2- Breastfeeding your new baby ...Breast milk provides all the nutrients that babies need for the first six months of their life and guards against many illnesses and allergies. Also, breastfeeding can help build a special closeness with your baby. Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby. ||Infant constipation is the passage of hard, dry bowel movements — not necessarily the absence of daily bowel movements ||Make a habit out of drinking a glass of water every time you feed your baby. ||Contact the doctor if your newborn isn't gaining weight, wets fewer than six diapers a day or shows little interest in feedings ||Breastfeeding releases Oxytocin which causes contractions of the uterus, helping to stop hemorrhage and initiating weight loss ||During growth spurts - around 6 weeks after birth — your newborn might want to be fed more often ||Do not postpone your baby’s vaccines unless he is sick or feverish ||Use each feeding as an opportunity to build your newborn's sense of security, trust and comfort. ||Every milestone is an accomplishment, but it means your child is more independent and needs you a little less ||You'll develop a unique parenting style that is right for your family and may be quite different from your neighbors and friends. ||
Temper tantrums

Temper tantrums are disruptive or undesirable behaviors or emotional outbursts displayed in response to unmet needs or desires. They may also refer to an inability to control emotions due to frustration or difficulty expressing a particular need or desire.

Alternative Names
Acting-out behaviors

Temper tantrums or "acting-out" behaviors are natural during early childhood development. Children have a normal and natural tendency to assert their independence as they learn they are separate beings from their parents.


This desire for control often shows up as saying "no" often and having tantrums, which are compounded by the fact that the child may not have the vocabulary to adequately express his or her feelings.


Tantrums generally begin around age 12-18 months, get worse between 2 and 3 years, then decrease rapidly until age 4, after which they should be seldom seen. Being tired, hungry, or sick can make tantrums worse or more frequent.


Make sure that your child eats and sleeps at his or her usual times. If your child no longer takes a nap, it is still important to have some quiet time. Lying down for 15-20 minutes or resting with you while you read stories together at regular times of day can help prevent tantrums.


When your child has a temper tantrum, it is important that you remain calm. It helps to remember that tantrums are normal -- they are NOT your fault, you are NOT a bad parent, and your son or daughter is NOT a bad child. Shouting at or hitting your child will only make the situation worse. A quiet, peaceful response and atmosphere, without "giving in" or breaking the rule that you just set, will reduce stress and make both of you feel better.


Remember that children imitate behavior. You can also try gentle distraction to activities that they enjoy or try making a funny face. If you are not at home during a tantrum, try to carry your child to a quiet place like the car or a rest room, keeping him or her safe until the tantrum has ended.


Other methods to try to prevent tantrums include:

  • Use an upbeat tone when asking your child to do something. Make it sound like an invitation, NOT an order. For example, "if you put your mittens and hat on, we'll be able to go out to your play group."
  • Make rules count. Don't battle over unimportant things like which shoes your child wears or whether he or she sits in the high-chair or booster seat. Safety is what matters, such as not touching a hot stove, keeping the car seat buckled, not playing in the street, etc. As the American Academy of Pediatrics experts put it, "while [your toddler or preschooler] will be saying 'no' to everything..., you should be saying 'no' only the few times a day when it is absolutely necessary."
  • Offer choices whenever possible. For example, let your child pick what clothes to wear, stories to read, etc. A child who feels independent in many areas will be more likely to follow rules when it is a must. DO NOT offer a choice if one doesn't truly exist.

The AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics recommends that you call your pediatrician if:

  • Tantrums get worse after age 4
  • Your child injures him or herself or others or destroys property during tantrums
  • Your child holds his or her breath during tantrums, especially if he or she faints
  • Your child also has nightmares, reversal of toilet training, headaches, stomachaches, refuses to eat or go to bed, anxiety, or excessive clinging to parents

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