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Things to Remember

  • Listen to your baby, pay attention to his cues and respond to meet his needs (feeding, diapering, sleeping) quickly. This way your baby learns that he can rely on you.

  • It is natural for your child to feel upset when you leave her at group care or with a baby-sitter. It's best to introduce her to a center or home care gradually.

  • If you warn children before bedtime or going to the store, they are more likely to come when it's time.

  • Try to make meals pleasant times to talk and help each other by passing food and cleaning up together.

  • You can reduce illness by making sure everyone always washes his hands before eating or handling food and after toileting.

    Things to Avoid

  • Avoid "sneaking away" when leaving your child with another caregiver when she is having difficulty being left. It's best to say good-bye and reassure her that you will be back.

  • Try not to force your child to eat. Allow him to serve himself and take small portions. Encourage him to taste everything.

  • Avoid displaying anger or annoyance to your child when she has an accident while learning to use the toilet. It's best to be positive and encouraging that she will do better next time.
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