The baby of 1 year and 9 months
While you must be very tired, your baby is in full swing. Increasingly, he controls the movements and the steps are firmer, but the falls will happen, so prepare a kit with bandages.
If he used to go wherever you wanted, now he chooses where he wants to go. Being on your lap is more rare, perhaps when you are sleepy, hurt or scared, fears are quite common.
You will have to improve the way of saying “no”, because it will not always work as expected. Your baby will probably confront you in many different ways. Keep Calm.
Although it seems premature, some babies want to choose what to wear and do it themselves. Letting him do that helps with development, it’s gratifying for him to see himself as more independent. Talk about the choices made and how he feels about it.
For more suggestions on activities with your baby aged 1 year and 9 months, or 21 months, keep reading.
Stimuli and Games
Your baby watches and wants to imitate everything that adults do. Therefore, toys that simulate cooking, caring or repairing are very attractive to him. As an example, tools, mini kitchens, dolls, toy cell phones, even toy brooms become fun.
Give importance to what he does. Interact with the game. Taste the food, hammer some plastic nails, help change the diaper or the doll’s clothes. Your baby feels important and you have a good time.
Storytelling can also be upgraded. Use his own toys to invent adventures. Let him participate in the performance by making the noise of animals or things. If you don’t have a theater, improvise with sheets.
He is more interested in books. Reading may be better if you start asking him to show you where certain figures or characters are. Finding objects books are great entertainment.
Show photos of the family and have him learn the names of each one. This activity stimulates the speech of the most timid and encourages learning for the most chatty. Grandparents and uncles will be thrilled to hear your baby talking.
Defrosting remains a challenge for some. If it’s for you, don’t be discouraged, everything is a constant process. He begins to have control of the sphincter and to understand when it happens. At times, leave your baby without a diaper. But, respect his pace and don’t stress.
Keep being creative when eating. If your baby doesn’t eat kale, for example, why not add it to the juice or make a joke saying it’s green pasta?
At first, he may be reluctant to try new things, but if it’s fun, maybe he’ll try it easier. A simple rice becomes something more cheerful with carrots and beets, for example.
The sliced tomato turns the elephant’s ear. The pod, the trunk. The chayote looks great in the pie. Broccoli is the tree and it becomes a beaver. The order not to play with the food is postponed, for now.
Since he likes to do everything himself, eating is no exception. Start putting the food on the plate, just like you do, and give the cutlery in his hand. Most of the time, your actions teach more than just having them done.
Your baby waking up a few times while sleeping is completely normal. The difference is in how he reacts to it. Does he know how to go back to sleep or does he need your help whenever it happens?
Babies older than 1 year tend to have a little more restless sleep, which matches their day. They will dream about what they went through and, in certain cases, a nightmare can happen and they end up waking up crying.
If that’s the case, caring for him to calm down usually has a positive effect. For other cases, you need to understand the cause and how to resolve it. The sleep routine helps a lot in this maintenance of sleep.
Preferably, it should be started in the first few days of the baby, but even after 1 year, the baby can learn. Want to know how? Then get to know the Baby Sleeper course and have the guidance of a baby sleep specialist.
Different ways of saying no
Often, just using “no” has a different result than expected. Your baby wants to challenge the possibilities and that little word means someone trying to stop it.
How about changing the simple “no” to a “how about we do it another way”, or “if you go up there, you can get hurt”, or “let’s eat this tasty pasta”. Try to speak firmly, without shouting and giving the impression that the exchange is more interesting.