What’s going on for baby?

During this stage toddlers become very active and energetic and need to ‘blow off steam’. They also need to be closely supervised to keep them safe.

They are learning to run, jump, climb, walk upstairs holding on to a hand or a rail, ride a ride-on toy, and to throw and kick a ball.

The combination of assertiveness, growing motor skills, curiosity, interest in copying and the ability to strategize all increase the need for parents to watch what their child is doing.

How can parents and whānau help?

  • Give their toddler regular playtime outside.
  • Take their toddler to the park to play on the big apparatus such as swings, slides and see-saws.
  • Have a ride-on toy (no pedals) for their toddler.
  • Play outside together with a ball to kick and throw.
  • Play ‘jumping’ together using a low step — holding hands and ‘1, 2, 3, jump!’
  • Plan active time every day with their toddler.
  • Have active play ideas for inside and outside.
  • Watch for signs that a change in activity might be needed.
  • Invite another child and their parent over for a play.
  • Use ‘wind down’ activities such as book sharing before rest and sleep times.
  • Understand how much is changing for their toddler and what this means for their safety. Toddlers are moving further and faster and reaching higher levels. They are full of curiosity and they want to be more independent. They watch and copy what others do. They can make a plan to get what they want and they are likely to be assertive with it!
  • Accept that their toddler needs someone to supervise them closely to keep them safe.
  • Understand their toddler needs a small number of limits or family rules that all the adults in their life consistently help them learn to keep.

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