New Parent Manual

Mallory Hayes

What will your baby look like?

  • Your baby's head will be large in proportion to their body
  • Your baby may be crossed eyed
  • His or her head might be abnormally shaped
  • The baby's skin might be covered in a cheese like substance called vernix caseosa
  • The baby's skin might also be covered in hair

How should you bond with your baby?

You can bond with your baby in every day activities like:

  • Feeding
  • Reading
  • Bathing
  • Getting ready
  • Naps
  • Playtime

What toys should you get?

All toys should follow theses guidelines:


  • Made of durable materials
  • Has rounded edges
  • Nontoxic paint
  • Colorful
  • No longer than 12 inch cords
  • Tightly constructed
  • Age appropriate
Examples

  1. Balls
  2. Toy piano
  3. Toy lawnmower
  4. Blocks
  5. Stuffed animals

Should you breastfeed or bottle feed?

Breastfeeding

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • All natural
  • Bonding
  • Less risk of allergies
  • Sanitary
  • You can lose weight
  • Uterus heals faster
Cons:
  • Needing private place
  • Some babies can't latch on
  • May not have necessary nutrition
  • Time consuming
  • No help
  • Enlarges breasts
Bottle Feeding


Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • You get breaks
  • Convienant
  • Not messy
  • Promotes hand control
  • Anyone can help
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Equipment
  • Chemicals
  • No immunities
  • Cleaning equipment

When should you feed your baby solids?

At birth: milk through breast/bottle

2-4 Weeks: vitamin C

4 Weeks: fluoridated water

3 Months: cereals

3-4 Months: egg yolk

4 Months: puréed veggies/fruits

6 Months: puréed meats

7 Months: breads/pastas

Later: chopped adult food

Is your child healthy?

Signs of a healthy child:

  • Sleeps soundly
  • Eats properly
  • Gains in growth steadily
  • Good teeth
  • Few pains
  • Enjoys activities
  • Alert or energetic

What is SIDS and what should my crib look like?

SIDS is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Your crib should:

  • Have a firm mattress
  • Closely spaced bars
  • Have padding
  • Be painted with nontoxic paint
  • Be tightly constructed