What should my baby look like?
You may notice your baby has a redness to there skin or may look purplish, do not worry the rednedd eventually fades and last longer on the feet and hands.
You may also notice the vertex, which is a white greasy, cheeslike substance that covers the skin of babies when they are born. This substance is helpful and actually protects the baby while in the mothers womb.
They may also have visible downy hair covering their body, and often time it's on there shoulders and neck.
How do I bond with my infant?
2.Singing to your baby.
3.Holding and rocking your baby.
4.Reading to your baby.
5.Having skin to skin contact.
6.When the child comes out of the womb, placing the baby on your skin.
What's an appropriate toy for infants?
3.Painted with nontoxic paint.
6.Tightly constructed parts.
7.Cords 12 inches or less.
What are the pro's and con's of breast and bottle feeding?
Pro's of Breast Feeding:
1.Quality time with your baby.
3.Baby gained natural immunities.
4.Sanitary if mother is clean.
Con's of Breast Feeding:
1.Not easy for on the go.
2.Jealousy from older sibilings.
3.Father can not participate.
4.Feel judged in public for feeding.
Pro's of Bottle Feeding:
1.Easy to fix and good for on the go.
2.Baby developed hand skills.
3.Anyone can feed the baby.
4.Reduces strain on the mother.
Con's of Bottle Feeding:
2.Lots of equipment to carry.
3.No natural immunities.
4.Sterilizing takes times.
When should I introduce food to my infant?
2-4 weeks: vitamin c supplements
4 weeks: fluoridated water
3 months: cereals which provide iron (soupy)
3-4 months: mashed hard cooked egg yolks
4 months: puréed fruits and vegetables
6 months: puréed meats
7 months: breads and pasta (small piece)
Later: strained and chopped adult foods.
What are characteristics of healthy infants?
1.Health sleep patterns and sleeping soundly through the night.
2.Eating without coaxing.
3.Gaining steadily in height and weight.
4.Teeth being in good conditions.
While there are some characteristics that are easy to spot like...
1.Being active and alert.
2.Cheerful and interested in things going on around them.
3.Natural color in the skin.
How do I prevent my infant from SIDS?
Some ways to prevent your baby from SIDS is...
1.Have fitted sheets and a firm fitted matress.
2.Nothing should cover the babies head.
3.Do not have crib bumpers, pillows, stuffed animals, or blankets in the crib.
4.Always lay your baby on their back.
For the first two weeks of life have the babies bed by you.
5.Do not let your baby sleep with anyone.
6.Do not smoke around your baby.
7.Put in a one-piece sleeper.
8.Keep cords out of reach.
How do I buy a safe crib?
1.Not placing blankets or pillows in the child's crib
2.Do not place loose bumpers around the crib
3.Make sure railing is 2 3/8 inch apart or less
4.Do not place by window
5.Matress well fitted and tight
6.No mobiles that they can reach