Getting Your Baby Onto Solid Foods

If you’re starting to think that your baby may be ready for more solid foods, then you may be right. Most babies are ready to start eating more foods than simply formula or milk by the time they are around six months old. In fact, the American Association of Pediatrics believes you should not even start feeding your baby solid foods (nothing but breast milk) until after about six months. Some parents, however, choose to start feeding their baby cereal or rice before this point in time.

If you’re thinking about feeding your baby solid foods, then there are some things you should look for first. Babies ready to handle solid foods are able to hold their heads up and are able to swallow foods on their own. If the child can’t hold his or her head up, then he or she will not be able to eat anything but formula or milk. A baby who simply spits the food back out is probably not ready for solid foods either. Make sure your baby is ready for these foods before you try switching to baby cereal or rice.

Of course, once you know it’s time to start feeding your baby solid foods, you’re going to need to know what you can feed the child. A baby isn’t going to be able to start eating everything that you do. For one thing, the baby doesn’t have any teeth yet, so you’re going to want to feed him or her soft foods that don’t need to be chewed up. For most parents, this means starting with a type of infant cereal or rice. These things are generally the consistency of grits and don’t need to be chewed, so your baby can simply swallow them.

You want to make sure that you are not putting too much on the spoon each time you offer it to your baby. This means you want to use an infant spoon (these are typically smaller and have rubber covers rather than hard metal) and fill it only halfway at most. You would then offer it to your baby. You may want to try to get the child to eat just a few bites the first time, and you may not be able to get the baby to eat any more than that for the first several times you offer solid food; however if you keep introducing it again and again, the child will come to eat more of it each time.

Once your baby is used to these types of cereal, you may want to start introducing fruits and vegetables. These come in special infant form in jars. They typically have different “stages” ranging from stage 1 up to stage three, when your baby will be eating food that is almost normal consistency. When you first start out, be sure you are giving your baby only stage 1 foods because these will not require the child to chew and will not have big pieces.

You will find a wide variety of different food options to choose from, and you can try as many different ones as you want until you find some that your baby really likes. You want to make sure that you are adding in new foods gradually. That means adding in only one new thing at a time to allow your baby to adjust. It is also very important because this is a way to determine if your baby has any allergies. If you add too many new things at once, you will not be able to tell what is causing the reaction.

As your baby continues to grow, he or she will be able to eat more and more foods and move on through the different stages of store-bought baby food. These different stages gradually introduce foods of thicker consistency to encourage babies to use their teeth as they develop. Of course you will likely want to supplement these meals with snacks or other foods that your child can eat with the family.

By this point you will be able to start weaning your baby away from formula or milk even though he or she may still want it before naps or before bedtime. If you choose to continue to supplement their meals this way, you are definitely allowed to; however, you will want to be sure that your baby is getting enough solid foods and nutrients. As they grow older, babies are not be able to get everything they need from breastfeeding or formula alone, so they need to eat more and more solid foods.

When your baby is able to feed himself or herself (this is typically a messy process, but occurs when the baby can bring things to its mouth on purpose), you can start providing finger foods. You will want to be sure that anything you feed your baby is cut into very small pieces and is not circular. This means you can give the baby pieces of banana that are cut into small square pieces, not simply in half. You can also offer soft cookies as well as pasta or different types of vegetables.

Your baby will gradually start getting used to these increasingly solid foods, and you will be able to wean of the child away from baby food out of jars. You will then be able to switch your baby gradually to more solid foods as he or she begins to develop teeth and is able to chew food. You will still want to be sure that you are avoiding anything that your baby or child could choke on. Small children have a high likelihood of this as well, which means you want to be sure you are cutting foods into small pieces since they are not able to do this for themselves. As they grow older, you will be able to teach them to take bites; however, as young children they will not understand.

Make sure that anything that could be difficult to eat is cut into bite-size pieces and things like corn are cut off the cob so that your child can eat them easier. Remember that your baby’s teeth are very soft, and they will not be able to eat a lot of the things that you can. For example, they cannot eat very tough meats or very hard foods. Keep this in mind as you begin cooking more family meals that include food for your child. You want to be sure that you are offering foods the child can actually eat.

 

Foods To Avoid For Your Baby

When you have a newborn just starting to eat solid foods, there are some foods that could prove dangerous to your baby and you should definitely avoid. Foods that many people have allergies to such as nuts are definitely to be avoided. (Of course nuts are too easy to choke on for a baby to eat anyway.) You would also want to avoid feeding your baby things like fish or eggs because these can be harmful and can also cause severe allergic reactions.

You will also want to avoid foods with high levels of nitrates. This means that you want to keep away from any types of spinach, beets, carrots or other vegetables known to have higher levels. You will generally be safe with store brands of baby food because these are tested for nitrates; however, you will still want to be on the lookout.

 

 

Feeding Your New Baby

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How you’re going to feed your baby is your own choice. Of course for a newborn there are two different choices. You could feed your baby formula in order for it to get the nutrients that it needs; however, you could also choose to breastfeed your baby. Many people believe that breastfeeding is the better option, but there are many reasons a mother may choose not to breastfeed. For example, some mothers or babies have difficulty with breastfeeding, or a mother may have a medical condition that makes her unable to breastfeed.

It’s also possible that the baby could have some medical condition that requires special formula with certain additives. Some mothers simply choose not to breastfeed. For some mothers this is a way of bonding with their baby; other mothers, however, may choose not to, either because they will not be able to breastfeed the baby all the time (whether they will need to work or for any other reason) or simply because they do not want to.

If you feel that you do not have the ability to breastfeed because you will be returning to work and will not be able to feed the baby all the time, there is an alternative. Some mothers choose to pump breast milk, which can then be fed to the baby by anyone, even at a daycare center or by a babysitter. This is simply an option, of course, and some women prefer not to do this as well; others find it a great way to provide for the baby while still going to work.

You also have the option of combining breastfeeding your baby with feeding formula. This could be done if a mother is going to work all day, but can breastfeed in the mornings before work or in evenings after work. Any combination is perfectly fine, and doctors find this method preferable to mothers not breastfeeding at all because breastfeeding is healthy for baby and also helpful to the mother.

 

 

Why You Should Breastfeed

As we said, there are many reasons that people advocate breastfeeding.  One reason breastfeeding is preferable, and probably the most important reason, is that it helps your baby to build up immunities. When you become pregnant, your body begins to lactate. This means that it produces milk whether you decide you want to breastfeed or not. The milk that your body produces is full of antibodies that your body has picked up over the years that you have been alive. These antibodies are to a wide range of different things and offer more protection than your baby could get any other way.

When you breastfeed your baby, the milk you provide will include these antibodies. This protects the child against several different types of diseases in ways that modern medicine simply can’t until he or she is older. That means you are giving the baby a whole range of different vaccines simply by nursing rather using a formula.

A prepared formula can help your baby and provide many different types of vitamins and minerals; however, it cannot give offer the same antibodies that you can. That’s the most important reason that doctors advocate this method of feeding your child and encourage that you do so for at least a few weeks so your baby can get the most of these antibodies.

Another reason that many people believe breastfeeding is beneficial is that it improves the bond between the mother and her baby. This is a time when the baby is with its mother and a time when the mother provides something that no one else can. It’s a time for the mother to connect with her baby and for her baby to realize that the mother is a safe place and will always be there. For many new mothers, this is a very important feeling that helps them to relate to their new baby and also helps them to get to know the baby.

Many of the reasons that a mother should breastfeed are for her benefit as well. For example, breastfeeding helps to burn calories. You can actually burn a lot of calories in this way. Each time you breastfeed, you burn off a large number of calories again and again, which can help you get back to the weight you were before your pregnancy. This is very important to some women and provides a great bonus for them.

Breastfeeding is also very helpful to the mother in many other ways. One of the biggest ways is that it fights off cancer. You can increase your chances of staving off both breast cancer and cervical cancer simply by breastfeeding your baby instead of using formula. This is a great benefit, since cancer can be such a terrible disease. All you need to do to get this benefit is to breastfeed your baby, so by helping your baby, you will also be helping yourself in many different ways.

Now one big question that people have about breastfeeding is how long they should do it and when to start. The best time to start breastfeeding your baby is within hours of its being born. This will help your baby the most and will help to build that initial bond between you and your new baby. You want to be sure that your baby is getting the nutrients it needs immediately and also that your baby understands how to breastfeed. This is a trait that is engrained in infants before they are even born, and your baby should be able to figure out how to do it very quickly.

If your baby seems to have problems feeding or refuses to eat, there could be a problem. This is something you would want to discuss with your doctor immediately. It’s possible that your baby will not be able to feed this way, and you may have to give your baby a bottle in order to provide the nutrients that the child needs. Your doctor will be able to give you some tips on breastfeeding, and if they don’t work, will be able to get you the best types of formula.

Breastfeeding is a very important thing for your baby and for you; however, you want to make sure that you are doing it for a long enough amount of time, but not too long. Many would say that the longer you breastfeed your baby, the better it is for the child. It is recommended that you breastfeed your baby for at least the first few days. This is the time when they are getting the most antibodies from you, and this will help to build up their immune system.

The entire length of time that you breastfeed is up to you. Some mothers choose to do it for a few months and others go up to a year. Still others may choose to breastfeed their baby for even longer than one year. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you breastfeed for at least one year because this helps to aid in your baby’s growth as well as their development. The Academy also recommends adding in solid foods after about six months. Of course, once again, the length of time you breastfeed is entirely up to you.

 

Potty Training

Potty training is one of the more difficult things that parents face. They often don’t know when and how they should begin potty training their children, which leads to many parents trying far too early or far too late. You want to make sure that you are getting your child along on the right track to potty training because this is an important step. Make sure that you are paying attention to your child because chances are that he or she will let you know when it’s time to begin.

The biggest mistake most parents make is ignoring their child on this issue. Your child will know when he or she wants to be potty trained, and it’s important to wait for this point. If you try to potty train your child too early, you won’t be able to succeed because the child simply won’t be ready to understand. You also don’t want to start too late because your child has already passed the best time for potty training and is likely very unhappy with continuing to use a diaper.

The best time is when your child tells you–that’s right, tells you. As children begin to get a little older, they start to understand what it means to have a wet or dirty diaper, and they won’t like it. After all, how would you like to have to sit in your own mess for any length of time? Your child will start to feel that way too, and when that happens he or she will start to tell you as soon as the diaper is dirty. Make sure you’re listening and change the child immediately, but even more than that, take him or her into the bathroom and ask if the child needs to go to the bathroom. If so, you can take the opportunity to show what to do if needed.

This stage in their development will likely occur around 22 to 30 months. This is just around two years of age. Once your child starts telling you that he or she is dirty or wet, you want to start asking frequently if the child needs to go to the bathroom. Many parents buy their child a special toilet that is smaller than the regular one. Some of these are separate from the regular toilet altogether and have their own reservoir that needs to be emptied. Others may be special seats that fit over the regular toilet seat to make it small enough for a child. One of these two options is recommended, as your regular seat will likely be too big for your child; however, when you go out somewhere, you will need to help your child to use a regular toilet.

By the time your child gets to the point of noticing being wet or uncomfortable, he or she may be able to tell you about feeling a need to go. The important thing is to make sure that you are taking the child to a bathroom as soon as he or she tells you about the need to go. That means that even if you are in the middle of something, you need to take him or her to the bathroom immediately. Missing even one time that your child has to go could set back your entire attempt at training.

Another important thing about potty training is the opportunity to make your child feel good. That means celebrating every time that the child makes it to the bathroom on time and goes on a toilet like a “big girl” or “big boy.” It also means being careful when your child does not make it to the bathroom because you don’t want him or her to feel too upset or depressed. Don’t make too big of a deal of the issue, but instead simply clean the child up and put on a new diaper. Continue asking frequently if the child feels the need to go and take him or her whenever asked. Not making it one time could set your child back as well, and you don’t want to do that.

If your child doesn’t tell you about the need to go to the bathroom or if he or she resists it, the child probably is not yet at the right stage in development. It may take a little longer to get there. Children who experience high levels of stress from anything at all could suddenly have problems with toilet training even if they were previously doing very well. The important thing is to be sure that you aren’t making too big of a deal out of it. Continue to praise your child for making it to the bathroom on time and don’t stress mistakes too much. Your child will likely feel bad enough about the mistake, and a negative response from you may make the discomfort worse and make the child even less likely to try the next time.

 

Warning Signs

Several different warning signs may indicate that something is wrong with your baby. It’s very important that you understand what these signs are because your goal is to keep your baby safe and healthy. If you don’t know what to watch for, then you won’t be able to do that properly, and your baby could end up hurt or very sick.

The first thing to watch for is fever. A fever is a bad sign for anyone. This means that your body is very sick and is trying to burn off any type of infection. For your baby this can be very serious, and you want to be sure that you address it right away. You don’t want your baby to have a fever because that fever can cause even more problems. It doesn’t take much for your baby to get sick, especially since children do not have very many immunities. This means you also want to be sure you are keeping your baby away from people that are very sick.

Another problem you may notice with your baby is a rash. A diaper rash will occasionally happen to your child and should be treated, but you will not need to worry about this as much. That’s because diaper rash is so easily treatable. If your baby has an unexplained rash, however, you will want to make sure you pinpoint the cause.

It’s possible that your baby could have allergies to food or other products. If so, then a rash might develop as a side effect; however, a rash as part of an allergic reaction will eventually fade away. If the rash does not go away after a couple of days or if it seems to be getting worse instead of better, be sure to see a doctor. This could be a sign of something very serious, and you want to be sure it is taken care of right away.

Pay attention to your baby as well. You may not realize it if the child is telling you that something is wrong. For example, if your baby cries often and for no reason, it is possible that something is wrong. You will first want to check that your baby does not have a dirty or wet diaper and that the child is not hungry. These physical discomforts are typically the most common reasons a baby will cry; however, if none of these are the reason, you will want to rule out anything more serious. Your baby may be feeling pain or sickness, but simply does not know how to convey that feeling yet.

If your child experiences significant change in his or her eating habits or is unwilling to eat, this could be a problem as well. First, you will want to make sure that there is nothing wrong with the food and then move on to seeing if anything is wrong with your baby. It’s possible that the food is too hot or too cold and your baby does not want it; however, it’s also possible that your baby is sick or has some type of mouth problem. Your baby may simply be teething, but it’s important to be sure of the problem before you rule out anything serious when it could be just that.

Strange sleeping habits or your baby suddenly having trouble sleeping through the night might also be a warning sign that something could be wrong. Your baby will develop habits and fall into routines. Changes in these routines that are brought about by your baby could be a sign that something is wrong. It is entirely possible that your baby may simply require a different routine; however, there could be a more serious problem.

If you notice any type of sudden changes in your baby’s behavior or if you notice fever, vomiting, or lack of appetite, you will want to take your baby to a doctor. You want to make sure that nothing is wrong with your baby as soon as possible. It may be that there is something simple going on such as teething or a cold or allergies to certain foods; however, it is also possible that something very serious is going on. It’s much better to be safe than sorry, and that means that it’s much better to take your  baby to the doctor for nothing than it is to not take them and have something be seriously wrong.

Don’t let your baby suffer longer than needed and don’t risk the child’s health and safety by assuming that things will be fine. Your baby is too young to tell you what he or she is feeling or let you know what’s wrong. The child is counting on you to make things  better, and that means you need to take care of the problem as soon as possible.

 

Safety

Making your home baby proof can be difficult for many new parents. You want to be sure that you are doing everything you can to keep your home safe enough that your baby won’t get hurt, and that means keeping anything potentially dangerous out of the child’s reach. There are many steps involved in baby proofing your home, and these steps should be started long before you bring your baby home from the hospital. You should be sure that you are getting your home ready and becoming familiar with the new ways you’ll have to do things before the baby comes.

One thing you need to do is lock away anything that could be toxic. That means that all cleaning supplies or chemicals need to be locked or closed up in such a way that your baby cannot get into them. You also want to make sure that any sharp or breakable objects are put away where the baby can’t get to them. This includes things like knives and random trinkets. Anything that you don’t want the baby to get hold of should be kept out of his or her reach.

You must also be sure that you have gates or doors with proper latches at the top of all stairs and that you have blocked off any rooms that might be unsafe for your baby. This would include any bathrooms, as standing water can be extremely hazardous. You will also want to be sure that any time you are cooking, you turn the handles of all utensils so they are over the counter rather than over an area where your baby might potentially reach up and grab them. Many children have been severely burned in this way.

As we mentioned earlier, you want to be sure that you never let your baby out of your sight when he or she is near water. This includes a bathtub, pool or any other type of water. Just a few seconds could be enough for your baby to be seriously hurt, and you definitely don’t want that.

You will also want to be sure that you use plugs to cover any electrical outlets to prevent your baby from being shocked or even electrocuted. In addition, be sure that you use power strip covers for larger surge protectors or outlet strips. Another potential danger you may not have thought about are the cords on your blinds or curtains. These can easily become a strangling hazard, so you should keep them tied up and out of your baby’s reach.

Every so often you will want to be sure to go through your home again. You want to make sure that as your child grows, you are protecting him or her from new hazards. For example, as your child grows bigger, he or she may be able to reach the drawer where you store knives, so you would want to move them again. Growing children may also be able to open doors, which means you may want to install special covers for all of your doorknobs.

Keeping baby safe should be your number-one priority, and there are many different steps to doing just that. You don’t want your baby to get hurt in your own home; however, you also don’t want your child to get hurt in anyone else’s home. That means you want to be sure that you are watching your baby at all times when you go to other places that do not have the same type of security measures that you do. Make sure that you are also teaching your child what he or she should not be touching.

Even if you have locks and plugs throughout your home, you want to be sure that your child really understands why he or she can’t go into those places. This will help the child to understand that even when at someone else’s home, he or she is still not allowed to go into those places. This is important because children who are simply denied access to certain areas will attempt to get into those places when they are able to get into them.

 

 

Sleep

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Part of keeping your baby healthy is getting him or her to sleep properly. This means making sure that the child is getting as much sleep as needed each night. For many new parents, this can be a very big problem because babies often don’t like to sleep for long periods at one time. In fact, your baby may wake up frequently throughout the night and need to be changed or fed, especially during the first few weeks or so. At this time your baby may sleep up to 17 hours a day or possibly even longer. He or she probably will not be awake for more than a couple hours at one time and will nap frequently.

As babies get a little older, they will begin sleeping better throughout the night. This means they could sleep for anywhere from eight to 12 hours; however, your baby will probably still get up very early in the morning and may also still need more sleep through the day rather than just the long period of sleep each night. These periods of sleep are helpful in your baby’s development.

Another important thing to note is that your baby will need naps throughout the day. For very young infants, it is recommended that they have at least two naps during the day and get to bed at an early hour. As children get a little older, they will be able to switch to just one nap during the day while still getting the same amount of sleep at night. By about four to six months of age, your baby may start to sleep all night without waking up to be changed or to eat.

When you’re trying to get your baby to understand the difference between night and day and to sleep through the night, there are actually some things that you can do. For one thing, you can help to show the child the difference between day and night. For example, day is when mommy and daddy play and when there are lots of loud noises and bright lights. By contrast, when your baby gets up at night, the surroundings should stay quiet and the lights should be kept low. This is not the time for playing with the baby, but instead for simply taking care of needs and putting him or her back to bed.

Something else to note is that many parents try letting their babies put themselves to sleep. Some parents, of course, don’t like to let their babies cry, and if they put the baby down for bed or even just for a nap, they may pick the child back up again if he or she starts crying; however, doctors have found that letting the baby cry for short periods of time when there is nothing wrong will not cause harm. You can let your baby cry and fuss a little when you put him or her down. In fact, if you’re trying to get the baby onto a routine, this can actually be one of the best things to do because it encourages the child to sleep when it’s bedtime.

Other parents feel this is unnecessarily cruel to their baby and will pick up the child and rock or nurse until the baby falls asleep. Whichever option you use is completely up to you; however, if you are going to let your baby cry himself or herself to sleep, you need to be sure that both parents are agreed on this method. You don’t want the baby pitting the two of you against each other. Likewise, you want to be sure that if you are going to rock your baby to sleep, you are there whenever the child wants you.

The rules for how your baby should sleep have changed drastically throughout the years; however, there are some things that you should definitely know before you put your infant to bed. One important thing is always to lay your baby on its back. This is believed to reduce the risk of your baby developing SIDS, which has claimed the lives of many infants without cause or explanation. Make sure you lay your baby down this way and always roll the child back to this position if you notice that he or she is sleeping another way.

You also want to make sure that you do not leave any toys or extra blankets in the crib with your baby. A baby will actually be much warmer than you and does not need a lot of blankets. If you are afraid your baby will get too cold, you could swaddle them in a blanket, being careful that the blanket is tight enough that they will not untangle it or you may wrap a thin sheet around their waist. The sheet should be tucked snugly under the mattress so it does not move and would not come above your baby’s waist. Babies do not need anything heavier than this even in the middle of winter because their bodies are more able to regulate heat.

Something else to think about is the type of crib you are using. You want to make sure that it does not have drop-down sides because babies have been known to get hurt in these types of cribs. They can easily pinch their fingers or even open the side of the crib and fall out. You also do not want bumper pads on the side of the crib because your baby could easily suffocate. A mesh covering is the strongest thing you should use so your baby can still breathe even if he or she gets right up next to the edge of the crib.

You want to be sure that you are following these instructions because your baby could suffer many different problems caused by sleeping the wrong way. You don’t want anything to happen to your baby, and that means listening to the rules that doctors have researched and put into place specifically to keep your baby safe.

 

Teeth Care

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For a baby, care of the teeth is very important. Your baby will be just getting the first teeth in, and you want to be sure that you are taking care of both the teeth and the baby. Teething can really hurt, and this is when a lot of new parents report that their baby cries often or fusses seemingly for no reason. If your baby is teething, be sure to apply some teething cream or something that will help to get rid of the pain or at least numb it a little. You may also want to try giving the child teething rings or blankets.

As your baby’s first teeth come in, you want to be sure you are brushing them. This will be right around four months, though the exact age will vary depending on the child. A baby’s toothbrush is very different from your own. This brush will have very soft bristles and will be small enough to fit in your baby’s mouth. You don’t need to use toothpaste when you are brushing a very young baby’s teeth; however, as the child starts to get a little bigger or starts getting more teeth, you will want to use a special toothpaste that is formulated for babies.

A special baby toothpaste will be safe to swallow though you should try to get discourage the child from swallowing it. It’s important to use a toothpaste that won’t hurt your baby, however, because a baby and even slightly older children will have difficulty understanding to spit out the toothpaste and could be hurt if they swallow regular types of toothpaste.

Your baby’s teeth should brushed twice each day, just like your own. Try to get in the habit of doing this because it will help your child get into the habit later on in life. This is very important in maintaining proper oral care for your baby.

Working With the Milestones

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Every baby is different. That means that each baby will learn new things like how to walk and how to talk at different times. They will also go through the stages of crawling and speaking full sentences at different times; however, following is a summary of the average ages that most babies will do each of these things. Don’t worry if your baby is behind or ahead of the average. Again, these ARE average ages. That means that some babies are earlier on and some are later. There is nothing wrong with your baby being even a few months behind the average. If you are worried, however, speak with your baby’s doctor, who should be able to tell you if there is anything wrong.

Another important thing to focus on is that these are the averages for children that are born completely normal. Some children tare born with an abnormality, whether it is a disease or simply a different brain chemistry. All of these things will play a part in when your child starts picking up on all of new traits and tendencies. For example, Albert Einstein was believed to be dumb because he did not speak for years, and yet he went on to become one of the smartest people in our world.

Your baby will go through these milestones at his or her own pace; however, there are some simple ways that you can help your baby along on this path. Babies will be able to learn even faster if parents support them and try to help their bodies along. Before they can get through any of these milestones, they need to be physically strong enough to do them. You can help with that by helping your baby to stand or sit upright as well and showing them how to walk across the floor even before they are ready to do these things on their own.

The first milestone that your baby will reach is going to be rolling over. This typically happens around the four-to-six-month mark. This means that your baby will be able to move from the stomach to the back and then from the back to the stomach. Most babies begin by rolling from their stomachs and may not be able to roll the other way for a longer period of time.

After learning how to roll, your baby will start learning how to crawl. This is often the stage when some babies start getting into trouble because they will be able to move themselves around and can get into anything they can reach from all fours. Most babies start crawling right around seven to nine months; however, a baby will not always start out crawling on hands and knees as you might expect. Many babies actually start on their elbows and drag their bodies across the floor before they figure out the best method of crawling.

Once your baby starts crawling, you’ll need to be careful because your baby will be able to move around much more quickly once it can crawl. This means keeping an eye on the baby even more closely than you would have before.  Just a few minutes’ time can allow your baby to get from one room to another and get into something he or she shouldn’t be into. Make sure that once your baby is crawling, you are following the child wherever he or she goes.  Another thing that comes along with crawling is the fact that everything starts moving faster. Your baby will be walking in no time.

Around the same time that babies learn how to crawl, they also learn how to sit up. This is typically done by leaning against something first; however, your baby will soon be able to support its own weight. This means the baby will be able to sit upright without holding on to anything for longer periods of time. If you wish to help your baby with sitting up, you can try sitting them between your legs so that they lean against you or leaning them against something else. This will help them to become strong enough to do this on their own.

The last thing that will happen around this time is that babies will begin to stand. This generally does not mean they will stand on their own, but that they will pull themselves up. Your baby may figure out how to use tables, chairs and anything else around to get into a standing position. The baby may even try to take steps; however, generally he or she will need another few months to manage this. The baby may be content simply to stand and not try to move for a while before sitting back down or crawling somewhere else.

Teething comes within a few months of this at about 10 to 12 months. This is when most babies will start fussing and crying more often because they feel pain as their teeth come in. It is very important that you take care of your baby’s teeth as they come in and that you are helping your baby with the teething process. This is typically painful. and that means your baby needs you for comfort and to provide soothing toys or creams when the pain gets too bad.

At the same time as babies typically start teething, they will also start walking. This is one of the most exciting milestones that babies will go through because they will then be much closer to doing things for themselves. Walking is a difficult step for any baby, and it could take many tries before the child is able to take even one or two steps; however, you want to be sure that you are supporting your baby’s efforts to walk. Make sure you pull your baby into a standing position often to help get his or her legs used to supporting the weight. This can actually help to speed up the time it takes to learn walking.

Finally, there is one milestone that every parent wants to hear–that is, when the baby is able to start talking. Babies will generally start speaking their first words at around 13-18 months, right around one year to a year and a half. This first word is typically something they hear a lot and is most commonly either “mama”, “dada,” or “no.” If you want your baby to say something, the important thing is to repeat it frequently.

As your baby grows more and more, he or she will be able to speak even more words. For the next few months, however, any ‘sentence’ will consist of only one word or possibly a couple of words strung together. Your baby will likely not be able to speak in full sentences until about 25 to 36 months of age, around 2-3 years. Of course, if you work with your child, it is possible that you could speed up this process.

One important step in teaching children how to speak is to talk to them properly. Many couples like to use baby talk when they speak with their children because they believe these ways of talking can actually help children understand better; however, “baby talk” can actually hamper the way that your baby learns. You want to be sure that your baby is learning how to speak properly, but babies will mimic the way that their parents talk, so if you talk in a voice that isn’t proper or say words in silly ways, then that is how your child will learn to speak. Once babies learn to speak that way, it is difficult to get them to switch to anything else.

 

Your Baby’s Hygiene

Practicing good hygiene for your baby is very important. This means paying attention and reacting promptly when your baby is wet or dirty. You will want to make sure that you change the diapers as soon as this happens because your baby could get diaper rash from being dirty for extended periods of time. If you make sure you’re doing everything you can to change the child as soon as you notice the need, this will help you to keep your baby happier as well.

The second step to good hygiene is bathing your baby, but bathing a baby can be very difficult. You must be sure that you are keeping the water level low and that you are keeping the water temperature down as well. The good news is that until babies begin crawling around and really getting dirty, they don’t require a bath more than a couple times a week. You do not need to bathe your baby every day.

An important thing to note is that before the umbilical cord comes off, you will not want to give your baby a full bath. You want to keep this area dry, and that means giving the baby sponge baths when needed. You’ll want to be sure that you are using warm (but not hot) water and keeping your baby as covered and warm as possible during the process of this type of bath.

Once your baby is ready for a regular bath, there are a couple of different options. Some people use the regular tub to bathe their baby and simply hold on to the baby at all times while bathing. Others prefer to use a smaller tub that is made just for bathing the baby. You still will want to be sure you are holding your baby at all times. Never leave your baby in any amount of water for even a moment or even turn your back. This means you will want to gather everything that you need for bath time before you put your baby in the water. Make sure you have everything, and if you realize you don’t, either get someone else to get it for you or do without for this time.

Make sure you have only a couple inches of water in the bottom of the tub and that your baby is sitting up and not lying down in the bathtub. Make sure the water is not too hot by testing it with your elbow. Your elbow is one of the most sensitive places on your body and will be able to test the water for what your baby will feel. Some people even get little rubber ducks or thermometers which will gauge whether the water is the right temperature for the baby.

When you are bathing your baby, you want to be sure you are using a cloth that is going to be soft on the skin. Regular washcloths can be rough and could hurt the baby, and so could regular shampoo and body wash. Make sure you are using something that will be gentle enough for your baby. Baby products do not contain the stronger chemicals or additives that adult products contain. These are not the same as regular children’s products either.

As your baby gets a little older, he or she will be able to help with bath time. For example, as babies get closer to three, they may want to wash themselves. It’s important that you still don’t leave them alone for any length of time. Even if you think your child is old enough to keep above water, you don’t want to take the risk. Anything could happen in just a few inches of water and with just a few seconds time.

The most important thing is never to take your eyes or your hand off your baby. Hold on to the child throughout the bath and watch him or her as well. The second most important thing is to be quick. Your baby is likely very wriggly or squirmy. That means the baby may try to get away or will try to move around, causing him or her to slip underwater. The quicker you make the bath, the less time the child has to do any of these things and the safer he or she will be.