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18 to 24 Months

As children leave infancy and move into toddlerhood, parents begin to get a real sense of their personality and temperament. Even within the same family, each child is unique in the way these develop:

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Toddlers: A developmental overview

At This Stage

  • At this stage, children experience a continuous struggle between their need for independence and their need to rely on and feel protected by parents

  • Your toddler will display a new level of self-awareness and begin calling herself by name, recognizing herself in family photos and identifying parts of the body

  • By 24 months, many toddlers play on their own, use their new motor skills to run, kick balls, jump and climb. They can also tackle fine motor tasks such as puzzles, taking lids off jars, using a fork and building bigger and better towers.

  • Language is also exploding at this time, and the favourite word is "No."

Parents need to be aware of their child's conflicting need for both independence and support.

Find out more about what to expect.

Comfort, Play & Teach: A Positive Approach to Parenting™

To help you to encourage your child's social, emotional and intellectual development, we have created Comfort, Play & Teach: a Positive Approach to Parenting™. This simple approach is built on everyday activities that are part of your daily routine.

What may seem like the simplest and most automatic activities that you do with your child every day - like putting a bandage on a "boo boo", playing hide and go seek, or cuddling with your baby – are in fact among the most important ways parents can help children reach their full potential.

When you comfort, play with and teach your child, you open up a world of possibilities for her. Through simple activities that are easy and natural to do, you encourage your child's ability to learn and to create, to communicate to love and to trust and to approach life with confidence and enthusiasm.

  • When you comfort your child, she learns to feel secure, loved and valued.
  • When you play with your child, he learns to explore and discover the world and his role in it.
  • When you teach your child, she learns how to relate to others, solve problems and communicate.

All areas of your child's development are interconnected and depend on nurturing the whole child. Comfort, Play & Teach: A Positive Approach to Parenting™ provides a practical and natural way to support your child's healthy development. When you comfort, play with and teach your child, you are encouraging all aspects of his development:

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