Sleep sacks and sufficient layers of clothing are safe alternatives to blankets for children less than six months of age ||Presumably, your baby won't recall events from his life before age 3. Still, these early experiences outline his vision of the world ||Preservatives, fragrances, harsh soap, rough fabric, sweat, and stress can be potential irritants for babies suffering from eczema ||Make a habit out of drinking a glass of water every time you feed your baby. ||Set aside time to spend with each child individually, so they don't feel like they're competing for your attention ||Ask your baby's doctor about vitamin D supplements for the baby, especially if you're breast-feeding ||The most important thing on growth curves is how your baby grows over time. If he's small but growing at the appropriate rate, there's usually no cause for concern. ||Don't forget to watch what you say and do around your child: Imitation is one of the ways toddlers learn socially acceptable behavior. ||Don't ever be afraid to ask for help from a friend or relative. Time away will let you recharge. ||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. ||
Getting your toddler to listen
 
Toddlers are just like the rest of us — they don't always listen. Being a good listener helps your child learn more effectively, get along better with you and with other adults she'll be expected to respect, and also make better friends.

Try these strategies when your child isn't listening:
 
Before the problematic situation
  • Be playful.
  • Say "no" less by childproofing your home.
  • Make sure your child has at least 15 minutes a day of your complete attention.
  • Find time for yourself so you have the energy to give the proper attention and discipline.
  • Ignore mild behavior. If a child does not get attention for a behavior, he will often stop doing it.
  • Give warnings then follow through rapidly. For example before you're ready to leave the house, tell your child "We're going to leave in a few minutes."
 
During the problematic situation
  • Redirect your child to another activity.
  • Use humor as a distracting tool
  • Get on her level. Squat down or pick your child up, so you can look her in the eye and grab her attention.
  • Be clear. Your message should not be too long and should not be phrased as a question if your child doesn't actually have a choice.
  • Mean what you say. If you tell your 2-year-old, "You need to drink some milk at dinnertime," don't let her have juice instead.
  • Stay emotionally neutral. Avoid spanking and shouting.
  • "Calming time." Giving your child a quiet activity (drawing, coloring, puzzle pieces, etc) can calm her better than simply sitting (a time-out)
 
After the problematic situation
  • Treat them with confident good humor. The good humor and trust you demonstrate to your child when speaking to her will make her want to listen to you.
  • Model good behavior. Make it a habit to listen to your child as respectfully as you would to any adult.
  • Trial and error. Remember that each child is different and find what works specifically for you and your child.
 
 
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