Use each feeding as an opportunity to build your newborn's sense of security, trust and comfort. ||Make sure the highchair has a wide base, good fit, adjustable secure straps. Consider a post between the child's legs. ||Most newborns need eight to 12 feedings a day — about one feeding every two to three hours ||Sleep sacks and sufficient layers of clothing are safe alternatives to blankets for children less than six months of age ||Always check the water temperature with your hand before bathing your baby. Be sure the room is comfortably warm, too ||Presumably, your baby won't recall events from his life before age 3. Still, these early experiences outline his vision of the world ||Your toddler may be clumsy simply due to her trials to master so many new physical skills at the same time. The more active she is, the more likely she will drop things, run into things, or fall down. ||Your baby should have 4-6 wet diapers per day. This is a great way to monitor if they're getting enough milk ||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 rush into solving your kid's problems. Give him the chance to conclude, all on his own, that things are going to be okay. ||
Kids to Stay in Rear-Facing Seat Until Age 2

 

March 21, 2011 -- In a new policy statement published in the April 2011 issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics now advises parents to keep toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2, or until they exceed the height or weight limit for the car seat, which can be found on the back of the seat.

In addition, they recommend that when children 2 or older reach the maximum weight or height for a forward-facing seat with a harness they transition to sitting in belt-positioning booster seats until they have reached 144 cm tall and are between 8 and 12 years old.

Once they've outgrown the booster seat, the guidelines say all children under 13 should still ride in the back seats of the car.

Rear-Facing Seats Are Safer

The previous AAP policy, issued in 2002, advised that infants and toddlers remain in rear-facing safety seats until they reached the limits of the car seat, but cited 12 months and 20 pounds as a minimum. As a result, many parents turned the car seat around on the child's first birthday.

But new research has shown that children under age 2 are safer in rear-facing car seats. A 2007 study in the journal Injury Prevention found that children under age 2 are 75 percent less likely to die or to be severely injured in a crash if they are rear-facing. Another study found riding rear-facing to be five times safer than forward-facing.

A rear-facing child safety seat does a better job of supporting the head, neck and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash, because it distributes the force of the collision over the entire body.

The ‘age 2’ recommendation is not a deadline, but rather a guideline to help parents decide when to make the transition. Smaller children can remain rear-facing longer.

Types of Car Safety Seats at a Glance

 

Source

American Academy of Pediatrics

 

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