Baby's Second Year -- Your 17-Month-Old

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Explore marine wildlife. Aquariums filled with fish, colorful rocks and plants can be entertaining and relaxing for your child. You can also take him outside to a pond, stream or lake, being sure to keep a close eye on him. Sit and watch birds and insects play by the water's edge. Then take a closer look at the many creatures that make their homes in the water.

Make an underwater magnifier so you won't miss a detail of these fishes' busy lives


Eating well, exercising, reducing stress and getting enough sleep are the best ways you can take care of yourself. Continue by visiting your doctor regularly. Stay up-to-date with physicals and periodic exams. Discuss any problems with your doctor. Keep a journal of any persistent symptoms and be prepared to discuss them. Don't be afraid to ask questions or, if necessary, request a second opinion. While having routine physicals or tests may be a bit nerve-racking and inconvenient, it is your best defense against potential problems. Your whole family will rest more easily knowing that you are taking care of yourself as well as you care for each of them.

Minimize the morning rush hour. Take a few minutes to organize your morning routine so it's less rushed and frustrating. You'll save a great deal of time and get your day off to a wonderful start.

• Get up at the same time every morning.
• Set alarm clocks in each bedroom and teach school-age children how to use them.

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