Week Twenty One
Showing her personality
At this age, your baby will start to reward you with glimpses of her personality. Not long ago she was a tiny infant who gave little back in your early relationship - but now she's really keen to communicate with you and interact with the world around her. It's at this stage that you'll begin to discover whether your baby is a laid-back little character who's happy to play quietly, or more the adventurer who has places to go, things to do and discoveries to make. Or even the fiery-tempered dynamo who wants to make things happen NOW and won't take 'no' for an answer! Whichever personality your baby has, celebrate and embrace it - after all, it is what makes her the little person that she is.
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Protecting your baby’s teeth
Once your baby has a tooth or two, what do you do next? Aside from feeling terribly clever (because, of course, your baby's teething progress is directly tied to your superior mothering skills!), you now have to care for them - and eventually teach him how to care for his teeth on his own.
While they do eventually fall out, it's just as important to care for his baby teeth as you would his permanent ones. Baby teeth mark the space for the later permanent teeth and any early loss of baby teeth usually means that that space will be lost and possible correction of teeth (this is code for hugely expensive orthodontic work!) will be necessary later on.
Introduce cleaning with water using either a soft cloth or a junior toothbrush as soon as your baby's teeth erupt through his gums. While fluoride is important for protecting your child's teeth against decay, hold off introducing a low-fluoride toothpaste until he's 18 months old.
Read our top tips for tooth care.
Sure, she's not ready yet for a game of name and point, but at this age you can begin to teach her that objects have names. As you go about your daily activities, name the objects that she comes into contact with. Hold her up, look out the window and point and name everything she can see. Make sure also to call her by name - if you do this, one of the first words she'll learn to recognise will be her own name.
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This article was written by Linda Drummond for Kidspot.com.au and has been adapted for Kidspot.co.nz