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Your toddler’s development: 17 months

This month, you may notice your 17-month-old is:

  • Responding to simple directions
  • Playing with ride-on toys
  • Saying up to 10 or 15 words
  • Becoming picky about certain foods
  • Using certain words regularly
  • Enjoying sorting toys
  • Brushing teeth with help

Toddlers don’t know enough to say ‘good-bye’ to a visitor or ‘thank you for my present’ to granny. It’s up to you to say it for them, hearing you say the magic words over and over in social situations at home and out and about will teach them these common manners. You can occasionally remind them ‘what do you say?’ but keep it relaxed and calm, rather than nagging!

Accidents and injuries

Part and parcel at this age, is falling over when exploring and playing. While you can try and prevent common scrapes and bruises where possible, you just cannot prevent them all. The best thing you can do is to be prepared with the right lotions and potions in your medicine cabinet to patch them up when the time comes.

Nutritional tips

When offering new foods, keep ‘pushy’ off the menu. Offer new, healthy foods without taking offence when your child won’t try it. Force feeding your child will only make things stressful for you both and make dinner time a time that no one looks forward to.

Fun activities

Do you have a cheeky mouse? Holding your child’s palm, trace around it and say “There was a little mouse, and he lived right there (point to the middle of palm). But if anybody saw him, he ran under here!” as you tickle under your toddler’s arm. 

Giggles are guaranteed!

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


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