17 months old

17 months

Babies of this age…

  • …are rapidly developing their understanding - even if they don’t say many words, they understand much more
  • …may be able to carry out simple tasks on request (‘give me the ball’)
  • …and point to parts of their body (‘where’s your nose’)
  • … or make animal noises (‘what does the cow say?’)

Fed up with saying ‘No’?

Try to organise your rooms so that they are child-friendly. Get into good habits - keep phones, mobiles, fragile items and remote controls high up out of reach. Try to reorganise cupboards so that those in reach contain unbreakables or items that don’t matter, so you are not always having to say no. Be consistent! Don’t let toddlers have something such as your mobile one minute, just for a quiet life, and then tell them off the next for playing with it!

Fussy with food

Many toddlers go from happily eating anything you give them to becoming much more fussy and/or being too ‘busy’ to eat. Or they might decide that food is a wonderful plaything. A delicious plate of food might, piece by piece, all be thrown on the floor. Don’t despair, this is a perfectly normal developmental stage - and no child voluntarily starves itself! Try not to react too much or get upset, although when you have slaved over a hot stove to produce that delicious meal this can be difficult. Toddlers can thrive on less food than you think and less variety than you would like! Take a look at some of the tasty HiPP Organic meals suitable for toddlers. There are main meals, desserts, fruits, drinks and snacks - all giving healthy organic nourishment.

Food refusal is normal!

Here are some hints and tips for toddler mealtimes:

  • Offer foods that are easy to pick up so they can feed themselves
  • Give small portions and offer more if wanted (see our guide to toddler sized portions for more information)
  • Don’t spend more than 20-30 minutes at a mealtime - remove uneaten food without making any comment
  • If toddlers refuses a meal, don’t take it away and give them a different one in its place (they’ll soon learn to take advantage of this!) - but do try to make sure there is at least one food they like at each meal
  • If a toddler hasn’t eaten much at the mealtime, don’t give a snack soon after just to make sure they have eaten something - wait until the next regular meal or snack time
  • Offer drinks - water is good - throughout the day
  • Only give fruit juice at mealtimes - and make sure it is diluted

Staying with follow on milk for good nutrition

Toddlers need less milk than babies - a total of 3 small servings of milk (120ml/4 fl oz) and/or other dairy foods per day is enough. If you’ve moved on to using cows’ milk, make sure it is full-fat (and not semi-skimmed or skimmed). Organic milk has been found to be extra nourishing. Rather than move on to cows’ milk, however, it may be a good idea to stay with a formula such as HiPP Organic Follow on Milk. This gives extra protein and iron that toddlers need.

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