Although most children are walking by this month, some may take more time. Those who started walking earlier begin to expand their movement and might do other activities while walking. For example, squatting to pick up an object and then carrying it while still walking. Their stability has improved, but their movements are still unstable and they take uneven steps.
They continue to use trial-and-error not only to explore objects, but also to solve simple problems. It’s also possible that their ability to anticipate begins to manifest itself, for example, they may anticipate the path of a ball or toy car while playing with you.
Since last month the word “No” has become a favorite, but its use is more prevalent now, not only to express their frustration, but also as their default answer to any question! This is due to their desire to become more independent and assert themselves with others.
Their desire for independence conflicts with their emotional dependence on you and wanting to be near you at all times. As a result, they may use security items that help them self-regulate, feel calm, or fall asleep – like a favorite blanket or toy.