16 Month Old Baby: Milestones & Development

Team Peanut7 months ago6 min read

A 16 month old baby is usually a tiny troublemaker. But they also laugh at your jokes and can bust out some serious dance moves. Thank goodness—or that tyrannical behavior wouldn’t be so easy to forgive.

Also, in their defense, all that self-centeredness is somewhat excusable. At this point, your baby honestly thinks that the whole world revolves around them. For real. They don’t know that other people have feelings and desires as they do.

You know what else is happening? Your 16 month old baby has a body, and they’re not afraid to use it. They’re walking. They’re kicking. They may even be running. And if you’re really lucky, they may even be doing some climbing. Watch out for some marvelous Houdini-esque tricks.

Needless to say: Bolt. Everything. Down. Nothing is safe: kitchen utensil drawers, make-up kits, art supplies—every previously innocent object in your life is now potential chaos.

Table of Contents 📝

  • 16 month milestones
  • 16 month old development
  • You and your 16 month old baby

16 month milestones

Average weight for 16 month old

The average weight for a 16 month old baby (with allowances for outliers) is between 21.6 and 23.2 pounds. This is according to the WHO. Wondering how heavy that is? About 20 guinea pigs.

As for height, the average is about 31 inches. A 16 month growth spurt is not so typical, but there are no hard and fast rules here.

16 month old baby food

The good news is that a 16 month old baby can eat much of what you eat, and at about the same time. (3 meals and 2 snacks per day.) What’s more, they may have mastered the art of feeding themselves with their hands, meaning you have it all a little easier at mealtimes.

So what’s on the menu?

So what’s on the menu?

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Healthy fats (avocado is a great go-to)
  • Meat or vegetable protein sources
  • Dairy (it’s fine by this point)

Because a 16 month old baby is starting to learn what they like and what they don’t, they may become a bit fussier over this period. And, seriously, they will complain about it all, from the vegetables to the dishware.

So what can you do about these demanding customers? Try not to give the demands too much attention, if possible. Schedule regular mealtimes. If you have the time, try to make food somewhat entertaining. (Toast cut into a star, anyone?) This is likely just a phase. Soldier on, mama. You’ve got this.

16 month old development

What should a 16 month old be doing?

What should a 16 month old be able to do? The dishes? That would be nice. While that’s probably not the case, 16 month old babies are pretty impressive.

Of course, it’s important to note that while it’s important to track your little one’s development to ensure that they’re not struggling in any way, this is not a race. If you’re at all worried, check in with your doc to see if there’s any reason for concern. Otherwise, happily enjoy the chaos.

Here’s some of what might be on the line-up:

  • They put the “but” in Social Butterfly. Two contrasting things are happening here. Firstly, they’re learning that there are other them-sized humans in the world—and wow are they fascinated by this fact. Secondly—and now for the big BUT—they may not be the most polite playmates.

    Remember the part about them not having a clue that other people have feelings? Yeah, not a huge chance they’re going to share that favorite toy. Or even one that they merely tolerate but have earmarked as their own.

  • Baby’s got moves: Most babies at 16 months are able to walk and even run. Adorably, they may also be busting a move whenever they hear their favorite jam—or simply when the mood takes them.
  • The baby doth protest too much. Yup, separation anxiety. You’re number one! And everyone else can get lost. Take it as a form of flattery. Why not? But seriously, this can be tough. Going to work, running errands, or, dare we say it, attempting a date night, can feel impossible when they kick up a fuss.
  • This can also happen in the middle of the night. They just miss you that much. So. What can you do? Getting a departure ritual going can be useful. Rather than slipping away, part with purpose. Tell them you’ll be back soon.
  • Curiosity is piqued. They’re into EVERYTHING. While this may feel overwhelming at times, find moments to simply marvel at them discovering this new world. It’s all so extraordinary to them.

    The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to keep them enthralled. There are a variety of play ideas that can be born from items that you have lying around in your house at this very moment. Cardboard boxes, blocks, and colorful paper do wonders. It’s also a great time to throw books into the mix. You may just be introducing what will be a lifelong love of reading.

  • Your baby is turning into Dracula. Those pointy fangs may start to emerge sometime within this period, accompanied by some literal teething problems. Get prepped with teething rings for them (and breathing exercises for you.)

How many words should my 16 month old say?

By this stage, most babies have a vocabulary of at least 5 words in their mother tongue, and as many as about 20—as well as thousands of sounds that they string together to create their very own language.

Your baby is also communicating in all sorts of non-verbal ways. If you are on the baby sign language train, words may just be another addition to the language you already have.

You and your 16 month old baby

It’s a lot. We know. Suddenly you have to be an expert cook, a chief negotiator, a health and safety officer—not to mention a professional entertainer. Throwing self-care into the mix may seem like a real stretch.

Lean on your partner, your parents, your Peanut mama friends— you’ve got this.

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