Many parents become sensitive to criticism from their parents, friends and relatives at this time and may be tempted not to "spoil" their baby with extra attention. It is best to remember that you know your baby and her needs better than anyone else. Consider other people's comments but don't let their criticism change the nurturing you give your baby. Many experts believe that it is impossible to give an infant too much love, hugs, attention and caring. At this stage in a baby's life, she needs to know that you can always be counted on to respond to her needs.
Babies who don't receive consistent nurturing at this age tend to have problems relating to other people later on. Do what you know is best for your child.
Would you believe that this is a marvelous time to teach swimming? As babies learn to walk, most exhibit a swimming type of motion in the bathtub. One-year-olds are usually unafraid to dunk their heads below the water's surface, so it is usually very easy to teach them basic swimming at this age.
However, you must continue swimming with your baby regularly, or she will "forget" how to swim. In fact, when she reaches the age of 2 or 3, she might begin to fear the water if she has not been swimming regularly. There is a risk that some babies may swallow too much water while learning, so consider enrolling in an infant swim class in your area.
Babies should never be forced into the water if they don't find it enjoyable. Check with your baby's doctor before starting infant swimming, especially if ear infections have been a problem.
A Final Word on Discipline
Actually, a final TWO words: consistency and encouragement. If you are consistent in your disciplinary techniques, your child will know what to expect and can adjust herself more readily. She will learn more quickly and will feel more secure when you are consistent. Think before you set limits. When you do set limits, enforce them.
Encouragement probably produces a better result than any other type of guidance. When your child is "good," do you tend to get all the little chores done that you can't when she's misbehaving? Maybe she is asking for some time with you. Try leaving the chores undone for awhile and encouraging your child's desirable behavior. When "bad" behavior is ignored and good behavior gets positive attention, the inappropriate behavior often ends.
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