It's time to begin parenting! Toddler development at 14 months calls for boundaries as well as lots of hugs and kisses. Find out what other exciting things your tot can do now.
Get yourselves ready for the next stage in toddler development: the nitty-gritty of parenting is about to start. Your toddler is developing a personality and you could suddenly discover that your adorable wee one has a mind of his own.
It’s time to step up, and start teaching your cutey pie about rules and boundaries. But don’t worry–the terrible twos are a long way off! Your toddler exercises his mind and his heart, showering you with hugs and kisses.
By now, most toddlers can walk a few steps unaided. In fact, his gross motor skills are expanding rapidly! Not only can he probably walk, he could also be able to stand up by himself from a sitting position.
And if he’s mastered that, it’s only a small toddler development leap to learning how to bend over and stand up again–without toppling over.
Other skills you could begin to keep an eye out for are walking up stairs with the aid of an adult and dancing. Yes, if your family loves to play music, you may catch your wee one jigging along. He doesn’t have a sense of rhythm yet, but that won’t stop him from enjoying himself!
Don’t worry if your little one wobbles around like a cute little ducky when he walks (it’s all part of toddler development). This is completely normal. Not only is he still bow-legged (his legs will straighten out the more he walks upright), but he’s probably also wearing a fat diaper!
Fine motor skills are also coming along quickly. Your little one might be beginning to scribble with crayons (if you let him, that is!) or stacks two blocks on top of each other.
He may be able to turn the pages in a book. Be sure to use board books though, as he does not know his own strength and might tear the page accidentally!
His favorite thing to do is most probably make a mess. There are many ways to do this, and most of them involve his developing fine motor skills.
Your toddler may attempt to feed himself at dinner time, using utensils in addition to his hands. He may discover how to open cupboards and drawers and empty those. He may also put things back, though generally not in the original order.
Try to be patient. Your toddler does not know the difference between utensils and toys yet. He is still discovering the world and all its categories, and thus is in an exciting stage of toddler development.
A common solution if you really need to do some household errands is to fill lower shelves and drawers with things like plastic cups or plastic utensils for him to play with.
Your child may develop some skills sooner than others. This is completely normal–not all children develop at the same pace, and this has no bearing on development later in childhood.
Continue reading to learn more about toddler development at 14 months. Next up is cognitive development