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1. What precautions can you take in your home to ensure your child's health and safety? Look at your child's environment from her point of view. What looks especially interesting to explore? What items would your baby like to put in her mouth?

2. Pay attention to your interactions with your child. Note the way your child expresses himself with words, cries, gestures and facial expressions. How do you respond to these forms of communication?

3. Babies and toddlers use their senses to learn about the world. You can encourage your children to notice differences using the sense of touch by gathering materials in plastic bins or small zip-lock bags. Your children can touch these objects or substances with their hands or feet or both. What do you think would be fun for them to touch, squeeze or poke? Try crumpled newspaper, sand, cooked noodles, warm soapy water, ice and any other idea you have. How do your children react to the feel of each material? Talk with them about each item you choose.

4. Babies love to imitate facial expressions. Just for fun, see how many expressions you and your baby can imitate. Stick out your tongue, make exaggerated smiles, open your mouth wide and see if your baby does likewise. Keep repeating until you are worn out! Next try imitating sounds, starting with the sounds your baby already makes. Notice how paying attention to each other and taking turns is a lot like having a conversation.

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