Children's Age-by-Age Guide: 18 Month to 2 Years
Your child may form a strong attachment to a "lovey" or transitional object like a blanket or stuffed animal, which he may want to carry everywhere he goes. He's likely to throw a temper tantrum when he is unable to master a task, communicate a desire, or understand something. He may also misbehave when he is afraid, especially if his normal routine changes. He is also gaining an awareness of other people's feelings; he can tell what mood you are in and he realizes that his behavior affects your behavior.
Don't view your child's desire to carry around a "lovey" as babyish; it helps him feel secure, and it's perfectly age-appropriate. Now is the time to encourage your child to express his feelings through pretend play ("Teddy is sad because it's raining and he can't go outside to play"). Keep in mind that fears are also normal at this age. Reassure your child often and provide extra opportunities for closeness. Sitting together and reading a book is a great way to do just that.Cognitive Milestones
Vocabulary and sentence structure improve rapidly at thisage. Your child is able to follow simple commands and use two- to four-word sentences, as well as simple phrases like "all gone" and "so big!" She can recognize names of familiar people, objects and body parts, and is beginning to play make believe. She'll follow you around the house and do whatever you do. "No"is her favorite word and she's becoming possessive about her toys and clothes.
You can help your child improve her memory by repeating experiences and labeling everything she sees. Don't be too alarmed by her emerging love of the word "no." It's part of her developing self-esteem. She's learning that she has some control over herself and that she's a separate being from you. Imitating others is also a way for her to learn how the world works, so be generous in your encouragement.Immunizations at this age
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