Baby's Second Year -- Your 23-Month-Old

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3. Your toddler may go through a period of pushing, kicking or hitting. While you realize that this is not acceptable behavior, your little one may not understand the problem and be too young to control her impulses. Direct her to be gentle and show her how by patting her gently. Praise her when she is gentle on her own and remind her when she starts to act out physically. She'll learn other ways to express herself soon enough.

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4. Consider transitioning your child to a "big boy" bed. Moving to a big bed is a sign of your little one's evolving maturity. Once he's adapted to sleeping in the new open environment, he's sure to love the increased wiggle room! To help your child adjust, consider allowing him to help you pick out the bed and linens. Be sure that the bed is low to the ground and that railings can be attached if necessary. Make a big deal once the bed arrives. And if you can spare the space, don't disassemble the crib quite yet. He may wish to start slowly by only sleeping in the big bed during afternoon naps. When you feel he's ready, praise your child for being such a big boy and remove the crib from his room. Be available for extra hugs and kisses if he needs comfort during the transition.

YOUR CHILD'S HEALTH AND SAFETY

Keep your child safe while swimming. While you may have taken precautions to fence in your pool or spa, you may have overlooked another potential safety hazard: blocked pipes. These can cause an increased amount of suction around drains, creating an entrapment danger. Children can be sucked down onto the drain and held under water, or their hair can become entangled in a drain. Take the following precautions to limit this potential hazard:

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