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

Were you fortunate enough to stay home with your baby throughout his first year and are now planning a return to the workforce? You are probably worried about how this separation anxiety will affect him (and you) when he goes to day care. Select your provider carefully. Make sure your child is comfortable with this person. Take him to the day care facility several days before you actually begin care. If possible, try a test run for an hour or two. This will help you both get accustomed to the new arrangement before you need to leave him for the entire day. Finally, when you do drop him off, say good-bye and do not make a big deal out of your departure -- but do not sneak out, either. In all likelihood his protests will stop shortly after you are out of sight.

3. Your child is learning to get dressed by herself. You have been carefully grooming your child for over a year. Now she may begin trying to help. Notice how she'll extend her arms and legs for you as you try to dress her. She may attempt other simple tasks such as brushing her hair or teeth (though the latter will probably involve more chewing than brushing). She's learning to imitate the motions she watches you go through every morning as you dress her and yourself. Talk to her, and explain what you're doing. She'll feel like a big girl and you'll see how proud she is of herself by a quick glance at her smile!

4. You may be surprised that you are still breastfeeding. If you are both enjoying the current arrangement, why not consider continuing for a while? However, if one partner isn't as enthusiastic anymore, here are some helpful tips for making the transition easier (on both of you).

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