1-year-old growth & development

Welcome to 1! An exciting year of change and discovery lies ahead. Explore expert insights and activities for each stage.

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16 – 18 Months
Welcome to The Adventurer Play Kit by Lovevery
Cause and Effect
Fine Motor
Sensory Play
Welcome to The Adventurer Play Kit for months 16-18
Watch Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph introduce the Adventurer Play Kit for months 16 to 18 of your toddler's life.
Toddler throwing a rainbow ball
Cause and Effect
Gross Motor
Throwing and rolling and flinging, oh my! How to support your baby’s love of making balls move
Throwing, rolling, and flinging are all a natural part of how toddlers play and are early lessons in cause and effect. Here are 6 safe ways to practice.
Problem Solving
Fine Motor
When should my child be able to stack 6 building blocks?
Quote saying "It is far more valuable to compare your baby this month to your baby last month than to compare your baby to your friends baby"
Child Development
Physical Development
Language Development
Rethinking milestones—when to relax and when to talk to your pediatrician
Here are some thoughts to consider if you find yourself battling worries over your toddler’s milestones or suffering the effects of child comparisons.
Child transporting toys in their living room
Gross Motor
Play Schema
Collecting and transporting
Walking while carrying or pushing an object requires significant coordination and motor skills. Learn how pushing and transporting benefit your toddler.
Young child mixing shaving cream and blue food coloring on a paper plate
Sensory Play
Arts & Crafts
Child Development
The case for messy sensory play: ideas for right now
In order for any of your child's individual senses to give them meaningful information about the world, they need to be linked in the brain—this is the case for getting messy.
Child playing with the Montessori Animal Match on the floor
How many words should your toddler be able to say?
The average vocabulary at 18 months is about 50 words, but toddlers can say far more or fewer and still be on track.
Tip: Using real materials helps your child develop confidence and skills for daily life
Real—even breakable—materials can teach your toddler valuable skills
Using real materials is a common Montessori practice. It can teach toddlers how to handle things with care, building independence and confidence.
The enclosing schema
The enclosing schema: 4 simple activities for toddlers
When your toddler crawls into a cardboard box or places a cup inside a bigger container, they’re exploring the “enclosing” schema.
The connection schema
The connection schema: putting things together and taking them apart
Toddlers love discovering how objects fit together and come apart. Discover 5 ways to support this type of play.
The enveloping schema
The enveloping schema: what’s behind your toddler’s fascination in hiding things
Does your toddler love hiding under a blanket or stuffing little toys between the couch cushions? Covering up and hiding objects is a type of schema play known as “enveloping.”
Family playing with playthings from The Play Kits by Lovevery
What to do when your 1-year-old takes another child’s toy
Grabbing at this toddler stage isn’t malicious and doesn’t need a consequence or any form of discipline. Learn what to do instead.
Mother and child in the bathroom
When is the best time to start potty learning?
Learn the signs your child may be ready to potty train and expert tips for introducing the concept.
Father holding a child while pointing
Pointing: a simple gesture with big meaning
Research shows a close link between pointing and toddler language development. Learn how to build on this social-communication skill.
Father holding baby and claping
3 subtle signs your toddler’s language skills are developing
Many parents underestimate how many words their young toddler understands. Watch for these non-verbal signals to get a better idea of what your toddler knows. 
5 elements of an ideal bedtime routine
How to create a sleep-inducing bedtime routine for your toddler
Learn how to create an effective toddler bedtime routine from our certified sleep consultant, Lauren Lappen.
19 – 21 Months
Welcome to The Realist Play Kit by Lovevery
Problem Solving
Sensory Play
Welcome to The Realist Play Kit for months 19-21
Watch Lovevery CEO Jessica Rolph introduce the Realist Play Kit for months 19 to 11 of your toddler's life.
Child playing with the Montessori Animal Match on the floor
Language Development
Early Speech
First Words
Child Development
How many words should your toddler be able to say?
The average vocabulary at 18 months is about 50 words, but toddlers can say far more or fewer and still be on track.
Child playing with the Wheel Around Town Bus from The Realist Play Kit
Gross Motor
Pretend Play
Introducing the Wheel Around Town Bus—the newest addition to The Realist Play Kit
Built for the way toddlers play, the Wheel Around Town Bus in The Realist Play Kit taps into your toddler's emerging skills.
Child looking into the potty
Potty Learning
Toddler potty training: setting the stage
Learn nine ways to help your toddler get comfortable with the toilet and noticing their body's signals.
Child holding a leaf
Executive Function
Social Skills
Managing Emotions
Positive Parenting
Child Development
How to help your toddler develop impulse control
Your toddler isn't mature enough to resist their impulses yet, but there are things you can do now to help them develop this skill.
Family playing with the Organic Cotton Rainbow Ball from The Senser Play Kit
Social Skills
Child Development
3 ways to boost your toddler’s friendship skills
If your toddler often plays with the same children, they may smile or run over when they see a familiar face. Here are 3 ways to boost your toddler's friendship skills.
Fact: Your toddler may have an easier time peeing and pooping in the potty when their feet are supported
Choosing the right potty for your toddler: potty chair vs. potty seat
Your child can potty train using a floor potty or a seat that fits on a regular toilet. Learn the pros and cons of each style.
How often do you give your toddlers the chance to do it themselves
Teach your toddler to do more on their own in 4 steps
Allowing your toddler to practice each part of a self-care skill with you boosts their confidence and independence.
Little boy playing with the Wooden Posting Stand from The Companion Play Kit
Subtle signs of your toddler’s developing focus
Some toddlers can pay attention to an activity for several minutes, while others may need more support to stay focused for even a minute.
Mother and child playing with The Buckle Barrel from The Companion Play Kit
Use your toddler’s fascination with touching things to teach language skills
Studies find that labeling an object as your child handles it can help them connect what they have in their hands to the words you say.
Tip: Let your toddler stay close when they cling to you
How can you encourage your toddler to be less clingy? 
By staying close and being a calm, steady presence, you’re actually helping your toddler learn to become more independent in the future. 
Mother reading a Lovevery board book to her child
Combining words: a big step in language learning
Try these easy tips from language experts to encourage your toddler to say two-word phrases.
Tip: Words can be more effective than hands on help when your toddler is learning a new motor skill
An expert strategy for helping your toddler climb, balance, and more
Specific verbal feedback can help your toddler tune into their body as they tackle a new physical challenge.
Tip: Help your toddler with a frustrating task by gently suggesting a next step
Teaching toddlers to persist: what the research says
Researchers analyzed how parents taught their 24-month-olds to complete a difficult activity and the children's persistence a year late. This is what they uncovered.
Child holding fruit in the kitchen with their mother
What to do when you don’t know what your toddler is asking for
Before the frustration gets to both of you, try this approach to make your toddler feel heard and build their vocabulary in the process.
Tip: Destructive play is scientific learning for your toddler
Ways to embrace your toddler’s love of destructive play
Destructive play is a powerful learning opportunity for your toddler. Learn how to make it work for both of you.