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Parental Strategies: 10-18 Months

Many of the same techniques that were used for younger babies can be effective for this age group. As the baby ages, permitting regression and interacting with your baby as if he were younger can serve to fill in previous attachment gaps.

Carrying your baby often, while maintaining eye contact and singing, or talking to him can be helpful. As with younger infants, only the primary caregivers should be permitted to feed or to hold the baby often, although new people can be introduced for short periods of time only. If you must use a stroller, do not select one that faces the baby away from you.

If your child moves away from you and does not return to check in, you might encourage checking in by keeping some of his favorite toys near you after he has moved away, and calling his attention to them. Praise your child when he returns.

Information received in part from experience, observation, and other texts, but also from:


Last Modified on: Saturday, August 08, 2009


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