The baby of 1 year and 4 months

O bebê de 1 ano e 4 meses

Your baby already recognizes himself as an individual and realizes that the body can carry out new activities, which makes him become more stubborn and decided on what he wants, even if it is wrong.

Many mothers comment on the terrible phase of 16 months, or the baby of 1 year and 4 months who thinks she can already challenge the possibilities. This lack of awareness of the danger makes him want to climb in places and the falls happen.

He also finds out and decides that the walls and furniture need a different color and his house gets a new decoration made of colored pencils or crayons, sometimes gouache.

In this way of discoveries it is necessary to set limits. Your baby knows how to recognize his “no”, but he will not always accept it and tantrums tend to start. Once again your patience will be tested. Take a deep breath and stay calm.

Another concern is with your baby’s safety. Be careful with things and places that present a risk, such as cleaning products, medicines and sharp objects. If you live in an apartment, protective screens on the windows are essential. Doors and stairs must have restricted access.


Stimuli and Games

Now that your baby is more agile to move around, some who took their first steps earlier should walk faster, two very fun games to pick up and hide.

You will have a good time while you say the well-known phrase “I’m going to get the baby” and he uses all the readiness he has to get away and loves doing it. What before was just hiding his face behind a cloth, becomes more challenging for him, who will try to hide, creating very funny scenes.

With fine motor skills developing, he should be able to turn the pages of the storybook. The reading time becomes even more interesting for him, who will often return to the same page and point out the favorite character or imitate the sound you made when telling.

Stacking objects remains a great activity. Make the game more challenging for him by showing that objects can have an order. If using building blocks, look for numbers, shapes, colors or designs and encourage learning.

Outdoor walks are also perfect for development. Show things, say names, point places. He trains attention, speech, coordination, memory, among others. Besides, of course, you had a wonderful time.



If you started your baby’s sleep routine from the first months, it is very likely that he got used to the step by step during the night. However, with so many new features he resists sleep more, especially daytime naps.

This is not a rule. Some babies spend the entire year without any change in sleep patterns. For those who suffer from this change or who have not yet learned to have a routine, it is important to adapt activities to this transition and continue teaching the baby.

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Teaching teeth care

Some babies have their first teeth at 5 months, others start to point from 1 year. Regardless of the age at which your baby’s smile became more than gums, it is important to maintain hygiene habits.

As it is very small and can swallow toothpaste, which is harmful, talk to your pediatrician about which toothpaste is most recommended. Generally, the one that does not contain fluoride is the most correct.

The tendency to be independent is very strong at this stage and he will want to take the brush and do everything himself. Encourage him to do this, even if he doesn’t brush properly. It is a good way to develop coordination. It is interesting to brush your teeth with it, so the action is much more fun.


Karla Mendonça

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