This week we continue to discover new information about our babies. The period when our babies are 15-16 months old is usually one of the most intense periods of interest in people older than themselves.
During these periods, curiosity continues to inspire your baby's daily behavior. Anything that can excite your baby with excitement is also in question. This starts with a simple look at first, and as time passes, it starts to listen to what is being said next to you. Curiosity is also linked to the infant's observance of other people, especially adults in the family.
Mastering Motor Skills
Just walking, especially carrying something very large and very light, is a very exciting activity for toddlers. These days, your baby will try to carry what he has from one place to another with the victory of doing a great job. For example, one of the reasons why a large plastic beach ball is so exciting for your baby is the feeling of being able to carry such a huge object and the satisfaction of being able to do a job that is very different from what they have done before. Also, when your baby throws the ball and goes to pick it up, it's likely that he'll be clumsy and kick the ball again with his foot before picking it up, so it'll add some hindrance to his activity and attract his attention and increase his enjoyment. As they begin to use their hands and arms for different purposes, hand-eye and hand-foot coordination will begin to develop.
Don't Neglect Reading Books
Books attract your baby's attention in this age range for two different reasons:
1- At the beginning of this period, books are interesting if they contain hard cardboard pages and plastic binding, because these require an effort to develop dexterity.
2- As your baby approaches his second birthday, the simple stories in the books will start to be interesting, especially if they are read by an older person who is important to the baby, as they are developed enough in terms of language and intelligence. Therefore, books are gradually becoming an important tool not only for looking at but also for listening to stories from your mouth.
Peer Relationships Playgroups
At this age, your baby's interest in other people has increased. However, this interest in people is not yet in their own age, but in the important and familiar adults in your baby's life. Between 13 and 20 months, some babies are generally anxious, although this is rarely at a very high level. In general, they are reasonably comfortable in group activities outside the home. But the area to be especially aware of is relationships with peers. Babies who are 13-22 months old look old enough to have a good time with their peers, but looks can be deceiving. Unless closely monitored, 16- and 17-month-old babies can experience friction with each other. Babies who can now easily walk around, play with small objects, and generally control their bodies and engage in physical behaviors that may harm others, may not be logical enough because their frontal lobes of the brain are not developed, and when conflict arises, they may tend to apply physical solutions to solve their problems with beings of their own size. For this reason, it is recommended that you be aware of the facts and closely monitor your baby's relationships with peers of any kind. I don't want to alarm you; Serious problems rarely arise in this group work, but of course it is best to be aware of such possibilities.
If You Have Siblings at Home
A compelling factor regarding social relationships between infants at this stage of development may arise if a slightly younger or older sibling is present at home. The small age difference between babies can create stress in babies aged 13-22 months. He may be subject to physical reactions from a slightly older sibling, or he may feel pushed aside if there is a cute seven-month-old sibling at home. If you have siblings at home, it is important that you are aware of these possible scenarios and make correct observations and take the necessary precautions.