Here's the good news...your baby will copy your every move you make and word you say! So, think about what you say and do BEFORE you say or do it, especially when you are upset, to ensure that your little one does and says things you want him to.  If you don't want him to shout at, or hit another person, for example, don't shout at or spank him yourself!

 

Now is a good time to say words to your child to describe his feelings, such as "angry", when he's mad... and "please help" when he needs your help or attention. That will help you both be able to communicate better today and every day as he grows.

Brain Science for Your Baby

A recent study from the University of Washington showed that even when babies are watching someone else, it activates their own brains.   And there's good news - another recent study found that babies prefer to imitate the people that they trust!  So you are your child's primary teacher.  Surround them with good role models who they trust.   By the time your baby is a toddler - he has the motor skills to carry out actions!  Why do toddlers want to imitate?  In part because imitating creates a connection between your toddler and you!  And the positive attention that your little imitator gets reinforces the performances. 

 

Watch the video of a toddler imitating the actions of his mother while she read him a favorite childrens book.  Look how much fun he's having! 

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Play games, such as peek-a-boo, that help your little one use language that means action.  Saying, "I see you!", after you hide, connects words to actions and helps your child understand and remember what words mean.

 

Ask your child to let you know what he wants, by pointing to things. First, ask him to point to things, such as people and objects such as 'book' and 'car', to help him practice language. Then, say to him, for example: "Please say, 'I want my blanket' and point to his blanket. This provides an example of what you want him to do. Practice this game many times, so he can learn from your example.

 

Read books together. Look at the pictures and describe them, or just read a simple story. Your happily enjoying the experience encourages your child's love of words-through talking and reading!

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Enjoy listening to your favorite music (with appropriate words for little ones!). Find music that you love to sing to, and encourage him to sing along. This will grow his attention and listening skills, as well as provide for a fun, relaxing bonding time.

 

Talk to your child about what you are doing, such as 'Mommy is putting shoes on'. This will help you get the tasks you need to do accomplished while your little one is involved, too. It will help him to connect words to the world around him.

 

Label everything in your child's life, such as "shoe", drink", or "kiss mommy"! If your child is pointing at something, tell him what it is. If he tries to say the word, say it back to him.  In this way, you and your little one form a closer bond by talking, talking, talking together! 

What Your Baby Can Do - Developmental Milestones 

 

Emotionally, one-year-olds are just learning to recognize and manage their feelings. They experience a wide range of emotions and have tantrums when they are tired or frustrated. They may also respond to conflict by hitting, biting, screaming, or crying. One-year-olds want their independence, and may say, "No!" to adult suggestions or insist that they, "Do it!" Then, moments later, they might cling to an adult's leg or ask for help.

Gene's Research Tip

 There's an old saying about curiosity and cats.  But then, cats also always land on their feet and have 9 Lives.  So how about other curious creatures... like your infants and toddlers?  Today's case-in-point is baby gate injuries.  A new study from Nationwide Children's Hospital looked at injuries associated with baby gates over a 20 year period.  The injuries quadrupled in number, with 5 kids an hour having an associated injury by the end of the study.  More than 60% were younger than 2 years of age.  Most injuries occurred from falls down stairs after a gate collapsed or was left open. Bumps and bruises accounted for a third of injuries, while cuts accounted for, also, about a third of the injuries.  But the more serious injury type, the traumatic brain injuries which include concussions and brain bleeds, were seen in 16%. 

 

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