News For New Parents

Ysabel Rodriguez

Here is a few quick tips about your new baby

Congratulations!!! You are either expecting a child or already have a new born. These are just a few things you should be aware of with your new born. Your new born will look sort of funny at first, the baby will be covered in a white, cheesy looking substance, its called vernix caseosa and that is perfectly fine! Also is most likely that your baby will be covered in lots of hair, and have a very big head but that is perfectly normal.
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Baby bonding

Another thing to be prepared for is bonding with your baby! You as parents make the first impression on your baby, that is why bonding is so important. There are so many was to bond with your baby, for example you can read, talk, and sing to your baby! Playing games with your baby is also very important, when you play games like peek-a-boo your baby will learn to copy facial expressions. Another way to bond with your baby is feeding, and formula bottles or pre-made breast milk bottles allow Dad to bond by feeding with your baby as well.
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Appropriate Toys for Baby

The thins your baby plays with need must be extremely safe. Babies put everything in their mouths so the toys you should buy your baby should meet the following requirements:

  • must not have any led based paints or any toxins
  • have soft round edges
  • be opposing colors, so it is visible to your baby.
  • big enough so that the baby does not choke
  • does not have a string larger than 12 inches.
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The pros and cons of breast feeding

This is a very touchy topic for most new moms. The pros of breast feeding are that your baby will get natural immunities, its cheaper than bottle feeding, but some cons may be that moms are not typically comfortable with breast feeding in public and some moms are not able to produce enough milk, also breast feeding requires lots of time. Here are the pros to bottle feeding: it allows Dad to bond with baby, its more convenient, and less of a hassle. Some cons would be that the baby would not get natural immunities and it is more expensive. Ultimately t is the parents choice to decide on what they think is best for the baby, both allow your baby to grow and develop.

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First foods

Around six months your baby should start trying new foods such as rice cereals and soft mashed fruits. At around eight to ten months your baby should start trying purred meats and veggies. Your children should not have actual solid food till about three years of age.
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Characterisitics of a Healthy baby

Here are some signs of a healthy baby:

  • if your baby has bright clear eyes
  • if the color of you baby's skin is a light pink
  • if your baby has an appetite
  • if your baby cries and sounds like a healthy cry
  • if your baby smiles and laughs and plays.
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SIDS prevention and crib safety

SIDS stands for sudden infant death syndrome, it typically happens to babies when the go to sleep so here are some tips to prevent this:

  • make sure that your crib makes all the proper requirement
  • make sure the crib doesn't have any loose screws or bolts
  • bars on the cribs should be less than two fingers apart
  • the bumpers on the crib should be tight and firm NOT fluffy and loose
  • there shouldn't be any blankets or pillows while baby is sleeping
  • don't cover the babies face while they sleep
  • ALWAYS place the baby to sleep on their backs
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