18th month: From balance to rituals to sharing

Congratulations, your baby is now one and a half years old! At the age of 18 months, your child will probably still walk a bit unsteadily. But the closer the second birthday approaches, the safer it will be. Your little one’s energy is insatiable, and that’s a good thing, because they use it to explore the world. Your child’s fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination will continue to develop. This makes playing, exploring, dressing and eating better and better. These things all ensure that your child gradually becomes more independent.

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Practice early

A person develops and trains their sense of balance very early on. Some time before it was born, your child registered changes in position and was still gaining experience in your stomach. In order for us to be able to walk upright on two legs despite gravity, our balance system must develop extensively. Crawling, sitting, standing or walking – you can observe exactly how long it takes until your child can safely keep its balance. No matter how much motivation your little ones show, wobbly movements and falls are still inevitable. After all, your child has to register several impressions at once and quickly and adjust his reactions to them. In any case, this is already working better than it did a year or a few months ago.

The best way to help your child grow and grow is to give them opportunities to exercise to their heart’s content as often as possible. This is the only way it can progress step by step and prepare for something new, for example riding a tricycle.

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To eat together

Meals are a shared experience and daily ritual that is about more than just the food itself. There must have been times when you tried everything and meal times felt like a struggle.

Your child eats several times a day and depending on that, they also have certain expectations of the meals. It is all the more important that you pull together. Talk to your child about what constitutes good table manners and what needs to be considered when eating. You need to set rules from the start because this is about consistency and boundaries.

Shared pain is half of the pain

Although your child will definitely find company great, it still has little to do with peers. However, this is because sharing and giving is not particularly popular with him. Also, sharing can only be learned through imitation, so show generosity to your child and share.

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