child 13 months | Toddler Development and Parenting

Many parents are now amazed or perhaps even worried because of this infant suddenly eats less when before it was constantly hungry. Don’t worry, this is completely normal! You have to consider that in the first year of life, the baby triples its birth weight and grows up to 25 centimeters. In the second year of life, it not only loses its baby fat but also grows more slowly. Always assume your little one will get what they need. Some children are more, some less hungry – and that can change over time from time to time.

The little one is even more mobile – standing and walking

Many children already want to help get dressed, even if they can’t walk yet. Share the tasks. Put on your diaper, pants and shirt and leave your child Put on hat and scarf. In general, standing and walking is now becoming an issue. By 13 months, about three quarters of all toddlers can walk on their own. And it looks very amusing at the beginning, because the little ones are still very wobbly on their little legs. Many children also need a little longer to be able to walk independently – until then, pieces of furniture such as shelves, armchairs and tables are “abused” to be able to move around. Some children cannot walk until they are 17 or 18 months or even later. So whether your little one is exploring the room by holding on to furniture or already walking around on shaky legs, it’s important that your child actually moves around on their own. This is a sense of achievement for you child, as it no longer has to wait to be picked up and carried. In this situation, it is also advisable to see that nothing is in the way of the baby, because if the little one stumbles, it can sustain serious injuries and it is better to be safe than sorry.

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From gibberish to language

Maybe you can child now repeat the first monosyllabic words. It has long since been understood how mum and dad do it, so it’s time to expand the vocabulary. These words, which small children often learn in no time at all, are used by the little one to communicate and to express their wishes. If your child wants to get on the floor, they will face down. If it wants your attention, it will pull at your clothes. In addition, your little one can already speak some of the simple everyday language that you use when dealing with your child use, understand. Here it is good to always comment on everything you do – your child will also learn from this.

Of imitation, games and experiments

Role play slowly develops from imitation. Instead of being spoon-fed itself, the little one now wants to feed you too. Furthermore, the questions revolve around your child playing about what happens if, for example, a plastic bottle is dropped or what happens if I put my finger in the sauce? Your child loves to find out the consequences of certain actions. And because a toddler’s memory isn’t that well developed, repeating the “experiments” won’t get boring – at least not for your little one. Coordination is now developing in the second year of life. The little one will be happy to do things now where they can see or hear the result. Throw away a building block, hit a pot with a spoon – the child can now enthusiastically occupy itself with this for a few weeks. So it may well be that it gets pretty loud in your home for a while because the little one keeps wanting to “make noise” to communicate. And you will be amazed at how much fun it is.

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