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BABIES

RIGHT AFTER BIRTH:
FATHER/COACH:
____ Ask if you can cut the umbilical cord
____ Take pictures

SOON AFTER BIRTH:
FATHER/COACH:
____ Call family and friends to advise of health of mother and baby, sex, name, weight, APGAR, etc.
____ Buy things to pass out (tobacco, chocolate or bubble gum cigars, candy bars, peppermint sticks) in appropriate color

PARENTS:
____ Have people wash their hands before touching or holding the baby (for approx. first month)
____ Be aware that the lips and inside of mouth are one of the best indications of a baby's health
____ Discuss following with your pediatrician:
          - Baby's health
          - When baby should be seen at pediatrician's office (weight checks, well visits, etc.)
____ Try to put your other children first (let baby wait a few minutes if possible)
____ Fill out and send birth announcements
____ Avoid public places (malls, church, nurseries, etc) for 6-8 weeks
____ Don't use sunscreen with pava until at least 6 months
____ If go to the beach, go early in the day (before the sun gets too hot)
____ Don't use non-hypoallergenic products until at least 2 months
____ Baby carriers (front) - avoid head bouncing fore and aft (sideways is okay)
____ Establish a relationship with your child which ensures he/she knows that you care about him/her, their feelings and their well-being
____ Play with your child
____ Show your child the things you think are important
____ Look your child in the eyes a lot
____ Read to your child, preferably with him/her on your lap, including reading some of the same books over and over, and, reading a variety of things (e.g., menus) - reading a variety of things helps your child understand how things work
____ Expose your child to lots of different types of music
____ Create music with your child
____ Consider choosing a second language to introduce to your child
____ Get a social security number for your child
____ Adjust your income tax withholding form (W-2)
____ On your tax return, take dependent care tax credit, especially if you have lower income
____ Use a flexible spending account to have pre-tax dollars directed from your paycheck to reimburse yourself for child care expenses
____ For a a customized, day-by-day guide with information about your child's growth and development during his/her first year, visit parentsoup.com

RIGHT AFTER GETTING HOME:
____ Husband and wife get in bed with baby for awhile, then get some rest
____ Put bathrobe by front door...if anyone comes to the door, put the robe on, answer the door, tell them: "This is the closest I've been to death...I don't know when I'll ever get some sleep."
____ Even if you feel like having visitors soon...don't

SOON AFTER GETTING HOME:
____ Call pediatrician for appointments for:
          - Weight check(s)
          - Well visits: 2-3 weeks after birth, 2 mths, 4 mths, 6 mths, 9 mths, etc.
____ Be aware that after having a baby, you'll probably lose some friends (especially those without kids) but you'll gain other friends (especially those with kids)
____ Notify newspapers, newsletters, etc.
____ Adjust life insurance, will, etc.
____ Establish trust fund (or savings account) for infant - to demonstrate the power of saving money
____ Add your new baby as an exemption on your tax return
____ Notify people (e.g., alumni associations) - so they can put it in their publications
____ Notify employer, etc. of new dependent/family member

ONE WEEK AFTER BIRTH:
____ To pediatrician for weight check
____ Be aware that babies usually lose weight during first week

PARENTS:
Regularly:
____ Ensure your baby gets plenty of stimulation from, and interaction with, other people e.g., touching, sounds (e.g., talking, music), visual, smells (until he/she is several years old) - to stimulate the growth of nerve cells in your baby's brain - stimulation at an early age is much more effective in encouraging learning than at a later age
____ Provide consistent and predictable nuturing, especially during first few years
____ Talk to your baby
____ Massage your baby's body
____ Provide a stable situation for your child, e.g., stable relationships with loving people, especially you - so your baby can develop trust
____ Realize that your baby is especially receptive to learning language during his/her first year
____ Ensure your baby can't reach small objects which might cause choking (until he/she is approx. 3 years old)
____ Provide plenty of guidance
____ Ask local health department if water contains fluoride. If not, check with your doctor...you should probably give your child a fluoride supplement through age 13

If you suspect your baby has a high temperature:
____ Take temperature rectally

WHEN YOU START ROLLING OVER:
PARENTS:
____ Don't leave baby on a bed, sofa, etc. unattended

WHEN YOU START CRAWLING:
PARENTS:
____ Childproof your house:
          - Put a gate at the top and bottom of all stairs
          - Keep balloons (inflated and uninflated) out of reach
          - See CHILDPROOFING

AGE 6 MONTHS:
____ Get introduced to swimming - so your child won't have a fear of water which will prevent him/her from trying to swim if he/she falls into water
____ Learn to roll onto your back in water and float

AGE 9 MONTHS:
PARENTS:
____ Be aware that a child can lose consciousness within approx. 2 minutes in water and drown within approx. 6 minutes

AGE 1 YEAR:
Regularly:
____ Play with cups, etc. under running faucet

PARENTS:
____ Be aware that children need to be watched much more closely once they learn to walk
____ Make a game out of learning to read
____ Consider controlling what your child watches on TV by:
          - Deleting certain channels on your TV or VCR (see your owner's manual)
          - Asking your cable TV company to block certain channels

Once your child has learned to walk:
____ Double check your house for hazards to children (see CHILDPROOFING)

Also see ADOPTION, BREAST-FEEDING, CHILD CARE, CHILDPROOFING, CHILDREN, HEALTH, PARENTS, PREGNANCY
BREAST-FEEDING
- Breast-feeding can help protect against diarrhea

Before breast-feeding the first time:
____ Consider borrowing (e.g., from a foundation which supports breastfeeding), renting or buying a pump:
          - Battery-driven are good
          - Electric can be expensive
          - Hand-driven can be hard to use
____ Consider not eating fish - some types of fish may contain enough mercury to be harmful to your baby

While breast-feeding:
If breasts feel tight because they are full (and baby doesn't need milk):

____ Consider applying ice pack(s) - heat may make the engorgement worse
If the mother has a plugged duct:
____ Consider massaging and applying heat (e.g., hot pad, hot shower) to the affected area

If you use a bottle:
____ Use a nipple with a small opening - so baby doesn't get used to getting milk easily from a bottle and start refusing to breast-feed


Also see BABIES
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