My Toddler – Month 16
At 16 months old, a toddler’s fine motor skills become more polished, as does her ability to climb. Objects take on meaning, and toddlers begin to play with their imaginations. This month, some toddlers’ vocabulary may grow to an impressive ten words or more!
Last month, your child showed off his ability to climb stairs; so this month, don’t be surprised if you find your child going through your kitchen cupboards, or notice the drawers pulled out in a formation that represents a staircase to the counter top. With his gross motor skills at their best, he’ll be putting his pushing, pulling, and climbing skills together, to figure out new ways to gain a little height.
The parents exist to teach the child, but also they must learn what the child has to teach them; and the child has a very great deal to teach them. – Arnold Bennett
A few months ago, his little fingers could only grasp a marker and create big toddler scribbles; but as his fine motor skills become more exercised, he’s able to do so with more control now.
He may even be able to draw a line or two. At 16 months old, he is developing a knack for stacking. When he neatly piles several books on top of each other and carries them over to you, or turns their pages while you read, that’s not just cute; it’s an exciting show of fine motor skill development!
There is no experience like having children. That’s all. There is no substitute for it. You cannot do it with a friend. You cannot do it with a lover. If you want the experience of having complete responsibility for another human being, and to learn how to love and bond in the deepest way, then you should have children. – Mitch Albom
Her fears of being separated from you will lessen. You’ll notice her starting to use her imagination when she plays, which is always exciting to watch; and she might find and get attached to that one blanket, book, or toy that always keeps her happy and content.
With every passing month, your child’s ability to say words increases. This month, his vocabulary is up to ten words. As his vocabulary grows, he begins to connect those words with their meaning and purpose. He’s going to be rather pleased when he realizes that he understands the connection between the words “nose” and “smell.” You might find him constantly offering to let you to “smell” everything, from food to toys, with your “nose.”
As he begins to develop his ability to make simple connections, he’ll be busy exploring his surroundings. He’ll gradually start using tools for their intended purpose, and indulge his curiosities. Allow him to be inquisitive and celebrate his discoveries, for they are confirmations of a learning mind.