Baby's Second Year -- Your 21-Month-Old

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH YOUR CHILD:
TWO THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW


1. Your child's limited vocabulary may create some misunderstandings. Watch for words that sound alike but have very different meanings, or words that have more than one meaning. Enjoy watching your little one take on the challenge of learning to speak. You're all sure to have an occasional chuckle when you realize how your comments have been interpreted.

2. Your child is mature enough to begin learning how to share. Sharing is sometimes a difficult lesson to learn -- even for adults. How can you teach your little one how to share her precious belongings? Model the behavior for your toddler. Share your "toys" with her. Do not force her to share or offer her toys to another child without her consent. Instead, explain that sharing is good and that it makes others feel happy. Remember that sharing is difficult for all kids. Acknowledge her feelings and compliment her efforts. With a little work she'll begin to understand the benefits and enjoy socializing with her friends even more.

YOUR CHILD'S HEALTH AND SAFETY

Be sure your child's runny nose isn't caused by allergies. Interestingly, new research suggests that frequent pet exposure early in life appears to protect against not only pet allergy, but also other types of common allergies, such as allergy to dust mites, ragweed and grass. If you find that your child has allergies, keep the tips below in mind.

• Limit the number of carpets in your home.

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