Development and Characteristics of a 13-14 Month Old Child

Parenting September 14, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF

Parenting Tips for Your 13-14 Month Old Toddler



How I Grow:

  • I can climb up a step.
  • I don’t like to be held back.
  • I want to explore everything.
  • I poke, bang, turn, and twist everything I can reach.
  • I can probably stand alone and walk pretty well.
  • I can probably stoop and stand up again.
  • I’m very interested in small things like crumbs, bugs, and little rocks.
  • I spend a lot of time just staring at things; this is one way I learn.
  • I may be afraid of the dark.

How I Talk:

  • I am learning simple words.
  • I can look in the right direction when you ask where’s daddy, where’s the ball.
  • I will answer to my name.
  • I will wave bye-bye if you ask.
  • I have begun to understand the names of some people, animals, and things that are important to me.
  • I can let you know when I want something like a glass of milk.
  • I like putting sounds together.
  • I really try hard to make you understand me.
  • I like to repeat words you say.
  • Sometimes I like you to tell me the names of things in books.

What I Have Learned So Far:

  • I am learning what you will let me do and what you won’t let me do.
  • I will empty anything I can get to such as dresser drawers, kitchen cabinets, trash cans, laundry baskets.
  • Sometimes I like to put things back in containers.
  • I like to copy your actions.
  • I have learned how to get you and other adults to help me do things.
  • I have not yet learned what is dangerous for me to do.
  • I may scream just to show you how powerful I am.
  • I have learned pat-a-cake and like to show it off to anyone who will watch.
  • Sometimes, not often, I will respond to a firm “no-no.”

How I Get Along With Others:

  • I love to have people watch me and I like to hear them clap for me; I’m beginning to do cute things just to get your attention.
  • I show I love you with hugs and kisses ... sometimes.
  • I still like to keep my mother and father in sight when I’m exploring.
  • I’m beginning to get used to babysitters, but I’m still shy with strangers.
  • I like to have you play with me.
  • Sometimes I drop things just to get you to pick them up for me.
  • I don’t like playing in a room by myself.
  • I may have tantrums and throw things when I’m angry.

Play I Like:

  • I like to push a rolling toy and put things in piles.
  • I can play alone, but mostly I like to play with you: especially chase-me, catch-me, find-me games and tickling.
  • I like putting little things in big things.
  • I like to listen to music and dance to it.
  • I’m beginning pretend play like driving a pretend car.

Learn more about Your Toddler: 13-14 Months from Just In Time Parenting. You can also go to our Resource Links for additional information on child care and development.

Note to Parents: When reading this newsletter, remember: Every baby is different. Children may do things earlier or later than described here. This newsletter gives equal space and time to both sexes. If he or she is used, we are talking about all babies.
References: These materials were adapted by authors from Extension Just in Time Parenting Newsletters in California, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Wisconsin.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.