Watching baby grow is one of the most wonderful and conflicting things we experience as parents. They go from googly-eyed cooing to wobbly stomping across the floor in what feels like minutes.
Having been through this stage five times over now, we've seen every facet of toddler achievements, but it never gets any less interesting. That whole "every child is different" concept applies to ALL the things.
Toddler milestones – the ones you don't always hear about
- Besides crawling, and then walking, there's also the climbing. This stage is likely to give you a few small heart attacks, as it usually happens before full-fledged walking, and includes areas baby can't get back down from without a significant fall. Most notable achievements in our family: #2 standing in the middle of the kitchen table at 11 mos, #5 perched atop a stool at 12 mos.
- As baby learns how things work and starts to experiment with open/close, on/off, etc, we happen upon the "taking clothes off" stage. But there is a far more sinister stage within this stage, that we don't like to talk about. That's right, I'm referring to the "taking diaper off" stage. This can get really ugly, so it is important to remain vigilant and never, I repeat, NEVER let a toddler in this stage go to naptime/bedtime without pants securely over said diaper. Most notable achievements in our family: #1 "repainting" crib and self twice post-nap, when we thought he was being so good and quiet. #4 redecorating multiple times both in crib and out of crib… Because 5 kids.
- We all expect kids to grow out of things at some point, but this stage comes earlier than any of us anticipate. “I'm too big for that” can start even before baby is a year old, as he squirms off your lap to go crawl toward a toy. Not gonna lie, it stings a bit when your sweet child doesn't want to snuggle anymore. But part of the growing process. Most notable achievements in our family: All children flinging themselves backward at some point, in a brazen back-arching move to get down and explore. Parental reflexes saved our bacon (and theirs, too), thankfully. Several have also managed to backward-scoot successfully off a bed pre-walking (and remain unharmed).
- When that toddler is learning to self-feed, expect her to grab for any untensils you try to use to feed her. The do it myself instinct is strong in this phase. Which is difficult, because they really can't do it themselves. BUT DARN IT they will (cue walls plastered in baby food and shrieks over any sort of clothing put on without their help). Most notable achievements in our family: #3 taking on the job of putting all laundry in the hamper at 15 mos old, and doing a suprisingly good job of it. #5 teaching himself to drink from a cup at 10 mos (which started badly, but ended decently).
With our 12-month-old just entering the toddler stage (and that streak of independence that comes with it), we're super excited to introduce him to the Stage 3 Gerber® Good Start® Grow Toddler Drink. Since he was born a full month early, we've been taking things slow introducing him to new foods, but we're thrilled about all the awesome nutritional benefits of this new product. Not only does it include probiotics to support digestive health, but many other essential nutrients to help fill common nutrient gaps many toddlers experience–such as Iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Potassium. Stage 3 Gerber® Good Start® Grow Toddler Drink even includes DHA to support brain development, and is non-GMO (which we think is especially essential when it comes to that early development stage).
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