The first six months after your child’s first birthday is a time of rapid and remarkable emotional development. At this age, your toddler is beginning to experience a huge range of emotions in response to more specific events and thoughts. The trouble is that, while 16- to 19-month-old toddlers are experiencing and expressing these new emotions, they’re not very good at controlling them!

For example, simply preventing a child from reaching out to touch something may be met with a total meltdown lasting more than a few minutes. The challenge is in parents needing to learn how to be patient and not get overly frustrated or angry themselves.

By 16 to 19 months, most toddlers will:

  • Show spontaneous affection to familiar people like friends, siblings, nannies and teachers, parents, and grandparents
  • Play simple pretend games, like changing a baby’s diaper or cooking dinner in a play kitchen
  • Throw the occasional temper tantrum when they’re hungry, uncomfortable, or don’t get their way
  • Cling to parents and caregivers in unfamiliar situations
  • Try to get your attention and applause by doing new things
  • Laugh at silly behavior (wearing socks on your hands, putting a pillow under your feet instead of your head)
  • Refuse to share their toys, unless coaxed or forced
  • Play happily by themselves for short periods of time

By 16-19 months, some toddlers will try to:

By 16-19 months, a few toddlers can:

More in milestones:

Takeaways

  • If they haven’t already, many children this age will begin to throw temper tantrums.
  • This is the age when babies start laughing at silly behavior.
  • Some 16-month-olds are able to share, but this is a challenge for most and completely normal.

References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Important Milestones: Your Child at Eighteen Months.
  2. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Developmental Milestones: Toddler.
  3. National Network for Child Care. Developmental Milestones: A Guide for Parents, the Second Year.

Comments

  1. This is a fabulous reference for those who are new to the mommy thing or just want to know what they should look forward to at a certain age!

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  2. My little one has started to get really clinging when he wasn’t before. I am glad to hear this is normal!

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  3. This is such a great reference!

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  4. This is a great reference. I know some parents really worry about specifics and some kids just go at their own pace. =)

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