Friday, November 18, 2011

KidsHealth - My Baby This Month

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Many parents feel like the baby's personality really starts to emerge at about this time. Your baby can likely recognize you and familiar caregivers by now, and is becoming incredibly social, laughing and answering sounds with babbling and cooing.
Advice for first-timers from veteran parents...
"There'll be times when you're extremely tired, frustrated, and feeling helpless. Try to love your baby and pay attention to every wonderful thing about him/her. Everything else will fall into place. Honest. And you can experience each moment with your baby just once."
- Meredith,
mother of Robyn, age 1
Read about how your baby's learning process will begin to change. If you're breastfeeding, find out how you can get relief for some common feeding discomforts, and get the basics on starting solids and milk.
Your Child's Checkup: 4 Months
Find out what to expect when you take your newborn to the doctor this month, and what signs the doctor will check to make sure your baby is healthy and developing well. You can print this sheet to take with you to the appointment!
Learning, Play, and Your 4- to 7-Month-Old
Your baby has learned to recognize you and familiar caregivers, focus on and pay attention to things, and actively engage your attention. Your child will start to explore by reaching out for objects, grasping and inspecting them.
Breastfeeding FAQs: Pain and Discomfort
Here are answers to some common questions about preventing and reducing breastfeeding discomfort, such as nipple and breast pain.
Starting Solids and Milk
Find answers to common questions about introducing solids and whole milk to formula-fed babies.
How to Talk to Your Child's Doctor
Building a relationship with your child's doctor requires communication and reasonable expectations.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

4 months old

Your 4-month-old's development

Feeding less frequently 

As your baby reaches 4 months, his stomach has grown bigger so he doesn't need to feed so often -- just four or five times a day. But he'll still gain weight -- his need to feed just tapers off as he gets older, becoming more like that of older children and adults. Now his attention will start to gravitate toward other people and things during mealtimes, and though it's exciting to see him aware of and responsive to new things, feedings can get difficult. If your baby is easily distracted, try feeding him somewhere quiet for a while. 

A new talent for rolling over 

When placed on his stomach, your baby will lift his head and shoulders high, using his arms for support. This mini push-up helps him strengthen his muscles and get a better view of what's going on. He may even amaze you (and himself!) by rolling over from his back to his front, or vice versa. You can encourage this through play: wiggle a toy next to the side he customarily rolls to in case he's interested enough to try again. Applaud his efforts and smile; he may need your reassurance since new actions can be frightening. 

Time for solid foods? 

For the first four to six months of life your baby gets all the nutrients he needs from breast milk or formula milk. Still, parents are often eager to start their babies on solid foods. Talk to your doctor before trying yours on solids. You can begin feeding your baby some solids (meaning mushy foods such as pureed baby food or baby cereal) now that his digestive tract is more developed and his tongue-thrust reflex is starting to fade, but many doctors encourage parents to wait until their baby is 6 months old. Not rushing onto solids can cut down on allergic reactions and ensures that breast milk and formula won't get crowded out of your baby's diet. 

Reaching out and mouthing objects 

Your baby is now able to reach out and grab an object, even though he often misses his mark on the first try. Once he wraps his hands around something, he'll study it for a moment and then try to put it in his mouth. You may also notice a lot more dribbling now. Some babies can start teething as early as 4 months old, but the first tooth usually doesn't surface until five to six months. 

Encourage your baby to explore and play with a variety of objects. For instance, a clean cloth diaper will occupy your baby for a few minutes. Watch him suck on it, hold it, and discover what happens when he scrunches it up. Give him a light rattle and watch him delight in the sound it makes when he shakes it. An activity center or cradle gym is a good choice for this stage, as your baby begins to discover the cause and effect of moving a lever and hearing a bell ring, for instance. 

Able to play alone now 

By now, your baby can play with his hands and feet for a few minutes at a time. A miracle! Suddenly you realize it's strangely quiet in the bedroom so you look in, only to discover that your baby, who so far has needed your attention for most of every waking moment, is amusing himself. Now maybe you can start reading the paper again. 

Beginning to understand the role of language 

Researchers believe that by 4 months your baby understands all the basic sounds that make up his native language. Between 4 and 6 months, he develops the ability to make some vocal sounds, such as "ma-ma" or "da-da." He doesn't yet connect that sound with a parent, though. By now, he's also able to participate in back-and-forth imitation games -- you say "boo," and he'll try to say it back. You can promote your child's sense of communication through imitating his faces and sounds -- "mirroring" him. Because you react when he makes noises and tries to say something, your baby learns the importance of language and starts to understand cause and effect. He'll begin to realize that what he says makes a difference. 

Appreciation for a full range of colors 

Babies see color from birth, but they have difficulty distinguishing similar tones such as red and orange. As a result they often prefer black and white or high-contrast colors. Between your baby's second and fourth months, color differences become clearer, and your baby starts to distinguish similar shades. Your baby will probably begin to show a preference for bright primary colors now. Some great eye-catchers include primary-colored mobiles (hung out of his reach), bright posters and visually strikingboard books

Getting more selective about people 

By 4 months, your baby may respond to your presence, your voice and even your facial expressions by kicking and waving his arms. 
About now, your child, who to this point probably bestowed smiles on everyone he met, is beginning to be choosy about the company he keeps. In large groups or with unfamiliar people he may need time to get comfortable. Allow for transition time with strangers or when leaving your baby with a babysitter. You may also notice that when he's safely in your arms he's interested in interacting with other people -- especially noisy, boisterous older children. 

Is my baby developing normally? 

Remember, each baby is unique and meets social milestones at his own pace. These are simply guidelines to what your baby has the potential to accomplish -- if not right now, then shortly. 

And if your baby was born prematurely, you'll probably find that he'll need time before he can do the same things as other children his age. Don't worry. Most doctors assess a premature child's development from the time he should have been born and evaluate his skills accordingly. 

If you have any questions at all about your baby's development, check with your doctor. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

obesity for babies???

It was a comfort that I got to read this. Although I kind of know some of the answers given below already, but it is a comfort still to read about it.

Indeed, our doctor doesn't seem concerned of our baby looking plump :) . I don't think it's a big deal right now anyway.
But I do keep checking on the charts on Baby Joram's height and weight.

Thank God that he's way on the normal curve.

3 questions about: Chubby babies

What if my baby looks fat?
Obesity has become the health buzzword of the day. While it's unhealthy for anyone to carry too much fat, your baby's doctor is unlikely to be very worried if your baby is chubby. Some babies are born plump, others grow that way — but not because they have an unhealthy diet and don't exercise. It's because they haven't developed much muscle yet. This kind of baby fat isn't likely to stay with your child as she grows.

Should my baby go on a diet?
No. First, your baby's doctor will check to see whether your baby's weight and height are within the guidelines for her age. If she's too heavy, it's likely your doctor will simply watch to see how she grows. It's pretty rare for a doctor to be very concerned at this age, especially before solids have been added to a baby's diet.

Does this mean my baby will always have weight trouble?
No. A plump baby does not foreshadow an overweight teenager or adult. Many big babies slim down once they begin crawling and walking. They simply store their baby fat differently. As your baby grows, you can keep her fit and healthy by encouraging floor play. Feed her only when she's hungry, and avoid using a bottle to calm her when she's upset or stressed. Instead, offer her a toy or love and kisses.

Can You Spoil a Baby?

i was happy to have found this article...

Can You Spoil a Baby?

Sometimes you need to cater to your baby's every whimper; at other times, you need to let him figure things out on his own.
Where's the Risk?
Before I had my first baby, I made a vow: I would never become an infant-indulging pushover. I had watched in horror as my friends jumped up every time their babies burped or whined, and I was certain that I had more fortitude than that. But you can probably guess the second half of this story: I had a baby -- and did all the same things.
With each new transgression, I shuddered at the thought of raising a spoiled child. But, according to experts, most of my worries were baseless. "During the first six months, it's really impossible to spoil a child," reassures David Mrazek, M.D., chairman of psychiatry and psychology at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. "Meeting an infant's need to be comforted, held, and fed in a predictable fashion helps him feel secure and builds a loving relationship between parent and child. It does not lead to spoiling."
Responding to your toddler also fosters independence, says Peter Gorski, M.D., an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, in Boston, and chairman of the American Academy of Pediatricians' National Committee on Early Childhood,Adoption, and Dependent Care. "A child will be more willing to explore boundaries and explore his world if he knows he can depend on his parents," Dr. Gorski says.
It's not until the second half of a baby's first year that the risk of spoiling even begins. That's when you may find it necessary to make a few adjustments. "At this point in development, children need to learn to trust themselves as well as their caregivers," says Ester Schaler Buchholz, Ph.D., author of The Call of Solitude: Alonetime in a World of Attachment (Simon & Schuster, 1997). "Of course, your baby still needs your care and love. But he also needs to start figuring things out for himself."
Obviously, this is often easier said than done. "Our older son, Gregory, always wanted to sleep with us," says Amy Pentz, of Suffield, Connecticut. "At first, we thought it was cute, but eventually we wanted a decent night's rest ourselves. It was a nightmare getting him to sleep in his crib. When our second son, Jackson, was born, we helped him go to sleep in his crib from the start."

@3 months : KidsHealth - Your Baby This Month

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After three months, your baby can start to recognize when you're smiling and happy, or when you make funny noises and laugh.
The best thing about having a new baby in your life is...
"Watching them learn and awaken to the world is so amazing. It is such a gift to be a part of that!"
- Laura,
mother of Jamie, 18 months
This month, get the facts on cosleeping, and find out what you need to know about supplementing breast milk with formula.
Encouraging Your Child's Sense of Humor
Young babies don't really understand humor, but they do know when you are smiling and happy. When you make funny noises or faces and then laugh or smile, your baby is likely to sense your joy and imitate you. He or she is also highly responsive to physical stimuli, like tickling or raspberries.
Reading Books to Babies
Reading aloud to your baby stimulates developing senses, and builds listening and memory skills that can help your baby grow up to be a reader.
Formula Feeding FAQs: Supplementing
Read about how to supplement breast milk with formula, or how and when to give the first bottle of formula to a breastfed baby.
Is Cosleeping a Good Idea?
Cosleeping - sharing your bed with your baby - is a controversial issue that has safety implications.
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