbing stairs). Plus, lots of toddlers this age are prone to daytime wandering (it’s time for a “streets smarts 101” lesson) as well as night wandering (try a gate across her doorway). Other toddler sleep problems include night waking and snoring (generally harmless, but check with your doc to be sure there’s no medical cause). And even though your tot is still focused on “me, me, me!” you can start to lay the groundwork for how to be a friend. First lessons include sharing and cooperating and using words instead of physical aggression to work out disagreements. There’s a lot to learn, but you’re a great teacher!
I really feel like time is zooming by. This month’s new words are “nana” for banana, and good job. We’re sleep training again so naptime is getting better. We put him in his crib and he cries for about 5 minutes then he goes to sleep. At his 18 month appointment his doctor mentioned starting him on the potty. At least getting him used to it. Yeah, this is going to be fun. LOL At his appt he came in at 33 inches and 24.5 lbs. *sigh* He isn’t my little baby anymore.