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

• Reduce the frequency of feedings gradually. Plan to remove one feeding only about every four to five days.
• Keep your little one busy during the missed feed. He may not be as quick to notice if he's engaged in other activities.

Cutting back on breastfeeding doesn't have to mean a decrease in snuggle time. Both of you will enjoy some quiet time together. Be sure to reassure your child often with your touch.


Learn the best ways to baby-proof. Your child will delight in such simple activities as opening and closing kitchen cabinet doors. This new behavior may be adorable, but how safe is it? Remember to closely follow baby-proofing guidelines to ensure safety in the kitchen.

• Place safety locks on all cabinet doors and drawer fronts.
• Remember to remove magnets from your refrigerator.
• Place all poisonous materials out of reach and behind locked doors.
• Leave one drawer filled with safe items (plastic containers, wooden spoons, etc.) unlocked. This may capture your baby's interest and pull his attention from more dangerous areas.

Get more information on babyproofing your home

Prepare for possible emergencies away from home. Make sure your car is equipped with a fully stocked first aid kit. Some necessary items include:

• First aid manual and CPR instructions
• Bandages, antiseptic wipes, sterile gauze pads
• Necessary medications -- in case you're delayed getting home

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