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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Year Of Advances

The first year of your child's life is filled with rapid growth.  it's normal for new parents to wonder if their child is on target for developmental milestones.  Whether you're breastfeeding or formula feeding, closely monitoring their feeding habits can help you determine their progress..

FEEDING
During the first weeks of life your child should be feeding every two to three hours.  Nursing mothers should estimate 15-20 minutes on the first side, and 20-30 minutes on the second, sometimes longer.  Nursing mothers should focus their attention on how much time they're spending nursing rather than just on the amount o milk they're producing.  The beginning stages are about building tolerance first.

Bottle-feeding parents should be giving their newborn roughly one more ounce of formula than their age in months.  For example, a 1-month-old should be getting about two ounces per feeding about every three hours, a 2-month-old should receive about three ounces, and so on.

Adequate nutrition, whether that comes from formula or the breast, is best assessed by monitoring growth.  Additionally, if your child's bodily functions are occurring multiple times during the day, that's a good indication your baby is hydrated and receiving the appropriate milk or formula supply.

GROWTH RATE
From birth to 6 months, the typical baby will double their birth weight.  From birth to 1 year, they will triple their birth weight.  On average, the first three months of life will bring about an ounce of weight gain per day.  Under normal circumstances, the weighing a baby receiving during regular doctor visits will be enough to observe normal growth and gain.  Parents do not need to be weighing their baby every day because it will fluctuate daily.  Weight gain happens in slow increments, and some days your child might not gain anything, then two days later they might gain a larger amount.

Your child will also add length as they add weight.  Over the first six months, babies gain about an inch per month.  Then, half an inch per month from 6 months to 12 months is expected.  again, your pediatrician's growth chart will help you see how your child is progressing.

If your baby is happy, alert, and sleeping well, then your child is likely growing properly.  If at any point you feel that there might be something wrong, speak to your pediatrician.



This article was written by Dr. Stan Spinner, M.D., Texas Children's Pediatrics and Texas Children's Urgent Care chief medical officer, has been practicing pediatrics in Houston for over 30 years. Spinner obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio,  he then completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicin/Texas Children's Hospital.


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Monday, May 29, 2017

Fun Baby Monday - Guess What Baby Is Thinking!

Baby's are the cutest things and it sure is fun to try to determine what it is their expression is trying to convey.  I've added a few thoughts of mine about the photo below.  Why don't you add your thoughts in the comment section so all can see how many different ideas can be found.  I'll do this each Monday so look forward to seeing the new photo and comments. Enjoy!

Let's see, a choice between carrots and applesauce, hmmm.
What!  I have to eat the carrots too.
Please, just the applesauce.
How can you resist this sweet face.









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Friday, May 26, 2017

Early Warning Signs of Hearing Impairment in Babies

It is difficult in infants to determine if they could possibly have a hearing impairment.  This article provides helpful information to assist parents in trying to figure out if their infant could be hearing impaired or not.  You can read this complete article here.





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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Early Signs of Autism

Autism in infants is hard to determine because babies without autism sometimes have the same characteristics.  This article provides information  which is helpful to a parent to determine if their child may have autism.  This article also has a couple of videos to view.  You can read the complete article and view the videos here.




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Monday, May 22, 2017

Fun Baby Monday - Guess What Baby Is Thinking!

Baby's are the cutest things and it sure is fun to try to determine what it is their expression is trying to convey.  I've added a few thoughts of mine about the photo below.  Why don't you add your thoughts in the comment section so all can see how many different ideas can be found.  I'll do this each Monday so look forward to seeing the new photo and comments. Enjoy!

Why does it run away from me?
I'm so close.
Just a few more inches.
I only want to pull your tail.









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Friday, May 19, 2017

Attachment Parenting Pros and Cons

Attachment parenting has been used by parents for a long time.  it is the way parents respond and nurture their baby.  If you are uncertain as to whether you want to do the attachment parenting, this article will provide you with the pros and cons on it.  You can read the complete article here






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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Parenting Your Newborn.

Being a parent is a challenging but wonderful challenge.  You will find helpful hints for your baby and for yourself in this article. You can read the complete article here.





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Monday, May 15, 2017

Fun Baby Monday - Guess What Baby Is Thinking!

Baby's are the cutest things and it sure is fun to try to determine what it is their expression is trying to convey.  I've added a few thoughts of mine about the photo below.  Why don't you add your thoughts in the comment section so all can see how many different ideas can be found.  I'll do this each Monday so look forward to seeing the new photo and comments. Enjoy!

What's a mohawk?
Will my hair grow back?
But I'm not Indian am I?
Don't laugh.








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Friday, May 12, 2017

Breast Or Bottle?

Whether to breastfeed or bottle feed is a question that comes up with most mothers. It is said and research has proven that breastfed babies are healthier and smarter and the longer they breastfeed the smarter they are.  If you are unsure about whether to breastfeed or bottle feed this article with help you decide.  And if you decide this article will also provide helpful information on the best way to accomplish a good breastfeeding plan.  You can read the complete article here.


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Precious First Steps

 "Dr. Sears explains the early stages of infants crawling then walking>"

As an infant-development watcher for over 50 years, I have noticed there are three influences that impact when your child crawls and walks. It's important for every parent to understand that each baby is unique, and so their timing on when milestones occur will be individualized.

TEMPERAMENT AFFECTS TIMING
Mellow babies tend to be more content sitting back and looking at the world around them. their visual and social development may develop sooner, yet they tend to be later crawlers and walkers. They also tend to be more cautious about when they take their first steps. Babies with easier temperaments often approach major developmental milestones more cautiously.,

Late walkers are more likely to be content to entertain themselves with crawling around the floor, sitting and playing, enjoying visual delights and having finger fun with their toys.  They are less interested in showing off their fast motor skills. A late walker goes through the crawl, cruise, stand and walk sequences slowly and cautiously.

Our second son, now Dr. Bob, skipped the crawling stage entirely.  He scooted his way around the floor from 7 to 9 months until he learned to pull himself up next to the couch and cruise around it, and then he leg go and started walking at 12 months.  Some of our other children enjoyed staying in the crawling stage for several months and tended to walk later.  Again, a baby's style and age of walking is as unique as their personality.

PROGRESSION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TIMING
Line up 10 beginner crawlers on walkers at the starting gate and watch them make their individual ways around the track.  They all reach the finish line, but with different styles and at different speeds.  Although no two babies crawl and walk with the same style and at the same rate, most follow a similar sequence of development.

BODY TYPE INFLUENCES TIMING
Lean babies tend to walk earlier.  Big babies tend to roll over later, crawl later and walk later.  This makes sense because they have more body weight in muscle and bone to lift off the ground.

Early walkers tend to be impulsive, motor-driven babies who race through each motor milestone before parents can get their cameras ready.  Yes, these are the types of babies who tend to squirm out of infant seats and are not fond of being strapped in car seats for too long.

Early walkers also tend to be more accident-prone, often acting before they think.  If you have an early walker or crawler, go on a safety patrol.  Get down on your hands and knees and crawl around your home playing like you're a beginner crawler or walker.  Notice potential sites that could injure baby, such as table corners to fall against, lamp cords to pull on, and so on.  Either place protective covers on the edges of your furniture or store the pretty, yet sharp, stuff in the garage for a couple years. For the beginner crawler, use soft toys so if they fall fglat they don't land on an uncomfortable wooden, metal or plastic toy.

FIRST CRAWLS
The styles of beginner crawlers are variable.  Some babies inch-worm along the floor, others crab-crawl by moving more backward than forward, and others enjoy making a bridge with their xtended legs and arms and then leap-frogging forward.  When you see your baby making a bridge, that's often the first sign crawling is soon to happen.

FROM CRUISING TO FIRST STEPS
"When will my baby walk?" is a common question I get in my medical office.  About 50 percent of babies walk by one year of age, yet there is a wide normal range for walking: from 10 to 15 months.  Beginner walkers have to coordinate three developmental factors: balance, muscle strength and temperament.

WHEN TO WORRY
Keeping in mind that progression is more important than timing, the "worry word," if you need one, is plateau, meaning that baby's walking is not only late, but there has bee no progression over three months.  For example, if at 15 months baby is no closer to walking than when they were at 12 months it's certainly worth reporting to your baby's health care provider at the next routine checkup.

Instead of looking at developmental charts on when babies "are supposed to do what" and worrying that your baby doesn't fit the chart, enjoy your baby's individual style.  If wondering what developmental schedule your baby is on, think "her own."



MEMORIES FOR A LIFETIME - WRITE YOUR BABY'S BOOK
Here's a memory that will last a lifetime.  Keep your cellphone or notebook ready and record humorous highlights of your baby's developmental milestones.  Each day we would record at least one entry which we dubbed "catch of the day."  We would then present our children with their own "baby book" once they started a family.  When our adult children, now parents, talk about their babies' milestones, they can look back at their own book and say, "Let's see what I did at this stage."

Visit HLMS.com for Dr. Sear's tips for ways to have fun with your baby's advances.

This article was written by Dr. Bill Sears, M.D., father of eight and the author of 42 books on family health, including "The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood."  A practicing pediatrician for over 40 years, he is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Calfornia, Irvine, School of Medicine.  Dr. Sears is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediarrics (AAP) and a fellow of the Royal College of Pediatricians (RCP).

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Fun Baby Monday - Guess What Baby Is Thinking!

Baby's are the cutest things and it sure is fun to try to determine what it is their expression is trying to convey.  I've added a few thoughts of mine about the photo below.  Why don't you add your thoughts in the comment section so all can see how many different ideas can be found.  I'll do this each Monday so look forward to seeing the new photo and comments. Enjoy!

Ok, so now I look like who?
The purpose is???
Will I have these forever?
Will I set off a metal detector?








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Friday, May 5, 2017

Use Your Hormones To Become A Better Parent -- and a Happier Person!

It has been found that some people are a more loving parent than others.  The reason it seems has to do with hormones. If you are missing or low on the hormone, Oxytocin, this could be the problem.  You can read the complete article on this hormone here.



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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Recommended Books: Infants and Babies

If you are going to have your first baby, you might find these books to be helpful.  Do not consider this as an endorsement, they are just recommendations.  You can find the complete listing here.



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Monday, May 1, 2017

Fun Baby Monday - Guess What Baby Is Thinking!

Baby's are the cutest things and it sure is fun to try to determine what it is their expression is trying to convey.  I've added a few thoughts of mine about the photo below.  Why don't you add your thoughts in the comment section so all can see how many different ideas can be found.  I'll do this each Monday so look forward to seeing the new photo and comments. Enjoy!


What's a bad hair day?
I look like Einstein?
Who's Einstein?
Why are you laughing?







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