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Your Baby: Week 50

As baby enters toddlerhood, you may notice him becoming increasingly resistant to naptime and bedtime. Work to establish and follow a routine as much as possible, and make sure to factor in time for baby to wind down and relax. It's also important for caregivers to maintain the routine whenever you're away so that baby understands there are no exceptions to bedtime rules.

Photo: Christine Sandrock of Simply Bloom Photography / The Bump

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> Sleep training?
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Food fight(er)
Baby may soon start to show interest in feeding himself with a spoon. Let him! Try to accept that mealtime will be messy for a while, and keep reminding yourself that this is a step toward independence for baby. Soon, you'll be able to enjoy your own meal while baby eats all by himself.

To-do:
> Size baby's finger foods appropriately
> Deal with screaming behavior
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[ tip ] If you're ready to wean baby from formula or breast milk, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends whole milk until age two -- the fat and cholesterol are good for baby's development.

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All medical information reviewed by Dr. Paula Prezioso of Pediatric Associates in New York City

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