Saturday, October 8, 2011

16 month milestones

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)
Turns the pages of a book
James loves to look at books and will flip through them on his own.

Has temper tantrums when frustrated
Lately we have had a few tantrums, nothing too big, but James definitely doesn't like to hear the word "no".  This isn't too surprising, but it does make things really interesting when we're trying to discipline the dog.

Becomes attached to a soft toy or other object
So far James isn't really attached to anything in particular.  He has a noise making giraffe in his crib that he recently learned to turn on himself and that seems to be a favorite toy right now.

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)
Discovers the joy of climbing
James loves to climb and has tackled the sofas at daycare, as well as the outdoor furniture on Rhonda's deck.  Most of our furniture is too tall for James to climb on, but he will tackle his dad if they are playing on the floor.

Stacks three blocks
Taking his role as "Baby Godzilla" seriously, James loves to knock things over.  He doesn't stack blocks yet, but we haven't really tried either.

Uses spoon or fork
James will use a spoon occasionally.  More often he likes to put the spoon into his food, then get the food off of the spoon with his fingers.  So he knows what he's doing, but isn't feeding himself with a spoon regularly.

Learns the correct way to use common objects (e.g. the telephone)
James knows how to unlock cell phones and use the remote control.

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
Takes off one piece of clothing by himself
So far the only thing James can take off on his own are shoes and socks, which he does almost every time they're on.  He also knows to lift his arms up when we are taking off his shirts and to put them through the arm holes if we're getting him dressed again.

Gets finicky about food
This hasn't happened yet, James loves to eat and hasn't turned a food down yet.  He even likes all the gross veggies that his mom and dad don't - peas, broccoli, squash, pickles and green beans to name a few.

Switches from two naps to one
This really depends on when James wakes up.  I wouldn't say that he always  takes a nap in the morning, but if he wakes up early he's usually up for 30-60 minutes, gets a fresh diaper, drinks some milk, and then goes back to bed for another hour or so.  But if he sleeps in a little later then he will stay up until his usual afternoon nap time.


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