Now that your toddler's graduated from breast milk to bananas, formula to French toast, it can be challenging to make sure they continue a healthy diet.
Remember that variety, not restriction, is the way to introduce good nutrition. Forbid them 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! They're using a dozen or so words they know -- with a few nonsense words thrown in -- to let you know they're hungry, sleepy, or wants to play.
- By the end of this year, they'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 they respond when you ask if they're 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 too much if your son is slow to speak. Boys sometimes take longer to master language skills than girls. However, talk to their doctor if you think their development may be delayed.
Month 14 Tips
- Introduce your toddler to a variety of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods now, while their 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. They can understand you at normal pitch now. Talk to them 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 their toys often.
- Brush the teeth of 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.