Sophia at 18 Months: Toddler Update

A couple of weeks ago, my toddler turned 18 months, and I couldn’t quite believe it. I spent an evening reading through her old baby milestone posts and exclaiming about how far she’s come and how much she’s changed. While these updates are mainly for me so that I can look back on her development with nostalgia in years to come, I couldn’t wait to share this latest one with you all.

For those who are new to the blog (and there’s been a few of you recently – hey there!), and those of you that have been around for a while now, this is Baby Sunshine at 18 months: my little ray of happiness, my mini-me, and my favourite travel companion.

Sophia at 18 Months: Toddler Update  Sophia at 18 Months: Toddler Update

The most noticeable change since Sophia turned 12 months has been her speech. Her vocabulary has developed in leaps and bounds, and now it’s not only the everyday items such as ball, flower and baby that she can say, but also more complex ones such as tunnel, aeroplane and girl/boy. She can name most farm and zoo animals, knows her basic colours (purple is her favourite) and is starting to count (although we still revert to ‘one, two, nine’ on a regular basis… we’re working on it!).

I’ve also been astounded that she’s picking up more abstract concepts and voicing them, such as ‘up’ (when she lifts her arms up to pour water out of her watering can), and ‘happy’ (which she says pretty much all the time!). She’s grasping the meaning of being polite and now uses please and thank you on a regular basis, and she is even starting to form her first sentences. Absolutely nothing makes my heart swell more than her little voice saying “Tatu mummy!”, “There it itttthh!” or “Are you kayyyy mummyyyy?”.

Sophia at 18 Months: Toddler Update  Sophia at 18 Months: Toddler Update

I saw Sophia really flourish during our summer travels. Seeing new places, having new experiences and interacting with new people was so good for her, and I felt like she was picking up a new word almost every day!

Interacting with other children has also been very good for her. She continues to go to Twyla Nursery, although we’ve just gone down to three days a week. She is starting to understand the concept of sharing and being kind. And Moon (aka baby Clumsy Chic) continues to be her very best friend. They are as thick as thieves, and when they are together, they are full of laughter and mischief. I could sit and watch them for hours!

Sophia at 18 Months: Toddler Update

Sophia was a loving baby from the start, but it’s been in the past six months that the nurturing side of her character has really come out. She loves her dolls and teddies, and her favourite game is feeding them and putting them to bed. She is also obsessed with animals; I have never seen her as excited as I did on the days that we saw frogs and monkeys in Bali, or went to the zoo and farm in England.

She also loves her family, and during our trip home to England this summer, she bonded with her cousins, had fun with her aunties and uncles, and formed an extra special bond with her two ‘nannies’ (grannies), ‘pampas’ (grandpas) and her grandpaul and gramps. It was lovely to see.

Sophia at 18 Months: Toddler Update  Sophia at 18 Months: Toddler Update

When we’re not travelling, Sophia’s favourite things are spending time in the pool, where she’s gaining enough confidence to swim on her own with armbands, and dancing around at her Baby Bojangles music classes with Hayley.

Sophia at 18 Months: Toddler Update  Sophia at 18 Months: Toddler Update

I love the way that her personality is developing, from her feisty confidence and incredible sense of humour, to her loving cuddles and kisses that I now receive on a daily basis without having to ask.

Sophia at 18 Months: Toddler Update

I just wish she would sleep better! She’s sleeping in our bed at night for now because she needs the closeness of me to fall asleep and stay asleep. She’s still feeding in the evenings and waking up for a feed or two in the night. A little part of me loves it, but I know deep down that I’m reaching the end of my exhaustion tolerance, and at some point she’ll be going into her cot in that nursery come hell or high water.

For now though, I’m lapping up the squishy nighttime snuggles before she’s 18 months no more, and too big to want them any more.

Sophia at 18 Months: Toddler Update

Our next planned travels are to England for Christmas, where I can’t wait for her to finally be able to understand what Christmas is all about. I’m looking forward to showing her the Christmas lights in London, to her experiencing the cold for only the second time in her life and wrapping her up in hats and scarves and gloves, and spending quality time with our friends and family. Also, is a bit of snow too much to ask?! Come on England, do it for us!

You can keep up with Sophia’s daily shenanigans on my Instagram – with lots of behind the scenes action and real life mayhem on Instagram stories!

How old is your toddler? Are you noticing some of the same developments?


  1. October 1, 2017 / 8:15 am

    They change so quickly don’t they!

    I like you notice such a change and leaps in development when we travel with her

  2. October 1, 2017 / 10:23 am

    Sophia is so cute it hurts! I really admire how you’ve tackled the challenge of travelling with a little one – and with enough practise soon she’ll be your photographer! πŸ˜‰ x

  3. October 1, 2017 / 11:05 am

    I think my favourite thing about Sophia’s speech development is her ability to say ‘Abab’ haha. She’s grown up so much and I can definitely think she will be a wonderful travel companion for many more years to come. <3

  4. October 1, 2017 / 11:29 am

    I absolutely this post Polly. I love watching your insta stories and your adventures with Sophia.

  5. October 1, 2017 / 11:32 am

    What a cute travel companion! My favourite shot is of her eating her ice cream cone in Burano….such an ahhh moment! Lil wanderluster in the making!

  6. October 1, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    Aeroplane must have been her first word! Christmas will be excellent at home, can’t wait, and i’m here already!

  7. October 1, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    They grow up so fast don’t they ?? It’s great how you are inspiring other traveling mums on taking it easy and don’t over stress when traveling with toddlers. My little one is almost 3 and so many stamps on her passport too !! Little travelers grow up 😍

  8. October 1, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Ah I love this Polly and love hearing how little Sophia is getting on. It must be so sweet now that she’s started saying little sentences. And asking how mama is?! Ugh my heart!! Evie is of course my favourite travel companion too and she also seems to blossom every time we go away so travel is definitely good for them! If you’re in London at Christmas we should definitely meet up with our gorgeous little adventurers πŸ™‚

  9. October 2, 2017 / 7:34 am

    Sophia is growing into a lovely and sweet daughter. I haven’t meet Sophia in person but I’ve seen her all over your blogs and IG stories. I’ve seen that she’s truly enjoying all your travel escapes! I love seeing her and all the baby bloggers in town! Stay awesome Polly! πŸ™‚ Hope to meet Sophis very soon!

  10. October 3, 2017 / 7:16 am

    your insta stories about her are the highlight of my day

  11. October 3, 2017 / 8:37 am

    I can see why she’s your favourite travel companion! I can imagine you going on fabulous travels together forever!

  12. October 4, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    Awww she is such a cutie! It’s fascinating that travel helped improve her vocabulary but I am not at all surprised! Hopefully month 19 comes with more sleeping time πŸ™‚

  13. October 6, 2017 / 4:21 am

    She’s so adorable! I love hearing that travel has helped improve her vocabulary πŸ™‚

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