28 - MONTH 30
keep in mind that all children are unique.
Whether your child reaches milestones early or late,
she has her own developmental path to follow.
The dividing lines between these months are very fuzzy. If you have any concerns or
questions about your child’s development, please check with
her health care provider.
from the Pacifier -- Goodbye Binky!
Before your eyes, your cuddly baby
has blossomed into an active, opinionated, independent toddler.
Easier said than done, right? Maybe
this is a familiar scene- tiptoeing in at night and leaving
a rainbow of pacifiers above your child’s head for him to
plug in if necessary.
the one hand, your child (and therefore you too) has mastered
getting a full night’s sleep -- uninterrupted. On
the other, he has become reliant on a piece of rubber or latex
in his mouth to fall asleep.
may have heard from friends and family members, “Well, he
won’t be going off to college with it.” But you
may ask yourself, when is it time to give it up? And how
do I help him to do it?
does he use it? To help him fall asleep?
To help him when he needs comforting, such as when
he says good-bye to mommy at childcare?
Or provide something to suck on as he goes about
his day? Obviously, using it all
day and sporadically for comfort are two different situations.
- Is it affecting his language
you notice his speech becoming slurred or does he grunt
and point when the pacie is in his mouth?
timing of breaking the pacifier habit depends on the individual
child. Many experts believe that around three years, most
children start to wean themselves from the pacifier. Sometimes kids in a preschool
or childcare setting notice other kids not using a pacie and decide
to break the habit by themselves. But all children kicking the
habit will require the support of their families and caregivers
– just how much intervention depends on the individual situation.
Discuss the pacifier usage in
front of the child with the pediatrician or dentist. Often, words of wisdom from
someone else have an impact on the child and provide motivation.
Of course, keep your child included in the conversation. Having your child feeling
in control of the pacifier usage or breaking from it is
a large part of the battle.
Make the good-bye to binky a
ritual. With your child, collect all the binkies in the
house, place in a box, wrap and send to a designated new
baby in the neighborhood or a new cousin. Let your child present the
package to the baby or take to the post office. This method
requires the child to quit cold-turkey, which may mean
a few sleepless nights for your child and yourself. We have heard on average
it takes three to four days before your child has adjusted
to life without a pacifier.
The gradual approach
– This method can work well for the child who has a pacifier
in his mouth all day.
At first, limit pacie usage to certain rooms or
for a specific amount of time or only when he is going
to sleep. Gradually add more limitations.
Then after discussing with your child, take the
plunge to no pacie at all.
that your child is going to need a lot of support during this
certainly don’t try to wean your child when other major changes
are happening in his life, such as a move to a new home, starting
a new childcare or introducing him to a new sibling.
TV – A Different Kind of Pacifier
of our faces may have turned crimson when we realize just
how much television our young children watch daily. But for some parents, turning
the TV on is strategic. It is not a replacement for the quality
time spent with mom or dad but a way for parents to cook dinner
or return an important phone call while knowing that our kids
are safe. But
does the TV watching privilege get abused?
for the Home
this age will turn off the TV when engaged in interesting
activities. Art projects are great because
they maintain kids’ interest while challenging different development
can easily be done inside on a rainy day or outside during
the spring and summer.
Remember it is the process that kids learn from – not
the finished product – though what kid doesn’t like to see
his creation posted prominently on the refrigerator door?
- Painting either with watercolors
or tempera (that easily washes out of clothing and off little
- Stickers of animals, trucks,
or of others things that are interesting
- Side-walk chalk that also washes
clean with a little water
with clay or dough that inspires wonderful creations (making
a birthday cake is an all time favorite). The best part of
modeling dough is that it can be made in your own kitchen
with your child’s help
Modeling Dough Recipe:
Mix 4 cups of flour, 2 cups of
salt and 8 tsp of cream.
Add 4 cups of water, 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil
and 1 tsp of food coloring.
Cook over low heat, scraping from the sides and then
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