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New this month: Running out of control
This month you're likely to see your toddler continuing to test her locomotion skills. She delights at walking backward, sideways, up and down stairs. And she also wants to run, or at least try to. Her galloping will probably be more enthusiastic than graceful, but that's normal. You can also expect her to take a tumble now and then, so it's important to make sure she has safe places to run around — since she doesn't have perfect control, make sure that coffee tables and fireplace ledges are well padded. Remember that your toddler has no sense of distance and can't always put her brakes on as quickly as she needs to, so gates at the tops and bottoms of staircases will also protect her from potentially dangerous falls.
What you can do
One amusing way to help your toddler experiment with her new skills is to have a parade. Give each member of the marching band a musical instrument, such as a tambourine or bells, and make a single file line. Show your toddler how to lift her legs high while "playing" her musical instrument. The more children you can get in on the act, the more fun it will be.
Other developments: Putting in and dumping out
A big milestone that most children hit around 19 months is the ability to hold a container, such as a bucket, in one hand and put small objects, such as wooden blocks, into it with the other, and then dump the contents out. Your child has been practicing her grasp-hold-and-release skills, and she finally (or nearly) has mastered the three steps. Many toddlers enjoy playing with blocks, especially now that they have the finger dexterity to stack several on top of one another, but dumping them out of their container and banging them together are still the biggest fun.
Try setting up a beanbag toss for her. Stuff a few old socks with uncooked beans, tie the ends tight with pieces of ribbon, and let your toddler toss away. You can even create a target by cutting a large hole in a piece of cardboard that you decorate, or use a wastebasket for a target. Depending on the strength and enthusiasm of your child, this may be an outside activity!
At this stage, children do start to be more intrigued with toys such as balls, puzzles, cars, animals, and musical instruments. Push-and-pull toys, such as "popcorn poppers" or pretend vacuum cleaners, are also very entertaining. Though you may be tempted to buy toys labeled for older children, when choosing toys for your toddler pay attention to the age recommendations. In most cases they are for safety reasons as well as developmental appropriateness.
See all our articles on toddler development.