Your ‘baby’ is now officially a toddler with their very own strong personality. And this is where the fun starts. Get ready for lots of fun times and giggles as they do things that really make you laugh. Of course they’re continuing to develop in every area. From how they interact to their incredible energy levels - caffeine at the ready…

Here’s how your 12-18 month old will develop and of course, some products to help.

Walk on over - your toddler’s first pair of shoes

If they haven’t already started walking, the 12-18 month stage will mark the first time your toddler takes their first steps. Eeek! They’ve probably already had their first pair of prewalkers so now’s the time to move on to their first shoes. We all know that you’ll want a first pair of shoes that are comfortable and support the first stage of their walking development and Bobux does just that. They also do some cool styles for that first pair of kicks too. Awesome.

Safety first

So, they're now mobile. And their inquisitive minds lead them to investigating every little nook and cranny. That cupboard, your wardrobes… nothing’s safe. Your stairs are also the equivalent of their Mount Everest. Now’s the time to start about safety,especially those baby stairgates. Just make sure you put them up while your kids' in bed - trust us, we’ve done it, it's easier without them getting involved.

Let’s get crafty

With your toddler’s grasping and pincer skills developing every month, you’ll probably find that between 12-18 months, they’ll be able to roughly hold a pencil or paint brush. Now’s the time to keep them occupied and get their creativity moving with some arts and crafts. Of course, it’ll just start with a few scribbles or a stroke of paint, but as they continue to grow in the next couple of months, you’ll start seeing a lot more colours coming to life on their pieces of paper. A word of warning. If your toddler’s anything like ours, they’ll probably try and eat the paint too so make sure you invest in one that’s safe. #justsaying.

Motor on into imaginative play

Their motor skills are improving by the day now and every hour is a mini brain workout for them. Enhance this by giving them learning toys that will really stretch their minds. We’re not talking crosswords, but sorting toys are great for this and they’re fun too. At this point their imaginations are also beginning to form. They may not be making up stories just yet, but if you give them a toy car, they’ll whizz it across the floor… it’s all part of learning!

Let’s go outside

By now, your toddler won’t want to sit still and their new-found excess energy will mean they’re constantly looking for new challenges. If they’re walking, now’s the time to introduce them to their first ride on and get them out in the fresh air. It’ll tire them out and help develop their balancing and coordination skills. Help with their learning skills too by making sure you tell them all about their surroundings. Get ready for lots of songs about the weather and nature Raining? You don’t have to stay indoors. Just get them the right outerwear and take a peek at our article on wet weather gear explained to see what you really need.

Back to work

It may be around this time that you decide to go back to work. *Sob. And that means taking your toddler to nursery or childminder. This is a great time for them to learn skills such as sharing and being sociable. Make sure they’re as comfy and prepped as possible for their days there with a lunch box that’s big enough to hold snacks and a drink. Dressing them in comfy clothes will also mean they can move about and have fun.

Help! My toddler’s fussy with food

With minds of their own now, you may find your toddler is turning their nose up at certain foods. The joy 🤣. At times it’s easy just to let them win the battle. But you can win the war. Be crafty and learn about the art of disguising vegetables or try distracting them with a new toddler bowl and plate. Pick a bright colour and make a fuss of this, or, choose a bowl with a fun animal print and make up a story about the character. It works. We’ve done it!

And a last little note…

Article hit the spot? Good news. There’s more… We’ve put together a comprehensive list of all the best products for your 12-18 months old. You can find them by popping over to our Shop by Stage: 12-18 months collection.

And one more thing before you go… We know every toddler develops at a different pace and we’ve got that covered. If they’re doing more, head over to our buying guide for 18-24 months, or see our buying guide for 9-12 months if you don't feel they have quite reached this stage. Happy reading guys.