how to take care of a one year old

How To Take Care of a One-Year-Old: 5 Tips Every Parent Should Know

As the youngest member in your family, learning how to take care of a one-year-old can be a learning experience. It’s tough to figure out what they need and what will make them happy. Indeed, this post has five helpful ideas for one-year-olds! 

How to Take Care of a One-Year-Old

Remember that your one-year-old is still learning and growing, so don’t expect them to do everything perfectly right away. Instead, be patient with them and give them the time they need to learn new skills. And lastly, always have fun with your one-year-old! They are going through an amazing process and deserve your love and attention in every way possible.

1. Raise Aware of Developmental Milestones

A one-year-old undergoes a lot of changes in such a short period. Here are some key developmental milestones to keep in mind when taking care of your one-year-old:

  • Hunger and Thirst – Make sure to keep an eye on your one-year-old’s fluid intake and food intake to ensure they get the proper nutrition.
  • Sucking skills – One-year-olds begin to suck their thumb, grasp objects with their hands, and learn how to walk unsupported. They also develop speech and social skills at this age. Talk with your one-year-old about what they have done during the day and what they want to do in the future. Let them know that you are there for them no matter what.
  • Sense of touch – This is a time for your one-year-old to receive positive communication and feedback from you and develop the confidence that he does not need your constant attention.

2. Create a Plan for Emotional Responsiveness

One of the most important things you can do as a parent is to create a plan for emotional responsiveness. This means that you will know how to handle situations calmly and healthily.

  • Let them express their feelings – When your one-year-old becomes upset, they may want to cry or yell. Allow them to do this in a safe and healthy environment. You don’t have to react in a way that makes the situation worse. All you need to do is listen and comfort your child when they are upset.
  • Avoid judgment – When your one-year-old cries, it might be tempting to think that something is wrong with them. Don’t make this mistake! Judgment will only make the situation worse. 

3. Let This Magical Child Grow

Children change constantly during the first year of their life. As parents, it is important to adapt and change with them. 

  • Allow Them To Play Outside – Children need to play outside to develop their imaginations and expand their horizons. Playing outside also helps to foster a healthy outdoor activity habit in your child when they reach school age.
  • Feed Them Properly – A one-year-old’s body is still developing so they need more water and protein. Try to give them around 50% of their daily caloric needs in the form of liquids and proteins.

4. Play Removes Stress Unconditionally

  • Make sure they have plenty of toys and activities to choose from. This will keep them entertained and prevent them from becoming bored.
  • Positive reinforcement is important when it comes to playtime. Give your one-year-old frequent positive feedback, such as kisses or words of praise. This will help them learn that playing is fun and rewarding.
  • Avoid using force when playing with your one-year-old. Physical punishment can have long-term adverse effects on their development. Instead, try using logical consequences such as taking away privileges if they misbehave.

5. Connect with Your One-Year-Old

One way to get started is by discussing what you will be doing each day. This will help your one-year-old become familiar with schedules and make sure that everything is running smoothly. It is also important to keep an open dialogue with your one-year-old. This allows them to feel comfortable voicing any concerns or questions they may have. It also helps you learn what they are interested in and helps provide guidance in those areas.

Get in Touch with Fit Life Pediatric Consultants to Book a Virtual Appointment

When you are looking for a pediatrician, it is important to find one that you can trust. Get in touch with Dr. Mafut, an experienced pediatrician, at Fit Life Pediatric Consultants at 305-777-3505.