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?

grateful (COUNT=1701)

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i++ mum sent me this picture of me taking a feet picture

i++ kaiju (怪獣 “strange beast”) figurines apologizing

i++ hatarakimono: “A friend of mine recently visited Japan for the first time in his life. After the trip he came up to me and told me what he was most impressed with. And it wasn’t the amazing food or the clean bathrooms. It wasn’t the punctual trains or the abundance of cute stationery. It was the workers, and the way each and every one of them took the utmost pride in their work, no matter what the task was. And I was reminded — indeed, the reason why Japanese food is so delicious, and why everything is so clean, is because of the people who pour their soul into these jobs. The Hatarakimono Project is a tribute to these workers”