WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH YOUR CHILD:
2 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. Your toddler can understand what you are saying and can say words. With a blossoming vocabulary of approximately 15 words in addition to "Mama" and "Dada," he'll soon be able to say short "sentences." You may find yourself starting to resume speaking in more "adult" tones and using longer sentences. Keep talking! The more he hears, the more he will pick up.
2. Your toddler may be ready to explore the world on her own and venture a bit further away from you. No sooner do you sit down than she's out of sight and you have to jump up to find out what she's gotten into. Rather than run after her all the time, catch her attention by saying, "Bye-bye!" Then take a step or two in the opposite direction. She will most likely run after you after a few moments. But be prepared to run if she doesn't! Enjoy her emerging independence and revel in the fact that she still wants you close by.
YOUR CHILD'S HEALTH AND SAFETY
It's time to take a look at the amount of fiber in your child's diet. Experts recommend that a child's daily fiber intake be equivalent to one gram of fiber for every year of life, plus an additional five grams. So, your one-year-old should eat six grams of fiber per day. Fresh fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of fiber. For the picky eaters, try whole grains in breads and cereals.
Double-check your safety precautions. Your toddler's physical abilities have advanced significantly since last year. Take a few minutes to inspect gates, cabinet and drawer locks, and outlet covers. Have you pushed table and countertop items back at least 12 inches from the edge? Are your window-shade strings rolled up? Have you made certain your child cannot climb onto any windowsill? Have you secured exterior doors with locks that are out of reach if your toddler is now able to open doors? Spend a little time reviewing and revamping your safety precautions, and rest assured knowing your family will be as secure as possible.
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You may wonder if it's appropriate to undress in front of your child. While the issue of parental nudity in the presence of a child is a highly personal one, experts advise that naturally occurring nudity (i.e., showering or dressing) is not considered inappropriate. In fact, this type of nudity may actually boost your child's self-esteem by showing him that you are comfortable with who you are and that the human body is not something to be ashamed of. Of course you'll need to reassess the situation as your children grow toward puberty, making sure to consider every family member's need for privacy. But for now you may want to keep the door open, if only to keep an eye on your toddler while you dress.
FUN TOGETHER-TIME ACTIVITIES
Make a family photo album. Carefully constructed albums or scrapbooks will preserve your memories for years. How about getting the whole family involved? Try creating a scrapbook from your most recent vacation. Let each family member decorate a page with his or her favorite photos and memorabilia. A family collage is another fun way to showcase your memories. Ask each family member to gather pictures and other items. Then sit down together and assemble your collage. This wonderful keepsake item can then be passed through the generations.