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At this age, your baby may:
crawl or creep (your baby may never crawl)
pull himself up to stand
use his fingers to feed
imitate sounds and babble (dada, mama, bababa)
respond when his name or a familiar object is called
understand a few words such as "no-no" or "bye"
start to understand that an object hidden by a cloth is still there (object permanence).
Your baby's appetite will decrease. He will also drink less milk.
Have your baby start to use a sippy cup instead and start weaning his off the bottle.
Let your baby explore finger foods. It's OK if he gets messy.
You can give your baby table foods as long as they are soft or cut into small pieces. Do not give him junk food.
Never give honey or peanut butter to a baby younger than 1 year old.
Your baby should be able to sleep through the night. If your baby wakes up during the night, he should go back asleep without your help.
Start a nighttime routine: bath, brushing teeth and reading. Be sure to stick with this routine each night.
Give your baby the same safe toy or blanket for comfort.
If you put your baby to sleep with a pacifier, take the pacifier out after your baby falls asleep.
You should not take your baby out of the crib if he wakes up during the night. Teething discomfort may cause problems with your baby's sleep and appetite.
Call the poison control center (1-800-222-1222) or your health care provider for directions in case your baby swallows poison.
Make sure your baby always rides in a car seat that is secured in the back seat, facing the rear window.
Put gates on all stairways.
Never put hot liquids near table or countertop edges. Keep your child away from a hot stove, oven and furnace.
Turn your hot water heater to less than 120 degrees F.
If your baby gets a burn, run the affected body part under cold water and call the clinic right away.
Never leave your child alone in the bathtub or near water. A child can drown in as little as one inch of water.
Do not let your baby get small objects such as toys, nuts, coins, hot dog pieces, peanuts, popcorn, raisins or grapes. These items may cause choking.
Keep all medicines, cleaning supplies and poisons out of your baby's reach.
What your baby needs
Your baby will become more independent. Let him explore.
Play with your baby. He will imitate your actions and sounds. This is how your baby learns.
You can use discipline to control negative behaviors and encourage positive ones. Be sure to set limits and teach your child appropriately so he will learn to get along with others. Your child may feel more secure with limits and will know what you expect. Be consistent with your limits and discipline, even if this makes your baby unhappy at the moment.
Practice saying "no" only when your baby is in danger. At other times, offer a different choice or another toy for your baby.