Your baby’s 52nd week
A very happy birthday to your little one! Now that he’s a year old you may be anxious to move full steam ahead into the “toddler years.” Be assured that he’s thinking just the same thing! If he has not done so already, he’ll discover his ability to walk (and then to run, jump and climb) and will spend seemingly every waking moment mimicking your every move. He’ll become increasingly social and may soon begin to outgrow any remaining anxiety he feels when you are away. He’ll learn to eat many new and tasty foods and will begin to chew them “properly” as his first set of teeth continue to erupt. You’ll see his individual personality continue to evolve and he’ll being to communicate his needs and desires more fully as he learns to speak in “real” words.
He’ll continue to enjoy sleeping snuggled against you. He’ll not be spoiled by this indulgence. On the contrary, allowing him to continue this practice will assure him that you are there to meet his needs any time of the day or night. Children who share sleep with their parents most often grow to be confident, self-respecting, sensitive adults. Rest assured that he’ll make the transition to his own bed in due time. Most often children wean themselves from the family bed between three and four years of age. As long as you are all comfortable with the arrangement, allow your baby to continue to share your bed. Nighttime cuddling can be a very rewarding bonding time.
Wishing you all a second year that’s as rewarding as the first!