How often does your newborn cry?

Does your newborn cry more than 3 hours a day, or 3 days a week? They may be one of the 20% of infants that have colic.

Introduction of soft foods

Introduce very soft food in small amount on tip of spoon before seven months, to accustom infant to its feel.

How to best heat breast milk

Do not heat breast milk in a microwave; it will destroy the immunizing properties.

Measuring baby’s length

To measure your baby’s length all you need to do is lay her down on a flat surface and stretch a measuring tape from head to toes.

Talking and singing to baby

Talk and sing to your baby. It is soothing to hear your voice.

Making sure baby is comfortable.

How can you tell if your sleeping baby is getting overheated? She may feel very warm behind her neck, her hair may be damp from sweat or her cheeks may become quite red.

A tremendous amount of heat is lost when we sweat and your baby is no exception. Monitor your baby’s temperature closely, unzip their bunting and remove their hat when you put them in the car or go into a warm shop, and bring an extra set of cloths just in case they get sweaty.

Food clean up tip

After mealtime while your child is still in the high chair – give them a warm washcloth to play with and you’ll be amazed at how much they will have cleaned themselves up after about 10 minutes of playing with it!

Mobile infants are changing each day.

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

Glider safety tip

Gliders with fabric skirts avoid the problem of tiny fingers being pinched under rocking chairs or in the glider spring mechanism.From: Wisconsin Child Care Improvement Project

First year food

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.

Quick change artist

Dress baby for quick &easy diaper changes. Try a onesie with leggings, it gives quick access to diaper without removing clothes more info

Swaddling

Research shows that infants who are swaddled wake up less and sleep longer than other babies. more info

Stories about babies

Pepare your tot for the new baby, tell stories about what he was like as a newborn and how you took care of him.

The new Baby

When expecting a new baby, discuss things that older child can do to help like talk and sing to baby and get diapers.

Reading aloud to your baby

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.

From: RIF.org

When toddlers start to talk

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

Tired toddler tip

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!

 From: theattachedparent.com

When to introduce new foods

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.

From: wholesomebabyfood.com

Giving eye drops to babies

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.

From: huggies.com

How to test for fever without a thermometer

When testing for fever without a thermometer, use the lip test. Touch your lips to the forehead of the baby.

From: huggies.com