Lakewood Childcare Center

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This is the sign for “please”. We begin to use this sign at meal times where we try to have them accompany the “more” sign with the “please” sign to establish manners as well as two word sentences. Many will just rub their bellies up and down but it is one of the easier ones for them to learn and do.


Strategies to help your child transition to a cup – Prolonged usage of bottles has shown to cause tooth decay and incorrect growth of different parts of their mouth, obesity and increased ear infections plus it can have adverse reactions for those that are picky eaters (they rely on their bottles as a meal so they won’t eat their actual food). To help them move to a cup can be done in one of two ways – cold turkey or wean them slowly but consistency is key. First, try to introduce a cup by 6 months and put something other than breast milk or formula in it (like water) so the transition is easier for them at year. If weaning slowly, start by taking one bottle a day and the midday one is usually the easiest to eliminate first. It will difficult for some but eventually they all will learn and will be drinking from a cup like a pro.

Fun fact about babies – Their taste buds only recognize sweet and sour until they are about 4 months old and then they begin to recognize salt.



By 12 months, your child may be able to:

  • Imitates gestures
  • Find hidden objects easily
  • Looks at correct picture when image is named
  • Explore objects in different ways (shaking,        banging, throwing, dropping)

  • Begins to use objects correctly (drinking from cup, brushing teeth, dialing phone)