Oh, the joy of 14-month-old milestones by your little one!
Your 14-month-old is probably doing a lot of things that you didn’t expect!
They are probably walking, talking, and exploring their world. This can be an exciting time for parents, as their child starts to become more independent.
There are also a number of developmental milestones that your child should be reaching during this month. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most important ones!
14 Month Old Milestones: Most Common Milestones
At 14 months old, your baby is likely hitting a few important milestones. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Standing unassisted: This is a big one! At 14 months, many babies are able to stand up on their own for short periods of time.
- Walking: Some babies take their first steps around this age, while others are still working on crawling. Either way, your little one is probably on the move!
- Feeding themselves: Your baby is probably getting pretty good at feeding themselves by now, using their hands and maybe even a spoon.
- Saying a few words: By 14 months, most babies can say at least a few words, like “mama” or “dada.”
- Teething: may still be occurring, with molars possibly coming in towards the end of this month.
- Separation anxiety: separation anxiety may start to peak around this age.
- Napping: napping habits should become more regular, with most 14 month olds taking 1-2 naps per day
If your baby isn’t hitting all of these milestones, don’t worry – every child develops at their own pace. Just enjoy watching your little one grow and reach new milestones every day!
What Words Should a 14-Month-Old be Saying?
At 14 months old, your child should be saying around 10 words.
These may include simple words such as “mama” or “dada”, as well as other common nouns such as “dog”, “cat”, and “baby”. Your child may also be starting to say simple verbs such as “go”, “eat”, and “sleep”.
If your child is not yet saying any words, or if you are concerned about their speech development, please consult with a speech therapist or your pediatrician.
Is it Normal for a 14-Month-Old not to talk?
It’s very common for children under 18 months old not to talk.
In fact, it’s normal. Most babies start babbling by about 6 months old. And most say their first words between 10 and 15 months.
But don’t worry if your child isn’t talking yet.
He or she will probably start soon.
If you’re concerned about your child’s language development, talk to your pediatrician. He or she can tell you if your child is on track and offer tips on how to help your child develop language skills.
Signs of Autism in 14 Month-Old
While there is no one sign that definitively indicates autism, there are certain red flags that may warrant further investigation.
If your 14 month-old child exhibits any of the following behaviors, it’s worth bringing it up with your pediatrician:
1. Lack of eye contact
2. Failure to respond to his or her name being called
3. Lack of interest in other people or things
4. Intense focus on specific objects or interests
5. Repetitive body movements or mannerisms (flapping hands, rocking back and forth, etc.)
6. Severe tantrums or meltdowns
7. Unusual sensitivities to sound, touch, taste, smell, or light
8. Delay in speech development or difficulty using words
Of course, all children are different and will develop at their own pace.
Some of the above behaviors may simply be age-appropriate quirks.
However, if you notice any concerning behaviors that last for more than a few weeks or seem to be getting worse, it’s best to mention it to your doctor.
He or she can then evaluate your child and refer you to a specialist if necessary.
14-Month Old Milestones Red Flags
If your baby isn’t hitting the following milestones, or if you notice any red flags, be sure to talk to your pediatrician.
- Should be able to walk independently
- Should be able to say at least six words
- Should be able to point to things they want
- Not babbling by 12 months old
- Not walking by 18 months old
- Not using gestures, such as pointing or waving, by 18 months old
- Not saying any words by 18 months old
If you’re concerned about your baby’s development, don’t hesitate to reach out to your pediatrician.
They can help determine if there’s a problem and connect you with resources to help your baby reach their milestones.
Noodle Soup’s Milestone Guides
If you are interested in monthly milestones, Noodle Soup has consulted with the pros and put together guides for you.
Check out the milestones below and click on the appropriate links!
- 0-3 Month Old Milestones
- 2-3 Month Old Milestones
- 4-6 Month Old Milestones
- 7-9 Month Old Milestones
- 10-12 Month Old Milestones
- 13-15 Month Old Milestones
- 16-18 Month Old Milestones
- 19-21 Month Old Milestones
- 22-24 Month Old Milestones
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