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By now, your child has gone from being a passive observer of the world to an active participant. Some of the children at this age also like to try to “stand up.” If your child seems to want to stand up when held safely in your lap, it means that some leg muscles are probably strong enough. Give your baby hugs and kisses. Your child does not need a lot of fancy toys, but he does need the attention and love of parents. Talk to your baby. Your soothing voice will become a familiar touchstone to your baby, and a soothing reminder of your comforting presence. When your baby cries, try to figure out what she needs. A new diaper? More milk?” A nap? Skin-to-skin contact is helpful and relaxing for your baby.