Your baby: Month 19
What's the baby up to?
Your 19-month-old is very busy and will keep you running as he walks, throws, climbs on the furniture and tries to feed himself! He will be curious about everything.
• He will be experiencing a whole range of emotions from anger to joy and he will not be able to control them. Try to summon up some guidance and empathy through these times – you’re also feeling on edge sometimes, aren’t you?
• Your toddler’s vocabulary is still limited and he might get frustrated as he tries to express himself.
• Tantrums can peak between 16 – 24 months. Although it is part of your toddler’s normal development, your consistency in routine gives him the security he needs to get through this stage.
• He wants to do more and more things by himself. It is important to give him a chance to practice – if he takes half an hour to put his shoes on, let him – just allow enough time during your daily routines.
• Your toddler may become very protective over his toys at this stage and will not share easily.
Other stuff to think about
Supermarket shopping with your toddler
• Don’t take a hungry toddler to the supermarket, that’s like taking a lit match into a firework factory.
• Make sure your child’s nappy is dry before you go. Some supermarkets have changing stations, but it remains a disruptive experience at the best of times in any public place.
• Take your toddler’s favourite toy to the supermarket. This is a good diversionary measure, so keep it hidden until you need it.
• If your toddler has behaved even vaguely well, reward her with something small like a visit to the pet shop to say hello to the puppies.
• If possible, go to the supermarket at a time when it will be empty – Tuesday mornings are good.
• Make it clear that under no circumstances will you allow your child to grab things off the shelf and throw them into the trolley. You and your partner need to be consistent in enforcing this, otherwise you’ll be hearing “Daddy lets me!”
• Make sure that you know what you want and where to get it. If you go about your shopping systematically, it will go much faster.
• Turn the expedition into a game – and pretend that sitting in the trolley seat is a special treat.
• If your child is having hysterics, abandon your trolley and go home. The stress of finishing this shopping expedition is much more than the stress it will cause the staff to unpack your trolley.
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