To encourage communication, bring out your baby's play telephone. He has seen you talking on the real phone repeatedly and knows what he should do, even if he can't talk yet. By holding the phone up to his ear and then up to yours as if in conversation, your little one will grasp a greater understanding of a telephone's purpose. And he will delight in imitating you on the real phone. You will be surprised at how soon your baby will say "hello" when he puts the phone to his ear! And as an added benefit, he now has his own phone so yours might not be as attractive
A hidden hazard in your home is furniture. It can tip over onto a child when he falls against it or climbs on it. Babies often try to pull themselves up using chests of drawers, TV carts, stands or bookcase shelves. To protect your little one from this danger, place your TV on low, stable furniture, secured and as far back as possible. Use angle braces or anchors to secure furniture to the wall, and keep all drawers closed.