AAP recommends to avoid blankets (a potential suffocation hazard) until your baby reaches her first birthday ||In case of eczema, use mild, unscented body and laundry soaps. Pat baby's skin dry; don't rub ||The only acceptable punishment for our children is time-out. No spanking, no shouting and no threatening ||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. ||During growth spurts - around 6 weeks after birth — your newborn might want to be fed more often ||Every milestone is an accomplishment, but it means your child is more independent and needs you a little less ||As a new mommy, sleep when your baby sleeps. Silence your phone and ignore the dishes in the sink ||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 ||Don't let your baby nap in the car seat after you're home as a substitute for crib since it's harder for young babies to breathe in that position ||
Basic Health Standards at Child Care Centers

 

When considering a particular child care setting, you need to know all the rules and practices that would affect your baby, especially hygienic ones. While touring the child care home or center, check to see if the following basic health and safety standards are being met:

    • The premises are clean and reasonably neat (without discouraging play by the children).
    • There is plenty of play equipment, and it is in good repair.
    • The equipment is appropriate for the developmental skills of the children in the program.
    • Babies are closely supervised when climbing on play-things, roughhousing, or playing with blocks (which are sometimes thrown) and other potentially dangerous toys.
    • Food is stored in an appropriate manner and if the child care site is preparing the food, that it is nutritious.
    • Areas where food is handled are clearly separate from toilets and diaper-changing areas.
    • Diaper-changing areas are cleaned and sanitized before and after being used for each infant.
    • Hand washing sinks are available where they are needed and are used not only by the children, but also by the staff members to wash their hands.
    • Potty (or training) chairs are avoided in order to decrease the risk of spreading germs that cause diarrhea.
    • Children are supervised by sight and sound at all times, even when napping.

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