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What do you need to know to care for your 14 months old baby?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

Development & Behavior

What should my toddler be doing right now?

You might notice your toddler developing fears and anxieties. Your child is becoming more aware and sensitive to his environment. He may be scared of the sound of the washing machine or the blender. You should be aware of this and try to find ways to comfort your child.

Another fear may be the bathtub. Even if your child loved bath-time in the past, he may now think it’s a scary place. Try giving him a sponge bath for a few days. You can try to have him sit in the bathtub without water and give him a washcloth to play. He will soon get comfortable and feel secure.

What should my toddler be preparing to do?

Your child may seem out of control. This may be a good time to think about setting a few limits for your child and laying the groundwork for good discipline. You and Daddy need to be on the same page about what’s allowed and what the consequences should be when your toddler acts out. This does not mean you have to yell or shout. The best way is to be firm. Let your child know what good behaviors are and what bad behaviors are. Your child will know right away when you are serious by the change in your tone.

Playtime is crucial for building both motor and social skills as well as self-esteem, so provide plenty of opportunity and space for fun. You may find your child playing by himself. Don’t feel guilty. You should encourage this for parts of the day. You can observe from a distance. This will encourage independence and exploration. You will be supporting his development.

Doctor Visits

What should happen to my toddler when I visit my doctor?

It is probably not time for your scheduled doctor’s visits. You should talk to you doctor if there are any sudden changes in your child’s development. You should also ask your doctor if you are all caught up with your child’s vaccinations. It is important to vaccinate your child to prevent certain infectious diseases.

What should I tell my doctor?

Your doctor may tell you to try to wean your child of the bottle. If you’re not ready to take away the bottle, keep your child’s teeth in good shape by reserving milk, formula, and juice for meals and snack time. If you decide the time is right for your child to give up the bottle completely, you can go cold turkey or take a more gradual approach. Cold turkey is faster but is likely to involve quite a few tears and possibly some sleepless nights. Doing it slowly might be a better choice. This may involve substituting the bottle with a sip. You can start substituting during breakfast then after a few days lunchtime. The pre-bedtime bottles are usually the hardest to give up and the last to go.

What to expect

What health concerns should I expect?

Your may be concerned about your child’s weight. This is normal. All mothers will have this concern, even when your child is an adult. You should know that toddlers usually don’t need much food, at least not like how much an adult needs to eat. If your toddler is very active, he may take in fewer calories than he expends. You would only worry if he is not active and is losing weight. These may be signs of a more serious problem.

If your child is overweight, you should make sure he is eating healthy snacks and limiting his sugar intake. You should not worry too much. Once he starts walking more, he will be running more and will slim down. He will also grow taller.

You may be concerned about what to give your child when he has a cold. Most colds are caused by a virus and will go away in a few days. Try to avoid giving your child non-prescription drugs. These drugs are usually not recommended for children under 2 years old, unless prescribed by your doctor. You should consult your doctor if symptoms worsen.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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