By fourteen months your toddler’s repertoire is ever increasing and she will be able to say roughly two to three words. She may not say them correctly yet, perhaps missing off the ends or beginnings but she will repeat them over and over again. If she learns ‘dog’ for instance she will call any animal she sees ‘dog’ as she associates the word dog with animals. Da-da may be used when she sees any man in the street and can have hilarious or embarrassing consequences! You can encourage her by pointing to objects, animals and people and telling her the correct name for things.
Your fourteen month old may be able to walk well by now (but don’t worry if she’s not yet, some toddlers don’t walk until they are around seventeen months old) and if this is the case she may try going up stairs, walking backwards and even jumping. Toddlers love to use mini trampolines as they are not only great fun, but help to improve their balance and coordination – all important skills for a toddler on-the-go. Make sure someone is always close by to your toddler at this stage as her experiments with how fast she can walk can turn into a run, and her inquisitiveness could get her into tricky situations if she is unsupervised. See our feature on baby-proof your home
Feeding herself will be her new obsession as baby mush and being spoon fed are no longer fun. Some fourteen month olds can use a spoon or fork, but most miss their mouths, smear food on their faces and generally want to play with their food as much as possible. You can pre-empt a floor disaster by laying newspaper down underneath her chair to catch stray food.