A parent of 1-year-old twin boys knows that there is no such thing as a dull moment. Just when you get one boy settled and think you might get a breather, you find the other making some sort of mischief. Despite its challenges, your twin boys are entering one of the most remarkable phases of their development: transitioning from babies into toddlers.
For 1-year-old boys, everything is a physical activity. Whether they are learning to walk or already walking, boys this age roll, bounce and tumble over everything in sight. You can help develop their coordination by setting up a simple obstacle course. Have your boys crawl through a tunnel, walk up a shallow ramp, walk or crawl over uneven couch cushions or an old mattress and step or crawl over a small obstacle. Roll or toss a ball back and forth and chase both boys around the house or yard.
Since 1-year-old boys spend their time exploring everything, sensory play is perfect for their level of development. Strip both boys down to just a diaper and let them have fun exploring chocolate pudding, yogurt, water, sand, shaving cream or finger paint. To contain the mess, do this in a high chair or outside on a vinyl tablecloth or a shower curtain. Obviously you will need to supervise to make sure your boys do not try to taste anything that is not edible, like shaving cream.
While it may seem like nothing your 1-year-olds do is quiet, they are getting to the age where they can focus on a task for a few minutes at a time. This is the perfect age to introduce stacking blocks, shape sorters, board books and nesting cups. Stack up a few blocks and have your boys take turns knocking them over. Sit down with both boys to look at two or three pages in a book and point out one picture on each page. Keep in mind that at this age their attention span will probably not be more than ten or 15 minutes at best. When one boy is absorbed in an independent task, take a few minutes to play closely with his brother.
As you’ve probably already figured out, 1-year-old boys are into everything. Use baby gates to your advantage by placing them at the tops or bottoms of stairs, or using them to block off rooms that aren’t childproof. Keep the play area clear of breakables or choking hazards and always watch closely during feeding time. Let your boys practice climbing on age-appropriate outdoor equipment, but avoid situations where they could fall from a greater height. Keep your toddlers safe while giving them freedom to explore and play.
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