My Baby – Week 33

At this age, your baby is probably beginning to understand the word no. Don't be discouraged if she doesn't always obey; testing boundaries and asserting independence are signs that your baby is developing right on schedule! In addition to telling your baby “no,” you will want to divert her attention to something else. You can help her to learn which behaviors and toys are acceptable, and which are not, by patiently reinforcing her desirable behaviors.

Plants and Flowers

Did you know that many common house and garden plants could be poisonous to your little one if they are ingested? Because your infant is at an age when anything and everything is put in his mouth, you may want to consider removing certain plants from your home entirely; or at the very least, placing them far out of reach from your exploring baby. If you hang plants up high to be out of reach, be sure that no leaves or flowers can fall into an area that your baby could reach. If you do keep poisonous plants in your home, be sure to label them clearly. Even if you know all the names of your plants, chances are most of your babysitters won't. If your child accidentally ingests a leaf or two, labeling the plant will help expedite communication with the doctor or poison control.

Some poisonous plants include:

  • Iris
  • Lily of the Valley
  • English Ivy
  • Hyacinth bulbs
  • Azalea
  • Daffodil bulbs
  • Rhododendron
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Tomato plant leaves
  • Holly and Mistletoe

Though you may have heard that the Poinsettia is poisonous, Holly and Mistletoe are the real culprits. Poinsettias are not poisonous, but they can be irritating; so you should still be cautious and keep this plant out of your baby's reach.

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My Baby – Week 33

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  1. Marina says:

    My son putting everything in the mouth as well. I try to have him within my sights (which is getting harder as he is getting more mobile). All the plants are out of reach.

  2. tracy says:

    I try not to use the word no to often so that when I do it grabs my little peoples attention. I tend to say” not for baby” or if the case is that they are doing something dangerous I say “dangerous”. that way my child does not tell me no which can be frustrating but yet still learn boundaries.

  3. Ashley says:

    My baby is still putting Everything! in his mouth. I changed his diaper and there was paper! He eats and eats! This is where the “no” works but he does ignore me. He is so fun though! just energetic and wants to play. He is scretching at us now. He has said mama and dada once. We have no plants in the house but this is good information. We do have a kitten that he is pretty good with.

  4. Holli says:

    @ Kateryna, Raising children with pets is possible, but a lot of hard work. Research the breeds best suited for children. If you go to a shelter for a cat, when you do the intro, if the cat scared or nervous you don’t want it. You want a cat/kitten that wants your attention amidst all the chaos, as to an animal, a house with children is chaos. A snuggly animal is best, playful if good if the play with toys and not your hands. The biggest test is grab the cat/kitten’s ears/fur/tail/paws gently. Children don’t know personal boundries. If they show no aggression you have found a good family feline.

  5. Today I am going to plant some flowers in my friend’s garden and thought of making my son participate, so this is great information.

  6. Kateryna says:

    Thanks a lot! But what about raising pets (like cats) and babies? Do u have any tips for those parents who want to adopt a kitty?

  7. Sarah Conrad says:

    Thanks for the info. I wouldn’t have thought about the plant thing. We don’t have house plants, but this is really useful for those that do.

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