Congratulations on reaching your 14-month-old’s milestone! Your little one has grown so much since birth, and it is amazing how much they have learned in such a short amount of time. You might be wondering what specific things your baby should be doing by this age, and this article will help guide you through the 14-month baby development milestones.
By the time your baby is 14 months old, they should be able to stand alone and walk while holding onto furniture or your hand. They may also be able to take a few steps on their own, although this varies from baby to baby. Your little one is also likely able to climb stairs, albeit with some difficulty. Another motor skill that your baby should have developed is the ability to stack blocks, and they might be able to put together a simple puzzle.
At 14 months old, your baby is likely saying a few words or even simple phrases like “mama” or “dada.” They may also be able to understand and follow simple commands, like “wave bye-bye” or “bring me the ball.” Reading books with your baby can help improve their language skills and build their vocabulary.
Social and Emotional Skills
Your 14-month-old is becoming more social and interactive with others. They might start to show signs of shyness or stranger anxiety, which is normal at this age. Separation anxiety might also be more apparent when you leave your little one with a caregiver. However, your baby should be able to interact with familiar people and enjoy playing with others.
Your baby’s cognitive skills are also developing rapidly at 14 months old. They should be able to identify objects and people by name and point to what they want. Your baby might also be able to recognize a few body parts, like their nose or belly. Another cognitive milestone is problem-solving. Your baby might figure out how to get a toy that is out of reach or how to open a cabinet door.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What if my 14-month-old isn’t meeting these milestones?
A: Every baby develops at their own pace, so it’s important not to compare your little one to others. However, if you are concerned about your baby’s development, talk to your pediatrician.
Q: How can I help my baby reach these milestones?
A: Playing with your baby, reading books, and giving them plenty of opportunities to learn and explore can help them reach their developmental milestones.
Q: Should I be worried if my baby isn’t walking yet?
A: Not necessarily. Some babies take longer to walk than others. However, if your baby is not standing at all or seems to be having trouble with their motor skills, it’s a good idea to talk to your pediatrician.
Q: When should my baby start talking more?
A: Every baby is different, but most babies start saying more words between 18 and 24 months old.
Q: Are there any signs that my baby might have a developmental delay?
A: Some signs of a developmental delay include not meeting milestones for their age, difficulty with motor skills, trouble communicating, and not interacting with others. If you are concerned about your baby’s development, talk to your pediatrician.
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