Work Those Facial Muscles
Toddlers develop strength and coordination by chewing, vocalizing, and talking. If children are not yet talking, encourage them to babble. Take turns making funny sounds. Making funny faces also encourages tots to use their facial muscles. This is a good time for lots of clowning!
Because the muscles in the face, mouth, and throat are poorly developed, even soft food can cause toddlers to choke if they stuff their mouths — and it's a given that sooner or later they will do just that. Taking a first-aid course that teaches abdominal thrusts could be one of the best decisions of your life! Doing them wrong can cause injury.
The soft spot in the front of a child's skull shouldn't be noticeable after age eighteen months. The skull plates continue to grow as the brain increases in size. They don't fuse until brain growth slows at about age two.