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Babies a New Life : Bonding Your relationship from the start (part 3) - Baby massage Beneficial for you both
Baby massage has long been associated with improved parent–child attachment. It’s an activity that allows you to focus on your baby, calm her with touch, and tune in to her body language.
Babies a New Life : Bonding Your relationship from the start (part 2) - Creating a connection Building strong bonds
The bond between you and your child can start before birth, with a rush as your baby is born, or more slowly over the first year as you get to know each other
Babies a New Life : Bonding Your relationship from the start (part 1)
You haven’t missed the boat to bond with your son—throughout his first year he’ll be particularly tuned in and ready for the attachment to grow between you.
Your Toddler Month by Month : 18–24 Months - Playing and Learning (part 2) - Thinking about Toilet Training
There are many aspects of your child’s babyhood that you will feel sad to say goodbye to, but the chances are that changing diapers will not be one of them. It is important to make toilet training a positive experience, not a pressure, for your child.
Your Toddler Month by Month : 18–24 Months - Playing and Learning (part 1)
You will need immense patience and humor at this stage of development. Your toddler will often approach tasks in an unconventional way that may challenge your view of how things should be done.
6-9 Months: Ready for Food - New Tastes and Textures (part 2)
When introducing fish to babies, I like to start with something like sole because it is very tender and mild. Here I combine it with sweet vegetables, which should help to tempt the tastebuds. You can also substitute salmon for the white fish.
6-9 Months: Ready for Food - New Tastes and Textures (part 1)
With so many delicious, nutritious foods available, you can be forgiven for becoming confused about what your baby should and shouldn’t be eating.
6-9 Months: Ready for Food - Understanding Allergies
Food allergies are on the rise, but still remain uncommon in little ones, and are very often outgrown. It helps to be aware of the symptoms, and to know where to turn. The best advice is not to panic, and to talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.
Setting Up Your Planner : Dealing with the Paperwork
No matter what type of planner your family decides to use, you will always have a certain amount of paperwork that needs to be managed: mail, flyers, invitations, directions, concert tickets.
Setting Up Your Planner : Managing the Information for Any Type of Planner
If your family were on the cutting edge of technology, you'd have your schedule uploaded to a website coded for wireless access, and your son would take his web-enabled cell phone, access the family's calendar, and know exactly what he had to do.
New Parents : Losing a Baby Coping with a devastating loss
Parents who lose one twin are likely to have many conflicting emotions as they are faced with the prospect of grieving for their lost baby, while welcoming the surviving twin into the world.
Babies a New Life : Welcome to the World What your baby knows and feels (part 2) - Ages, stages, and milestones What to expect
Your newborn is prepared for the most rapid period of development in her life, and you’ll play a central role as caregiver and teacher.
Babies a New Life : Welcome to the World What your baby knows and feels (part 1) - What’s going on Her brain and senses
Your baby’s brain, especially her higher brain (cortex), is developing at the fastest rate it ever will. During this period of intense activity it is using twice as much energy as it will in adulthood and by the time she is five years old, 90 percent of brain development will be complete
Preteens the Middle Years : Wannabe? Clothes, makeup, older behavior
Preteens are a lucrative market, but at this age they are not yet cynical enough to realize that they are being targeted with subtle advertising.
Your Toddler Month by Month : 18–24 Months - Your Baby’s Brain
A big priority for your toddler during months 18–24 will be multisensory development. Sights, sounds, smells, and textures all contribute to the hands-on experience that will develop memory and help children remember things far more effectively than simply by telling them.
Your Toddler Month by Month : 18–24 Months - Learning to Talk
Although your toddler’s language skills will be improving, there won’t be an overnight transformation and there will be times when it seems impossible to interpret what she is trying to tell you.
6-9 Months: Ready for Food - Mostly Milk
Weaning can sometimes be overwhelming for your baby, and he’ll take comfort in his regular milk feeds. What’s more, the nutrients in his milk will support his growth and development while he gets to grips with the whole new world of tastes and textures.
6-9 Months: Ready for Food - Feeding Basics
Every baby is different, both in the way they approach mealtimes and in their individual tastes. There is plenty to consider when you begin weaning, but try to relax as you introduce your little one to solid foods, and choose amongst these tried-and-tested solutions for the hurdles you might encounter.
Setting Up Your Planner : Developing a System for Your Electronic Planner
If your family has selected an electronic planner (or if you're still considering this option), then this section is for you. Here, you'll learn how to set up your electronic scheduling system, train your family in its use, and make sure you've input all the supporting information you'll need to keep the system running smoothly.
Setting Up Your Planner : Developing a System for Your Hard-Copy Planner
If your family has selected a hard-copy planner (or if you're still considering this option), then this section is for you. You'll design a location to keep your new planner and put in place the basic system that you'll be using to organize your family's schedule.
Preteens the Middle Years : Their Time Online Safe internet use (part 2) - Managing the internet How to ensure safe, effective use
The internet invites your child into an arena of learning, friendships, and fun that can be rich and exciting. She can reach out to other children across the globe and interact in real time, peer into the world of others through YouTube, and share something of herself on social networking sites and in chat rooms.
Preteens the Middle Years : Their Time Online Safe internet use (part 1)
Your son is beginning to realize you don’t know everything, and it may give him a kick to be able to fool you. However, it seems he’s throwing his weight around and could be placing himself in risky situations online when he overrides safety rules.
Your Toddler Month by Month : 18–24 Months - Your Toddler’s Development
By now, your child will be able to recognize family members, as well as regular visitors or friends, and will be able to cope with playing a short distance away from you. There will be a very strong sense of connection to you and she will know that she enjoys your attention.
Your Toddler Month by Month : 12–18 Months - Just for Parents
Perhaps the most important, but also most challenging, part of being a parent is finding personal time. You have taken on a role, a label, and a host of expectations about your behavior, your priorities, your choices, and the use of your time, that will transform your life and your vision of yourself.
New Parents : I'm Scared of Dropping Him Caring for your newborn baby (part 3) - Bathing and washing How to clean your baby
Use water and soft cloths in the first month. If your baby's eyes need attention—gently wipe the eyes using an in-to-out movement. Use cotton balls to wipe away secretions around the eyes and nose. Do not use cotton-tipped applicators in your baby's ears or nose.
New Parents : I'm Scared of Dropping Him Caring for your newborn baby (part 2)
Although you may feel a bit hesitant at first about changing your baby's diapers, and many babies protest strongly when having their diaper changed, you will soon master the technique and learn how to change his diaper quickly and with the minimum of fuss.
New Parents : I'm Scared of Dropping Him Caring for your newborn baby (part 1)
If a baby has latched on well at the breast and has sucked and swallowed well during a long feeding, and then settles on the breast taking small sucks and not swallowing, he is comfort sucking.
New Parents : I Just Want to Go Home The first days with your baby
Although the arrival of your baby is a time of incredible excitement, it can also seem overwhelming and you may feel daunted by the enormous task of caring for and meeting the needs of this tiny new baby.
6-9 Months: Ready for Food - Beginning Weaning
This time is an important transition for you and your baby. Whether she’s a slow starter or instant foodie, you’ll both take pleasure in the process of mastering self-feeding, introducing new tastes, and enjoying the world of food.
6-9 Months: Ready for Food - What you can Expect
Your baby’s first spoonfuls are exciting milestone for both you and your baby. It’s only natural to approach weaning with some anxiety—there are lots of things to consider as your baby begins his journey on the road to independence, but it’s a process you’ll both enjoy.
Preteens the Middle Years : What’s the Fallout? Divorce and blended families
Making the decision to separate is never done lightly, and trying to get it right for your child, while coping with change yourself, can be the biggest challenge. There is no doubt that even the most amicable separation will be stressful for you and your child.
Preteens the Middle Years : Lazybones or Workaholic? Your child’s personality
Research studies have also shown that teenagers are quicker than younger children at understanding the thoughts and feelings of others, but are not as efficient as adults. This suggests that the ability to see things from someone else’s perspective and the quality of empathy continue to develop during adolescence and beyond.
New Parents : I Do Not Want to Breast-feed Bottle-feeding your baby (part 2)
One of the most important aspects while bottle-feeding is to ensure that all the equipment involved in the bottle-feeding process is sterilized properly and spotlessly clean with no trace of old milk.
New Parents : I Do Not Want to Breast-feed Bottle-feeding your baby (part 1)
Breast milk is universally considered the ideal nutrition for your baby, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast-feeding for the first year of life since it provides all the nutrients a baby needs for the first six months.
Celebrating Special Occasions : Planning Your Holidays
Holidays are great occasions to take a break from the normal routine, relax, and catch up with family and friends. Unfortunately, for many people whose lives are already too hectic, holidays become just another stressor to add to the list.
Celebrating Special Occasions : Scheduling Family Celebrations
You'll know it's time to start the planning phase when your six-week advance reminder comes up on your family's schedule. This is the time to make some crucial decisions about the flavor of the celebration. Everyone in your family who will play a part in the event should be involved in this initial phase because you want to make sure that everyone is in agreement about how the celebration will shape up.
Your Toddler Month by Month : 12–18 Months - The Bond Between you and your Child
During the first year of life a baby moves quite rapidly through different stages of attachment and acceptance of the people around him. In comparison to toddlers, many babies are quite relaxed with new people. Separation anxiety begins later and coincides with the development of language and memory, peaking during months 12-18.
Your Toddler Month by Month : 12–18 Months - Managing Behavior
At 12–18 months your toddler is still too young to have much control over his personal response as the frontal lobes of the brain are still developing. So the onus at this age is very much on you, the parent, to help your child control his behavior.
Preteens the Middle Years : She is Starting Puberty! Changing bodies, first dates (part 2) - What to expect during puberty Physical changes
As puberty begins, your child’s body undergoes the physical changes necessary to take her from childhood to adulthood. It is the hormone testosterone, produced by the testes, that kicks off puberty for boys, and for girls it is estrogen, produced by the ovaries, that gets things going. These hormones, also known as chemical messengers, start and stop bodily changes.
Preteens the Middle Years : She is Starting Puberty! Changing bodies, first dates (part 1)
Right now you might be the most embarrassing thing in your child’s life. Whether you’re trying to kiss her good-bye in public or remind her to dress warm, you’re likely to get a look of disdain as she ducks away to avoid being seen with you.
Preteens the Middle Years : Tactics for Tests How can I help at exam time?
Helping your child develop healthy homework habits will support their day-to-day learning and give them the study skills they need to cope with tests and exams.
0-6 Months: Your New Baby and You - Time for the First Taste?
The first months of your baby’s life may fly by, and as the gaps between feeds lengthen, and he becomes more alert and expends more energy, you may find that he is showing signs of being ready for solid food. Let your baby take the lead.
0-6 Months: Your New Baby and You - Your New Baby’s Health
Any baby under the age of six months with a fever should be seen by a doctor. If your baby is older than this, use your judgment, and keep a close eye on her. If she is listless and failing to take her feeds, you should call a doctor right away.
New Parents : Breast-feeding Your Baby Why breast is best (part 3)
Some mothers find that breast-feeding lying down is the best position for them, particularly if they have had a cesarean delivery. Keep your baby's body tucked in close to you and her head level with your breast so that she doesn't have to pull on your nipple.
New Parents : Breast-feeding Your Baby Why breast is best (part 2)
Each mother has a different experience when starting to breast-feed. Both you and your baby will be learning and practicing together, which can seem quite strange for something that is supposed to be so natural.
New Parents : Breast-feeding Your Baby Why breast is best (part 1)
If you are planning to breast-feed, ask your midwife or doctor about specific breast-feeding support or classes available in your area prior to the birth, since having additional information beforehand is extremely useful and will help you in the first few weeks when you are trying to get breast-feeding established.
0-6 Months: Your New Baby and You - Weight Worries
It’s natural for new parents to be concerned that their baby is growing and developing at the right speed, and that he is getting the right amount of milk for his needs. Rest assured that within the first few weeks, your new baby will let you know exactly what he needs, and you’ll soon become alert to any potential problems.
0-6 Months: Your New Baby and You - All about Bottle-feeding
Not everyone finds it easy or possible to breastfeed, but you can be confident that formula milk offers your baby the nutrients that will encourage optimum health and development. Bottle-feeding also gives dad and other members of the family a chance to experience the wonders of feeding a new baby.
Your Toddler Month by Month : 12–18 Months - What Toddlers Want and Need
By 18 months your child has enough muscle control to begin to be able to hold urine for short periods, but is unlikely to become fully dry much before 2–3 years old.
Your Toddler Month by Month : 12–18 Months - Playing and Learning
At this age, your toddler’s life is a constant adventure and full of the potential for fun. Every activity, journey, movement, and sound he experiences is full of intrigue and excitement. Play is a natural instinct that leads, inevitably, to him learning and developing new skills.
 
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