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Train your child in the way in which you know you should have gone yourself. - Charles Spurgeon – Make your mornings easier by laying out everything you will need the night before (your clothes and school supplies, baby’s clothes, breakfast, etc.).

Month of May Age of Baby 19 to 24 months

(Helping Us Grow Successfully) For Teen Moms, Dads and Babies
Call and schedule your toddler’s two-year checkup. Turn in monthly journal. May 3rd thru 9th – Teacher’s Appreciation Week. May 10th – Mother’s Day. May 25th – Memorial Day, No School

Your Baby’s Growth and Development
♥ ♥ Your baby’s growth will probably slow during the last half of the second year. Here are some things most babies learn to do between 19 and 24 months: ⇒ use words in combination to make simple statements or questions; ⇒ identify one or more parts of the body; ⇒ follow simple directions – most of the time – if only a single step is involved; ⇒ put on some items of clothing – they’ll try more than they’ll usually succeed; ⇒ wash and dry hands with adult supervision; ⇒ identify pictures of animals by name; and ⇒ build a tower of eight blocks – kick a ball or throw it overhand (won’t be accurate!).


*NOTE: If your baby seems not to be able to do these things, check with your baby’s doctor. Chances are everything is OK. Remember, each baby is unique!


Feeding/Nutrition information for your baby:
◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ Your toddler may still be a picky eater. Don’t push or force food on your child. Your child will only resist and your mealtimes will turn into a power struggle. Do offer your child a variety of healthy choices. Don’t veer them lot of soda, chips and sweets. They’ll want whatever you’re eating. At mealtimes, let your child decide how much is enough. When they’ve lost interest, allow them to get down and play quietly while you finish. Sit down as a family with the TV off and enjoy your meals together!

Sleeping/Daily routine good for your baby:
* * * * * * Your toddler still needs at least one nap a day. Your child may be ready to move from the crib to a toddler bed or regular bed. Maintain a regular bedtime and a consistent bedtime ritual (bath, reading, snack, etc.) even on the weekends/holidays. If your child awakes and can’t fall back asleep, comfort them (keep them in bed or crib) and repeat until they fall asleep. Don’t start bad habits like letting them sleep in the adult’s bed. Don’t let them go to sleep with a bottle (tooth decay results).

What your baby needs and likes:
Your toddler is now ready for more outdoor play (don’t forget the sunscreen!) Your toddler may like a tricycle, rocking horse, etc. (Check your local thrift shops, yard sales, Goodwill.) Toddlers like a sense of order, begin teaching them to pick up after themselves and help out with small cores. Your toddler probably has 16-20 teeth and you need to establish a tooth brushing routine twice a day using infant toothpaste. Your toddler may be ready to begin potty training. Buy a toddler potty and allow them to become familiar with it (don’t force the issue).

♠ ♠ ♠ ♠ ♠ Give your toddler LOTS OF LOVE and praise. Play and talk with them ALL the time. Don’t let the TV become babysitter. If your child does watch TV, monitor what they watch. REMEMBER, they learn from what they hear and see. NEVER SHAKE, HIT, SLAP, THROW OR YELL AT YOUR BABY. CALL A CRISIS NUMBER IF YOU NEED TO TALK! (The Crisis Nursery – 407.438.0806; Parent Network – 1.800.FLA.LOVE)


Helping Us Grow Successfully For Teen Moms, Dads and Babies …


Most pediatricians want to hear from you and it’s always better to call than to take chances. Before you call, jot down important information that you will probably be asked to provide: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12) 13) 14) 15) 16) 17) 18) 19) 20) 21) 22) What is your baby’s temperature? How long has he/she been feeling bad? Is he/she crying uncontrollably? Is he/she vomiting? What is it like? When was the last feeding and how much? What was his/her last bowel movement like and when did it occur? Is he/she having trouble breathing? Does the baby seem listless, or is sleeping a lot? How does the skin feel? (hot, moist, etc.) Is there any gum swelling? Are there any red or white spots visible on the gums, inside the cheeks, or on the tongue? Is the throat red? Are there white or red spots in the throat? If it’s a newborn, is the soft spot sunken or bulging? How do the eyes look? Is there any pulling or poking at one or both ears? Is there a discharge from the ears? Do the lymph nodes in the neck seem swollen? Are baby’s diapers less wet than usual? Or do they seem wetter? Is there any noticeable change in odor or color? Does your baby’s tummy seem different in any way? Does your baby seem to be in pain? Is your baby having chills, trembling, or have stiffness or convulsions? Try not to hold a crying baby when you are talking to the doctor. You want to be able to ask questions and hear the answers.

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Helping Us Grow Successfully For Teen Moms, Dads and Babies …
Don’t give a baby under 3 months of age any medication unless prescribed by a pediatrician. Use fresh medicines. (Always CHECK expiration dates). Measure medications accurately. Use a calibrated spoon, dropper or special cup to give medications. Keep a record of the time when each dose is given. (Tape a piece of paper to the refrigerator door, or changing table and jot down times.) If you are not sure about something, double check with the pediatrician. Always read the labels – make sure you have the right medicine. Don’t give someone else’s medicine to your baby even if they have the same symptoms. Don’t give medicine to a baby lying down; they may choke. Always give antibiotics for the prescribed amount of time even if your baby appears to be better after a few days. Get help giving medicine if needed.


Elevate the mattress with a folded blanket to ease breathing. Teach a child to gargle with salt water by doing it yourself while singing a song. Let very hot water run in the bathtub or shower and sit in the bathroom with the child with the door closed. The heavy steam helps croup. Invest in a cool air humidifier but be careful to put it in a safe spot.

Eliminate or cut down on dairy products to help reduce the production of mucous. Elevate the head of the mattress to help ears drain.

Use a soft old terry cloth, baby wash cloth or a man’s large soft handkerchief as a tissue. Teach your child to blow his/her nose by imitating how to do it.


Use an electric coffee maker with the lid off, if a steamer or vaporizer isn’t available.


Put a feverish child in a lukewarm tub. Give him/her a popsicle to eat in the tub … it’s fun, no mess, and the fever comes down. For fever, keep a damp, cool cloth on the baby’s head or forehead.

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Helping Us Grow Successfully For Teen Moms, Dads and Babies …
Hold a paper cup under a child’s chin when giving liquid medicines; spills can be mixed with water or fruit juice and drunk from the cup. Press a pill between 2 spoons to crush it; then mix it with applesauce or jam. If a child absolutely refuses medicine, gently squeeze his/her nostrils shut. The mouth will open quickly.

Be patient. Try and sleep when your baby naps. Hold your baby and rock yourselves to sleep. If your child is cranky and overtired, a nap is probably needed. Put your child down to sleep (fed, changed and relaxed by some quiet play or quiet music). NEVER SHAKE, HIT, THROW, SLAP, OR YELL AT YOUR BABY. (It certainly won’t cause the crying to stop and you can permanently hurt or even kill your baby). If you can’t take the crying anymore and you’ve done all you can to comfort your baby (make sure they’re not sick/feverish), go to a quiet room, shut the door and relax. (Count to 100 or play some soothing music FOR YOURSELF).

If you need to talk to someone call: THE CRISIS NURSERY AT 438-0806 OR THE PARENT NETWORK AT (1-800-FLA-LOVE) (800-352-5683) BOTH ARE AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY.

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