Baby's Second Year -- Your 13-Month-Old


1. Your child is learning how to communicate more effectively. While spoken language has not replaced baby's cries, she is learning to make her needs known in other ways. She may say a few primitive words such as dada, mama, cat or car. Though some of these may refer to more than one item ("cat," for instance, may be any furry four-legged animal), she is trying! She may also begin pointing to the object she would like handed to her. Talk to her and let her know the proper names for the items she's seeing. Even at this early stage you'll be surprised at the "words" that come out of her mouth!

2. You may notice your child becoming agitated when you leave the room. When you walk through the door, he reacts as though you are never going to return. He may experience separation anxiety because he has not yet mastered the concept of object permanence. That is, that an object (or in this case a person) continues to exist even when it can't be seen. To his understanding, when you leave you are gone from his life. There are several things you can do to minimize the trauma of separation anxiety. Some of the more fun activities include playing games like peek-a-boo in which you disappear for a second or two, then magically reappear with a smile. Toys that include objects that "hide" are wonderful examples too. Consider taking your child's favorite toy, hiding it under a blanket and then having it pop back out to see him.

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