Baby Info

Mikayla Scott

Newborn Appearance

When your child is born there are different characteristics you may notice such as your baby's skin color. While it can very greatly, in most cases the skin is a dark red to purple color. The redness eventually begins to fade while fading last in the foot and hands.

You may also notice vertix, this is a white, greasy, cheeselike substance that covers the skin of babies when they are born. This substance around the baby protects the baby in the mother's womb.

There may also be visible downy hair that coveres the baby's body, particularly on the shoulders and back.

Bonding with your infant

There are a variety of different ways a parent can bond with their child. First and for most it begins with plenty of interaction, which include

1. Reading with your child

2. Singing to your child

3. Playing with your child

4. Eye to eye contact

5. Placing your child on your chest when it comes out of the womb

6. Skin to skin contact

Appropriate Toys

When finding toys for your child there are several things you need to consider such as, is it produced with durable materials? Does it have rounded edges? Is it painted with non toxic substances? Is it colorful? Are there any cords? Is it age appropriate? Examples of toys of these characteristics would be items like a rattle, puzzles, wind chimes, soft toys that make noise when pressed and toy blocks.

Bottle and Breast feeding

Bottle feeding:

pros: feed anywhere, hand control in child, pre-make ready to go, anyone can help out, returning to work is more convenient

cons: bottle could be forgotten, become heavy, expensive, not getting natural immunities

Breast Feeding:

pros: always available, cheaper, natural immunities, bonding between mother and child, more sanitary

cons: if in public may be uncomfortable, time consuming, painful, messy, mom's medication may be hazardous

First food for baby

From birth to adult children eat a variety of different things at different stages in their life which include:

  • orange juice and vitamin c supplements from the age of 2-4 weeks
  • fluoridated water at the age of 4 weeks
  • cereal at the age of 3 months
  • pureed fruits and vegetables at the age of 4 months
  • breads and pastas at the age of 7 months
  • meats and adult food from 1 year of age and after

Characteristics of a healthy child

There are many characteristics that make up a happy and vibrant child which include:

  1. Children sleeping soundly
  2. Eats without much coaxing
  3. Gains steadily in height and weight
  4. Teeth are in good condition
  5. Has few aches and pains
  6. Enjoys both individual and group activity
  7. Child is alert, cheerful and interested in happenings
  8. Has a healthy skin color and bright eyes

SIDS prevention

SIDS is the sudden, unexplained death of an infant younger than one year of age. While we have no control over our children's fate there are a variety of ways that we can help make sure SIDS is not part of that fate, which include:

  • Do not place children on their side or stomach to sleep
  • Make sure their mattress is firm
  • Do not place anything over the baby's food
  • Do not smoke or let anyone else smoke around your child

Crib Safety

There are many different steps you can take to ensure that your child is safe and sound in their crib, which include:

  1. Not placing blankets or pillows in the child's crib
  2. Don't place loose bumpers around the crib
  3. Dress your child in a one piece sleeper and don't wrap child in a blanket
  4. Do not place objects and toys in crib
  5. Place the crib near or next to the parent's sleeping area