WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH YOUR CHILD:
TWO THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. Your toddler can understand what you are saying and can say words. With a blossoming vocabulary of approximately 15 words in addition to 'Mama' and 'Dada', he'll soon be able to say short 'sentences'. You may find yourself starting to resume speaking in more 'adult' tones and using longer sentences. Keep talking. The more he hears, the more he will pick up.
2. Your toddler may be ready to explore the world on her own and venture a bit further away from you. No sooner do you sit down than she's out of sight and you have to jump up to find out what she's getting up to. Rather than run after her all the time, catch her attention by saying, 'Bye-bye!' Then take a step or two in the opposite direction. She will most likely run after you after a few moments. But be prepared to run if she doesn't. Enjoy her emerging independence and revel in the fact that she still wants you close by.