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17 Month Old

While it’s uncommon a toddler this age wouldn’t have a few words in his vocabulary, there’s not necessarily any cause for concern if they don’t -- so don’t panic. Does he point? Does he grunt? Does he make it clear that he understands what you’re saying? Stay patient, mama. Those are all signs that he’s getting closer.

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Your Toddler at 17 Months

  • He has tons of new tricks, like opening every cabinet door in the house, chucking his toys across the room, stripping off his diaper, and shrieking like a banshee.
  • You might also find that he is either terrified of dogs and strangers or shows absolutely no fear at all. Offer support and supervision.
  • A preference for Mommy above all others is common at this age. Tell Daddy not to take it personally; he's likely to get his turn as number-one later.

Toddler Know-How at 17 Months

Find baby playing with his poop? More than once? Keep hands out of diapers with snug diaper covers or one-piece outfits.