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...

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....

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...