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Your toddler’s development: 13 months

This month, you may notice that your 13-month-old is:

  • Indicating needs in ways other than crying
  • Standing well
  • Bending over to pick up objects
  • Taking a few steps
  • Walking with help

Early in the second year, toddlers are explorers picking up everything in their path. They live in the here and now. They will start to display a range of moods, feelings and behaviours. Expect displays of warmth, independence, annoyance, fear, anger, objection, willfulness, sadness, concern and uncertainty as your little one starts to learn more about the world around them.

Your toddler’s sleep

If at all possible, start a bath and bedtime routine at around 6-6.30pm, aiming to have your toddler asleep between 7-8pm. Toddlers need a lot of transition time to prepare for sleep. Bedtime routines should be structured and predictable, and they absolutely should not be rushed. Make it a special time that your child eagerly anticipates. If there ends up being a few late nights, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s a good idea to return to your normal routine as soon as possible. Most children adapt fairly quickly, if they have developed good sleep habits.

Some adventurous toddlers learn how to climb out of their cots early in the second year so make sure to lower their cot mattress to the lowest level if you haven’t already.

Nutritional tips

Toddlers are notorious for lots of things, picky eating and mischief being at the very top of that list! If you have tried to introduce your toddler to a new, healthy food, you may have found its reception a little unwelcome.

Top tip

If your toddler is now walking, it may be time to buy their first pair of shoes! Take your little one to have their feet properly measured, then opt for a pair that are well-fitted, easy to put on and take off, and lightweight with flexible soles.

Fun activities

Who doesn’t love a game of hide and seek! Chasing you and hiding from you are probably among your 13-month-old’s favourite activities. She’ll be happy hiding behind a chair, a book, or even a tea towel, and giggling away as you pretend you can’t find her.


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