Your child is not really a baby any more. He can remove his socks and do stuff like play feed his dolls. He walks and runs up and down stairs. He can walk backwards now. He can stand on one foot and this helps him climb. He pedals his tricycle. He continues to improve his skills with his hands. He has more control over fine movements now. He learns how to open doors, lids and manipulate his toys. Now he can draw a good circle and simple puzzles are easy for him now.
You will see that your child has started to express feelings using simple language. He strings two or three words to form a grammatically incorrect but meaningful sentences. He has favorite words and he uses them all the time. Your child is at a vulnerable stage where he sometimes cannot express his feelings in words. This builds up frustration and tantrums are the result. Your child needs you every so often to calm down. Imagination runs wild now. Make belief play is second nature to him. He can identify humor and he responds to silly situations with a laugh. This make belief play can give rise to irrational fears. So he needs your help to get over these fears. You child copies what he sees other kids do and he may have one or two close friends.
Be very aware of your child because he runs, walks and jumps all the time. He is vulnerable to falls and accidental injuries. Being curious, he gets into so much trouble.
Your child catches trivial illnesses very quickly. He gets exposed to the external environment more during his adventures. Common cold, pharyngitis, laryngitis, upper respiratory infections and viral fevers are very common.
You will be able to identify behavioral disorders during his stage. Aversion from playing together with friends, excessive shyness, avoiding eye contact, losing skills previously obtained, not doing pretend play should alert you.
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.