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16 month old baby development

Between now and the age of 18 months you will probably find that your toddler requires less sleep during the day, so instead of needing a morning and afternoon nap she will be perfectly happy having one sleep sometime around mid-day - here's what else to expect at 16 months:

At first this new nap may go on longer than previous naps as she gets used to the new routine. Try not to put your child down too late in the day because if she sleeps too much then you may have difficulties getting her to sleep at night.

Keep the time you put her down to sleep consistent so that your toddler gets used to the routine. If you are at home, put her to sleep in her cot rather than letting her fall asleep on the sofa downstairs.

Your toddler needs to rest during the day so you should insist on her going to bed even if she refuses to sleep. Give her some books and toys to keep her amused and be firm about not letting her get up until her nap time is over.

Although your toddler may not want to sit still for more than a few minutes at a time, she will probably have begun to show interest in sitting with you while you read to her.

Rather than listening to you, she may prefer to use this time to point out objects she sees in the book that she knows the words for such as cow, ball or car. Encouraging her to repeat these words as you ‘read’ together will help to enhance your child’s language skills.

Your toddler is now beginning to practice social interactions – she is able to wave, smile, play easy games such as peek-a-boo and follow simple instructions. She is also able show affection with hugs and kisses and will probably respond enthusiastically to the hugs and kisses she gets from you, too.

Your toddler at 16 months:

She should be able to:

  • Turn the pages of a book when she’s being read to
  • Run as well as walk
  • Sing along with you
  • Become upset when frustrated
  • Enjoy scribbling

She will probably be able to:

  • Climb
  • Help you do simple things around the house
  • Say up to 15 words

She might be able to:

  • Take off an item of clothing without help
  • Dance to music
  • Show a preference for certain foods

What to expect from your child at month 17

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