Award Winning Toys for 12 to 24 Month Olds

The Toddler Ten:
The ten most important milestones in the second year of your child’s life.

The period of life from 12 to 24 months is one which sees unprecedented growth, unique learning, and an overall collection of astounding developments in a child’s life. These are the ten most noticeable and most important changes that a toddler may go through.

A Stair-ing Contest

An infant will take his/her first steps at around a year old. After this, walking will become a second nature, and many important developments will take place. One of these developments is the ability to ascend and descend stairs. This requires a high level of muscular coordination and a solid sense of balance. The sense of balance comes from development of the spinal cord and back muscles that takes place at the start of the second year of life. Climbing the stairs will suit toddlers well until they discover the true way to go down the stairs - sliding down the bannister.

Tiptoeing Through the Tulips

Your child will learn how to tiptoe around 14 months of age. This ability, which is made possible due to the development of the extensor muscles in the foot, makes many wonderful activities possible. The toddler becomes a much more apt hide-and-seek player. Not to mention, the ability to tiptoe around the house and over to the cookie jar. While standing on tiptoes may not seem like a big deal, it further displays the rapid development of the toddler’s locomotive skills and balancing abilities. Not to mention, the toddler’s knowledge of when he/she should tiptoe shows an awareness of movement abilities.

A Life Sentence

Your child learned to say monosyllabic, partially babbly words like “mama” and “papa” by the end of year one. By 18 months of age, he/she will start saying actual words such as “fire truck” and “dog”. This will give the toddler more freedom to express intentions and desires. He/she will go from “mama ma mama” to “I Hungry”. In another 6 months, the child’s linguistic abilities will develop to a whole new level. By the end of his/her second year, a toddler will start producing complete sentences. “I hungry” will transform into “Mom, I’m hungry.” It is a true pleasure to see your child begin expressing him/herself through such eloquent and complex dialogue. These abilities all stem from the development of Wernicke’s Area, Broca's Area, and the Arcuate Fasciculus, the 3 main language areas in the brain. In addition to speaking his own words, your child may also begin imitating words he hears from you or from books that are read aloud to him (so be careful what you say!).

Two Directions

Toddlers are not necessarily the best at following directions. However, this is usually because of a choice to not follow directions. Around 18 months, your child will develop the capacity to obey 2 part complex commands. Such commands include “pick up the toy and bring it to me” or “stop riding the dog and pet it instead”. This capability is due largely to developments in the neural pathways of the brain. These pathways transmit input from the outside to signals that cause the brain to make certain decisions and certain action to be taken. Now, whether or not your child will actually choose to follow directions is a different story.

The Color and the Shape

At around 16 months, your child will begin to identify colors and shapes. This is a huge step because it opens multiple doors and gives your child different opportunities for development and self-expression. With the transition to a color world, your child will have a lot more fun playing with colorful toys. The toddler will also start showing artistic prowess by drawing with chalk or crayons. It’s fascinating to see what kinds of ideas and thoughts your child can convey through art. The concept of shapes is also a new one that your toddler will pick up. This new skill will allow him/her to construct towers of 2-4 blocks.

First Pitch

With an increased affinity for recognizing shapes and a better ability to control movement comes the development of the combination of the two - hand-eye coordination. The brain’s input and output sensors start to work in sync with the spinal cord to give your toddler the ability to react to approaching objects more smoothly. One activity that he/she will be able to do is throw a ball. While you may not be able to enjoy full out sporting events and intense games of catch, the foundation for numerous catch sessions will develop at around 18 months in the form of the capability to throw a ball for the first time.

Dress Up Day

With an increase in your toddler’s ability to coordinate movements and function comes an increased sense of independence and pride in doing things on his/her own. This doesn’t mean that your child is ready to move into college at 24 months. However, small tasks that you used to do for your child may become independent activities. One such activity is dressing up and undressing. Prepare yourself to judge copious amounts of fashion shows and costume parties, as your child will realize that he/she can make decisions about what to wear on his/her own. This skill combines hand-eye coordination with a growing ability to think logically and make decision. Fair warning, however: the ability to think logically may not be too evident from your child’s self selected outfits.

Feeding Frenzy

Your child will also gain independence in the dining arena. It will all start with the toddler’s ability to wash their own hands. Then the ability to choose foods will commence to develop. He/she may start to develop preferences for certain types of foods and not be inclined to eat other types. This, combined with the toddler’s increased capacity for conveying ideas through words may lead to some enticing conversations such as “Mom, give cookie” or “No broccoli, I want ice cream!” Watching the scope of your toddler’s diet increase can be a rewarding and funny experience. However, it is also at this age that many food allergies become evident because of the new foods tried. It is important to keep an eye on the toddler when he/she is trying new foods.

Pretend Play

Your child may start to develop a vivid imagination around the age of 20 months. When paired with a grasp of muscular movement and an ever-growing vocabulary, this can give your child hours of pretend play fun. The toddler will, at first, try and emulate the biggest role model in his/her - parents. You can watch in awe as your child pretend plays through your various daily activities - from driving a car, to talking on the phone, to feeding a doll. It will be impressive to see this growing sense of independence and imitation. Your child may also be more inclined to attempt other “grown-up” activities, such as using a toilet. This is actually a big helper during the potty training years.

Someone Your Own Age

Through the first two years of life, your child will only interact with a handful of people - family friends, nurses, relatives, et cetera. At 2 years old, he/she will gain an affection for other people, particularly ones his/her own age. After all, the toddler can only have so much fun playing with non-toddlers. It’s a lot more fun to spend time with kids that are going through what your child is going through. You child may be drawn to other kids more than ever. This is the start of a new, fascinating phase of development - the social phase. Now that your child has developed skills for his/her own benefit, it’s time to see what skills he/she develops when interacting with others. Social interaction will help the brain grow and new connections to form. It will truly be exciting to see your child start to gain independence and associate him/herself with others socially.

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  1. Choo Choo Loop Train Toddler Activity Toy
  2. Pull Along Hen
  3. Times Square Light & Sound Toddler Activity Cube
  4. Music Making Station Toddler Musical Toy
  5. Singing Animal Keyboard for Toddlers
  6. Frog Baby Inflatable Pool with Shade
  7. Stack Flap n' Tumble
  8. Funtime Fishing Toddler Toy
  9. I Can Cook Baby Toy
  10. Play n Learn Toddler Cash Register
  11. Toddler Folding Tricycle - Scuttlebug Dragonfly
  12. Baby Einstein Pop and Glow Piano Light & Sound Toy
  13. Monkey Basketball Baby Play Set
  14. Walk-a-Long Hedgehog Toddler Pull Toy
  15. Zany Zoo Toddler Deluxe Activity Cube
  16. Discovery Dome Playhouse
  17. Kids Wireless Mic
  18. Melody Panda - Learn Musical Instruments Toy
  19. First 3 Vehicles Set - Wooden Truck, Car, & Plane
  20. Sand Scoop & Pail 2 pc Beach Set
  21. Sort & Count Wooden House Activity Toy
  22. Press n Go Gator Baby Activity Toy
  23. Busy Bead Maze Toddler Activity Center - Mermaid Adventure
  24. Quercetti Fantacolor Baby Peg Activity Toy
  25. Bop the Boat Toddler Activity Toy
  26. Sea Creatures 5 pcs Sand Play Set
  27. Toddler Road Building Playset
  28. Slinky Dog Pull Toy
  29. Pop Up Dinosaurs Toddler Activity Toy
  30. Tricycle Walker Push Scooter for Toddlers
  31. Toddler Twist & Turn Activity House Play Set
  32. Zoom n Go Car Carrier Toddler Toy Truck
  33. Explore & More Rolling Owl Push Toy for Toddlers
  34. Early Learning  ABC & 123 Penguin Pal Electronic Toy
  35. Surprise Inside Elephant Baby Activity Play Set
  36. Baby Driver Steering Wheel Baby Toy
  37. Shape Sorter Pound n Play Bench Toddler Toy
  38. Parent Handle for Fropper and Cheeky Chick
  39. Eiffel Tower Mold Sand Building Toy
  40. My First Zoomin' Garage Toddler Playset
  41. Rattle Rumble Toddler Push Toy Cart
  42. Music Garden Toddler Electronic Toy
  43. Hide n Seek Shape Sorter Wooden Toy
  44. Musical Shape Sorter Toddler Activity Toy
  45. First Vehicles Play Garage for Toddlers
  46. Wacky Mix & Match Bowling Set
  47. Quercetti Pop Link Shapes Linking Toy
  48. Toddler Toy Recycling Truck Flip n Tip Fred Vehicle
  49. YouTurns Light & Sound Toy Steering Wheel
  50. The Turbo Twins 2 Race Cars Play Set
  51. Toddler Folding 4 Wheel Bike - Blue & Red Scramble Bug
  52. Lace a Shape Toddler Lacing Toy
  53. Walk Along Puppy Toddler Pull Toy
  54. Super Spiral Play Tower Activity Toy
  55. Early Learning - Colors & Shapes Monkey
  56. Preschool Laptop Electronic Activity Toy
  57. Build Wooden Bulldozer Vehicle Construction Set - Janod
  58. My Daily News
  59. Cheeky Chick Toddler Ride-On Bike
  60. Dexter the Digger Toddler Toy Vehicle Set
  61. Learn to Dress Doll - Emily
  62. Toddler First Deluxe Train Play Set
  63. Beach Basics 4 pcs Sand Play Set
  64. Farm Animals Sound Toy - Barnyard Bessie Cow
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