Your baby: Month 17

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What's the baby up to?

Growth points

This year your toddler will make a lot of progress and soon be prattling away non-stop. She will:

 Understand more words than she can speak
 Recognise the names of other family members and her favourite toys
 May use a mixture of her own made-up words and understandable words
 Might start combining two or more words like “give me”
 May also be able to understand two-step commands, such as "Bring me your shoes and sit down here."
 Your child may pronounce a word differently than you do. Don't correct her, just repeat the word correctly.

Month 17 Milestones

Most toddlers are able to:

 Start to climb and explore
 Use at least 6 words regularly
 Enjoy pretend and imaginary games
 Ride toys
 Respond to simple directions like, "Give Mommy a hug."

Other stuff to think about

Kids this age start climbing, so you have to be 10 steps ahead all the time. Exhausting, isn't it?

Childproof your kitchen

Keep kettles, toasters and irons (including cords) far back on working surfaces so that they cannot be pulled down.
Supervise children when the washing machine is in use.
Keep your child at a safe distance while you cook.
Always use the back rings on the stove and turn pan handles away from the front of the stove.
Keep young children away from the front of ovens or better still put up a protective barrier or grid in front of the stove.
Don't open the oven door when children are close by.
Always keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen.
Lock all potentially poisonous substances out of reach and out of sight of your child.
Buy cleaning products with childproof packaging.
Never store non-food products in empty food containers (eg paraffin in a cooldrink bottle).
Install child locks on low cupboards and drawers.
Always store breakable items on the highest shelf.
Pack knives and forks upside down in the cutlery tray of the dishwasher. Always keep the door closed – even when not in use. Pack glasses and other breakable crockery away immediately.
Store plastic bags out of reach, tied in a knot, and teach children never to put plastic bags over their heads.

Go back to the complete list of Baby week-by-week updates.

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