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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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1. I can understand many words even though you may only hear me say a few.

2. Watch me go down the stairs backwards on my own.

3. I like splashing in the water at bathtime.

4. Let me help you dress me even if it takes longer.

5. If you throw a ball, I will chase after it.

6. Bedtime will probably be a difficult time-be firm and patient with me.

7. I may still need your help in walking. If I walk on my toes, this is normal and may last for a few months.




1. The car seat is still a must. Don't let his/her crying make you change your mind.

2. By now, all cabinets should have locks in place and all electrical outlets should be protected.

3. Toddlers are great at breaking toys, so buy only safe, unbreakable ones.

4. Children love to flush things down the toilet, so keep the lid down.

5. Don't leave any medicines, especially Tylenol or vitamins lying around. Store medicines given daily in the refrigerator for safe keeping.

6. Protect your plants from your child. They love to rip the leaves off and chew on them. A little dirt will not hurt your child, but many household plants will upset his/her stomach. Use plastic garden trim on the inside of your large pots to prevent your child from digging out the dirt.

7. Be extra careful when you are cooking. Toddlers tend to get underfoot and may cause you to spill hot liquids on them.

8. Don't let your child stand in the highchair.




__Breast __Whole milk (24 ounces/day)


By now, meals should be well balanced between fruits, veggies, meats, and cereals. Table foods or a combination of table and baby foods should make up the major part of your child's diet. He/she can eat everything you eat with the exception of small items (nuts, raisins, grapes, berries, popcorn).

It is time to switch over to whole cow's milk. Be sure not to give more than 24 ounces/day. If your child has been drinking more than 24 ounces, he/she will begin to eat more solids once you decrease his/her milk intake. Offer juice in a cup only, and limit liquids at meal time. This will help increase your child's solid food intake.

Your child's appetite may decrease greatly over the next year. This is normal because your child's rate of growth is slowing down. Most parents become concerned because they think that their child is starving. As long as your child is growing along his/her growth curve, there is no cause for alarm. Ask to see your child's growth curve. It is important to offer your child as close to a balanced diet (choices from cereals, fruits ,meats and veggies) as possible and not feel the need to fill him/her up with junk food. Every child has his/her own likes and dislikes-do not force foods he/she will not eat-it will not work and will only get you both upset!



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