Eighteen month visit
What should my eighteen month old be doing?
All babies develop at different rates. Please do not be discouraged or worried, if your child has not achieved the following milestones by 18 months.
At this age, your child should:
- Walks proficiently
- Runs awkwardly and falls alot
- Speaks 7 – 20 words and wants to name everything
- Knows parts of the face
- Responds to simple requests “bring me that toy”
- Likes to show independence and responds with “no” frequently
- Enjoys imitating parents and begins to eat with a fork
When should I move my toddler out of the crib?
Once your child is about 3 feet tall or can climb out of the crib, it is time to introduce a toddler bed. Typically, this occurs around eighteen to twenty four months.
Here are some helpful tips to make the transition a little easier:
- Let her be involved in picking the new bed
- Put the new bed in her room for a few weeks before the transition period
- Start the bedtime routine in the toddler bed and then if she wants, move her to her crib for sleep
- let her take day naps in the toddler bed
- transfer security objects from the crib to the bed
- Put the new bed in the position that the crib used to occupy
- Refrain from making the switch during a high stress time