The Whole Child
Babies Are Children Too:
Do's and Don'ts
abc's of child development
for parents
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Do's and Don'ts
Dos and Don'ts

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Things to Remember
  • Listen carefully to your baby's cries. Babies use different sounding cries for different reasons and it's important to try to tune in to what your child is telling you.

  • It is quite common for infants to develop "separation anxiety" and "stranger anxiety" during the second half of their first year. Although it can be upsetting to see your baby cry inconsolably when you leave her, it shows that she has a close bond with you. Stay calm when this happens, and reassure your child with words and physical comfort that she will be well cared for in your absence, and that you will return. A special object from home such as a blanket or stuffed animal can help comfort your child while you are away.

  • Think of ways you can support your toddler's need for independence such as offering simple choices, encouraging safe exploration or letting her make something herself.

  • At the infant and toddler stage of development, everything is typically very sensory, physical and oral. Babies tend to put things in their mouths and toddlers want to touch just about everything with their hands. Keep in mind that this is how young children learn and it is a part of normal growth and development.

    Things to Avoid

  • Avoid getting angry with your infant or toddler for normal developments or behavior such as putting things in his mouth, crying, soiling his pants or grabbing objects (or other babies).

  • Be sure not to prop up a bottle for your baby to feed herself. She needs to be held and responded to during feeding.

  • Avoid strapping a baby in a seat or rocker for extended periods of time. Babies learn from exploring the world and handling objects.
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