New Parent Information

Megan Mojica

Newborn Appearance

* The baby's color is depending on the baby's age, temperature, and if the baby is crying.

* Moulding is depending on the shape of the baby's head.

* Vernix is a white greasy look like substance that covers the baby's skin when born.

* Lanugo is hairs on the baby when born.

* Milia is white spots that look like pimples on a newborns nose.

Bonding With Your Infant

* The first few weeks of your baby's life help set the stage for your relationship. I recommend that parents spend as much time in skin-to-skin and eye-to-eye.

* The intimate contact promotes bonding by teaching you to read your baby's facial expressions and sense her body language.

* babies sleep in the same room as mother, on separate sleeping surfaces, to reap the benefits of nighttime attachment.

Guidelines for appropriate toys for infants

  • well-made (with no shared parts or splinters and do not pinch)
  • painted with nontoxic, lead-free paint
  • shatter-proof
  • easily cleaned

Pros and cons of breast and bottle feeding.

  • It may decrease a baby's risk of obesity in the future.
  • It's always available.
  • There's no need to heat the formula for your baby. Drinking it at room temperature is fine.
  • You can, though, save unused formula that baby hasn't sipped from for the next feeding.

First foods for baby and when they should be introduced.

* Avocado – a great first food for baby, avocados burst with essential fats and nutrients that a growing baby needs.

* bananas are another great first food for your baby.

* You can also peel the squash, scoop out the seeds and then cut into chunks and boil/steam until tender.

Characteristics of a healthy child.

* The level of development in general according to age level. You may be able to compare the physical and mental condition with kids his age.

* lips and tongue looked fresh.

* lips and tongue looked fresh.

SIDS prevention and crib safety.

* Tell anyone who takes care of your baby how essential it is to lay your sleeping baby on his back each time.

* Once your baby can roll over both ways, which usually happens around 6 months, he may not stay on his back.

* Make sure the baby's crib is like two fingers between the poles on the crib so your baby won't get out or get anything stuck.