My Toddler – Month 17
Around 17 months of age, you’ll find that toddlers take interest in using their arms and legs for purposes like kicking, throwing, and swinging. They also take quite a liking to playing games and make-believe.
During the games you play, your 17-month-old will have quite the display of skills to show off. As rolling and pushing toys around becomes mundane to her, get ready to intercept flying objects, as she’ll soon discover that throwing them is much more entertaining! Watch out for her kicker too, for she has found a new use for her legs.
If children grow up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses. – Goethe
This newly found knack for swinging limbs gives her a fresh appreciation for make believe and playing games. This month, your toddler will challenge you in a battle over food.
She’s likely to be more interested in pretending her high chair is a car she‘s riding in, rather than treating it like a place to eat. The luxurious days of having a child who would eat anything you offered seem long ago, as her food preferences may be minimal now.
Some of your child’s actions seem to be punctuated with a question, which probably indicates that he is trying to figure out how his audience will react. When he performs a song, makes a funny face, and shows his ability to throw, kick, or say a new word, he is bound to receive applause. Pleasantries aren’t all he has to show though; he will likely test out pinching, biting, hitting, screaming, and other less amiable behaviors, too.
We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Singing songs, or just talking with your toddler, is becoming increasingly fun, as her ten-word vocabulary gains another five words, or so, this month. Her speech increases in clarity each week; you will definitely notice this!
As her imagination increases its role in her play, she’ll find clever ways to use random things to fit into her make believe scenarios. Soon, your broom will become a horse, baskets into hats, a roll of toilet paper is a chair, hair brushes turn to microphones, and blankets transform into capes. Make believe play is necessary for healthy cognition, so encourage your imaginative toddler and marvel over her ability to make toys out of your unexciting household objects!