expecting

i: doing squats without ankles

ii: doing arm circles without hitting belly

iii: going to the bathroom for the twelveth time in the middle of the night. him cranking up white noise machine

iv: considering cord blood banking

v: visiting edgewood pediatrics is like hanging out at friend’s house

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right from the start
+ give less than you think your child will eat. let your child ask for more
+ encourage your child to eat a variety of foods within the food groups by modeling good eating yourself
+ choking hazards include hot dogs; hard gooey or sticky candy; chewing gum; nuts and seeds; whole grapes; raw veg such as carrot stick; raw fruit chunk such as apple; pop corn; chunks of nut butter; marshmallow; string cheese. However, round firm food such as hot dogs or grapes can be served if completely chopped into tiny pieces

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starting solid foods
+ check with your child’s doctor about the recommendations for vitamin D and iron supplements during the first year
+ if baby has been mostly breastfeeding, may benefit from baby food made with made, which contains more easily absorbed sources of iron and zinc that are needed by 4 to 6 months of age
+ when infants double birth weight (typically at about 4 months of age) and weigh about 13 pounds of more, they may be ready

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your child’s growth (three months)
+ Move both arms equally well?
+ Make sounds such as gurgling, cooing, babbling
+ Respond to your voice?
+ Hands frequently open?
+ Hold head up for a few seconds?

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car safety seats
+ All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear facing seat until they are at least 2 years of age or reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat manufacturer
+ If you install a car safety seat using your vehicle’s seat belt, you must make sure the seat belt locks to help get a tight fit
+ Make sure the seat is at the correct angle so infant’s head does not flop forward
+ You can try placing a tightly rolled receiving blanket on both sides of your infant // Do not place padding under or behind infant
+ Bulky clothing can compress in a car crash and leave the straps too loose to restrain your child // dress your baby in thinner layers and wrap a coat or blanket around your baby over the buckled harness straps

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baby 411
p70: we’d recommend a trial day with your prospective provider to see how it goes before hiring
p72: spend some time observing in the classroom
p109: i’ve heard about fluoride supplements. does my baby need this?

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