13 Month Old Baby

13 Month Old Baby

Keeping a 13 month old baby from all potential dangers can be exhausting. If it is any comfort, all parents feel the same when having a toddler in the house because they all seem to be on the move the entire time. As a result, you will probably find yourself double checking your home for potential dangers more often.

What To Expect:
You will need to keep a close eye on your baby when making those clumsy steps. It takes time to gain confidence and the necessary balance to walk in the true meaning of the word, so expect some falls too. Try not to supervise your 13 months old baby all the time and forcing him or her to walk by holding your hand no matter how unsteady he or she seems because it is crucial to learn on his or her own. If your baby is still using furniture to walk around or is not any closer to the walking thing, that is fine too as long as he has a method of moving around. Some babies do not walk until 18 months old or even longer. Expect from your 13 months old baby to get more skilled with his or her hands too. By this age, babies are able to pick up as small objects as bread crumbs and less messy eaters when it comes to finger eating. Eating with a spoon is a completely different story. Speaking about eating, do not be surprised if your 13 months-old becomes more picky with food and starts eating less. This is related to the slowed rate of growing after the 1st birthday and your baby’s increasing independence. Yep, your baby will demand a say in what he or she wants to eat and how much. By now, your baby can probably say a few recognizable words. He or she is quickly learning the meaning of new words and simple sentences and has figured out how to get what he or she wants by gestures, pointing and body language. On the behavioral level, your baby will start displaying more and more tension for independence each day which can lead to a battle of wills.

What You Need To Know:
Keep in mind that each baby reaches particular developmental milestones on his or her own pace. Avoid forcing your baby to walk if he or she is not showing readiness to walk unassisted. Forcing your baby into something that he or she is not ready yet may achieve the opposite effect. Your job as a parent is to provide a safe and stimulating environment not to push your baby to develop new skills sooner that he or she is ready. Be patient when it comes to food with your 13 month-old and do not force him or her to eat because it will not help. In fact, your baby may deliberately refuse to eat if being forced to do so. Offer nutrient-rich foods and let him or her decide if and how much he or she wants to eat. It may be helpful to try to make the foods visually more appealing.

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