Your 17 month old baby does not understand the value of time and much less what it feels like to be in a hurry. As a result, you will probably have a very hard time watching your baby struggling with button on his or her coat for an eternity when you are running late for work. If it would be up to you, the two of you would be already driving but it is crucial to be patient and allow your 17 months old baby to button up the coat on his or her own because you will be late anyway by the time he or she decides to let you take over. In addition, it is crucial to allow toddlers to learn even if they need an hour for a five minute job because they cannot learn if they are not given the chance. For that reason you better start leaving home earlier if you have to be somewhere at a time.
What To Expect:
Your baby is making progress in speaking with every month passing by and by the time he or she reaches 17 months, he or she will master a few words and perhaps start connecting them into simple sentences. The speech is becoming clearer and you may be able to decipher a few words more. However, you will still not be able to understand their Martial language for most of the time. No still seems to be one of the most popular words and if your baby has not been using it frequently until now, expect hearing it more often at this age. If you think that keeping up with your baby was difficult when younger, you better prepare yourself for some more physical exercise while watching your 17 months old baby. At this stage, they do not just have lots of energy but simply cannot stand to remain still for two minutes. They prefer to walk on their own rather than be pushed in a stroller or carried around in a backpack. However, do not count on enjoying walks to park with your baby though. Since he or she needs to make more steps to catch up with you, he or she will get tired earlier and will demand to be carried. So, you better take along that stroller or backpack even if your baby insists on walking when leaving home.
What You Need To Know:
Your baby can eat the same foods as the rest of the family at this age. There is no need to waste your time and energy to prepare something special for your baby because all toddlers are notoriously picky eaters. Sometimes they even reject food without trying it first. Keep the food simple (but nutritionally balanced), serve it to your baby and hope that he or she will eat.