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The period between 12 and 18 months places a child on a one-way bridge to the future. Infancy is a thing of the past and toddlerhood is straight ahead. A baby still? Not really, but neither is he a toddler, and that is the key to understanding this phase of growth. 

This is a period of great exchange: baby food is exchanged for table food; the highchair for booster seat; finger-feeding replaced with spoon; babbling sounds transition to speaking, the first unsteady steps are conquered by strides of confidence, and the list goes on. 

Moving forward at a lighting pace, pre-toddlers are driven toward a new level of independence, equipped with a mind of their own. 

Whether a parent is ready or not, a toddler's natural inclination and challenge of "I do myself" will become increasingly apparent, not to mention frustrating. The drive toward independence is very strong, yet unpredictable. He is always in motion and not easily restrained, directed, or controlled, but he needs to be! Boundaries will be tested, rules understood as suggestions, and curiosity will become a force with which to reckon. 

How will a parent meet the unfolding challenges? The answer begins with understanding the various growth transitions of the 180 days linking babyhood with toddlerhood.    

Come join 26-year pediatrician Dr. Robert Bucknam MD and coauthor Gary Ezzo MA and the community of six million homes in all 50 states and around the world that are finding peace and success with their children in the On Becoming best-selling series!

©2008 Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam MD (P)2018 Hawksflight Publishing, LLC

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book reader is adding his own idea in the book?!

i was listening this book with my child on my side, there was a part talking about table food, protein, this reader said: fish, poultry,beef, egg, dry beans and tofu YUCK! i was shocked. then i bought the original book, which i did not find that tofu and YUCK part. I mean.. what was that about?

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Helpful but Narrow View of Family Roles

The advice on children itself was helpful. However, it often made me cringe the way he assumes every family does and should consist of a husband and wife with a working man and stay at home woman. This alone would turn off many from this book.

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I love the Babywise method

we've been using it on our kiddos and it's been helpful. There are somethings we were too laid back with when he was younger and we've learned our lesson.