Nighttime routines

The end of the day, when parents return from work and siblings come home from school, can be a high-stress time for everyone, including a baby. The key to a smooth transition at this time of day is to follow a routine and keep things simple. Frequently, one parent takes over baby care while the…

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New Safety Needs

As babies become more active in their exploration, you must take additional safety precautions. Be  sure to: –  Keep one hand on the baby whenever you are changing diapers on a changing table. Never leave a baby unattended on a changing table or bed, since babies can easily roll off. –  Make sure the crib…

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Feeding Tips

Some babies eagerly consume all new foods, while others who generally shy away from all kinds of new experiences shun their first solids. Often, it takes some experimenting on the part of both the parents and the baby to diversify the babys diet and feeding patterns. The task may be easier if you: – Avoid…

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Keeping Track of Health and Growth

Unless a baby has a specific medical problem, your attention in feeding and frequent cuddling and caressing will assure that he thrives. A newborns tiny body is, however, highly vulnerable to the stress of even a minor illness or other setback. Thus, new parents need to be aware of possible trouble signs or missed milestones…

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Starting Solid Food

Before the age of four months, solid food may actually be harmful to babies. Early introduction of solids may increase the chance that the baby will develop food allergies, and it may prevent the baby from getting enough calories to grow properly. At around six months of age, though, babies can no longer get adequate…

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Well Baby Care

Small babies produce more heat than adults. Their body temperature increases in the first months and peaks, around the sixth month, at 99.5, after which it starts to decrease gradually. During the first year, you should avoid exposing the baby to extreme heat or cold. Doctors recommend maintaining room temperature between 68 and 72 degrees…

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First feedings

Breast feeding is the best feeding method, although even a newborn can be well-nourished with formula feeding. If you wish to breast-feed, its important to get a good start. The sooner you begin, the better. The breast milk produced in the first few days after birth is a thin, watery substance called colostrums. It was…

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A New Awareness Discovering The World

While life with a three- to six-month-old still has its ups and downs, its calmer and more predictable than the first few weeks. The whirlwind of activity that greets the arrival of a new baby has died down; cards and gifts have stopped arriving; and both parents (but especially the mother) are beginning to feel…

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The Right Amount of Water to Give Your Baby

A certain amount of water is recommended for everyone, particularly during the warmer seasons because the heat can dehydrate someone quickly. However, what most people don’t realize is that infants up to 6 months old can be given too much water. A 1997 Clinicians Reviews survey of new mothers discovered that almost 25 percent gave…

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