Your 14-month-old's development
|: liL AQiL ensem @ 14th month old ^_^|
Approved by the BabyCentre Medical Advisory Board
- Major milestones
By now, your toddler may have mastered waving "bye-bye" and is probably able to roll a ball back and forth with an adult. About half the toddlers this age are drinking from a cup, and some are beginning to be interested in helping around the house. Your toddler may well be able to stand alone, can probably stoop down and then stand back up again, and might even be working on walking backwards. He may say several words and is learning more every day. He's also starting to have clear ideas about what he wants and will be persistent in trying to achieve them.
Asserts wants and desires
The things you say no to will probably have the most allure for your toddler, so making your house safe for exploration will make both your lives easier. If you cover plugs, lock low cupboards, and keep fragile items out of reach, he'll be safer and you can relax a little. You might designate one low cabinet just for toddler play. Fill it with items you don't mind him touching -- like plastic containers, toys, or empty boxes -- and occasionally change the contents for variety. Your toddler learns about the world through play.
Eats with relish and exuberance
Don't expect adult manners from your toddler. Eating -- like everything else your toddler is doing -- is a learning experience, and at this age learning tends to be messy. He's working on improving his skill with a spoon -- which is central to the eating task -- but he's also checking out the texture of egg and what grapes do when thrown, which can be hard on your floor and furniture. Spread a splash mat under his chair, provide him with an assortment of healthy foods, and let him choose what he wants to eat.
Forms strong attachment to comfort items
Your toddler relies on the sense of security he gets from his favourite stuffed lion, dearest blanket, or both. These items, called "transitional objects," can be a source of comfort, especially when you're not around. Paediatricians often recommend that parents encourage these attachments. Although your child is struggling to master new skills every day with varying degrees of success, the cuddly blanket is one thing he can consistently return to for comfort.