Lakewood Childcare Center

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This is the sign for sleep. It is a little harder for some of them to do but once they learn this sign, it can be very convenient. When it is signed by the adult, it signals to them that it is time to start their bedtime routine. Eventually the child can start signing when they get tired. It is a great way for them to communicate their wants when they don’t have the words.


Did you know that crawling has many side benefits that it brings with it? It strengthens muscles in the legs, arms, neck, head, and back and helps support the development of fine and gross motor skills. It has been shown to be good for the cognitive development. It helps with the development of far and near vision – they are learning to track objects that they are trying to reach, this will help later when they begin to learn to read. Crawling can aid in the development of balance and eye hand coordination. All of this and it can help with their confidence as they learn more about their environment.

Fun fact about babies –Babies are born with an innate sense of rhythm. They have an instinctive ability to respond to the tempo and rhythm of music and some find it more engaging than speech.



Between 12-16 months, you may start seeing your toddler

  • understanding how others feel – ex: looking sad if they see someone that is sad
  • show affection for those they have well developed emotional attachments to
  • exhibit separation anxiety and may have temper tantrums along with it
  • become self-aware and show signs of embarrassment if others are looking at them
  • play favorites with familiar people
  • show interest in interactive games like peek-a-boo and pattycake