Baby will appreciate your willingness to make a fool of yourself when you stick out your tongue, play peekaboo, and make funny faces. His applause of smiles and giggles is certainly a motivator, but if you need a break, pull out the tricks. Though baby won't realize it's his own face in the mirror until age two or three, he's still fascinated by the image staring back at him. Add some rattles, stuffed animals, and squeaky toys to the mix, and you'll have all the distraction tools you need.
[tip] Having a hard time finding a new caregiver you trust? Ask your pediatrician's office for a recommendation — they're a great referral source for almost anything you can think of.
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All medical information reviewed by Dr. Paula Prezioso of Pediatric Associates in New York City
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