This month sees your toddler being able to recognise when he makes mistakes. If he confuses words, sister and brother or dog and cat for instance, he may laugh at his mistake, or even correct himself. This is a step forwards in terms of your child’s comprehension and understanding of how the rules of language work. Your toddler’s budding sense of humour also reveals itself as he points and finds the simplest thing; a dog running through the park, or dad with a saucepan on his head, as the funniest thing. Luckily laughing is highly infectious and you’ll all be giggling away in no time.
Sing songs which encourage movement, for instance, ‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes’ or the ‘Hokey Cokey’ are good for toddlers to learn which body part is which. Make sure they can see you, or other toddlers and parents pointing too, so she can see who is pointing at what.
Encourage turn-taking games like peek-a-boo and hide and seek. If you go first, your toddler can see how it is played, then you can say ‘your turn now’, and she can copy you.
Try a few make believe games, for example, pretend to bake a cake for teddy and have a tea party to eat it, or pretend to fall asleep but say to your toddler, who will wake me up?
Sit with your toddler on your lap and face the mirror. Point out her eyes, ears, nose and mouth. Then explain that you have a nose, mouth and ears too, but yours are a bit bigger.
Toddlers love bathtime and especially all the fun and creative bath toys you can fill the bath with.