Re: October -- Infants & Toddlers
posted at 10/5/2011 7:48 PM EDT
In Response to Re: October -- Infants & Toddlers
[QUOTE]Just had our one year visit yesterday, so now I'm thinking about all the things that "have" to get done over the next year...get rid of bottles, get rid of binkys, socialization/think about starting daycare, increase table foods, consolidate naps...so much to think about!
Posted by jewelsagem[/QUOTE]
Actually, rather than thinking of them as "having to get done" - it would probably help if you thought of them as 'things my baby will accomplish' this year. Your baby will drop 1 nap and consolidate on his/her schedule, and you'll increase table foods naturally, because a 12, 13 & 14 month old is so much more interested in feeding themselves rather than be spoonfed, so you'll offer tiny bits of fruits, veges and meat and less purees. You're right, getting rid of bottles and binkies is something you'll largely initiate; honestly, I'd get rid of the binky first, just bite the bullet and get rid of it, sooner than later, and before your child can BELLOW from his crib "NEED my paci"!
You'll start dropping a bottle at a time so it's not all at once.
Getting out and socializing doesn't only have to happen with childcare - it can be by going to a Music together class, getting together with friends with babies the same age (approximately) at each other's houses on a rotating basis, going to the library for free story time, etc. etc.
enjoy your 1 year old who is rapidly becoming a toddler.... 18 month olds are just about the cutest things ever! (they gotta be, to help you ride the wave of the 2 yr old.... ) OK, a nine month old who is crawling fast and earnestly with that slap-slap of hands on floor is really cute, too!