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Teething FAQs – Age, Signs and Symptoms, and Remedies

symptoms of teethingNearly all newborns are born with a gummy grin and no teeth. (In rare cases, 1 out of every 2,000 to 3,000 babies is born with teeth on their lower gum. These teeth are called natal teeth). Teething isn’t a developmental milestone that your baby hits all at once. It can take up to two or three years before your child has all his or her beautiful full set of baby teeth – 20 in total.

Teething – which is defined as the appearance of your baby’s first teeth through his or her gums – is a frustrating experience for babies and their parents. Teething can be painful and uncomfortable for your little one, and it can turn a perfect baby into a cranky, fussy, and drooling monster.

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Baby Milestone Chart (Infographic)

From the time your baby is born, he or she will undergo dramatic change in the first two years of life. Your baby’s diet will change from breast milk (or formula) to solid foods, then finger foods, and so on. Your baby’s physical development will astound you. For example, you will love hearing your baby’s coos, his or her first words, and his or her first sentence.

I found this really impressive baby milestone chart – which will take you through your baby’s development month-to-month. You will learn how your baby’s dietary needs will change, his or her physical development, language development, and cognitive development. It is amazing how much a baby will change in the first two years of life.

And if you’re wondering how expensive a baby’s first year will be, this infographic also gives you an interesting view. For instance, did you know that in the first year alone, you will spend $2,000 in disposable diapers? And $1,700 in formula (if you don’t breastfeed).

Check it out, and let me know what you think!
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Babies and TV – Why TV is Bad for Babies

babies and TVShould babies watch TV?

Experts don’t think so, but parents with babies and small children still allow their little ones to watch the boob tube. Television fascinates babies and toddlers. They love watching it, and they’ll spend hours in front of the TV if you let them. The television is a “good” babysitter; it keeps babies and little ones occupied like nothing else.

But there’s a price for allowing your kids to watch TV – their language development, social and cognitive skills may suffer as a result. Here are the main reasons why TV watching is bad for your baby.

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Overview of the Developmental Stages of Infancy

Guest Post by Joyce Brister.

While the first five years of a baby’s development is a period of incredible growth and learning, every baby is different and each develops at its own pace. Understanding the rapid developmental changes can help parents and primary caregivers provide a nurturing environment for the child.  Since a baby’s future begins even before birth, how parents deal with the baby’s development has effects that can last his/her entire lifetime.

All parents worry about their child’s growth and development, especially if the birth was difficult or the child developed a disability or chronic condition.  Although each child’s rate of growth is different, the patterns of growth have common denominators and are fairly predictable.  It is the timing of the stages of development that differ, even amongst siblings. For instance, many babies are walking by age one, but it is still considered normal to be walking anywhere from 9-16 months of age.

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Infant Sleep Linked to Growth Spurts in Babies

infant sleepHas your baby started to nap more often? This may be a sign that a growth spurt is on its way. A new study has confirmed a longstanding theory – infant sleeping patterns are related to growth spurts in babies. This theory has never been proven until now.

According to a new research study in the recent issue of Sleep, babies who start to take more naps, or sleep for longer periods of time, are more likely to undergo a growth spurt within the next two days. So, if you think your baby has suddenly gotten bigger overnight, you might be right! Read more


Guide to Baby Milestones in the First 12 Months

baby developmental milestonesIt is always exciting to witness each and every baby milestone that your baby reaches – not just the first time your baby walks or talks, but the little milestones, like the first time your baby smiles at you or when your baby rolls over.

Baby milestones aren’t just thrilling for parents, but they’re markers for you and doctors to track your baby’s development. For most milestones, there’s a range of what’s considered “normal.” It’s important not to panic if your baby is delayed in a milestone. Different factors play into baby milestones.

However, it’s a good idea to pay extra attention to your baby’s milestones to make sure he or she is on the right track.

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Read to Your Baby – The Importance of Books, Audiobooks, and the Spoken Word

Guest Post by Shellie Braeuner of Kids Audiobook Reviews

Read and speak aloud – Your baby is listening.

Newborn babies have been listening to the sound of human voices from the time they are in the womb and prefer that sound to any other. (In fact, newborn babies automatically recognize the sound of their mother’s voice minutes after birth, and they can distinguish it from other voices around them.)

There is an important developmental reason for why babies enjoy the sound of human voices – they need to listen to hundreds of thousands of words before they are able to utter even one.

Talking to your baby is vital.  Eye contact while holding and talking to a newborn helps them bond and learn the importance of language between people. [click to continue…]