Baby's Second Year -- Your 24-Month-Old

Your Baby Turns 2!

Make sure your child is always buckled up in her car seat. Have you noticed that seat buckles and restraints are not always childproof? A resourceful youngster may be able to unlock the safety belt that's holding her securely in her seat and squirm to freedom as you drive down the road. Stop your car and re-fasten the belt if your child manages to get loose. Explain that she must be buckled in. Do not allow her any room to negotiate on this point. Help her understand that it is the law and for her own protection. To ensure her safety, check with the manufacturers of your car and your child's car seat to see if there is a device available to make the belts more secure. You may be able to employ an electronic alarm that will sound should the belt become unbuckled. While this may not stop the child from unfastening herself, you'll know about it sooner.



Look at the family album together. You spent hours taking pictures of your precious little baby, organizing the images and putting together a scrapbook to look at in years to come. Invite your youngster to look back over the images from his nearly two-year-old life with you. He'll enjoy looking at the baby in the pictures and hearing about how he's grown into such a wonderful big boy. Pull out pictures of you and your spouse when you were little and explain how you got to be so big. Children love hearing stories about when their mommy and daddy were little. You'll enjoy the stroll down memory lane, and your little one will revel in the fact that you were once his size!

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