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Your Toddler At 14 Months

If you’ve not heard your toddler say any simple word, get set… it is coming. At this age, your baby can wave bye-bye, do a one-step verbal command, and pile a few cubes.  Also, your toddler is developing and refining fine key motor, gross motor, social, and language skills. These should help him to interact with people, express his feelings, and build a foundation for any developmental milestones in the future.

In this guide, you’ll find out what developmental milestones your toddler should achieve at 14 months.

Physical development
Your toddler can climb a step, walk well, and transition from a bent pose to a standing position. At 14 months old, your baby should do the following:
• Hold a spoon and try to use it
• Roll a ball
• Heap a few blocks
• Feed himself
• Hold a crayon and try to use it
• Flip pages of a board book
• Play pat-a-cake
• Wave bye bye

Social and language development
Expect your toddler to say few words, and follow simple commands. You should also expect your baby to do the following:
• Respond to his name
• Knows the names of animals and people
• Copy sounds and starts putting different sounds together
• Express irritation or anger by screaming or crying and holding their breath
• Smile, laugh and clap to show excitement or happiness
At this age, your baby will like to play near familiar relatives and display shyness around visitors.

Considerations
• Appropriate play and communication help toddlers reach milestones and create a comfortable and productive, learning environment.
• Always read to him and encourage him to say the names of body parts or objects like “nose” or “toy.”
• Also, allow him to dress or feed himself sometimes. If he wants to interact with you, respond by talking to your baby and using his words in sentences.
• What’s more, play with him using different materials like brick games, puzzles, and art materials. Playing games and engaging in other fun activities can help engage his five senses.

Precautions

If you notice a developmental delay, visit your baby’s doctor. If he requires developmental intervention, the doctor will suggest a program to suit your baby’s needs. Factors that may cause developmental delay include ear infections, birth complications, and so on. Diagnosing this delay on time can help you to get the medical services your toddler needs. Also, it can help reverse developmental delay in some cases.

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