By the time your baby reaches 14 months old, you’ll notice a significant change in their physical and mental abilities. Here are some of the milestones you can expect:
Walking or standing without support
Playing with toys independently
Feeding themselves with a spoon or fork
Starting to say simple words or phrases
Pointing to objects to show interest
As your baby becomes more independent, they will also start to develop their own personality and preferences. They may become more assertive and vocal about what they want, which is a normal part of their development.
At 14 months old, your baby is likely to be very active and curious about their surroundings. They may be crawling, walking, or even running around, which means you’ll need to keep a close eye on them to ensure their safety.
You can encourage your baby’s physical development by providing them with plenty of opportunities to play and explore. This could include setting up a play area with soft toys and cushions, taking them to the park or playground, or simply playing with them at home.
As your baby’s physical abilities improve, so will their mental abilities. They may start to recognize familiar faces and objects, and understand simple instructions or commands.
To help support your baby’s mental development, you can read books to them, play games that involve problem-solving or cause and effect, and encourage their curiosity about the world around them.
At 14 months old, your baby will start to become more social and interactive with others. They may show affection towards you and other family members, and enjoy playing with other children.
To help develop your baby’s social skills, you can arrange playdates with other parents and children, encourage them to share toys and interact with others, and model positive social behaviors yourself.
Most babies start walking between 9 and 18 months old, with the average being around 12 months. However, every baby is different, and some may start walking earlier or later than others.
2. Is it normal for my baby to be shy around strangers?
Yes, it’s perfectly normal for babies to be shy or cautious around strangers. This is because they are still learning to recognize and trust familiar faces, and may become anxious or scared around unfamiliar people.
3. How can I encourage my baby to talk more?
To encourage your baby’s language development, you can talk to them frequently, using simple words and sentences. You can also read to them, sing songs, and encourage them to imitate the sounds and words they hear.
4. What should I do if I’m worried about my baby’s development?
If you’re concerned about your baby’s development, it’s always a good idea to speak to your pediatrician or family doctor. They can assess your baby’s development and provide guidance on any concerns you may have.
5. How can I help my baby develop their motor skills?
You can help your baby develop their motor skills by providing them with plenty of opportunities to play and explore. This could include playing with soft toys, crawling or walking around, and practicing simple movements like reaching or grasping objects.
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