Mobile infants are changing each day. As their rapidly increasing motor skills lead them into new areas, adults must anticipate new hazards, being alert to the fact that they can move faster, climb higher, and reach things they could not reach only a few days before.From: Early Childhood Resource Institute
Food for the first year is not important nutritionally because they are drinking breastmilk and/or formula. The first year is really just an introduction to food, and letting them get acclimated to eating solids.
Talk with your baby – all day long. Describe the weather or which apples you are choosing at the grocery. Talk about the pictures in a book or things you see on a walk. Ask questions. By listening, your child learns words, ideas, and how language works.
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Take some return address labels, stick them on the soles, and cover with clear packing tape.
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Newborns can see only very sharp images in bright colors that are within 6 to 8 inches of their head. They cannot look around and their heads are wobbly as the muscles of their necks are still not strong enough to hold their head properly.
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Improve baby’s fine motor skills between ages 9-12 months, play "give and take" to encourage your baby to release objects voluntarily.
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If the first haircut is a ceremonial occasion in your family, make sure to have someone there to take some video footage or at least snap some cute "Before" and "After" shots. Also, remember to keep a little hair sample for posterity, too.
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Your toddler will need her teeth cleaned at least twice a day. After breakfast and after her evening meal are ideal times because cavities form when the naturally occurring bacteria in her mouth combine with sugars in the food residues left on her teeth, producing an acid that attacks her tooth enamel.
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Make bath water comfortably warm (90 to 100 degrees F). Babies and toddlers generally prefer a much cooler tub than you probably do.
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Dress baby for quick &easy diaper changes. Try a onesie with leggings, it gives quick access to diaper without removing clothes more info
Research shows that infants who are swaddled wake up less and sleep longer than other babies. more info
Pepare your tot for the new baby, tell stories about what he was like as a newborn and how you took care of him.
When expecting a new baby, discuss things that older child can do to help like talk and sing to baby and get diapers.
Read aloud to your baby for only a few minutes at a time. Read a little longer as your older baby is willing to listen.
Most toddlers begin to say Mama and Dada between 7 and 15 months, say 4-6 words between 11 and 22 months, and say 50 or more words between 18 and 27 months.
From: About.com: Pediatrics
Wearing your 2 to 3 year old in a soft cloth carrier, backpack or sling can still be a huge lifesaver.
When your toddler is tired, over stimulated or otherwise out of sorts, wearing them will help them to settle down and maybe even go to sleep!
Introduce new foods during the morning or early afternoon. This will enable you to deal with any adverse reactions when your pediatrician is in office. Should an adverse reaction occur during the morning/early afternoon, it will cause the least amount of disruption in baby’s fragile routine.
When giving eye drops allow the baby to keep their eyes closed while placing the drops on the corner of the eye and then they will fall in as they open them.
When testing for fever without a thermometer, use the lip test. Touch your lips to the forehead of the baby.
Swaddle for the first three months. Research shows that infants who are swaddled wake up less and sleep longer than other babies.