Physical development from 1 to 2 years old

Bub learns to have much more control of their arms, legs and hands. The motor pathways in the higher part of their brain have grown.

Bub’s body is stronger from hours of kicking, standing and walking with support. Bub’s body parts have also changed size.

All this means bub is ready to walk and explore.

Support bub at this time by:

  • clearing the house so it’s safe for bub to practise moving. This grows pathways in bub’s brain that control leg movement, posture and balance so bub learns to walk smoothly
  • giving bub lots of practise using their hands.
  • making sure bub has enough to eat and sleep so that bub will feel more interested and confident to practise moving.
Published — 01 April 2019 Last updated — 01 April 2019

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