home is where the heart is- but also where the cooking, eating, eating, playtime, bath time, and pets are! around the room we are going to move independently. you might notice that after months of enjoying independent movement your toddler suddenly wants to be carried all the time. this is normal development your toddler might be torn between the age for independence and a desire to be attached (to you.) here some ways to encourage your child to be down on the floor, and moving as independently as possible. keep close, offer to hold your toddlers hand verbally noticed any efforts independent movement, and be prepared to scoop up your child for a quick dance in your arms when a break is needed.