Your baby: Month 16

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What's the baby up to? 
Growth points

Your toddler is expressing many new emotions during this period, and might find it difficult to control and express them.

 Your toddler may cling to a toy or object which gives him comfort like a soft toy or blanket.
 Your toddler will not like to share his toys during this period, because he's starting to understand his independent. Sharing threatens his sense of independence.
 He will be able to recognise your feelings of anger, sadness and happiness, but won't know how to react.

16 month milestones

Most babies of this age will:

 Turn the pages of a book when you read to them
 Become attached to stuffed animal or another toy
 Walk well
 Sing and enjoy singing
 Throw tantrums when frustrated

Other stuff to think about

Childproof your bathroom
Never leave a child younger than 4 alone in the bath, even for a moment.
Use a rubberised mat or non-skid rubber decorations for bathtubs.
Install a toilet lock to keep the lid closed.
Buy a nappy bucket with a tight lid, and place it out of reach.
Always run the cold tap first and check the temperature before your toddler gets in - you need to be extra careful once your child is old enough to get in the bath without help.
Test the temperature with your elbow – your hands quickly become accustomed to the water temperature and you won't get a true impression of how hot it is.
Set the geyser to 50°C or lower – you’ll save electricity too.
Store toilet cleaning materials, including the toilet brush, out of reach, and don't use detachable toilet fresheners or block cleaners inside the bowl.
Keep all medicines out of reach of children and install child locks on the medicine cabinet.
Buy products with childproof packaging.
Remove the key from the toilet door in case your child locks herself in.
Never keep electrical appliances in the bathroom.
Make sure the shower door is made of safety glass.
Store razors out of reach. Wrap used razors and discard in an outside dustbin.

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