The pacifier’s guard or shield should have ventilation holes so the baby can breathe if the shield does get into the mouth ||Infants raised on breast milk tend to score higher on tests of mental development than those on formula ||It’s never too early to read for your child ||During the day, don't try to catch up on chores while the baby sleeps. Lie down and rest ||As a new baby mother who has to breast feed you should make sure that you drink lots of water ... Make a habit out of drinking a glass of water every time you feed your baby. This will ensure that you are getting your water, and help your body produce enough milk. ||AAP recommends to avoid blankets (a potential suffocation hazard) until your baby reaches her first birthday ||Most newborns need eight to 12 feedings a day — about one feeding every two to three hours ||There are some games, that you can play with your child to increase his ability to concentrate. Check them out in our articles section. ||Make sure the highchair has a wide base, good fit, adjustable secure straps. Consider a post between the child's legs. ||If you have trouble emptying your breast, apply warm compresses to the breast or take a warm shower before breast-feeding ||
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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