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Tips for Infants and Toddlers

Taking care of a newborn can be intimidating. After all, once you're home from the hospital you are on your own! Here are some tips that are helpful from the first weeks after birth through the toddler years.

Burping the baby
Newborn babies need to burp frequently during feedings. If you forget to burp the baby, she may spit up much of the milk she's been given or have stomach pain. We burped our baby after she finished each ounce of formula, or after about two minutes (when breast feeding).

Potty training
Potty training a child is a challenge. Consult your pediatrician about how best to go about it, since each child is different. Something that most parents and pediatricians agree on, though, is that one should let a child proceed at his or her own pace.

College planning.
The cost of college tuition rises every year. It is a good idea to start saving for your child's education as soon as he/she is born.

Nutrition

Dealing with picky eaters
Our little girl would only eat pasta and orange foods: carrots, sweet potatoes, and so on. Rather than turn each meal into a battle, we always included one of the foods she liked in her meals, but also made other foods available, even if she didn't eat them. Gradually, she began to expand the foods she would eat.

Safety

Crawl around your house on all fours to get a sense of what your child sees. Use this information to make changes in your home (e.g., move breakables out of reach, tape loose cords to the floor so children cannot pull on them, etc.).

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