What you'll want this month:

How your baby is developing: Your baby is entering the early stages of toddler hood. You probably can't sit down anymore because you are shadowing your walking, curious toddler.

Your toddler is probably climbing up the stairs on their hands and knees rather well. Expect to see your toddler climbing furniture soon and trying to climb out of the crib, the high chair, even the stroller – your shadowing days are far from over!

Now that your toddler is walking quite well, you may notice they like to walk while carrying toys, books, sticks or anything small that fits comfortably in their hand. Carrying items makes toddlers feel important, like a little person, and they want to act independently just to show they can – even if you would prefer they didn't.

Your toddler is learning to follow simple commands – when you call, they will come. If you ask for something, they know you want it, but may not want to give it you. At this stage, your toddler will welcome receiving a toy, a blanket, or food, but they are not ready to share or give things back when you'd rather them not play with or eat something.

You may spend many hours sitting silently holding a book while your toddler points to pictures and babbles. This month marks the beginning of the story telling phase and an increase in babbling and new words. A favorite word for most toddlers this month is "no."

Fun games and activities to play: Your toddler enjoys things they can push, pull, squeeze or bang. Here are a few activities that will encourage your toddler's need to touch.

  • Your toddler is beginning to understand cause and effect quite well and finds it quite fascinating. Hold your toddler in front of a light switch and let them turn the switch on and off. It may take a while, but they will giggle in delight when they realize they can turn the light on and off.
  • Sit down with your toddler and hold a toy truck up in the air so the wheels are not touching the ground. Let your toddler spin the wheels and become entranced with the wheels spinning round and round.
  • When eating lunch, let your toddler play with their food. Place a piece of shiny finger paint paper on the high chair tray. Give your toddler a small container of chocolate or strawberry pudding and let them finger paint. They'll enjoy playing with their food, they'll make great art, and you don't have to worry about them licking their fingers – its pudding!
  • After a meal, gather a tissue, a wet sponge, and a spoon. Sit down and show your toddler each item just before you drop it on the floor. Pick up each item and hand them to your toddler. Watch as they drop each item and lean over to watch the tissue gently float to the ground or wait excitedly for the wet sponge to splash on the floor.

Your toddler wants to touch and play. Here are a few baby products that can excite your toddler's tactile senses.

Nursery
  • A soft blanket with satin binding on the edge to stimulate your toddler's fingertips.
Feeding
  • An easy-to-clean splash mat to catch all those splats and bits of food that will hit the floor while your baby learns to use a spoon.
Baby Care
  • A two-in-one body wash and baby shampoo so you can get your toddler in and out of the bath as quickly as possible.
Playtime
  • An easy-to-press push button flashlight so your toddler can entertain themselves just before falling asleep.
  • A pinwheel to encourage your toddler to blow or spin the pinwheel with their fingers.
  • Touch and feel books so your toddler can sit and flip through books on their own.

You'll want a variety of crafty baby products for sixteen month old.

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