12 to 18 Months

Your baby has a distinct personality and way of approaching the world. We call a young child’s “style” of response to his world “temperament”. During the second year, learning to understand your baby’s temperament will help you understand how best to manage the inevitable tantrums. There are well-established techniques to decrease tantrums and to increase the behaviors you want to see. These techniques also help to promote healthy brain development. You can help your baby learn to manage feelings. Having back and forth conversations build on both language development and emotional understanding.

Learn more about tantrums, time-outs and time-ins

The still face experiment shows how responsive babies are to the social emotional world around them.

What your 12 month old should be doing

What your 18 month old should be doing