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. ||Massaging infants' arms and hands can significantly reduce their pain from needle sticks ||Don’t forget to put labels with date and time on your expressed milk bottles to check expiry dates ||Every milestone is an accomplishment, but it means your child is more independent and needs you a little less ||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. ||Don't forget to watch what you say and do around your child: Imitation is one of the ways toddlers learn socially acceptable behavior. ||Contact the doctor if your newborn isn't gaining weight, wets fewer than six diapers a day or shows little interest in feedings ||When giving suspension or liquid medicines, use the dosage cup enclosed in the package or a syringe ||It’s never too early to read for your child ||Make sure your baby wears a hat if she will be in a cold environment ||
The Importance of Family Routines

 

When we put routines in place for our families, it brings a sense of security that children really need. When kids know what to expect, and know what's expected of them, their behavior will also improve.

One of a family's greatest challenges is to establish comfortable, effective routines, which should achieve a happy compromise between the disorder and confusion that can occur without them and the rigidity and boredom that can come with too much structure and regimentation, where children are given no choice and little flexibility.

Every family is different. What works for one may not work for another. We can offer some suggestions to give you an idea of what a routine would consist of. But ultimately, you must create your own family routines with your own family.

Weekday Mornings

To make the household function well in the morning, everyone needs to know what has to be done to get ready for the day. Try the following:

    • Put as many things in order as possible the night before.
    • Keep wake-up routines cheerful and positive.
    • Be sure your child eats breakfast, even if she is not hungry in the morning, have her get some food in her system to start the day.
    • Finally, round out each morning by saying goodbye to your youngster. A simple hug and a wave as she heads out the front door or slides out of the car are extremely important. They will give her a positive feeling with which to begin the day's activities.

After School

During middle childhood, children need adult supervision. Research shows that children who return each afternoon to an empty home are more susceptible to misbehavior, risk-taking, and anxiety. For this age group, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a child come home to a parent, other adult, or a responsible adolescent.

Evenings

Dinner should be an important time for your family. As you are cooking, have the kids set the table and do other age-appropriate tasks. Once dinner is ready, have everyone sit down together and make sure to turn off the TV. Use this time to talk to each other about your day. Stay positive and minimize arguing.

Bedtime

On school nights, children need a regular time to go to sleep. Lights can go out at different times for different children in the family, depending on how much sleep each youngster needs. Nighttime rituals can help ease a youngster to sleep. These rituals can include storytelling, reading aloud, conversation, and songs. Try to avoid exciting play and activities before bedtime.

Weekends

Weekends are good times for family togetherness. You might go shopping as a family, visit museums and zoos, do chores that everyone participates in, go on hikes or bike rides, or attend religious services. On weekends children in the middle years can usually be allowed a later bedtime than during the week. Keep in mind that, although family time is essential, it is equally important for parents to set aside some time just for themselves.

 

Source: healthychildren.org

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