19 to 21 months

01. Physical capabilities / milestones achieved

 

Now he walks and runs confidently. He hops. He is now tall enough to reach the railing, so he walks up and down the stairs mimicking you. He climbs on furniture and tries to reach things previously out of his reach. When you put things away out of his reach, he tries to reach it later.

 

All these movements give him exercises and they help develop special awareness, eye hand coordination and balance.

 

This is a critical period for fine motor development. His hands are steady enough to stack up 5 -6 blocks one on top of the other. He holds the pen like we hold a knife and scribbles on pieces of paper. At this stage they love to just drag the pencil across the page and have no idea of a final product.

 

02. Psychological capabilities / milestones achieved

 

Now your baby starts his behavioral experiments. He becomes aggressive for no apparent reason. For him it’s not aggression. He just wants to find out what will happen if he bites, pokes and scratches you. If you react negatively and be strict with him, he may not do it again for a short while. He is too young to remember the rules for long and soon he will be overwhelmed by his need to experiment. He wants to be independent; when his efforts are met with negativity he becomes angry. You may see that your toddlers’ mood shifts very rapidly. This is a normal phenomenon.

 

Your toddler is a very picky eater now. You might have to fight the good fight to feed new food. Your toddler has preferences.

 

03. Specific ailments / medical conditions to look out for

 

More your toddler explores things, more at risk he is to have common infections.

 

04. See your doctor if you see these symptoms

 

Severe delays in achieving specific milestones at the appropriate time necessitates a visit to your doctor.

 

05. Average weight and height

 

Refer to the child weight chart provided by the ministry of health before deciding whether your child is having the weight/height to match it’s age.

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