McKenna Pre-Toddler Summary: 16 Months Old

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This have continued to be busy with reunion after reunion and camping trip after camping trip.

She still eats a whole lot of food. She will eat anything we eat. We have, much to our surprise, discovered three foods she doesn’t like. She does not like raspberries (just in their tart, fresh-picked state. Raspberry jam is just fine šŸ™‚ ). She does not like microwaved hot dogs. She prefers those roasted over a fire, will tolerate them on a grill, and will not eat them from a microwave. She also does not like tomatoes. In fact, one day I gave her a tomato from the garden and she looked at me and cried! So funny. She will eat them on sandwiches and in things, but not alone.

I get independent play in there each day, but that is about it. We don’t have the time or consistency for blanket time right now. It will be interesting to see how it goes when I reinstate that.

When McKenna tries to play with both Brayden and Kaitlyn, it doesn’t go smoothly. She likes to destroy everything and they like to do things like build Lego structures. If she plays just with Brayden it goes well and if she plays just with Kaitlyn it goes well, but when she tries both everyone ends up frustrated.

Sleeping is still going well. I think I will soon start evaluating her two naps. I would love to have that to two naps by 18 months old. It would be nice to be able to leave and run errands in the morning again :). But at the same time, with the two naps, it will give me greater opportunity for one on one time with Kaitlyn each day while Brayden is at school. I won’t be forcing anything, but I think it could be nice.

My guess right now is she will drop it around 18 months old. Maybe 19. She has always been pretty textbook on her nap dropping. The only question I have on that is that she is a big sleeper. She sleeps a lot and more than average. Kaitlyn was also a big sleeper and I had to force the morning nap to drop at 20 months. So we shall see how it goes.

Due to traveling, we had one day during this period where she had one nap. It didn’t go well. Her one nap was shorter than one nap usually is on its own, and she woke up crying, which is completely uncharacteristic of her. So she is definitely not ready for one nap right now.

She is still adding more and more words all the time. She is at an age when she screams if she can’t say what she wants, so it is an easy age to decide what word to work on next. I make sure she doesn’t get what she wants when she screams; she needs to communicate it first. She often screams when she wants a drink. She can both say and sign drink, so I will say and sign, “McKenna, do you want a drink?” and she will say and sign “drink” back. She also will scream when she wants up, so I am working on her saying “up.”

McKenna got another tooth during the last couple of weeks.

Still no official fits. The screaming for things is the closest thing to a fit we have right now.

McKenna is pretty much a stranger lover now. She loves attention and loves to go to people, smile big and say, “Hi” in her cute little voice. She always gets a positive reaction and lots of comments on how cute she is, so what’s not to love?

McKenna loves to entertain and have an audience. Her two biggest fans are Brayden and Kaitlyn. They both think she is the funniest thing ever and laugh and laugh at her tactics. She is very happy to repeat her funny behavior, and since they are kids, their laughter never waivers.

We are waking up later for now because nights tend to be later at the moment.

8:45-9:00–wake and eat breakfast. Music time. Bath. Go for a walk.
1:00–wake and eat lunch. Independent play.
5:00-5:30–wake and eat dinner. Various activities.

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book,Ā The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on theĀ AboutĀ page. Follow her onĀ Facebook,Ā Pinterest, andĀ InstagramĀ for more tips and helps.

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  1. Linds
    August 11, 2010 / 5:06 PM

    I'm so glad you still do two naps. Everyone of my friends dropped the first nap around 1 year, and my DS (also 16 months) is no where near ready.

  2. Plowmanators
    August 21, 2010 / 8:15 PM

    Linds, Brayden had one nap until 17 months, Kaitlyn until 19-20 months. had to force it out of her! Just stick with what you know your son needs šŸ™‚

  3. SAmom
    August 23, 2010 / 4:36 AM

    Hi ValMy DD is same age as McKenna but since 13 mo. she has been on one nap. HOw would this progress from here – would she in time move the nap a bit later and it will get shorter? She currently goes down 4 hours after wake up time but we seem to often have to wait for "a nappy" before she can actually fall asleep. Nothing one can do about that, I suppose. She then naps for up to 2.5hours. Thanks!

  4. Plowmanators
    August 31, 2010 / 6:37 PM

    SAmom,One idea for you is to do Independent playtime right before nap. All of my kids poop during IP. Her naps should stay the same length until two or three. Then they will start to slowly shorten. One thing, her nap should move at some point to starting at 1 PMish (depending on when she wakes up in the morning…but even despite different morning waketimes, 1 is quite common. If she wakes after 8:30, maybe closer to 1:30 or 2:00). If you look at the "dropping naps" blog label, you will find a post with a summary of all nap changes.

  5. SAmom
    September 1, 2010 / 5:48 PM

    Thank you Val!!

  6. Robin Devor
    March 31, 2013 / 7:31 PM

    My baby girl just started having difficulty falling asleep in the evenings. She takes one nap, usually 1-4, but since she turned 16 months (4 days ago) she hasn't fallen asleep in the evening until after 10pm, though she is still being put to bed around 7 or so. I was wondering if you had any advice on this. Thanks.

  7. Robin Devor
    March 31, 2013 / 7:32 PM

    My baby girl just started having difficulty falling asleep in the evenings. She takes one nap, usually 1-4, but since she turned 16 months (4 days ago) she hasn't fallen asleep in the evening until after 10pm, though she is still being put to bed around 7 or so. I was wondering if you had any advice on this. Thanks.

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