Brinley Pre-Toddler Summary {17.5 Months Old}

Bowling with the family

This is a summary for Brinley from 17-17.5 months old. Do you realize there are two weeks until she moves from pre-toddler to toddler?!?!? I am so glad Pre-Toddlerwise came out so I could have a six month buffer before my baby jumped to toddler. With Brayden and Kaitlyn, the book was not out so they went from “baby” to “toddler” overnight.



Sleep was great!



Eating was great and normal. She still will drop food when she is done if you don’t respond to her fast enough, however, she will attempt to get your attention and even attempt to hand you the food before she moves to dropping food, so improvement is slowly but surely being made.



The first week of this period, Brinley was so super clingy. She was not interested in playing with her siblings; she wanted to be with her parents at all times. She would be fine in independent play, but if she was out, she was attached to us.


She also came to love the art of removing everything from cupboards. And then removing contents from whatever she removed from the cupboard (including tampons…). This has been super helpful while I have had a hurt foot (and I mean that as sarcastically as I can manage). I have never had a child so intent on emptying every cupboard in the house. We don’t have dangerous things down low, so my plan is to verbally redirect and teach her to stay out. That has proven to be more difficult to enforce while I am walking at about a quarter of her speed (IF I walk at all). So doors are being closed to a lot of rooms right now. 


The second week of this period, she got quite independent and wanted to play with siblings again. I don’t know if she outgrew a wonder week, got over sickness or teething pain, or what, but she moved on. I am sure it helped that I have been hurt (for those reading this in future months and years, I tore ligaments in my foot and have been quite incapacitated for a while). As a recap, the first day that it was just Brinley and me, she cried and was so offended that I wouldn’t carry her everywhere. Then the next day I got her up and told her she had to walk and I couldn’t carry her and she responded, “kay” and went on like a champ! She has obviously felt proud of acting like a big girl and being a good helper. 


She has had longer independent play–about 1.5 hours instead of 1 hour. She is perfectly happy and it is very helpful for me right now to have an extra 30 minutes of her being physically contained in one room. 



I forgot to share last time that over Christmas break, my husband really worked to teach Brinley to safely go down the stairs alone. I am so glad! She can do stairs by herself, which is good since I can’t carry her right now. 



I love this age. I know a lot about my babies from birth, but there is a point (about this age) that they really start to show a lot about who they are. I love seeing the personality emerging. Brinley is a happy girl, a helpful girl, a girl who loves to laugh, an obedient girl, and a girl who is a little crazy. She can be wild.



Brinley has been such a good helper to me the last couple of weeks. She throws stuff away for me. She cleans stuff up for me. Most importantly, she has been a gem in the obedience department. She goes where I tell her to and when I tell her to. It is so nice she isn’t taking advantage of my hurt foot and running wherever she wants to go.



No new teeth during this two weeks.



At church, I am the choir director. I have also been teaching a youth Sunday School class with my husband. My husband was recently asked to teach the adult Sunday school and I was asked to help in the nursery (18 months to age 3). Because I am in there, Brinley is in there early. She has done great! My only worry is how will she respond when I am not there if she gets used to me always being there. I will not be in there every week, so we will see how she is on days I am out.



Brinley says words, but I was feeling worried about how much she was (or wasn’t) talking. I know what she is saying is perfectly in the range of normal for her age, but I still worried because moms worry. I decided I should make a list of words she says. I believe the average for an 18 month old is 20 words. I didn’t think she said that many. But as I made my list, I soon found she has well over 50 words. So my point here is if you are worried about your child’s verbal skills, write down your child’s word list so you know if things are okay or if you need to bring up concerns with the pediatrician. 



8:15–wake up. Eat breakfast (fruit, cereal, and milk)

Get ready. Clean with mom.

10:00 Independent Playtime.

11:30 Play

12:00 Lunch.

Play with McKenna.

1:00–Nap starts

4:00-4:30–wake up. Snack. Play.


7:30–Sippy of milk, then bedtime. In bed by 8:00.