12 to 18 Months Old

Baby Tracker 7

FEEDING YOUR BABY

  • Try to be patient with your baby as he/she can be messy while learning to eat without help.
  • You may have to introduce a particular type of food several times to your baby before he/she starts liking it. So you really need to – try again and again! Accept baby’s “NO” with a smile, do not force feed.
  • Baby should be given three meals daily and 2-3 snacks must be introduced in between meals. Snacks do not mean packaged and processed food, sweets and juices.
  • Avoid adding too much salt and sugar to your baby's food. Babies can be given food with less salt and spices, about 50% quantity of that taken by the family.
  • Make the baby eat together with rest of the family.
  • Try to train your baby on how to use cups, plates, spoons etc. for drinking and eating.
  • Natural, freshly prepared and healthy home cooked food should be given to the baby. There should be no artificial flavors or preservatives in their meals.
  • When your baby stops eating or refuses to have more, you should stop feeding him/her.
  • Do not give small sized food stuffs. Food stuffs that are either hard or small sized (like peas, nuts, pomegranate, berries, grapes ) might cause choking and thus should be avoided. If necessary such things should be ground or blended with other soft food stuffs and given to eat.
  • Train your babysitter/caregiver according to the feeding routine of your child.

DEVELOPMENT OF BABY

  • Baby now walks with help and can throw a ball
  • Baby responds to music. Baby can be introduced to outdoor games and dance.
  • Make a daily time table for your baby's routine activities, which should include minimum one hour of day time nap.
  • Avoid watching scary audio-visuals in front of your kid. Also try to engage your child in mind games or outdoor games instead of watching TV.
  • Make a joint time table where both you and your baby do at least 2-3 activities together like eating, reading, going for a walk,playing etc.
  • Read him /her good educational and motivational stories at bed time, so that every morning he/ she wake up with a positive mind.
  • The bedtime should always be very calm and loving. The blissful bedtime caressing and cuddling provides sense of security and a sound sleep.

YOUR BABY AND FAMILY

  • Try not to hit, punish, slap or yell at your baby especially in front of others.
  • It’s good to be disciplined, however keep rules and regulations simple for young kids.
  • Always praise your child for good behavior; however do not bribe him by giving chocolates etc.
  • Distract your child with something he/she likes when he/she is behaving poorly.
  • Give your child enough time and play with him/her often.
  • Also take your baby for short outings and make sure that the places you are taking them are safe and secure, so that they don't hurt themselves.

SAFETY MEASURES

  1. Your baby must be seated in a car in a safety seat while travelling. 
    ( the car safety seat should be preferably installed at the centre of a rear seat, facing backwards)
  2. Never place a rear-facing car seat in the front seat of a vehicle that has an active air bag. If the air bag inflates, it can push against the car seat and cause a head injury to the baby.
  3. Keep on using the rear facing car safety seats until your baby is two years of age OR exceeds the height / weight limit mentioned by the car seat manufacturer.
  4. Baby should never be seated in the front seat with the air bags.
  5. Never drink and drive ( with the baby or without the baby) and always wear seat belt while driving.
  6. Empty all buckets, tubs, pools etc. after use.
  7. Do not keep heavy or hot things on a table cloth, which your baby may pull over.
  8. Put barriers on electrical plugs and keep your baby safe from all electrical/ hot items.
  9. Always keep the rooms / areas locked where the baby could be hurt, like the bathrooms, kitchen etc.
  10. Keep medicines, cleaning agents, poisonous substances and sharp objects out of reach of the baby.
  11. Barricade the staircase.
  12. Keep guards on the windows and keep the furniture away from them.
  13. Do not keep a gun at home. If its a must then keep it unloaded and locked away. The ammunition should be kept separately and locked too.
  14. Never keep your baby alone and when in kitchen keep your baby in a playpen or a high chair with a safety lock.
  15. In order to avoid accidents like burns/ scalding / drowning while bathing
    a. Always set your water heater at a temperature lower than 120 deg F i.e. 49 deg C approximately.
    b. Always open cold water tap first for filling the bath tub and once the required level is reached close the hot water tap first followed by the cold one.
    c. Before giving bath to the baby check the temperature of the water by inserting your own elbow / wrist first. Ideal bath water temperature for infants is approximately 90-100 degree F i.e. 32-38 degree C.
    d. Never leave the baby alone in the bath tub / basin.
    e. Fill the baby bath tub / basin with not more than 5 inches of water and gently make your baby sit in it. The water level should never be above the baby's waist.
    ( a child can drown in as little as one inch of water and it takes only 3 minutes or less for a baby to drown )
    f. Your baby is curious to explore everything around him/her at this age so train them not to touch taps while bathing. A hot water tap if accidentally opened may lead to severe scalding.
  16. Child will be curious and in a discovery mode , please secure doors, toilets and terraces and balconies to avoid accidents.

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