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

Your Baby Turns 2!

Take a trip to a local craft store. For just a few dollars, you can replenish your stock of craft items. Keep the hobby cabinet filled with a variety of items, and pull out new materials each time your child needs a different activity to occupy his afternoon. Items you don't want to be caught without include: construction paper, nontoxic paints, paintbrushes, paste, crayons and chalk. As your child grows, consider adding buttons, pipe cleaners, safety scissors, white glue, yarn, felt squares and fabric remnants. Remember to supervise your child closely while he creates a new masterpiece. Or join in the fun and teach him your favorite craft!

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SIMPLE WAYS TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Make sure your toddler gets the extra fat she needs, while staying slim yourself. You know your little one needs a diet higher in fat than you'd care to consider for yourself. Here's how you can blend her needs with the needs of the rest of the family and avoid turning into a short-order cook:

• Consider adding fat to your child's snacks rather than to the entire family meal. Cheese cubes or full-fat yogurt are two choices.
• Rather than buying a gallon of milk when you shop, consider switching to one-half gallon of skim and a separate one-half gallon of whole milk instead.
• Sauteing vegetables in olive oil can be a tasty and healthy way to add fat content.

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