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Your toddler now
Body and mind
You may observe a spurt in physical development this month. Your toddler is likely to be surer on his feet, may love to climb all over the furniture, and can probably throw a ball underhand. He can also hold in his mind a clear memory of an object long after it's out of sight. Take advantage of this new capability by playing hide-and-seek with a favorite toy.
There may be days when all that physical energy is more than you can handle. Rather than fight it – after all, you can't change it – turn on some music, grab your little one, and invent some new dance steps together. For other ideas, see our list of toddler activities.
Sometimes when I can't think of a lullaby to sing, I run through the Mother Goose nursery rhymes. All those oldies like 'Hickory Dickory Dock' and 'Little Bo Peep' have a singsongy sound, and you never forget them!
Favoring the other parent
If it hasn't happened to you or your partner yet, it will: One day you're your toddler's best buddy. The next day, you're rejected and only the other parent will do. It can feel hurtful, but try not to take it personally. Toddlers snub one parent and favor the other for no apparent reason.
Sometimes a business trip or other separation is behind the favoritism – a snub is your child's way of saying "I don't like it when you do that." Don't make a big deal out of it or insist that your child kiss and make up. You also don't want to go out of your way to win back favor with gifts, which sets a bad precedent.
Your best bet is to simply let favoritism run its course. Before you know it, this phase will be forgotten.
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