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

• Limit the amount of sugar in your child's diet.
• Request fluoride supplements from your pediatrician if your community's water supply is not fluoridated.

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FUN TOGETHER-TIME ACTIVITIES

Now that your baby is a little older, playing with her doesn't have to just mean repetitious games like pat-a-cake and peek-a-boo. Consider taking a walk and simply spending time together. Baby's curiosity extends beyond the walls of her house, so narrate as you walk. Point out particular trees, objects, animals, etc. You both may enjoy the variety. Here are some more together-time activities to try:

Take your child bird watching! Take her outside (or even to a big window if it's too cold or wet out). Watch as birds dart in and out of trees, birdhouses and buildings. Be sure to point out the birds' beautifully colored feathers. Even if their swooping feathers don't capture her attention, their songs can be quite relaxing for you both. This activity is perfect for your morning stroll or a cold day spent indoors, or even as a quick break during your afternoon errands. As your child grows older, find images of various kinds of birds (on ceramic decorative pieces, in magazines, etc.). Then see if you can spot those particular birds outside.

Check out dozens more activities for you and your child to do together

SIMPLE WAYS TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

It's easy to forget yourself as you spend every ounce of energy cleaning up and chasing after your busy baby. Here are easy ways to get your daily chores done faster so that you'll have a little time left over just for you. Remember: A warm bath, a cup of hot tea or a brisk walk may not take very long to enjoy but will go a long way toward resting tired limbs and rejuvenating the soul.

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