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Baby Sleep Miracle

The baby sleep miracle has been created by Mary Ann Schuler. She is not only a clinical psychiatrist but also an experienced specialist but also a mother. With over two decades of clinical psychologist experience, she has also put to test the methods and techniques in this book. The baby sleep miracle the exact plan that has helped to resolve issues of sleeping for babies. Every night, your child can wake you up, and this can be consistent almost every day, it further results in you not getting enough rest and get sleep deprived. This is a book about the sleep tricks which will help get your child to be at ease and get to sleep. What's more, they work even without you having to buy expensive pacifiers, dangerous swings or relying on the outdated conventional methods like Ferberizing. The book will; help you to cut your risk of depression that is caused by sleep deprivation by far, improve your baby's health and prevent risks of damage to the nervous system, and much more. The baby sleep miracle is presented to you digitally. This book is dedicated to helping the mothers and fathers around the world who have sleepless nights. More here...

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How will my baby grow and change during this first year

The first year of a baby's life is a time of amazing growth and learning. At birth, your baby is a helpless infant, able to nurse and cry when he's uncomfortable, but not capable of much more than that. Twelve months later, he'll be able to hold and throw a ball, feed himself with a spoon, make noise by banging on a pot, and crawl or scoot to get a toy across the room. He may be walking and saying his first words. Anticipating your baby's development can help you know how to satisfy and stimulate him, and how to keep him healthy and safe. The left column in the chart below is a general guide to what's typical for baby development through the first year. The right column is a guide for you things you can do to help your baby thrive at different stages during the first year. What your baby might do What you can do What your baby might do What you can do

Will my baby be more attached to his child care provider than to me

If you find yourself feeling jealous of other adults who share the care of your baby, it may help to know you are not alone. Most parents, at one time or another, feel concerned that their baby may become more attached to a caregiver than to them. As a new parent, you may want to do everything for your baby and do it better than anyone else. But it sometimes seems that other people know more than you. Your mother-in-law may comfort your baby by singing wonderful baby songs that you don't know. Your husband may hold your baby in the air and make him giggle in a way he never does with you, or your wife may seem to know exactly how to comfort your baby while you are just beginning to figure out what to do when he is upset. Parents are the most important people in children's lives. No one can ever take your place because of the special love you feel for your baby and he feels for you. It's as if you and your baby's relationship is a special song whose tune will reverberate throughout your...

Once your baby learns to crawl and walk

When your baby has learned to crawl and walk, it's important to think about safety in every area of the house. Everyone family members and visiting friends must act with care around the house to make sure your toddler doesn't get into a dangerous situation. Keep cords off the floor or taped down so that your baby can't play with them.

When to take my baby to the doctor or clinic

You need to take your baby for a health care checkup about 6 times in the first year and about 4 more times up to age 2, in addition to any times you take your baby to the doctor for problems. Go for the first checkup about one week after your baby is born, unless you are told to come in sooner. These checkups are important, even if your baby is well and healthy. Your baby's health care provider will I Check to make sure your baby is growing normally. I Give you advice about feeding and baby care. I Give your baby tests and immunizations (shots) to keep him or her healthy. This chart shows about when your baby should go for check ups, and what will usually happen at each visit. Your baby's health care provider may give you a different schedule to fit your baby's needs You may select a pediatrician or family physician, a nurse practitioner or a nurse to give health care to your baby. Or you may have a team, including a dentist, a social worker, a nutritionist, a home visitor, and an...

After my baby is born

I Talking to, touching, and holding your new baby in the delivery room is good for you and your baby. I This is a wonderful time to start breastfeeding. Tell your care giver not to let anyone else feed your baby so that your baby will only get your breast milk. I Your health care giver will examine your baby right after birth, checking appearance and color, reflexes, breathing, heart rate, and activity to see whether your baby needs any special care. I Ask to have your newborn placed beside you in bed. Touch and hold your baby, and get to know how your baby feels. I Your baby may look different from the way you expected. Ask the hospital staff if you have questions about the way your baby looks. I Ask the staff to show you how to take your baby's temperature and read the thermometer. I You should take your baby to see the doctor when your baby is about 1 week old unless you are told to come in sooner. Call your baby's doctor right after your baby is born for an appointment. I Before...

How should I respond to my babys crying

And what they need is lots of attention. Remember, they are dependent on adults for everything. When your baby cries, most often it's because she is hungry, tired, or wet. She'll also cry when she's in pain, when a loose thread is caught around a finger or toe, when her throat hurts because she's sick, or when her stomach hurts from gas or colic. She may cry when she's over-stimulated or scared, as when a sudden movement makes her think she's being dropped. She may cry when she's undressed for a change of clothes, simply because she craves the feeling of clothes against her skin. She may cry when she needs comforting, or when she can't do something she wants to do, like roll over or reach the rattle she wants to grab. Sometimes she may just want company and be asking to rock and talk with you for a while. She might cry or call for you just because she is bored. She's eager to explore the world and wants some action which you provide. The feel of...

Tracking my baby girls growth

When you take your baby for a checkup, she will be weighed and measured. Tracking your baby's growth on the charts on these pages can help you remember. It will provide a record if you see more than one health care giver. Your baby's steady growth in height and weight is one of the best signs that she is healthy. It is regular growth that counts, more than how much or how fast. Ask your baby's health care giver any questions you may have about your baby's growth. My baby's firsts Each baby grows in his or her own way. Do not worry if your baby seems different from other babies. Ask your baby's health care giver if you have a question about what your baby is doing. If your baby was born early, he or she may develop a little later in some ways.

How can I cope with the frustration and anger I sometimes feel when my baby cries

The key is to step back, mentally, and realize that this is just a baby you're dealing with. He may be loud and he may be aggravating, but he's not mean-spirited. He simply has needs and crying is his only way of expressing those needs. If you can stay calm while you get through a task that makes your baby cry changing his clothes or bathing him your steadiness will gradually help calm him. You probably won't see that right away. He may still scream every time you change his clothes for the next few weeks or months. But your calmness will give both of you confidence that this is a normal, everyday task, and not one to be feared. If your baby's crying is really getting to you, and nothing you do seems to make a difference, you may need to step away physically. Ask you spouse, a friend, or a family member to come and take over for you, even if it's just for a half hour. If no help is available to you, you might take your baby for a walk outside, where the crying won't sound so loud and...

Does my baby have colic

Some babies are more fussy and cry more than others. If your baby cries a lot, it may simply be a matter of temperament. But it may also be a sign of colic. Colicky babies tend to cry intensely and for long periods, most often during the late afternoon and early evening, and most often between the ages of 4 and 16 weeks. When going through a colicky episode, babies scream, pull their legs up to their bellies, and act as though they are in real pain. Even when you interrupt the cries with a nipple or pacifier, a belly rub, or a cuddle, the peace doesn't last. A few minutes later the screaming starts again. If this describes your baby, let your doctor know. Your doctor may suggest a different type of formula, or a certain type of medication, or (if you are breastfeeding) changes in your diet. But be prepared for a few tough weeks. There really isn't a cure for colic, and most parents find they simply have to bear with it until their babies grow through this stage. Take note of anything...

Tracking my baby boys growth

When you take your baby for a checkup, he will be weighed and measured. Tracking your baby's growth on the charts on these pages can help you remember. It will provide a record if you see more than one health care giver. Your baby's steady growth in height and weight is one of the best signs that he is healthy. It is regular growth that counts, more than how much or how fast. Ask your baby's health care giver any questions you may have about your baby's growth.

My pregnancy my new baby and my family

A baby needs the love and attention of parents, family and friends to grow and develop in healthy ways. And your baby needs the healthy start only you can give by taking care of your own health and following good health habits during your pregnancy. In prenatal care, you will be given help to eat right, exercise and do other things that will be good for your baby. You will be checked to make sure your baby is developing normally. And if they arise, problems will be cared for. It is also very important that you avoid certain things that can harm your baby. Don't use any tobacco products, don't drink anything with alcohol, and don't use any street drugs. Don't take any prescription or other drugs even an aspirin before you check with your health care provider. Regular health care visits for your new baby are also important. Your baby's health care giver can make sure your baby is growing well, can give good advice for parents, and can protect your...

What to feed my baby

I Breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby. It will help you and your baby build a special closeness. It also will help protect your baby from some infections. Breastfeeding is usually easy, but if you have questions about breastfeeding, ask your health care giver. I For the first 5 to 6 months, feed your baby only breast milk or formula. I Be sure any formula you give your baby is fully iron fortified. I If you bottle feed, be sure to keep bottles and nipples very clean. Follow the directions on the container for fixing the formula. Hold your baby whenever you are giving the bottle. Enjoy the warmth and closeness between you. I At about 5 months, start your baby on one new food at a time. Ask your baby's care giver about the best time to start solid (strained or mashed) food and juice for your baby. I Ask your baby's health care provider what foods to give baby first, and which foods to avoid. Feeding advice or instructions from my baby's health care provider If you need help,...

My babys teeth

I Do not worry if your baby's teeth come in earlier or later than the dates shown here. Babies can chew most foods with their gums I Clean your baby's teeth gently as soon as they appear. Use a soft toothbrush, soft cloth or gauze at least once a day, after feeding. I Be sure that your baby is getting fluoride from the water supply or from drops to help protect against cavities. Do not put your baby to bed with a bottle to help him or her sleep. Sugar in drinks even milk and formula that stays in your baby's mouth can cause baby bottle tooth decay. 1. How much should my baby sleep YOUR BABY AND YOU I Baby's navel should be healed about 2-3 weeks after birth. If your baby boy was circumcised, he should heal in 1-2 weeks. I Most new parents are tired. Try to rest when your baby sleeps. I Never leave your baby alone in a room (except in a crib or playpen), outside, in a bath, or in a car. I Check the temperature of your baby's bath water by dipping your elbow in the water. The water...

Your developing babys behavior

When you feel your patience is running out, it may help to remember that your baby is growing up and will become less dependent. She is developing inner resources that will allow her to comfort herself and be able to wait a little for your help. It's not always easy to see. There are stages of development that can look as though she is losing ground. For example, at around eight months babies often cry and cling when their parents leave them. It's a sign of their growing awareness and attachment, not a step backward. They realize when you leave a room you aren't there, but they haven't learned that you'll come back And many parents whose babies are just about to begin walking find bedtime to be difficult. It's as if the children are so driven to be upright and moving that they can't let go enough to lie down, relax, and fall asleep. In fact, periods when your baby is hard to live with often indicate that she is about to make some big leap in development sitting up, crawling, walking,...

The Buddha and the Mustard Seed

When I lost a baby in an ectopic pregnancy, it was a sad and scary time for my 5-year-old. Just a couple of weeks earlier, we had been happily making up songs about the new baby we would be welcoming into our family. But then her mommy spent three days in the hospital for surgery. When I came home, I had to tell my daughter that our baby was not going to be born, and I was too sore to take her on my lap and comfort her. She knocked. With a door-opening gesture, I said, Yes She explained, If I can bring the Buddha a mustard seed from a house where no one has died, he will use it to bring my baby back to life. I answered, I'm sorry. I wish I could help you, but my grandfather died just last week. He was very old and it was time, but we miss him anyway.

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Where should Ygive birth

There may be a choice of hospitals in your area or perhaps you want to consider a midwife-led unit, How about staying at home to have your baby One thing's for sure - it's your decision - so talk to your midwife and other women, and start looking around until you find the environment that feels right for you and your baby,

Ask About The Adult Whooping Cough Vaccine

Researchers have found that infants with pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, usually catch this disease from their parents or adolescent siblings. And pertussis can be fatal to infants. So ask your health-care provider about the adult pertussis vaccine today. Even when babies are immunized against pertussis, they're not fully protected for up to 18 months of age. So the best way to help protect your baby is to protect yourself with a pertussis booster. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the pertussis booster for everyone 11-64 years of age.

What can I do to keep from feeling overloaded and overwhelmed

Being the parent of a baby is a big responsibility and puts significant demands on your time. Many parents experience feelings of overload during the first year of parenthood, even when they just focus on caring for their baby. It can be exhausting to stay up with a sick infant at night, to get a colicky baby through a tough afternoon and evening, or to keep a crawling and curious baby from hurting herself. When you try to combine those parenting demands with other responsibilities, such as meeting sales quotas at work or keeping the bills paid and the house in order, life with a new baby can sometimes seem overwhelming. The key to balancing parenthood and the rest of life lies both in being organized and in setting appropriate expectations. If you try to do everything you did before just the way you did it before and take good care of your baby, you're bound to disappoint yourself. By developing techniques to manage time, to manage stress, to get help, and to find time for yourself,...

How to take care of minor problems

Call your baby's health care giver if it looks red, irritated, bleeds or oozes, or has a bad odor. Call baby's health care giver if your baby won't take liquids, can't keep them down, has a lot of diarrhea, or has diarrhea for longer than 12 hours. I Make sure that your baby is not crying for some other reason (wet diaper, hunger, tight clothing, loneliness). I Rock your baby. I Push your baby in a carriage or stroller. Try to make your baby more comfortable. Call baby's health care provider if your baby has a fever. ALSO CALL IF YOUR BABY YOU SHOULD CALL YOUR BABY'S HEALTH CARE GIVER IMMEDIATELY IF YOUR BABY ALSO CALL IF YOUR BABY

Think I might be pregnant

Your health care giver will confirm whether you are pregnant and, if so, estimate the delivery date of your baby. The sooner you know for sure, the sooner you can begin to get the care you and your baby will need, called prenatal care. before your baby is born. You may need to go more often if you have problems. You may also want to attend childbirth education classes later in your pregnancy to learn the ways to make the delivery of your baby healthy and easier. Your health care giver can help you choose the right class for you.

Transition times are tough

Your baby also has to make those changes, going back and forth between the people who love and take care of him. This is harder for him at some stages of his life than others. Between six and nine months, your baby has become attached to you and knows that you are going away. Sometimes, he will cry and cry hard which is a natural response when someone we love says goodbye. This is a stage that shows a new awareness, and his crying when you leave is evidence of progressive development. In time, he will develop the ability to picture you when you are away. He will acquire a sense of time that will help him understand when you will be returning. Meanwhile, it's important for you and his caregiver to acknowledge his feelings. He's letting you know what he's feeling, and feelings aren't so overwhelming when you can Building bridges between home and child care can make your baby's transition from one to the other much easier. The more connected his two worlds are, the more secure he will...

Babies Under Months

Making each scoop over-generous can add quite a few more calories at every feed. Stick very closely to the feeding guidelines on the packet. On the other hand, don't be tempted to over-dilute or substitute some drinks with water without taking medical advice. Even if your baby seems to be chubbier than others, she'll still need the fat and cholesterol provided by the recommended number of scoops. WEANED BABIES Check you're cutting back on your baby's milk as you add more solids (but she should still have the equivalent dairy intake of 1 pint 600ml a day until she's 2). Offer plain water as an alternative drink to milk. If your baby seems to want something with a bit more flavour, such as juice, it's important to make sure it's well diluted. You may be someone who's always been able to eat what you wanted yet stayed a size 10, even when you were pregnant - lucky old you Because a lot is determined by genetics, it's likely your baby has just inherited...

Being sensitive to your childs needs

Your young child depends on you completely. His fear of a new person coming into the family is real and deserves your sympathy, even though you might also feel impatient. Your child is wondering, How will this affect me You need to give constant reassurance. One mother started dating, and after her fourth date with the same man her 7-year-old son asked, Why are you going out with him again Last night I dreamed you got married and had a new baby and forgot about me.

Jealousy and Not Sharing

If you don't understand why your first-born child might feel jealous when a new baby comes along, imagine coming home one night to find your wife wrapped in the arms of another man. She says to you, Oh, darling, you have made me so thrilled with having a husband that I have decided to bring home another husband. I just know you will love him. You can help me take care of him. It will be great fun for you to have another husband you guys will be the best of friends your whole life. Doesn't sound so good, huh You must remain sensitive to how jealous your first-born child really is. I've worked with many parents who claim that their firstborn is just thrilled with their new baby. This is usually because of their own wishes to avoid feeling guilty about bringing a com

How will having a baby affect our relationship as a couple

Before you can ever figure out how to share the responsibilities of parenting, you need to understand the complex shifts in your relationship that occur when your baby is born. Babies are very demanding creatures they have to be, since they depend on their parents for absolutely everything. And as parents, we find ourselves willing to make huge sacrifices to give up sleep, uninterrupted conversation, romantic evenings to ensure the welfare of our children. It's important to realize that time for your relationship won't happen without some preparation. But while you have to work a little harder for those special times together, it's worth the effort. It's very important to you and to your relationship as a couple. It's important to your baby, too, because his sense of security depends on the stability of your relationship. So, somehow, some way, you have to find time to be a couple as well as parents. This might not happen during the first three months, but it is important as soon as...

Tracking my weight gain

Your steady weight gain is a sign that your baby is growing. Full grown newborn babies usually weigh about 7 pounds. But, you must gain much more than that to support the development of your baby. Gaining weight is what sometimes makes pregnant women most unhappy and uncomfortable. But if you remember how important it is to the health of your baby, it may be easier for you to handle. Besides, most women lose all the extra weight they have gained by 2 or 3 months after their baby is born, and even sooner if they breastfeed.

The Powdertowater Ratio Matters

Follow the preparation instructions to the letter. Using more water to stretch formula can result in seizures using less can result in dehydration and obesity. SWITCHING FORMULAS MAY NOT HELP FUSS I NESS Only a small percentage of infants truly need a specialized type of formula, but talk to your pediatrician if your baby is having frequent digestive difficulty and seems to be especially unhappy.

How Soon Can I Start to Discipline

By the age of nine months, your baby is smarter than almost every other creature on earth. Before she is a year old, she is more intelligent than the family dog, and the dog is fully capable of learning to sit, stay, and come here. Even if your child has a very limited vocabulary, she can still understand disciplinary actions that include absolutely no words. For example, if your child throws her bottle and you are tired of retrieving it, merely remove it. If she won't sit in her high chair, fasten the seat belt. If she purposely spits out her carrots, just take the food away.

When to call the doctor

You should call your doctor whenever you think your baby is sick or whenever something about her just doesn't seem right. Your pediatrician's medical team will help you decide whether the problem is serious enough to need immediate attention. According to the U.S. Public Health Service, the following medical symptoms are signs that you need to call your baby's doctor immediately

What happens at prenatal care visits

With all of the changes in your body, regular visits will help make sure that you and your baby stay healthy. Your health care giver will I Measure your abdomen (stomach) to see how your baby is growing. I Listen to your baby's heart beat with you. I Give you any special tests you may need to find out about your health or your baby. exam) to check your cervix and uterus. Also to check that your pelvis is large enough for your baby to pass through during birth. Blood tests to see if you have certain conditions which might affect your pregnancy or your baby such as anemia (low blood count), Rh factor, syphilis, HIV, or hepatitis B. Also show if you have protection against rubella (German measles). YOU ALSO MAY HAVE ONE OR MORE OF THESE TESTS TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH OR THE GROWTH OF YOUR BABY Ultrasound produces a picture (sonogram) to check the position and size of your baby, to find out about when your baby is due to be born, and to check for some kinds of problems. How to...

Strategies for transitions at the beginning of the day

Here are some strategies that can make the beginning of the day easier for you and your baby Do whatever you can the night before to save yourself time and hassle in the morning. Pack the bag you carry to the office, as well as your baby's supplies for child care. Check for missing buttons, broken zippers, gloves, and so on, as you set out clothes for yourself and the baby to avoid last-minute changes in the morning. Try to spend at least a few minutes at the child care provider's home or center in the morning helping your baby say hello to her caregiver. You'll feel better knowing your baby is settled before you leave for work. Help the caregiver maintain routines. Bring your baby's favorite blanket from home. Tell the caregiver how you help your baby go to sleep (by rubbing her back and singing a particular song, for example). Explain that your baby likes you to gently tickle her tummy as you change her diaper (or whatever unique things you do to get your baby through fussy times)....

Therapeutic Interventions

Create a plan for developing a loving bond with the new baby. (13, 14) 10. Create a family budget that allows for the needs and accommodations required by the new baby. (19, 20) 28. Council the parents to include the siblings in planning for the baby by actively listening to their ideas and inviting them to assist with preparing the new baby's area in the home.

Mamma Lullaby Night Light

Nothing is more soothing to a newborn baby than the sound of Mum. With Mamma Lullaby, you can record your own voice, so that you can sing your baby to sleep at bedtime, in fact any time. Should my baby sleep in my bedroom What should my baby sleep in tip them over. Baskets are safe until your baby can roll over or weighs more than 7kg (15lb). After that, he needs something sturdier. Cradles are ideal in the early weeks and months but, again, they can be knocked or pushed by bigger children or pets. Your baby may learn to rock himself as he grows, so lock the rocker once he's asleep. Depending on design, your baby may use his cot for up to three years. In that time, he'll acquire a range of long as they're designed for regular night use and are small enough to stop your baby from sliding down into it. The safest are those the baby wears like a garment, which secures over the shoulders and has armholes that prevent the baby slipping down into the bag and overheating or having her...

How to get the prenatal care I need

There are many kinds of health care professionals who can help you when you are pregnant. They may include doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physician's assistants, nutritionists, dentists, and social workers. You and your care givers are a team, working to help assure that your baby is born healthy. It is important for you to keep all of your appointments when you are pregnant. Your care givers check your health. They talk with you about how your body is changing, and how your baby is growing. Tell them how you are feeling. Ask them any questions that you have. If you have health insurance, find out what expenses your insurance will cover. Also find out how to make sure that your baby will be covered by your health insurance from birth. Your health care giver will need to know the name of your insurance company and your policy number.

Parenting During The Discovery Years

You may have felt the same fears on your baby girl's ride home from the hospital . . . or during her first bath . . . or the first time you watched her big brother swing her over his head. Parenting is a terrifying, wonderful job. And every age has its parts that are terrifying and its parts that are wonderful.

What to expect at home

Joining your baby at the end of your workday can be an intensely happy time for both of you. But working and taking care of a baby can also be tiring. To make sure you have the energy to enjoy your family when you get home, remember to pace yourself, reorganize your household priorities (for the time being anyway), and get as much sleep as you can. - Try to sleep when your baby sleeps. If you can, go to sleep for the night when your baby does, take naps when your baby does on days you aren't working, and trade off mornings of sleeping in a little later. - Try to get some regular exercise. Taking your baby for stroller rides can be a great stress reducer.

Your childs needs

Sometime between the ages of 7 and 15 months, you can expect that your baby will become very aware of the difference between you and strangers, as well as the fact that when you are out of sight temporarily you are not gone forever. These stages don't last long, and babies' reactions vary. Many babies become upset whenever their parent leaves the room, even at home. These are normal and important milestones in your baby's development. Although it can be difficult to start a new child care arrangement at this time, these separations and reunions help your baby learn that you will come back again. Generally though, young children pick up on a parent's feelings. Whenever you start care, your baby is more likely to be happy with a child care arrangement if you're happy with it.

The Big Switch

Calcium is important for you and your baby, but you don't always have to opt for cows' milk. It's mucus-forming, acidic and contains hormones, which should be avoided in pregnancy. Instead, try calcium-fortified rice milk, which is lighter, sweeter and great with cereals. Or how about goats' milk It's a good source of calcium and is easily digested and very tasty. Most supermarkets stock rice and goats' milk.

Baby

Gnawing on toys with varying textures will teach your baby to move his mouth in diverse ways. Consider this his pre-high-chair workout. Test your baby's food. Make sure the chunks aren't too big or firm. With jarred food, taste It to see that the gravy isn't thinning out too fast. No one likes a mouthful of dry lumps. Let him lead (to a point). If your baby's not getting it, Morris says, there's nothing wrong with moving back to an easier stage. Just keep an eye on the situation Studies show delaying chewing past the 7-to-9-month window may cause problems later. Kathryn Sucich

A lifelong process

Our daily lives are filled with moments of separating and reuniting. Walking out of the living room where your baby is playing in his playpen and returning a minute later from the kitchen with his bottle, going out for an evening or a weekend afternoon and leaving your baby with your spouse or a sitter, and falling asleep every night and waking up in the morning are but a few examples of the times we say hello and goodbye. Yet, with the practice we get, learning to separate and reunite is not a task we ever fully master. Instead it is a process a part of being human that we keep learning throughout our lives. By providing your Never leave your baby without saying goodbye Prepare your baby for your leaving Work with your baby's caregiver to make hellos and goodbyes easier for everyone Whenever possible, allow yourself a little time at your baby's child care in both morning and evening to help bridge the transitions Keep your caregiver informed about your baby, and about anything out of...

Green Dream

The Babytalk Insider's Guide to Your Baby's First Year is a totally comprehensive handbook packed with practical solutions from the award-winning editors of Babytalk magazine. Loaded with advice from moms who've been there, done that and who have uncovered priceless secrets firsthand The Babytalk Insider's Guide tells the truth about every aspect of baby care, with no lecturing or finger-wagging, including Let your baby nap anywhere that works for him and buys you the most time. Your Baby's First Year

Vs No Pacifier

YOUK HABY MAY MAKE this decision for you Some tykes just never enjoy a Bin ky. But if your newborn takes to a pad a la Maggie Simpson, we kinda think it's a win-win situation. Not only arc infants soothed by the act of sucking, says Harvey Karp, M.D., author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, but pacifiers have been shown to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) when used during naps and at bedtime. And contrary to popular belief, pads do not cause nipple Confusion and probably won't lead to orthodontia woes (unless your baby uses them past the age of 6 or so). The catch Giving ababy a paci means that, eventually, you'll have to wean her off it. If you take the Binky away around 6 months, as the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends, your baby will likely forget about it in a day or so. But

Sootheto Snooze

Months, respond to your baby's cries right away and help him feel comfortable in his new world by rocking, feeding, singing, or swaddling him to sleep. Newborns need help settling down, says Dr. Greene. But somewhere between 4 and 6 months, your child's nervous system un-ravelsfromits tangled newborn mass and organizes itself and he maybe ready to soothe himself to sleep. The problem is, your little guy now refuses to go down The choices you make during your baby's first year do matter just not always in the ways you expect. unless he's had a seemingly endless amount of your pre-sleep, soothing attention. And that's when many exhausted parents decide to sleep train. Popularized by Richard Ferber, M.D., author of Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems (who now believes his progressive-waiting technique was over- and misused), sleep training has many different forms. But the basic idea is this Put your baby down drowsy but awake. If he cries, talk softly and rub his back to console him....

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Basically, for the same reason you find yourself shedding like a Saint Bernard after giving birth a drop In hormones. High estrogen levels In your body during pregnancy cause both your and your baby's hair to grow, with less resting or shedding, says Jennifer Shu, M.D., an Atlanta pediatrician and coauthor of Heading Home With Your Newborn. Postpartum, your estrogen levels plummet and so do your baby's because he's no longer getting his hormones from you. You both enter a shedding stage called telogen effluvium.This lasts about six months for your baby, possibly longer for you. Will your child become as bald as Bruce Willis It depends on his hair's texture and whether he sits up early (then he won't spend as much time rubbing his head against mattresses and activity mats). All the while, though, new hair is sprouting. Just don't be shocked if this do Is way different most infants' second headful is darker and coarser. HOW LIKELY IS MY BABY TO GET MY DIMPLES OR MY HUSBANDS CLEFT CHIN...

The right weight

Genetics also play a part in how much your child weighs. If you and your partner come from Charlotte Church Danny de Vito stock, it's unlikely your offspring will grow up looking like Kate Moss. Look at your baby pictures. Were you all dimples and dumpling, or long and lean a while for your newborn to get used to drinking milk rather than getting food through the placenta (and if you're breastfeeding, for you to start making it), which means he can lose up to 10 of his weight in the days following birth. But by about 10 days old, he should start to put it on again. Your health visitor will plot your baby's weight gain for the first few weeks (then less regularly as he grows up) in his health record on a growth chart, also known as a centile chart (see below). The lines represent a zone within which your baby is expected to grow normally. If he's on the top line, or centile, it doesn't mean he's overweight. Equally, he's not underweight if he's on the lower line. Regardless of which...

Preparing your child

If you have an infant, and you'll be leaving your child in someone else's care for the first time, you can expect that the separation will be hard for you, as it might be for your child. A knowledgeable child care provider will give your baby extra attention and comforting and can also give you some help understanding how to get through this difficult time. Research on mothers and infants suggests that the best child care arrangements occur when the parent is comfortable with her decision to return to work. Children even infants pick up on a parent's feelings, and your baby is more likely to be happy with a child care arrangement if you're happy with it. Remember that finding the right child care arrangement is more important than deciding on the right age to begin child care. No matter who provides it, your child will thrive with good care.

What about work

It's also important to know your spouse's options at his or her job. Working couples should have a contingency plan in which they decide together how they will handle the situation when their baby is sick. Who will stay home What if both of you have an important meeting that day Is there a relative, friend, or sitter who can be called at the last minute If your baby gets ill during the day, who will take him home from child care You should also have backup child care plans in place. When choosing a regular child care provider, ask about their health policy and any backup care options in detail. Will they provide child care even when your baby is ill If so, what illnesses are they prepared to deal with Will they administer medications Are they prepared to care for children with chronic conditions like asthma Call your doctor when you're concerned about your baby's health Plan, in advance, how you will handle your baby's illness Establish sick child care arrangements for days when you...

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(newborn and up) Early on, your baby will get a kick out of watching your face appear and disappear, but around 7 months, he'll aiso start to learn the concept of object permanence (that you're still there even when he can't see you). (2 months and up) Along with prediction and memory skills, your baby will learn about his body.

Talk to your child

Begin talking and singing to your child from birth. Your baby loves hearing your voice. Play peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake. Recite nursery rhymes or other verses that have strong rhythms and repeated sounds. Sing lullabies and other songs. Let your baby know that you hear her babbles, coos, and gurgles. When your baby stretches her arm toward her bottle and says, ga-ga-ga, say, Oh, you're ready for some more milk Here's your milk. Isn't it good

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By the way, this sort of tiredness is different from the usual type of sleep deprivation (though you'll have that, too, long after your newborn starts sleeping through the night, due to your kids' bad dreams, late-night potty trips, vomitous viruses, and your own worries about why your 6-year-old isn't reading or your 12 year-old Googled jugs on the family computer). A garden-variety snooze deficit is fairly straightforward to deal with Squeeze in a nap or sleep late on Saturday morning and you'll be right as rain. This other form of slacker-part

Better Bouncing

If your baby loves her doorway jumper those bungee-style infant seals that hang from a, clamp onyour doorframe let her bounce away. The dangers have been overstated, says Rachel Zang, M.D., a pediatrician in SilverSpring, Ml). If installed correctly, there's very little potential for babies to hurt their knees or ankles, she says. Only the child's toes should touch the floor so she can't land with a hard enough impact to do damage. And since 4- and 5-month-olds are just gaining real motor control of their legs, she adds, they instinctively love to bounce. Still, if you'd simply rather avoid jumpers altogether, and the usual substitute, the stationary activity center, gets boring, try Dr. Zang's leg-pumping alternatives. -CHRISTOPHER HEALY BE A HUMAN JUMP-AROO Grab your baby under the arms, hold her so her feet are just touching the floor, and voila. Your kid's goingto bounce up and down the whole time, says Dr. Zang. They love it.

Being selfaccepting

Gemma hadn't traveled much farther before she saw a distressed monkey jumping up and down on the edge of a cliff, crying out for help. Gemma, called the monkey, my baby has fallen over the cliff. She's down over the ledge, hanging on to a tree root, and I can't reach her. If someone doesn't get her soon, she may fall to her death.

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After becoming pregnant at 38, our deputy editor, Mink, is taking nothing for granted. She radically re-organised her 'pizza, beer and ciggies every night' lifestyle and feels all the better for it. Mink finds it weird to think of a tiny human being growing inside her 'but heaps easier to grasp thanks to our How big is your baby now feature. Mine's a large aubergine ' Get your head round your little one's progress on page 26 The Essentials Baby Care Kit from Summer Infant. 'It's a great idea to get prepared before the birth,' says PP's Ed, Mara Lee. 'This kit contains all the basics, such as a nasal aspirator, digital thermometer, medicine dropper and gum massager, all in a neat little carry case - for just 14.99.' For stockists, call 020 8420 4429. Important notice Breastfeeding is best for your baby. Cow & Gate follow-on milks should only be used as part of If you've had a caesarean, it will take a few weeks to heal. In the meantime, you've got a new baby to care for, so to...

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