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When monitoring your baby's development, it's important to know that each baby develops differently. Here are a few indications of what sort of things your baby may begin to be doing each month.First MonthYour baby should be able to:• Lift its head briefly when it is on its stomach• Focus on a faceThey will also probably be able to:• Respond to noises in some wayThey may even possibly be able to:• Lift their head 45 degrees whilst they are on their...
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The First Month of Development

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Your baby has finally arrived and you're wondering what to expect in terms of mental and physical development as well as eating and sleeping habits. Wonder no longer, for we've compiled a list of common developments and tendencies that you can expect to witness the first month of your newborn's life. Keep in mind, however, that your baby will be developing at its own pace and will have its unique needs which might not always coincide with the average expectations highlighted here. If...
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Diapering

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While different aspects of daily baby care can be a source of joy, most first-time parents tend to view diaper changing with some degree of displeasure and unease. Yet diaper changing isn’t as complicated an affair as some tend to think; all it takes is a bit of practice and you'll find that keeping your baby clean and happy is a simple task. One thing that you should never avoid is promptly changing your baby's diaper as soon as it needs it, as procrastination could cause skin irr...
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Umbilical Cord Stump Care

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Your baby’s umbilical cord played an important role while your little one was growing in your womb, but now that the baby is out and the umbilical cord is no longer needed, all that your newborn will be left with is a short stump after the umbilical cord is cut off at birth. Until the stump dries up and falls off, you’ll need to make sure that it stays clean and uninfected.Cord Stump BasicsThe clamping and snipping of the umbilical cord is a painless process that all babies undergo o...
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Burping

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Burping your baby after each meal is a necessary step that both you and your spouse can take part in. After feeding, your baby will burp to get rid of the excess air that it swallowed while it was taking in the milk. If your baby isn't burped regularly, the accumulated air could lead it to spit up its food, and can make it feel cranky, bloated and colicky.What to DoBefore you begin, place a towel over your shoulder or under your baby's chin depending on the position you're using. Gen...
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Preemie babies require special care, and while your medical health care professionals will do all that they can to ensure that your baby thrives, being the parent of a premature baby can understandably leave you worried and unsure of yourself. The key to taking good care of your preemie is being mentally and emotionally prepared, so take the time to read the below steps to put your mind at ease and prepare yourself for some quality time with your baby.Understand your preemie's condition:The ...
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Possible Preemie Medical Conditions

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Premature babies, often called preemies, are more prone to facing medical complications than full-term babies. A preterm baby is one that has been born before 32 or 34 weeks of gestation, and if you’re the parent of a preemie, you might want to know more about the different conditions that your child might experience to be better prepared to deal with these problems and offer your little one the medical care it needs.Jaundice: Jaundice is more likely to occur in premature babies because th...
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Kangaroo Care for Your Preemie

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Kangaroo Care is a powerful form of therapy that requires direct skin-to-skin contact between parent and child. Deriving its name from the way a mother kangaroo keeps its joey (baby kangaroo) in her pouch for the first 6 months of its life, Kangaroo Care similarly requires that parents, whether the mommy or the daddy, hold their diapered preemie against their bare chest for a certain amount of time each day several times a day. Scientifically proven to be helpful to both parent and infant, this ...
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Preemie Development

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As a first-time preemie parent, it’s normal to wonder about your preemie’s development pace. One thing to keep in mind is that preemies take longer to reach certain developmental milestones than full-term babies. In general, a preemie’s age will be counted by its due date rather than by when it was born. This means that a 4 month old preemie will be judged developmentally as a two month old. Preemies usually catch up to their full-term counterparts by their first or third years...
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Crying is your baby's way of communicating what he or she wants or needs, so don't ignore your baby's cries. Instead, learn to decipher why your baby is crying and make them feel comfortable. Below is a list of common reasons why babies cry to help you understand what your baby is feeling:HungerHunger is one of the most common reasons for a baby's crying. You can learn to recognize when your baby is hungry before he or she begins to cry by looking for the following signs: the sma...
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