The baby of 1 year and 1 month
Physical and motor independence becomes more striking. Being restricted to your steps is something that your baby no longer wants so much now. Especially after discovering that you can explore the world around you in a certain way.
He realizes that he has the ability to reach a certain toy or get somewhere supporting or, for some, using his own legs, which is an incredible achievement for him. In fact, many babies take their first steps at this age, but if it doesn’t, don’t despair.
The view is much clearer, he begins to understand the surrounding scene better. It combines words and gestures, associates many things with the same word, so “bo” can be a ball, bath, doll, among others.
It is important to always remember, that each baby develops at its own pace. This means that if your baby does not do the same things as others of the same age, do not despair. Talk to your pediatrician about your child’s development and avoid, as much as possible, comparing with others.
To get a little idea of what your 1 year and 1 month old baby should be doing, or how some prefer 13 months, and how well you can handle it all, read on.
Stimuli and Games
The best way for your baby to develop is to allow him to explore the space he is in. To do this, make sure that sharp objects that break easily are out of reach and protect outlets and corners of furniture.
Playing, besides being great for your baby, creates incredible moments. The stimuli and games are more to increase the bond between you and your baby, extending to the father and other family members, than to accelerate development.
He values more quality time together than forcing the baby. At the same time, babies tend to concentrate for an average of 3 minutes, so plan simple activities.
One of the games has to do with the stimulus to walk. Sit two or three steps away from the baby and call for the baby to come to you. This game can have another version with a toy that he likes. Make sure the floor is safe in case the baby falls.
To stimulate speech and vision, a suggestion is to take advantage of the outdoor walk to point and say the name of the things you go through. Show the sky and say “blue sky”, for example, or the grass and say “green”. Do the same with cars, animals and other objects.
An expert advice is to talk a lot with the baby and avoid talking in a childlike way. Telling stories and singing simple songs are also ways that help a lot to develop this part.
As the growth rate at this stage tends to slow down, compared to the first few months, the baby may not eat as much as before. It is also in this phase that he will define the taste and start to be more selective with the food, wanting to show his preferences.
If this happens to your baby, before losing patience, it is necessary to understand that this phase is normal. To get through it without freaking out, it is important to pay attention to the following factors:
– Respect the baby’s hunger
The baby’s stomach is much smaller than ours, so there is no need for large amounts of food. A few spoonfuls are often enough to make you satisfied. Forcing your baby to eat more can make the time of the meal stressful.
– Observe the baby’s behavior
Even if you eat little, if your baby looks good, has adequate weight, plays and sleeps normally, it means he is well fed. Now, if he is listless, shows weakness for daily activities and loss or less weight gain, it is good to see a pediatrician.
– Quality is better than quantity
Offer lesser quality food. Vary your choice of vegetables during meals, and at intervals, choose fruits over processed foods. Also avoid giving too many snacks.
Sleep, in some cases, can undergo a change. This is because the baby has more experiences during the day, which leads to possibly restless sleep, perhaps with dreams, which can cause him to wake up at night.
To deal with this, it is best to continue maintaining the sleep routine, trying to calm the baby, so that he has a more peaceful sleep. Try to observe or know if the baby is in the nursery or nursery, for example, if he has been doing daytime naps. Often, he is so tired, he ends up fighting with sleep.
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