Bub and family from 1 to 2 years old

There are lots of big changes happening as bub learns to do more on their own.

Attachment to mob is very important and gives bub confidence to explore and learn. Through watching others, bub is also learning the rules of family, community and culture.

Supporting bub’s need for independence and keeping bub safe can be hard for parents/carers. Another challenge is responding to bub’s different emotions, especially with some changes that might be happening, like if bub is feeding less from the breast or bottle.

At this age, bub may be:

  • learning to feed themselves
  • starting to sleep on their own or still co-sleeping
  • having less day naps
  • having teething troubles
  • learning to go to the toilet
  • brushing teeth and hair
  • learning about hygiene
  • learning the rules of their mob.

Parents/carers may be:

  • giving bub less of the bottle/breast/dummy
  • making home safe for bub as they start to move around more
  • introducing cows milk
  • joining playgroup
  • setting limits to keep bub safe
  • responding to bub’s changing needs
  • working out routines
  • encouraging older siblings to help with bub
  • teaching bub rules about family, community and culture
  • taking bub to get immunised at 18 months.

When bub is between 1 and 2 years old, you may be searching for extra early childhood education or care. At your local Early Years Place your child can have fun learning through play.

Published — 01 April 2019 Last updated — 01 April 2019

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