The toddler years are fantastic. Your baby has transformed into a tottering, toddling bundle of energy. You’ll notice their words becoming more defined and linking together to make coherent instructions. They’ll be rushing, running and probably falling and crashing as they refine their motor skills. And playtime takes on a whole new dimension with fantasy worlds and make-believe friends.
You’ll also have heard the expression “Terrible Twos” (and Terrible threes or fours for most) where your every suggestion will be challenged, demands will have to be met immedately for fear of instant meltdown, and your once “foodie” baby eyes your cottage pie suspiciously for signs of hidden vegetables. But it’s also a time for you to have fun together. And through many day-to-day experiences you'll guide the development of their character, build their confidence, instill some social niceties and help them on their way to making friends.
Encouraging first words There is no reason why you can’t start encouraging your child’s communication and ‘talking’ when she is a baby. But as your child makes the transition between being a baby and a toddler, early words begin to form.
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Toddler Toys: vehicles
Encourage imaginative play with the wide range of toy vehicles designed to please boys and girls alike.
Swimming is a great way to get your child physically active, and while some parents like to get their baby swimming early on, toddler splash sessions and more formal swimming lessons can be great fun.