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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. I can wave bye-bye and imitate pat-a-cake.

2. I may be good at pulling myself to standing and lowering myself back to the ground.

3. Please give me a spoon to feed myself.

4. I like picture books and may even turn the pages.

5. Creeping on all fours is easy now and I may take a few steps while holding your hand.

6. I enjoy opening all your drawers and reorganizing everything.

7. Soft music quiets me down-give it a try.

8. I like to put objects in a cop and then take them out.

9. I may be able to squat and pick up a toy on the floor.

 

SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION:

 

1. Toys (not small enough to put in his/her mouth) will keep your child occupied while in his/her car seat.

2. Frequent falling is normal when your child begins to walk. A cold wash cloth or a bag of frozen vegetables placed over the bruised area will lessen the swelling. For cuts on the lips and gums, use something cold (ice pop) to stop the bleeding. Be careful not to leave ice pops in your child's mouth (can result in burns in the mouth).

3. Protect all sharp corners on furniture to prevent injury from falls. Several companies make plastic corners and plastic strips to place on furniture and the corners of walls.

4. Use non-skid mats in the bathtub.

5. Make sure all stairs are protected by safety gates which are strong enough to support your baby's weight when he/she leans against them.

6. All cleaning agents must be moved well out of reach. Throw out all unused lye drain cleaners and rat poison. Never underestimate your child's ability to get to items out of his/her reach!

7. Leave all poisonous substances in their original containers so that they will not be mistaken by your child.

8. Protect your valuable china-toddlers love to throw things and watch them fall.

9. Move all your medications from the bathroom cabinet - it cannot be locked and heat and moisture from the shower will ruin most medicines.

 

FEEDING ADVICE:

 

__Breast __Similac with Iron __Isomil ___________________________________

 

Your baby will enjoy eating table food using his/her fingers. Never leave him/her alone while eating. Avoid objects which can cause choking such as hot dogs, nuts, raisins, and grapes. Be careful of teething biscuits as some babies will choke on small pieces that are not chewed completely.

A carrot, celery stalk or hard bagel, with close supervision, makes a fine teething aide.

Now is the time to offer juice in a cup. Most toddlers will take a sip or two and then spill the rest on the floor, so only put a small amount in the cup.

 

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