16 months old

Dying to make bedtime less of a struggle? For the thirty minutes before bedtime, follow the exact same rituals in the exact same order -- and give her 20 minutes notice before that will start. Mom trick for changing baby’s bedtime: Work around the time she usually falls asleep naturally, then adjust it gradually, in 15-minute increments.

your toddler at 16 months
  • Munchkin is probably in a state of constant motion, playing, kicking, walking, climbing -- maybe even running.
  • If you have a climber, it’s time to double-check the baby-proofing. It’s also a good idea to keep a rug or carpet beneath the crib in case of jailbreaks.
  • If baby isn’t already eating with a spoon and fork sometimes, encourage her to practice.
  • She should also be able to scribble, so break out the sidewalk chalk and crayons (and hide all pens and permanent markers).


  • toddler know-how at 16 months

    Teething pain? Let baby snack on frozen peas -- they feel good on her gums and are surprisingly yummy, not to mention healthy.



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