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12-18 Month Old: Milestones

Your baby is now a toddler, and you are probably experiencing a range of emotions. The one thing that is super important for all parents to learn is that you should NEVER compare your child to others. ALL BABIES AND TODDLERS ARE DIFFERENT! When reading about the post about, 12-18 month olds milestones, remember that.
I am not a doctor or a specialized teacher that strictly focuses on the development of toddlers. I just wanted to share the knowledge I have from being an Early Childhood Educator and a Mother because I was once in your shoes, trying to keep up with all of the development milestones.
Babies and toddlers go through a lot of milestones fast. One moment, they are learning how to walk, and the next, they are kicking and running around with a soccer ball. It can be so overwhelming for new parents!

Between 12-18 month, your new toddler will start doing a lot of fun, exciting things!

12- 18 Month Old Milestones:

  • Say simple words like mom, mommy, dad, cat, doggy, etc.
  • Standing on their own or walking by 18 months
  • Standing and Waking assisted
  • Begin to use a cup and spoon
  • Have temper tantrums
  • Clap their hands, give high fives, and/or shake their head
  • Pick up a tiny object
  • Play independently
  • Put items in a container and dump them out or take them out
  • Try to help get dressed
  • Listen to simple directions
  • Climb
  • Pick up toys from the floor standing or squatting without falling
  • Turn pages in a book

Toddler’s eating and sleeping habits also change during this time. Between 12- 18 month, toddlers might skip their morning nap and take one long nap in the afternoon. Your toddler should be sleeping around 14 hours, but, it’s not the same for every toddler.
At this time, your toddler should be eating 3-4 meals, plus 1 to 2 snacks a day. It’s important to make sure that they are getting a healthy variety of foods and they still have breast-milk or any milk.

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Halloween Books for Preschoolers

Every night when the sun goes down, we read a book before bed. I tuck in the preschooler, and lay down the 14 month old and sit my chair. The kids and I really enjoy it. Because of the holiday coming up, we have been reading the best halloween books for preschoolers. Spooky, but not too spooky.

Our favorite Halloween Books for Preschoolers

  • Room on the Broom
  • Clifford’s Halloween
  • Pumpkins and Apples
  • Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn.
  • Two Little Witches
  • Pumpkin Jack
  • The Roll-away Pumpkin
  • I Hate to Wait
  • Halloween ABC
  • How to Catch a Monster
  • Good Night Little Monster
  • Today I’m a Monster
  • Peppa’s Halloween Party
  • Franklin’s Halloween
  • Author’s Halloween

The kids really enjoy all of these books! I love them because they encourage a lot of learning from the little ones. Like, “Two Little Witches”, its a really fun math book. My 4 year old loves helping me count them and gets so excited. These books teach lessons, like counting, abc’s, patience, and etc.

“Today, I’m A Monster” is a book that shows kids that it’s okay to have a bad day sometimes. Just because you are a “Monster” one day doesn’t mean you are always a “Monster.”

“I Have to Wait” is another favorite! It is about a Monster who has been great all year long (kind of like Christmas where you have to be good all year”, and waits until Halloween to be scary and loud. He does great until he gets tested when he needs to wait in line for his costume.

“Pumpkins and Apples” is a great one for small children by teaching them all about going to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch. It is also great as children learn to read because the words are simple.

“Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn” teaches children all about the changes between summer and autumn.

“Pumpkin Jack” is my favorite learning book for Halloween. This book shows the changes a pumpkin goes through when decomposing. Super interesting and cute story!

Please share your favorite Halloween or Autumn book with us!

Halloween Treats for Kids

We are in the season where food is not always going to be as healthy as we want it to be. This time of the year everyone is looking for the best halloween treats for kids.

Aside from Candy, Halloween is a great time for other spooky treats for kids. It is often the start of the “baking” season for a lot of moms and grandparents.

After searching for my halloween treats to make for the kids, I had found some great ones, that I just had to share with you!

My Top Halloween Treats for Kids

Salty & Sweet Witch Hats

Stacy, from collecting pennies, shared this spooky but adorable recipe with me! I can’t get enough of it. I mean who doesn’t love sweet & salty?! Plus, it was a huge hit with my four year old and super simple enough for her to help me make it.

Spooky Halloween Trail Mix

We also loved this trail mix recipe from Nicole, from our robin nest. She really enjoyed being able to help pour in the ingredients and mixing it together. She also loved that she didn’t have to wait for anything to finish cooking. Most of all she got a kick out of the eye balls. If you are looking for a kid friendly sweet and salty mix this is one you have to try!

Oven S’mores!

Kale, from Steak and Kale, shared her recipe for oven s’mores and they are to die for! Perfect mix of gooey and crunchy. I love that this was much more kid friendly then a campfire. Personally, it was much easier having her build the s’mores then having her near a fire. It is also much easier to beat those cravings.

Reeces Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies

Jazzy’s Mama introduced these cookies and if you are a peanut butter then you have to try these! There’s not to love plus there is only four ingredients which, again, will make it super easy for your kids to help make them.

Spooky Halloween Bark

This recipe came from Sylvia, from frolic through life, and I seriously can not wait to try it! It looks like such a spooky way to celebrate halloween night. Or also a great way to help use up some candy from trick or treating. The kids will love this!

Halloween Punch for Kids

This punch recipe from Pamela, from Brooklyn Farm Girl, is so easy and delicious! The recipe only contains two ingredients which is why this recipe is on my list!

I don’t know about you, but I love simple and easy recipes. It makes it more fun when you are allowed to let your kids join in on the fun.

Now it’s time to check off baking on that bucket list!

Check-out the blogger’s pages above for more recipes! All of these ladies are rockstars!