Your Babys Growth and Development : Week - 1 & Week - 2 : Month - 12

Your baby gets bigger and stronger every week. Here's what to expect in Week - 1 & Week - 2 of Month - 12

Your Babys Growth and Development : Week - 1 & Week - 2 : Month - 12
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Week 1 & 2

Your baby is soon going to complete one year and celebrate his first birthday. By 12 months, your once-a-good sleeper may not sleep properly due to the daytime naps. Children at this age may have 1-2 naps during day time which may interfere with the night sleep. Your little chap is preparing to socialize with his peers so take him to playgrounds where he can enjoy seeing other children.

Ease your child’s fear of separation anxiety

Most children at this age may start to play independently but there is a flip side to this new freedom – insecurity. By doing things on their own, they may also have a fear that it might separate them from their mother. Some children will not leave their mother out of their sight or develop anxiety over strangers. If you are a working mother, it may be difficult to let your baby in a day care centre or with a nanny. Some tips to help you ease your child’s fear of separation anxiety:

  • Give him a stuffed animal or a blanket which he will keep when you are not around. Having a special toy can help the child to overcome separation anxiety when you are away.
  • Leave your baby to play around independently. Make your house baby proof so that he/she can move anywhere in the house without your company. You can check on her often to make sure she is fine. Having to play independently helps your child to tackle separation anxiety.
  • Let your nanny or the babysitter come home early so that your child can spend some time with the new person when you are with him. This will also give enough time for your baby to adjust with the changes.
  • Keep your goodbyes shorter. When you leave the house, give a quick goodbye kiss and say that you will be back soon. If you try to pacify your crying child for a long time, it will only bring in more tears.
  • Try playing peek-a-boo or hide and seek with your child. This will give confidence to your child that even if you are missing for some time, you will be back. This is a good practice, if you are planning to leave your baby with someone for an hour or two.