How your 12 to 18-month-old might play now

    • Your child may be walking—and very proud of it!
    • She's better at entertaining herself and more deliberate in her exploration
    • He can string together ideas to form a basic plan
    • She shows affection with hugs, kisses, smiles and pats
    • He can put objects in and out of a box
    • She starts to treat objects in an appropriate manner—for example, cuddling a teddy bear
    • He likes to imitate familiar household routines
Toys for new walkers
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    Activity Walker

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    Scoop & Whirl Popper

    Balance & Coordination Curiosity & Discovery Gross Motor
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    Musical Lion Walker

    Balance & Coordination Fine Motor Gross Motor Sensory

Help your baby learn more:

    • Boost confidence. Help your new walker practice balancing and walking by encouraging her to bring a toy along on little excursions through the house. It will boost her confidence until she's more secure with her balance.
    • What’s different? For a lesson in action/reaction, point out how the sound and speed of the toy can change: “Push it along slowly…now faster! You’re making the music play!”

Box-in-a-Box

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Part Jack-in-the-Box, part Guess-What’s-Inside, this game will keep baby guessing—and giggling. Be sure you have something special at the end of the game to make the wait worthwhile!

Materials

  • Variety of boxes in different sizes, nesting one inside another
  • Toy or treat

Instructions

  • Collect a variety of boxes that will nest one inside another. Try to get very large boxes and very small boxes, as well as everything in between.
  • Place a special toy or treat in the smallest box for your baby to discover at the end of the game. Close the small box and place it in the next larger box; close the outside box.
  • Continue until you’ve nested all the boxes inside each other, ending with the giant box.
  • Bring your baby into the room and show her the box.
  • Ask her, “What’s inside?” and help her open the box.
  • When your baby sees the next box, say, “Another box!” Lift that box out of the bigger box and ask your baby to open it.
  • Continue until you get to the smallest box, then let your baby open up the surprise!

Safety

Make the boxes easy to open so your baby can do the task herself without getting too frustrated.
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