Your toddler’s hurtling towards the two-year-old stage now. Where did that time go? And, as they grow, they continue to develop - running, climbing and, erm, maybe throwing the odd tantrum too? It’s all totally normal, don’t worry. Here’s what you can expect to see, and some products that might help.

Puzzle me this

Your toddler’s now beginning to learn about how things work and has probably nailed that shape sorting toy. Now’s the time to step it up and really get their cognitive skills working with a puzzle. You may have to help them at first, but once they grasp it, they’ll be pushing you away to show you they can do it all by themselves. Aren’t we all independent!

Tender Leaf Toys Ouch Puzzle

Tender Leaf Toys Ouch Puzzle

Pretend play

As their cognitive skills grow, they’ll also start to identify more with the world around them. The lady with the yellow umbrella will be a fascination to them, they’ll bark at a dog or want to change their teddy’s nappy. This is the time to introduce them to pretend play. Whether it’s a wooden play kitchen with some veg, or a tool trolley, these are great toys for getting your toddler’s creativity moving and getting them to play with other kids. Get ready to start drinking pretend tea and eating wooden biscuits. (The things we do.)

Classic World Chef's Kitchen Set

Classic World Chef's Kitchen Set

Let me do it!

Ahhh, the moment we’ve all been waiting for… your toddler has decided to be independent. Although their head is telling them they can do it, their motor skills aren’t quite there yet. This is may be where the odd tantrum or two will start. Fear not, there are some sneaky ways around it. They want to dress themselves? Invest in some easy to pull on clothes like leggings or joggers. They’ll at least be able to get one foot in. Shoe brand TOMS also make a range of slip ons to help you embrace this new found independent streak, while ankle length boots and wellies are always good tip, as they’re easy to get on. May just stop those tantrums in their tracks.

KIDLY Label Rain Boot

KIDLY Label Rain Boot

Bye bye buggy

At this stage, you may also find that they no longer want to get into the pram and don’t want to hold your hand either 🙄. This is where a kids’ bag with reins could save your life. Simple to wear, the single detachable strap gives them a feeling of autonomy, while actually keeping them safe. We love the range by Babymel, which come in cool prints that they’ll enjoy. They get tired when you’re out and about? Bikes and scooters could save your arms. Just pick one that’s right for their age, then watch 'em go.

Babymel Mini Backpack with Rein

Babymel Mini Backpack with Rein

Carry on crafting

You’ll find that those simple pencil lines are now becoming scribbles. Their pincer skills have also developed enough to enable them to pick up stickers and place them onto a page. They’ll also be able to identify different colours of paints. Enhance these skills and their confidence by building up their arts and crafts collection. Can't face the clear-up that comes with crafting? Take a peek at our handy mess-free crafting tips.

Read to me

Your toddler’s moved on from those soft cloth books now and their imaginations are raring to go with tales of, well anything. However, at this stage you may find they’ll be turning pages rather than listening to the story. And if your toddler is anything like ours, they’ll also rip them too. Stop them in their tracks and keep them entertained with a block book from our story book range. Full of bright colours to stimulate their visual skills, and with basic words to help their vocabulary, these are great picks for your 18-24 month old.

Abrams & Chronicle Books A Box Of Blocks

Abrams & Chronicle Books A Box Of Blocks

And a last little note…

We’ve put together a comprehensive list of all the best products for your 18-24 months old at our Shop by Stage: 18-24 months collection.

One more thing before you go. Remember, it's not a race and every child develops at at their own pace. If they’re doing more than their contemporaries, head over to our buying guide for 2-3 year olds, or see our buying guide for 12-18 months if they haven't quite reached this stage yet. They will do, in their own good time.