Do you have a new baby? Congratulations! Do you have one or more small people running amuck in your home? How wonderful. Does that home now more closely resemble a bomb crater than it does a dwelling place fit for human beings? Are you picking your way through the debris -- the rubble of strollers, bottles, dirty clothes, and talking plastic gizmos...
The first year of life is an exciting and challenging time in your baby's life. He will go through many changes physically, emotionally and mentally. Here is a list of developmental milestones for gross motor skills, fine motor skills, and speech/language development that are typically seen during a baby's first year.
There is sound advice available on what to do if you are at your breaking point when caring for an infant. Most commonly, we are told to place the baby in a safe place, like a crib, and walk away from the situation. A baby is much better off crying in the crib than being subject to your frustration.
Your challenge? Learning everything about your baby when he was delivered without an owner's manual -- and as soon as you figure it out, he changes! Renegotiating your entire life. Here's a parent's gameplan.
As baby becomes more aware, play "Seal Feet"...Lay baby on back on your lap and clap feet together making Seal/Walrus noises. (Again...don't be bashful to do this even in public. Who cares if you look silly!)
You may have heard the term colic applied to any baby who cries a great deal. Not all crying babies have colic, but all colicky babies cry and they cry hard. They may stiffen their little bodies, or curl up as if in pain.
by Maud Meates-Dennis
It is usual that a baby's foreskin will not retract (pull back) and the foreskin may not actually fully retract for years. Mothers don't have personal experience of how to clean a boy's foreskin and are often unsure of what to do.
The following guideline will help you:
Your baby's brain is primed to intake a great deal of information. Author Linda Acredo of Baby Minds presents several creative suggestions for stimulating your baby's development at age appropriate levels.
You can wear out your mouse-pad surfing all the top ranked baby websites, fill your shopping cart to overflowing with the must-read baby magazines, manuals, and momoirs, but, in the end, it's your mom-friends who tell you what you really need to know.
Your baby didn't come packaged with an owner's manual, but her body language can tell you plenty, including what she wants and needs from you. Here's a quick guide to baby body language.