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1 year 1 month old

Katie de Klee
Your toddler's development, what changes to expect and some great tips for the month ahead.
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What’s happening now:
  • Your toddler is starting to draw pictures.
  • Wobbly walking.
  • Eating less.
  • More teeth.
  • You’re becoming a master of patience (hopefully).
How your toddler is developing:
Your toddler may start growing molars around this time, and it can be quite painful on those tender gums.

You may see your toddler pulling their ear on the side where the tooth hurts – this is because the gum and ear share a nerve path. If your toddler has a fever that won’t subside, it’s a good idea to call the doctor as they might have an infection. Ice-cold lollies or homemade frozen yoghurt can help ease the pain.

Appetites tend to shrink a little now as your child’s growth rate slows. Let their appetite determine how much they eat, not how much you think they should eat. By now your toddler is probably able to walk around in a wobbly, drunken sort of way. Young children are very resilient – luckily – and tend to hit the dirt a lot.

Your toddler is now so good at using their hands that you can try giving them some chunky crayons to draw pictures with. The crayons will probably get chewed and the pictures will be no more than scribbles, but drawing is one of many ways to encourage your child’s creativity.

Tips for you this month:
Thirteen–month–old toddlers are really developing character – which can be a good and bad thing! Being negative or troublesome may be one of the ways they express themselves: refusing food, resisting bedtime or making a mess with toys are all common examples. It is important to be firm and consistent about behaviour. Your toddler is beginning to learn that they have power – so don’t let them have too much of it. Children are brilliant mimics, especially at this age. Your child will be watching everything you do and will use it to develop behaviour of their own. This is not the time to be practising, “Do what I say, not what I do.”
This month’s To Do list:
  • Buy some shoes for your toddler – but remember that they’ll outgrow them fast.
  • Go out for a family meal at a restaurant that doesn’t mind children.
  • Put together a beginner art set for your toddler: some chunky, washable, non-toxic crayons and a big scribble pad. This might help the scribbles stay in the book and not on your table or floor! 
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
You might notice your toddler starting to enjoy dropping food from their high chair on to the floor. There are a few ways to deal with this, the first of which is not picking up the food (half the fun is getting a response out of you). You can also switch to food that is less easily dropped for a few weeks (things like yoghurt and cottage cheese), or give them their meal on a mat on the floor, where dropping food is much less fun.

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