Your toddler is 13 months old!
Toddlerhood has arrived. That means mealtime messes, new words (like “NO!”), squirmy diaper changes and mood swings. (In case you haven’t heard, some parents are surprised because one can feel like a preview of the “terrible twos.”)
Don’t get us wrong. There are plenty of positives to this new phase too: spontaneous affection (unsolicited wet, sloppy kisses) and a peek into his or her developing personality (who can resist a dancing toddler?), just to name a couple.
As your 13-month-old becomes more and more upwardly mobile, you might notice rolls of pudge start disappearing from arms and legs and weight gain slowing down.
13-Month-Old Weight & Height
How much should a 13-month-old weigh and measure? According to the World Health Organization, the average weight of a 13 month old is 20.2 pounds for girls and 21.8 pounds for boys. Average height is 29.6 inches for girls and 30.3 inches for boys. Of course, every kid is different and—just like in babyhood—it isn’t the number on the scale itself that’s important. It’s that your child is gaining weight and growing in a healthy way that’s reflected in a positive curve on the growth chart.
This month, your child should have gained about half a pound and about half an inch or so. If you have any concerns your child isn’t growing healthily, talk to your pediatrician. Otherwise, weight and height will get checked at the 15-month checkup.
Here are some milestones your 13-month-old may have hit or may be working on:
• 13-Month-Old Talking. Should my 13-month-old be talking? Yes, but it may not sound like real words just yet. Your toddler may be using the same babble sound —”ba” for bottle,”da” for “dada” or even “cak” for jacket for example—and that counts as talking. Some 13-month-olds are still using gibberish that has tones and a cadence like real conversation but doesn’t consists of any actual words. That’s normal too.
A common question parents have is, How many words should a 13-month-old say? Most 12- to 13-month-olds can say one word and about half of them say two words.
Your 13-month-old is getting better at communicating to you without having to cry. She’s probably not doing that all the time but many times, she finds ways to get her point across—for example, by pointing to what she wants on the kitchen counter.
• 13-Month-Old Walking. Most toddlers can pull themselves up to a standing position and can cruise around the room while using furniture. About half can take a few wobbly steps on their own. (Wow!)
Worried because your toddler isn’t walking yet? Be careful what you wish for! Even some perfectly healthy tots don’t walk until they’re 18 months old, so try to enjoy his or her pre-walking days while they last. (You’ll be chasing baby around before you know it.)
Does it seem like your sweet little baby has morphed into a difficult creature? Well, that’s one of the challenges of toddlerhood. Difficult behavior can be frustrating for you but can be resolved with a little know-how and tons of patience. These articles can help you deal with a few common 13-month-old behaviors:
Now that you’ve passed the one-year mark, you’re probably feeling much more confident in your ability to care for a sick child than you were a year ago. But there are always new questions that crop up. Some common health questions parents of 13-month-olds have are:
• My 13-month-old has diarrhea. What should I do?
• My 13-month-old has constipation. What should I do?
• My 13-month-old is throwing up. What should I do?
• My 13-month-old has a fever. What should I do?
You’ve probably found that your 13-month-old is pretty settled into a daily sleep routine—though little things, like illness, teething, and streaks of independence can sometimes through the routine for a loop.
How Much Sleep Does a 13-Month-Old Need?
It’s recommended that one- to two-year-olds get 11 to 14 hours of sleep total in a 24-hour day. Some 13-month-olds are still taking two naps per day but others are starting to transition to just one nap (usually by 18 months), so how those hours are broken up depends on your own kid’s schedule.
Here’s one example of how it might go:
13-Month-Old Sleep Schedule