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Our Baby's First Two Years
by Robert M. Selig, M.D., FAAP & Joann C. Cozza, D.O., FAAP

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MY DEVELOPMENT:

 

1. My coordination is much better now-I can go up and down the stairs holding onto the rail and can walk pulling a toy.

2. I can get on and off a chair by myself.

3. I will point to at least 3 parts of my body when asked.

4. I can both throw and kick a ball, and, although I may have a preference for using one hand, I will still use both.

5. I am able to stack 3 or 4 blocks.

6. I love to take off my gloves, socks, and shoes.

7. When asked, I can point to some familiar objects (dog, car).

8. Give me a book and watch me turn the pages.

9. My vocabulary is constantly growing-be careful of what you say in front of me. I may repeat it at the wrong time.

 

SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION

 

1. Be sure the car seat straps have been readjusted.

2. If you have an automatic garage door opener, be sure it has a safety reversal device in working order.

3. Relocate all medicines to locked areas (closets, cabinets) out of your child's new extended reach. Bathroom cabinets are not a good place to store medicines.

4. Do not use food containers to store any poisonous cleaning agents. Your child may try to eat or drink what is in the container.

5. Clear your yard and garage of all dangerous equipment such as nails, insect spray, and paint remover.

6. Keep all chemical cleaners out of the toilet in case your child decides to taste the water.

7. Water safety is a must-never turn your back on your child when you are near water!

8. Never leave a hot curling iron or clothes iron alone when plugged in or while it is cooling down.

9. Never yank your child by the wrist-you may dislocate his/her elbow. Be careful to lift your child above the elbows.

 

FEEDING ADVICE:

 

Your child should be eating at the table with you. Do not be upset if your child wants to leave the table after 5 minutes. Toddlers may lack the patience to sit for long periods while the family eats. If you get frustrated, set aside what your toddler has not eaten. When your child gets hungry again, offer him/her the food that was set aside.

 

Eliminating bottle: By now, your child can drink from a cup very well and does not need to drink from a bottle. Many children use their bottle as a pacifier or crutch and now is the time to find a substitute. The longer your child drinks from a bottle now, the greater the chance of developing bottle caries and ruining his/her teeth. You will be surprised how easy it really can be to get rid of the bottle. If your child is still using a bottle on their 18 month birthday, follow these recommendations:

1. After your baby goes to sleep that night, the bottle must disappear forever.

2. If your baby asks for the bottle the next day, act as though you do not know what he/she wants.

3. Offer a cup with a small amount of juice or milk in case he/she throws it at you.

4. Try to distract your child with some other distraction (toy, stuffed animal, etc.).

5. The old saying, "out of sight-out of mind," really works if you give it a chance.

 

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