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Toddler Nutrition

Month 14

Now that your toddler's graduated from breast milk to bananas, formula to French toast, it can be challenging to make sure she continues a healthy diet.

Remember that variety, not restriction, is the way to introduce good nutrition. Forbid her from eating every single sweet and junk food and you'll have a real battle on your hands.

Make good choices most of the time and you won't have to feel guilty if the occasional cookie or French fry sneaks into your child's diet.

Your Toddler's Development This Month

Your 14-month-old is turning into quite the chatterbox! She's using the dozen or so words she knows -- with a few nonsense words thrown in -- to let you know she's hungry, sleepy, or wants to play.

  • By the end of this year, she'll be able to say about 50 different words and a few two-word phrases.
  • Your child is also starting to understand you. Don't be surprised if she responds when you ask if she's hungry or request a hug.
  • Toddlers still have a hard time getting their words right. For now, you may be the only person who understands your child's special way of speaking.
  • Don't worry if your son is slow to speak. Boys sometimes take longer to master language skills than girls.

Month 14 Tips

  • Introduce your toddler to a variety of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods now, while her tastes are still developing.
  • Every food is a finger food to a toddler. Don’t worry about the mess -- you're teaching your child a valuable lesson in independence.
  • Always be prepared. Don't travel anywhere without an assortment of healthy snacks, like wheat crackers and oranges.
  • You don't need the high-pitched baby talk any more. She can understand you at normal pitch now. Talk to her in real, simple words and short, easy sentences.
  • To prevent the colds and infections that plague many toddlers, wash your hands, your child's hands, and her toys often.
  • Brush her teeth for your toddler twice a day, using a smear of fluoride toothpaste on a soft brush.
  • Toddlers should not be given medicines like aspirin and decongestants. Talk to your doctor before trying any new over-the-counter medicine.

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