Place child-proof plastic covers on electrical outlets, and please move household cleaning products that may be under the sink to a higher shelf. When you think you have baby-proofed your home, crawl around at your baby's eye level and check for anything you may have missed.
Don't clean inside baby's ears with cotton swabs. There is a danger of pushing wax too far into the ear canal, or even rupturing the eardrum. Instead, simply clean ears with a damp washcloth. As the old doctor said, "Never put anything in your ears except your elbows!"
Your baby is growing emotionally, too. He can now feel fear, anger and disgust. He shows anticipation by waving and raising his arms to be picked up and will cling to you when you hold him. Sometimes he will stop crying if you only talk to him. During this stage in your baby's life, he is showing either trust or mistrust. If you give your child plenty of care and affection, he will look at the world as being a positive and warm place in which to live. Love and dependability on your part will encourage your child to grow into a trusting individual.
If your baby becomes frightened (of a vacuum cleaner, for example), comfort him and try to remove him from the feared object. Forcing him toward the feared object at this age will only heighten his fear of the object and teach him that he can't trust you to protect him.
Buy Lines: Life Insurance
A family's life insurance need begins when the first child is conceived and reaches a maximum amount when the last child is conceived. The family insurance program should be reviewed every five years or whenever a major event happens, such as the birth of a child. In reviewing your life insurance coverage, consider the following:
Review your present resources. If you are covered by Social Security, your family could receive a monthly income based on a percentage of your earnings and the number of dependents. Other sources of income are investments, interest earnings and employee benefits (group insurance).
In a two-earner family, life insurance needs may be reduced. The amount of insurance needed on the primary wage earner depends on how much the family's budget relies on income from the second earner.
If income from both earners is necessary to meet the needs of the family, life insurance should be considered for both. If the family could manage without the second earner's income, then life insurance on the second earner may not be needed. The family may find it necessary to reduce their expenses at the death of one of the wage earners. But having two wage earners in a family, and insurance as a backup, is a form of financial security.
Reprinted with permission from The University of Georgia, Cooperative Extension Service.
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