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The complete information about baby growth progress month by month with all explanation according to baby development.

MONTH 16th - MONTH 17th - MONTH 18th

Please keep in mind that all babies are unique. Whether your baby reaches milestones early or late, he 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 baby’s development, please check with her health care provider.

Brushing teeth

At your child's health care appointment around fifteen months, his provider may have mentioned the importance of establishing good oral hygiene. The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests, however, that dental visits begin as early as six months. Talk to your child's health care provider about your child's teeth and whether a visit to the dentist is warranted at this time.

If you decide to wait on that momentous first visit to the dentist, it is especially important to make good oral hygiene at home as part of your child's daily routine. Choose a toothbrush specifically made for little mouths. If your child refuses the toothbrush, try at least to wipe the gums with a soft gauze pad or washcloth. Just use warm water at this time; wait on using toothpaste until your child can coordinate rinsing and spitting.

It is not uncommon for toddlers to refuse brushing teeth. There are some strategies you can try to achieve tooth brushing success. Remember that many issues right now are focused on control. When at the store, let him pick out his own toothbrush (or maybe two) made for children. Also, let him hold it and examine it. He wants to know more - and rightly so - about this object being stuck in his mouth. Each morning and evening (and lunch time if you are really ambitious), encourage tooth brushing as part of the routine. Let him put the brush under the faucet and then brush his own teeth. It may take some time, but eventually he'll get the hang of it. If he won't hold the brush, another tactic is for you to brush his teeth but have him give you a signal (a wave or squeal) when it is time to stop. This way, he will still feel that he is in control of the tooth brushing process. Lastly, make sure he sees you and other family members brush their own teeth. He may want to imitate your actions while you are modeling good oral hygiene practices.

Boogie Baby

During these three months, your child is well into toddler hood - asserting his independence, expressing his likes/dislikes and moving himself all over the home. One way to channel this boundless energy is to turn up the volume on your stereo and ask your toddler for a dance. It is also a great way for you to energize yourself, especially during those long, late afternoons when you really could use a nap.

Check with your local library or mother's groups about neighborhood music classes. At any age children are interested in music, but toddlers are especially interested in combining music and movement. Look for classes facilitated by music teachers who understand the need for toddlers to get up and boogie. Whether you want to pick up your child and swirl him around or grab his hands and do the twist, your toddler will love to share music and dancing with his favorite person, you!

We have musical instruments in our Amazing Toy Store that will spark baby's interest in combining music and movement, such as The Charlie Horse Music Pizza 10 Piece Rhythm Set or the Four Piece Mini Orchestra . With these toys, he can practice using his hands to manipulate the instrument and shake, rattle and roll to the beat of the music. So you may need some earplugs after awhile -- but your toddler will be happily entertained and learning more about what he can do.

Momma! Momma!

Typically (but by no means always) mommy is the primary caregiver or 'Number 1' in the eyes of a toddler. Some toddlers' affection for mommy to do everything can intensify around these months. Most mothers waffle between loving the fact that she is unconditionally adored by her child and having feelings of resentment that she is seen as the only one wanted to ... bathe the child, read a book, put the child down for nap, prepare his meals, etc. No one will ever argue that primary care giving is not hard, physical work.

It is not easy on dad either. Again, typically, he is away from home and looks forward to spending time in the evening with his family. He may feel frustrated from the toddler's constant preference for mommy. Fortunately, with most kids, dad efforts are recognized in child development and he is awarded with another normal phase later in the preschool years where he is singled out as the adored adult in the child's eye.

In the meantime, mom and dad can work together on helping the child accept both parents as caregivers. Part of the reason the child prefers mommy is because she is usually the one throughout the bulk of the day who provides important primary care giving - changing the diaper, helping the child go to sleep, holding the child if he has an ouchie, preparing meals and snacks, etc.

At nighttime, it is important for dad to step into this role too. For situations where the child will not accept the dad at all, perhaps mommy needs to step out for a nighttime walk or dinner with some friends to help dad and toddler establish their own nighttime routine. Also, mom needs to resist the temptation to micromanage dad's care giving skills. Let him development his own style of care giving. Maybe he'll make some mistakes - but the toddler will surely let him know the preferred way. Finally, invest in some books about daddies. Mom can read these books during the day and talk about daddy coming home in the evening to spend time with the toddler.

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