AuthorJeff Beaumont

A Practical, Up-to-Date Guide for Parents — Common Problems and Worries

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Skin Babies’ skin just isn’t as smooth and clear as the advertisements say it is. Almost every baby develops a fine pink or red rash whenever the skin is irritated by rubbing on bedclothes, by spitting up, or by very hot weather. Almost all of these fine pink rashes will go away promptly if the skin is bathed with clean water whenever it is dirty, and washed with mild soap once a day...

Infant Care — Leaving the Baby

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Leaving the Baby You need some rest from your baby and babies have to learn that others can care for them. Plan to get out without your baby for at least several hours a week after the first month. Babysitters—Select the person with care. Relatives, neighbors and friends—all can be great—or terrible. You want someone who really cares about your baby and whom you can trust. You will want the...

Your Baby After the First Weeks — Clothing, Shoes, Laundering, Going Out

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Clothing Your child doesn’t need much more than a diaper and a shirt in a comfortably heated house. During hot weather your baby may be happier without a shirt. After the first weeks you can judge what is needed to keep your baby comfortable by what you need to keep yourself comfortable. If you need a sweater while resting quietly, so will your baby. If a sweater or extra shirt makes you...

Infant Care — First Aid and Emergency Treatment

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Even when you are careful about safety, accidents and illnesses will occur. You should know what to do and have a plan of action. If possible, take a first aid course from the Red Cross, the “Y,” the Boy or Girl Scouts, or review a course you may have already taken. Life-Saving First Aid Choking, bad bleeding, drowning, burns from chemicals, and electric shock require immediate action...

Babies — Safety and Accidents

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Safety and Accidents Babies born healthy are more likely to die from accidents than from any illness. Accidental injuries can cause severe and prolonged handicaps. You can prevent almost all accidents by knowing what your baby is able to do and making sure it is done in a safe way. Use the following checklist to be sure your home is safe. Birth to 4 Months What babies can do: Eat, sleep, cry Roll...

Infant Care — Physical Growth and Feeding

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Physical Growth Babies’ steady growth in height and weight is one of the best signs that they are healthy and getting the kind of care they need. It is the steadiness of the growth that counts, not how much it is or how fast it is. Most babies gain about one-half pound per week during the first few months of life and about one pound per month from 5 to 12 months. Smaller babies usually gain...

Your Baby After the First Weeks — Play and Exercise, Out of the Crib

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Play and Exercise You and your baby get to know and understand each other as you play together. Babies learn about their own bodies and about the world around them as they play by themselves. They reach out and examine things, first with their eyes, then with their hands and then with their whole bodies. They listen, then respond, then imitate as you talk to them in play. In the first months...

After the First Weeks — Your Baby's Development

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Development While temperamental characteristics or traits tend to remain quite constant over a long period of time, many other kinds of behavior change rapidly—and many of these changes can be predicted by your baby’s age. Some of these “developmental” characteristics and behaviors are listed along with the ages at which your baby is first likely to show them. Moving the Whole...

A Practical, Up-to-Date Guide for Parents — After the First Weeks

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After the First Weeks Temperament Babies differ from each other in many ways. They may be big or small, fast growing or slow growing, early developers or late developers, brown-eyed or blue-eyed. One of the most important ways in which babies differ is in their temperament—the usual way they react to you, to other people, and to things around them. You will find it much easier to understand, to...

Infant Care — Common Problems and Worries

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Common Problems and Worries Eyes—When you get home from the hospital, the baby’s eyes may have some white or yellow discharge caused by irritation from the medicine that was put in at birth. This should clear up within 5 or 6 days and should not get much worse at any time. If it does get worse or lasts more than a week, get medical advice promptly. Head Shape—In passing through the birth...

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