Thursday, July 20, 2006


Now that Tyler is eating solid foods, it's important that you know how many calories he needs each day to grow strong and healthy without over-feeding him. A one-year-old child needs approximately 1200 to 1300 calories each day, or about 40 calories for each inch of his height. Man, I haven't the slightest idea how many calories the kid eats each day!!
There are so many empty calorie foods on the market today and childhood obesity is rampant in the United States, so it's important to establish a healthy diet early. If Tyler develops a "food jag" where he only wants to eat a certain food, don't worry. These ruts are normal and usually short-lived. Continue to offer him small portions of a variety of foods and praise him for trying any new ones.

Tyler may keep you guessing from one minute to the next whether he will let you pick him up, or squirm away from you in a burst of independence. Yes, this is VERY true!!
As these things usually work, he will only become clingy and needy when you are trying to get stuff done around the house and unable to pay attention to him. But the second you stop working and decide to play with him, he will be too busy with his own games. If Tyler is demanding your attention while you are cooking or cleaning, try to involve him in your activity as much as you can, and as much as it is safe. If I am in the kitchen and he is clinging to my legs, I open the drawer that contains all of my plastic lids or the cabinet with the pots and pans and give him a metal spoon. It makes it a little more difficult for me to maneuver around in the kitchen, but a lot better than him holding on to my legs!!
If you can't involve Tyler, at least talk to him and tell him everything you are doing to make Tyler feel part of your world. Many babies can say a handful of words by now; but if Tyler isn't talking much, or at all yet, don't worry. Remember, Einstein didn't begin speaking until he was 3 years old. Tyler will talk when he is ready. However, if you notice other developmental delays, check with your pediatrician.

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