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Your toddler’s development: 14 months

This month, you may notice that your 14-month-old is:

  • Standing well
  • Taking a few steps unassisted
  • Walking with help
  • Emptying and putting things back into containers
  • Saying three or more words other than baba or dada
  • Eating finger foods

Play is your toddler’s work. Play builds social skills, aids language development and stimulates creativity and imagination. Time spent at play is time well-spent, never wasted. So let them play – and feel free to join in!

Your toddler’s language development

Talk to your toddler: by chatting to your little one about everything you do, from making sandwiches to setting off for the shops, she’ll pick up more than just what’s happening. She’ll learn essential language skills too. Ask her simple questions, then repeat back what she says, so she knows you’ve understood what she’s trying to say. By saying things back to her, eventually your toddler will learn how to form her sentences correctly and build her vocabulary, which is all part of the process of learning to communicate effectively.

Pointing out words on the page while you read aloud to your toddler could help with her reading skills when she’s older. Showing your toddler words, letters, and how you read from top to bottom and from left to right, could all help to improve her spelling and comprehension skills at a later date.

Nutritional tips

Milk is a great source of calcium, but milk can also be very trying on tummies that are lactose intolerant. If you notice that milk gives your child loose or runny bowel movements, or if they seem to be fussy after ingesting milk. Mention it to your doctor or public health nurse for advice. Cheese is also a great source of getting your child’s daily portions of calcium into them and it is lactose free.

Top tip

If there’s a downside to toddler’s play, it’s the mess and clutter that goes with it! You can help contain the mess by having a place for everything. Large coloured boxes are a great way of storing toys. Try buying them in different colours and assign a colour to a toy type, for example yellow for soft toys, red for cars, green for dolls, etc. Alternatively, print out or draw a sign for the front of each box with the picture of what’s contained inside – this way your child will also know where things go and you will be helping her cognitive development.

Fun activities

Mirror me! This is something your 14 month-old will enjoy, but older and younger kids will too. You need to sit across from where your toddler is sitting. Start doing simple, yet eye-catching, actions like sticking your tongue out or raising your eyebrows. Show him your appreciation by clapping your hands and cheering him when he starts to imitate you.

Read on for what to expect in the coming months: 15 months/16 months/17 months/18 months/19 months/20 months/21 months/22 months/23 months/24 months


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