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.
Vaccinations After the series of vaccinations offered to babies at two, three and four months of age, the next series of immunisations are offered at 12 or 13 months.
Key nutrition basics
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Potty training setbacks
Overcoming problems when leaving behind nappies.
Encouraging first words
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How to start potty training
Some people like to encourage potty or toilet training from an early age. You will need to gauge your own child’s readiness, but whenever you do it, make sure you and your partner or any carer are all set to begin training at the same time.
Childproofing your home
Once your baby is on the move, different things around your home will have to change. In the first year, crawling babies should be kept away from anything they can fall off, bump into or reach and put in their mouths. As your toddler becomes ever more active and adventurous, you need to be safety-aware at home and when visiting other places.