If your newborn is leaving you bleary eyed from sleep deprivation, it may help to know it’s normal for babies to mix up days and nights. Rest assured things will even out within a few months and, in the meantime, you may be able to build a foundation for better nighttime sleep by trying the following:
Although it may be impossible for you to always nap when baby naps, try to take advantage of the opportunity when you can. Sleep helps the body heal after birth and can help you enjoy every minute with your little one – even if it’s the middle of the night.
Babies younger than 6 months are at high risk for serious complications from the flu. Because they are too young to be vaccinated, consider the following steps to help protect your baby:
If your child becomes ill, check with your pediatrician before giving over-the-counter medication. When recommended, measure liquid medication with provided syringe, dropper or measuring cup. If none comes with medication, request one from your pharmacist or pediatrician. Never use a kitchen spoon to measure medication
If your child is about to start day care, it can be an exciting time but also a stressful time. Getting organized can help make the experience a little less anxiety-provoking for you and your child. First, label everything from blankets and clothing to sippy cups and diaper cream. Check with your day-care provider, but it’s likely you will need to send the following:
Remember to pack enough formula, expressed breast milk or baby food. Purified, steam-distilled water, such as Nursery®, can be sent to mix with formula and cereal and can be offered to children older than six months.
Mother was right and research shows children who eat a healthy breakfast concentrate and function better in school and have healthier body weights. Lunch is also important to sustain energy throughout the day and during afterschool activities. Here are some ideas that will increase the odds of your child eating what you pack:
Calcium is important for growing children. Encourage them to drink milk with lunch by packing a container or sending milk money. Low-fat chocolate milk can be offered as a treat. If your child refuses to drink milk, offer 100% fruit juice fortified with calcium and Vitamin D. Also, pack a water bottle so your child learns to reach for water to quench thirst between meals.