I think I will say this at each age but so far, 16 months has been the funnest age yet! L is just a happy, healthy boy. He loves being active and never misses a beat. He is always up to no good, constantly keeping us on our toes and testing the limits whenever he can. If he could, L would be outside or playing at all times!
He is super interested in other kids and animals, always taking the time to say “hi” in his own little way. I truly love how affectionate he can be, to us and to others. He will run around like a wild man then take a quick break to give me a hug or say hi to the cats before he is off again.
When he is tired, he gives me little love bites over and over which I try to teach him isn’t okay but also, I kind of love it. I don’t think he does it to anyone else so I feel like it’s his special way of saying “mom, I need you!”
Recently L had his 15 month well visit with his pediatrician. Somehow we fell a month behind in our check ups so we were a few weeks late. One thing my husband and I have been noticing that I discussed with his doctor is that L still isn’t talking. The little bits of babbling he was beginning to do has mostly stopped. For about a month he was regularly saying “dada,” but that has since stopped and instead he mostly screeches, grunts, and throws a tantrum when he wants to communicate with us. It is super frustrating for everyone involved and makes me worry he is a bit delayed with his speech.
The pediatrician seemed to agree with us and said while it isn’t a major concern he isn’t talking yet the lack of babbling was. Luckily, here in Massachusetts we have a great program called Early Intervention. Early Intervention is a free program provided for children birth to three years old. Essentially, a team of specialists come into your home and evaluate your child with a series of tests. Depending on what they find they will recommend a course of action. This can range from daily visits at a developmental center to in home sessions a few times per month. They work directly with you and any other caregivers on ways to help your child in between visits as well.
Now, I know L not talking at 16 months isn’t a huge deal but if the services are there why not take advantage of them? L is mostly in the care of family so he doesn’t get much interaction with other kids. If he were in a day care and around other children I feel he’d have others to help encourage him. But, he isn’t. So we’re excited to see what Early Intervention recommends and how it all comes together!
At his recent well visit the doctor made it a point to tell me that L is a bigger boy and to “lay off the treats.” He weighed in at 30 pounds and 32 inches tall and is just a bigger kid overall! Truthfully, as much as we all love sweet treats, L doesn’t eat that much junk. He may have a few bites of a donut or a small scoop of ice cream here and there but his favorite foods are mostly healthy! Although he does know the ice cream is kept in the freezer now, ha!
L loves any and all fruit, yogurt, mac n’ cheese, cheerios (we buy Cascadian brand), banana zucchini pancakes, and anything covered in peanut butter. Seriously, if he won’t eat dinner, slap some peanut butter on it and down the hatch it goes! It’s kind of gross but hey, whatever works! Oh, and he LOVES pizza. Tomato sauce counts as a veggie, right?
Meal time can be a struggle, mostly because he doesn’t like to sit still. Dinners are the hardest, especially the days I work, and sometimes we just feed L in the living room while he plays. I was worried I was creating a bad habit until my cousin, who has two older boys, told me to just go with whatever works. If he is eating then we are winning! And I truly felt so relieved once I heard her say that.
Getting veggies into him can be a real struggle but what kid doesn’t fight broccoli and asparagus? I like to make a big batch of fruit and veggie muffins each week (these are the best!), mix plain canned pumpkin into his yogurt, and make green smoothies every now and again. He rarely eats a veggie on it’s own but if diced small and mixed into his meal he tends not to notice. We also make a big batch of oatmeal each week stuffed with shredded zucchini, carrots, and fruit that he gobbles right up!
Night time sleep is typically great with L sleeping from 7 PM to 6 AM but lately we’ve had a few rougher nights. I attribute it to molars coming in and separation anxiety? Maybe? Anybody else have a kid that just wants to be near you at all times? But we’ve been struggling to get him down at night without lots of tears and a lot of middle of the night wake ups. Hoping that changes soon!
On the nap front were down to once per day, usually for 1.5 to 2 hours. We made the transition not long after his first birthday and it’s been so nice. It look about a month for him to adjust to the new schedule but we are all enjoying it more! I can get so much work done or rest myself, and the days are more open to play!
Not much holds L’s attention for very long but balls are always the biggest hit. And books, this kid loves books and it couldn’t make me happier! He’d rather look at pictures then read each page but it still makes me happy he enjoys them!
16 Month Toddler Favorites:
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- Chicco 360 Hook On High Chair
- Munchkin Weighted Straw Sippy Cup This oddly is the only cup L will drink milk out of. It’s great because the straw follows the liquid around, even if he tips it left/right/upside down!
- Stacking Toys. Such a basic, simple toy but he always is reaching for these, especially the lighthouse one:
- Easy To Store Play Tunnel Oh my gosh if I had known how big a hit this tunnel would’ve been I would’ve got one months ago! So cheap and it folds up and stores away in seconds. LOVE.
- Red Sox Baby Lovie Does anyone else’ child have a lovey that is just absolutely disgusting, but their kid cannot sleep without? L is obsessed with this lovey. I have tried replacing it but he always knows the difference! I wash it constantly and it’s still stinky but it helps him sleep and calm down when he’s upset!
- Explorer Teepee: I’ve been wanting a teepee for L for quite a while but wasn’t sure he’d like one. My mom decided to order this teepee for L and it’s been a big hit! Easy to set up and store yet stable enough for him to play under without falling down.